Reaching Out…(JT, Trip Leader)
Our evangelism teams joined our host churches in reaching
out to unchurched areas in 2001. We sent 10 teams to 9 new towns where
the people do not yet have a local Bible-believing church witness. We
experienced 237 professions of faith in Christ. Everyone was a miracle.
Many of these people were divinely prepared and waiting to receive the
message of the gospel. How faithful our Lord is to have sent us to them
at just the right time!
Our vacation Bible
school team reached out to the children of two communities this year.
We had an average attendance of 150 kids per day. As they played,
laughed, crafted, learned, and worshipped the Lord with us, we saw God
move in their hearts. One very small church in a small town had over 50
kids per day which more than tripled their child attendance on Sunday
mornings. We were blessed to be able to reach out to an entire
community with the love of Christ!
team reached out to the 7 AMEN churches by assisting them in the
construction of a denominational office, resource library, and retreat
center. The walls of concrete block and steel soared skywards with our
team’s faithful and enthusiastic effort. Our sweat and tired
muscles will surely encourage revival, renewal, and growth for both
God’s church in central Costa Rica and for us as well.
There is nothing like sharing the Gospel and being used by
the Lord for His will. I had the opportunity to share my faith many
times and to see many people come into God’s kingdom. I remember
a young mother we shared with. She told us that the night before she
had prayed to God and asked Him to reveal the truth about Him. And the
next morning we showed up telling her what the Bible say’s about
how you receive eternal life. God truly used me and I am so thankful
that He did.
God Knew…(BM, VBS team)
It was a pleasure to return to Costa Rica and our many
friends from last year. It was exciting to see God’s
preparations. We prayed specifically for preparation and packing and we
saw that God knew what we needed. He was at work in every area of the
Bible school as He blessed us with a love for the Costa Rican teachers
Working Together…(GC, construction team)
This was one of the best work camps I have ever seen.
Everyone pitched in and worked wherever they were needed. Within a few
hours on the first day we were working together as a team. At one point
we had five different operations going on at once which allowed us to
meet our goals for the week.
Amazing…(JF, evangelism team)
The Lord wanted to take me out of my comfort zone; and He
did. I was really nervous and tried to learn from an experienced
evangelist. He told me that we would meet people who were ready to
receive Christ and I was amazed that there were so many! I saw the
urgency to reach out to the lost with the gospel. It was said, "We are
like those who go into a burning house to save lives" and now I know
what spiritual seed planting and harvesting are. I praise God for this
It was such a blessing to see people committed to God and
to His work in Costa Rica. Language may have been a barrier but our
love for the Lord, our love for our new friends, and the recreational
activities at VBS and at "youth night" spoke loud and clear to all. I
preached one night on the Promised Land and thought of Costa Rica as
the land flowing with coffee and sugar cane. It is such a beautiful
country where God has so much He wants to do.
I was very apprehensive about going to Costa Rica. I was
not certain that I should go and even up to our departure I wondered. I
prayed for an answer and upon our arrival I knew…I was amazed at
the hospitality and help from my Costa Rican brothers and sisters.
Costa Rica was now my second country. I am blessed and am rejoicing
over what we did for the Lord on the construction team.
Coming Alongside…(SH, evangelism team)
It was a great Sunday to cap off a tremendous trip. A
whole family that we saw receive Christ earlier in the week made it to
the church service. Church members were already coming alongside them
to disciple them in the Lord. It was a great encouragement to see their
new brothers and sisters welcoming them into the family.
Overwhelming Joy…(RL, evangelism team)
I had the pleasure of being a translator on our evangelism
team. The Lord showed me His faithfulness because without His guidance
I would not of been able to clearly explain in Spanish the message of
salvation. I cannot begin to explain the overwhelming joy that I felt
every time another person came to faith in Christ. I give Him thanks
and all the glory!
Infectious Love…(BB, construction team)
The Costa Rican Christians have a pure heart, they are
filled with hospitality and love, and are eager to serve the family of
God. Their love for God and each other is infectious. I love them and
our entire mission team.
A Crying Heart…(CV, evangelism team)
"This last trip to Costa Rica was my second trip and, as
the year before, I witnessed first hand the love, mercy and grace of
our Lord Jesus Christ in every way. Once again I saw the Holy Spirit
uniting every one of the participants. I will always be amazed at how
our God, even though most of my brothers and sisters from the USA don't
speak any Spanish, and most of the locals don't speak any English, we
all can understand each other if we are in His Spirit. Once again I saw
people accepting Christ as their personal Savior. I rejoiced time and
again when they believed but my heart also cried out to God over the
ones who rejected. The leadership provided by the GNI leaders is
awesome, I'll say it again: they lead by the example. I was very
blessed since day one and I can't wait to go back".
Enjoying Him…(RS, various teams)
This trip was another experience in learning what missions
are all about. I also learned of the importance of discipleship and
serving the local Christians. I enjoyed the excellent organization of
the trip, building relationships with the Costa Ricans, experiencing
their heart for God, and the challenge in my life to glorify and to
Servants…(RR, construction team)
The people of Costa Rica are extremely friendly, gracious,
and thankful. I only saw joy, smiles, and enthusiasm from our fellow
Costa Rican workers on the construction site. They are very
servant-oriented and I pray that God helps me be more like them.
The Business of
I was humbled to have served in the business of the King.
I am learning to be satisfied with the things that honor Christ. Praise
and glory to the King Eternal!
The Sick of
I was reminded that when we get sick our whole body needs
to be cleansed before we get better. When we are sick with sin, the
blood of Christ can cleanse us. Our message was and needs to be that
Jesus heals the sick of heart.
Inspired…(ML, construction team)
It was hard, hot, and dirty work building cement block
walls but the Lord was faithful to inspire me through an elderly man on
our team. He has limited strength and stamina but a heart for the Lord
that towered over our work site. With his help, our construction work
became a labor of love for all of us.
Through me…(MR, evangelism team)
I was still struggling with the confidence in witnessing
for Christ. Life kept me busy and I did not put in the time to prepare
for the trip and I tried to find a reason why I could not go. The
problem this time was that I knew what I was suppose to do and I felt
that I had let God down in not doing my part. As I prayed God revealed
Himself to me in the peace that overcame me. I was not ready but what
was more important was that I am willing to be used by God and let the
Holy Spirit work through me. Let God do the work through me, not me
through God. When the time came to do the Gospel presentation I did not
hesitate. I spoke from my heart not my head. The words I used were
given to me by the Holy Spirit. I felt God take control and I was able
to translate my wife’s presentation with no reservations about
whether or not I was speaking clearly. I was able to see the results of
God’s promise to us. It was harvest time and I was a worker. A
job was waiting for me not because I was able, but because I was
available. I left Costa Rica with a renewed spirit and a desire to do
more for God and those around me.
You and Your
On Wednesday I found myself again wondering what I could
do for God’s kingdom. I was not seeing the fruitful harvest that
I had anxiously hoped for and I fell into discouragement. The message
preached that night was about God’s promises. Our wonderful
sovereign Lord showed me that I had not received and claimed His
promises. I had been trying to win souls through my strength and not
His. There was a change on Thursday when we again went door to door. As
we moved from home to home everyone we presented the Gospel to accepted
Christ. But, God is even bigger than that! Upon moving from house to
house we began to realize that there were many relatives that lived in
the same area. There are many stories of family members accepting
Christ and when we went next door their parents, grandparents or
children would give their lives to the Lord too. I not only saw
God’s promises at work, I saw His Word come to life in mighty,
supernatural ways. " Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved
– you and your household." Acts 16:31.