¡Ha llegado el día!

The day is here! Today is the day we leave for Costa Rica and we could not be more excited about it!

For some of us, this is our first missions trip. I personally have been dreaming about this moment for almost 20 years, when I first heard God’s voice calling me to go and make disciples of all nations. Others in our team are seasoned missionaries, and others are what we commonly refer to as MKs (missionaries’ kids) and have been around and involved in missions most of their lives.

Three of us are native Spanish speakers, and others have learned the really important stuff in Spanish, like: “¿Dónde está el baño?

So far interacting with the team has been an incredible mix of different experiences and we love talking about our lives in other countries and our shared love of juicy mangoes 🙂

As you know, we’ve partnered with Moviendo Esperanzas which is a non-profit organization that seeks resources to help vulnerable and impoverished communities in Costa Rica.

Part of their work is in partnership with Samaritan’s Purse and involves distributing Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes. They also donate and fit custom wheelchairs to people with disabilities and Tom shoes to children and families in need. We are so excited that we get to participate in all of these things during the seven days will be there.

As we take our almost 7-hours flight to Liberia, I ask you that you continue to pray for our safety, health and the work we’ll be doing.

Gracias por tus oraciones (thank you for your prayers).

P.S.: Jesus kindly proofread this post for me and edited it accordingly.

Pastor Jesus praying for the team
Trying to checking after some hiccups with WestJet kiosks

Costa Rica 2020, ¡aquí vamos!

Hola, mi nombre es Mary S. and I’ll be posting about the 2020 Southview missions trip to Costa Rica.

For the past six months, 17 of us have been preparing and praying for this trip to San Rafael de Guatuso where we will be partnering with a local organization called Moviendo Esperanza (Moving Hope). During this prep time, the missions leadership team -Mike, Kyle and Don- have been equipping us with a series of meaningful teachings about missions and the implications for us as individuals and our family members. They’ve wisely emphasized the do’s and don’ts, how to manage our expectations and understanding and respecting the culture we’ll be in. We haven’t left and it’s been a great experience already!

We also had the opportunity to go as a team with our family members to Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child warehouse, to help organize the shoe boxes this past Christmas. What an incredible experience seeing hundreds of people donate their time and resources to brighten the life of children around the world.

We have 10 more sleeps before we leave on February 13th, and it’s now starting to feel real. We have already packed the donations we’ll  bring with us, and we want to thank you all that have kindly donated from your heart to this noble cause. May the Lord bless you.

As we now start packing for ourselves, we ask you that you keep us in your prayers. Please pray for our safety and that we can remain healthy. Pray that all of our donations arrive safely too. That the Lord may open the ears and hearts of those that don’t know Him, that families can be touched and transformed by the love of Jesus Christ through us.

Stay tuned for more posts (and probably some Spanish lessons ;)).

¡Que Dios los bendiga!

 

Equipping sessions
Equipping sessions
Pastoral motivation
Learning to trust each other
At Samaritan’s Purse OCC Warehouse
Movie night fundraising
Movie night fundraising
Silent Auction with Moviendo Esperanza’s team

Packing party
All packed up
Commissioning