Friday, March 5, 2010

God Opens Doors

"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened." - Jesus

We came to Costa Rica to learn Spanish, we didn't know what else God had in store for us here other than that. But we believe that He continues to teach and mold us even while we are learning. I have to say, that the road has not been "easy." There have been many obstacles that have come our way and we have to be careful to listen to the voice of God rather than the lies of the enemy. It is obvious that the enemy does not want us working here, yet God is the only one that can give us the strength to persevere. We continue to learn and must remember to keep our eyes fixed on Him.

Both Larry and I are involved with a ministry called AMCA. Locals come once a week to practice their English. We teach for an hour then have a small break with coffee and cookies. Afterwards, the people learn a praise song in English and hear a devotional in their native tongue. It has been so neat to work with them. One lady told me this week, "We are so lucky to have 3 teachers in our class!" The Lord has opened doors for me (Amanda) to share my testimony and pray with a woman in our class each time class is over.

We have also been able to go to a very poor part of Costa Rica called La Carpio. Ironically, one of our home churches from college was just there last week! One of the things they did was install an air conditioner in the computer room where Larry works with the kids. Without the a/c, it literally feels like a sauna! Thanks Oakwood! Larry is able to teach children basic skills for the computer like: how to use a mouse, how to type, and other basic things. For many of these kids it's the first time they have ever used a computer. (He gets good practice with one of the kids that lives with us (3rd pic).

While Larry works with the guys, I work with the women. We teach them how to make jewelry and also about the "esperanza" (hope) they can have in Jesus. We have only been a few times, but it is so fun to see the girls waiting for us as we arrive each week. I have enjoyed playing and loving on them. The women that come range from 5 to 55 years old. They bless me each week!

We want to thank you for your prayers, support, and encouragement. We wouldn't be here without them! Thank you for being the Hands and Feet of Jesus with us! Please continue to pray for us as we pray for you!

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