Our week in Costa Rica started off great. God gave us a great bus driver on a double decker bus to safely get us to the village of Olla Cero. Our team from Ontario arrived late on a Thursday night after a day and a half of traveling. The next day we were able to give the pastor the rest of the money needed to finish the church that we were there to help build. That money was raised collectively by our team members through God’s help. While most of the team helped pour concrete, a few team members stayed and helped with the kids camp that went on throughout the week (VBS). As soon as the work started, God allowed us to encounter His works through many ways. What was first a huge set back turned into a blessing. A dump truck dumped dirt in the wrong spot, but came back the next day with a front end loader to fix his mistake. After moving the dirt to the correct location, he then proceeded to level the ground for us which took away a day’s worth of work for our team. God was behind it all. At the same time, every day had a few more kids coming to the kids camp where we taught about God’s love and mercy. The kids alone were such a great blessing. The music, the crafts, the dancing, and the games were all very exciting to them, which made it such a memorable time for us. God allowed us to make great relationships throughout the week. Our three translators were teenagers from different parts of Costa Rica. They were a big help, and it was inspiring to see God using them throughout the week to help us make these relationships. Through the physical work we did, and the relationships made, God allowed us to overcome many obstacles mentally, and physically. It was a very successful short-term mission trip. Thank you to all who may have contributed through financial support, or by praying for our team.
We will be hosting a Mission trip to Costa Rica once again in January 2019. We are anticipating a team of 30 to go. This trip we will be helping the church in Mellizas to finish building their church building and helping reach their community of children by hosting our second DayCamp.
If you are at all interested in coming along with us, Please contact me – Tom Hunt @ 519-860-4869.
January 15-22 – We will be blessing a congregation with a piece of land and all the building materials necessary to build a new Church building. Click on the video below to get more information.
A team of 13 from Faith Pentecostal in Glencoe will be heading down to Cuba during March Break. They will be serving alongside members at a local church in Havana to help them reach their children and teens for Jesus Christ. They will also be busy painting a newly constructed outdoor facility used for their Sunday School programs. Please pray for this team as they undergo personal fundraising necessary to go on the trip. Also for team unity as they prepare to do some damage to Satan’s grip on peoples lives.
Yes I am back. So sorry this update has taken soooo long to write up. I am pleased to say that the trip was a huge success. All of my goals were accomplished and then some. Let me share a couple of highlights if I may. First of all it is always an interesting time going through customs when you are carrying sooooo much stuff. Stuff like: a huge 1 1/2 inch 27 inches long wrench, stainless steel nuts and bolts, hammers, 750 feet of surgical tubing, a 24 inch long 1 1 /2 inch threaded steel rod, etc, etc. And the good news is – through customs without a hitch. God wanted everything we had to get there!!
Another highlight was meeting all 9 of our supported pastors who live in Maisi. They were actually at Puriales at a Pastors Conference. I got to meet each one of them and I had a meeting time with them. I was able to share how thrilled we are to be able to support them and to have a part of what God is doing in and through them. I shared with them our new process of getting reports from them. I was able to get there feed back on our support. I asked them how our support is helping them. They overwhelmingly all agreed that by them getting supported they do not have to go out and pick vegetables to earn an income. And that income is very low and very hard and tedious work. As they shared this, I couldn’t help but say in my head – Mission Accomplished. Meaning that is why we wanted to come alongside these men. We wanted them to get our financial support so they did not have to go out and get another job to have enough income to support their families. Now they can just be a pastor and shepherd to their congregations. I also shared with them the we are going to try our best to keep them at their current rate of support as long as we can even though the Canadian dollar is so low. This is somewhat of a challenge, but we are trying our best.
So those were a couple of highlights. There were many other very exciting things that took place on the trip. I look forward to getting back to Maisi next year to see once again advancements in ministry.
Tom will be going to Maisi in May. This trip is designed to give some oversight to our BioSand water filter project. It will have been 18 months since Tom has seen the water project in full swing. The purpose of the trip is: to bring encouragement to those involved in building the filters, to meet our 2 new men who have been working hard at our new location for several months now, to meet all of our pastors who are working diligently in their churches, to get a better handle on how many households are in the areas where our BioSand filter production sites, to see the new location site for our 3rd mold, to bring some tools for the new production site and for whatever other reasons God brings our way. Please pray for Tom’s trip.