As of this week we’ve hit the two-month mark, and it’s scurried by muy rapido! Our adopted home is at last losing a bit of its foreign feel, and we are settling into a semi-normal routine which includes the distinctions of time at home and time involved in outreach. Since our last update we have experienced an additional two outreach sessions, one focused a bit closer to home and the other a 9 hour’s drive to the north in the region of Guanacaste. God has consistently blown us away with His goodness as we have gone out to minister to churches all over the country, giving us consistent testimonies of His great love and power! Some highlights from these last two outreaches:
- Two women were completely healed of severe eyesight issues, walking away glasses-free.
- Two young men experienced radical healing in their ankles, leaving them pain free and convinced of God’s personal love for them.
- A woman with a large lump in her chest was radically healed right before her eyes; she immediately rededicated her life to Jesus along with her entire family.
- Numerous backs and shoulders were healed, with the pain in every case leaving entirely.
- Many hearts were set free from bondage; relationships were restored.
- We saw many come to salvation through Jesus!
In addition to the amazing outpouring of God’s power and love, we have experienced a strong amount of push-back from the enemy manifesting itself in many ways. However, the consistent struggle has been with the CRSSM vehicles. During every trip to or from our many destinations, we have experienced a host of car issues, completely sidetracking us from our journeys and causing us to spend a great deal of time and money on the repair process. Obviously the enemy is not happy with the advancement of the Kingdom taking place in this small corner of the world!
It has also become evident over the past four weeks that the Lord is bringing about a shift to our original focus. Having come to Costa Rica with the intent of hosting outreach teams and launching a school of ministry, it seems that Jesus has other things in mind for CRSSM in 2016.
To date, we have not had any outside teams join us for outreach ministry in spite of a tremendous amount of expressed interest. As we have been praying over this, the Lord seems to be highlighting a serious need for training and discipleship of Costa Rican pastors and leaders. In response, we are making efforts towards building relationships with local church leadership in order to serve pastors in whatever way the Lord would direct, most especially in providing training and support for supernatural ministry. We desire to see Tico pastors empowered to lead their congregations in sustaining a mighty move of God long after we have left their buildings!
As a family we are doing well, but it has been a hard-won victory. Although our living circumstances do provide challenges, our greatest hurdle seems to be resisting the attack of the enemy to wear us down relationally and spiritually (and, yes, the heat can zap us almost just as quickly!). We are so grateful for your continued words of life and encouragement, your intercession, and your continued support as we push through to see the Kingdom advance here in Costa Rica!