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Life in Costa Rica

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We have been in Costa Rica for two months now, and overdue in sharing about it.  First of all, we are safe, healthy, and grateful for the ways God continues to care for us.  We live in a quiet, peaceful, and beautiful little pueblo called, Coopevaga.  It is a small, rural farming town 50 minutes down a rocky, dirt road.  We are so excited that we have a Catholic chapel here with the Eucharist and normally weekly Masses!  We also have two small grocery stores within walking distance, which is such a treat!  We love having two other missionary families near by.  The Geerling Family lives right across from us, allowing our children play together almost daily.  The Henneman Family lives about a 15 minute walk from us, and we see them multiple times a week.  It has been a huge blessing to have their support as well as regular time to pray together as a community!  We have decided to enroll Augustine, Bridget, and Aviana in school this year.  We are hoping that it will help them learn the …

Dependent on Others

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Dependent on Others


A life of a missionary is a call to sacrifice independence.  It is a life of total dependence on the Lord’s care for us, but also accepting the help of others.  It has been in my life as a missionary that I have felt the most confident in being taken care of, because I am not relying on myself; I can’t.  It is also a growth in humility, needing to accept the generosity of others and not being able to “give” back. The past two months we were drenched in the generosity of others in a very tangible way.  We were visiting the States without a home, without a vehicle, and without a lot of money.  We were not sure how it was going to work out.  A family of seven takes up a lot of space in a home, eats a lot of food, and requires a large vehicle. We put our trust in God, and he came through in the generosity and hospitality of others.  One family lent us their seven passenger van for the entire month we were in Minnesota!  Four other families let us move into their houses…

Building Projects

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I don’t feel that my Spanish is coming along as quickly as I had hoped.  However, I have gotten comfortable with certain words and phrases dealing with construction materials for the many houses we’ve been working on here in Leoncio Prado.  Cuanto cuesta por los ladrillos?  (How much for the bricks)  Necesito cinco cubos de arena y viente bolsas de cemento.  (I need 5 cubic meters of sand and 20 bags of cement)  People are very poor here, and their houses are in very tough shape.  Most are made out of dirt and as you can imagine with the amount of rain that falls here it doesn’t take long before walls come tumbling down and dirt floors become muddy messes.  Safe and secure housing is a real problem here.  Thanks to the generosity of our mission sponsors, we’ve been able to make a major difference in the lives of several families by providing brick walls and even some cement floors to the poorest and most vulnerable.  It also has been wonderful being able to provide men with desperatel…

Proclaim the Gospel

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“So that this call should resound throughout the world, Christ sent forth the apostles he had chosen, commissioning them to proclaim the gospel: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.”” CCC 2


Early on into our time in Peru, I started to hear whisperings about this youth receiving her Sacrament of Confirmation, and that youth her Baptism, and yet another who would be receiving all three of the initiation Sacraments.  At that time, I didn’t put any thought into what the logistics of all that might look like. I was focused on setting up our house and feeding my family three meals a day.  As time went on and our basic needs were met, I continued to hear about youth receiving their Sacraments this year, so I began to inquire as to who was forming them, and when formation was happening.  I was directed to a man who was supposedly the Catechist, a…