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La Iglesia Domestica (The Domestic Church)

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  Something important was missing.  Home after home, I could not find it- not a crucifix, not a cross, not an image of Jesus was to be found.   This is something we take so for granted, that every Christian home has some holy image on their wall.  Not here.  Thus, a ministry was born- installing prayer altars, teaching family prayer, promoting the Domestic Church.  Every family is called to be a place of prayer, service and love- a little church of the home. The pandemic challenged us to get creative in how we were going to minister to the people.  The church closed not allowing us to do any formal ministries there.  We decided that if we cannot invite them to church, then we will bring the church to them.  Poco-o-poco (little by little), we are hoping to visit the homes of those interested in learning how to pray as a family. The idea is not to try to evangelize the entire town all at once, but rather to focus in on a few families, teaching, mentoring, and discipling them into a life

A Glimpse into Our Life

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Aviana visiting her friend Juni where her family cares for a tilapia farm. All the girls love Gemma! She is full of fun ideas! Victoria is getting a new toilet.  Her old one is too far away, down a slippery  hill preventing her from getting there when it rains, at night, or when she is sick. Andrea is learning how to pray.  She is hoping that her son will help her practice the Our Father prayer. These three students are very motivated to learn English.  Alexander is hoping to get a job in tourism once he can speak English. 18 year old Cristian (on right), has suffered health issues his entire life. Thanks to Sister Ana, he will be able to receive catechism classes at his home and soon receive the Sacrament of Baptism! An interactive rosary is the best way for this group of kids to learn how to pray it. It is such a blessing to have other missionary families near by to share this crazy life with. It is always a joy to welcome a new baby into the world!  Mama Maricel was so grateful for

Welcome Visitors

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After a year in waiting, we have finally been able to welcome more visitors to Costa Rica!  We have been blessed with several so far and there are more to come.  We have a desire within us to share our life with others and to provide people with an experience of mission life.  We are renting a guest house right across from us that has been providing our guests a place to stay.  It is a simple home, yet clean and safe.  We have really enjoyed sharing prayer time, meals, times of recreation, service opportunities, and the joys and struggles of our life here in mission with others.  Rest, healing, service and Christian community are things we strive for our visitors to experience while they are here. "It was beautiful to be welcomed into the Becker family's daily prayer life and to see how they opened the door of their home and of their hearts to the families in Coopevega."  -Ellie My cousin, Ellie, spent two weeks with our family.  She shared a room with Gemma and really be

Affirmation from the Bishop

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Returning to the same mission post is a great experience!  We are on our second year in Costa Rica.  After visiting family and friends in Minnesota for the holidays, we were ready to return to our home in Costa Rica.  How good it was to have a home waiting for us, equipped with beds, pots, towels, and even some extra's.  Familiar faces (even names) and existing ministries are all blessings that we do not take for granted.   Immediately, we had interactions with people we know!  Rosa brought us a gift of seven fish from her husband's successful outing, Arnovid and Mercedes were happy to continue our Thursday afternoon prayer times together, Isaac's chess students were ready to progress, Gemma's girls were interested to discover what new crafts were brought back from the United States, Obed introduced us to another family wanting to learn how to pray, Beto followed up on pursuing his desire to learn English, and the missionary kids were so happy to be reunited with one an

Proyecto de Pollitos

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It all started with Maria.  We began our relationship with Maria by helping her pay her electric bill. This was followed by a conversation where we inquired how this single mother could earn an income.  She expressed the desire to raise and sell chickens.  Yet, without the upfront money to purchase them first, she was unable to get started.  We took this idea to prayer. In doing a little research we came across an article written by Bill Gates of all people making the case that raising and selling chickens can really help women in developing countries.  He mentions that chickens are   easy and inexpensive to take care of, they're a good investment, they help keep children healthy, and empower women.  He went on to write that " Because chickens are small and typically stay close to home, many cultures regard them as a woman’s animal, in contrast to larger livestock like goats or cows. Women who sell chickens are likely to reinvest the profits in their families."    Appare

God is at work in Costa Rica

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These past months have not turned out as we had imagined they would.  Many of our visitors were unable to come due to borders closing, mission trips were cancelled, ministries were prohibited to continue.   Even so, God is at work in our lives and the lives of those around us.  We want to share with you a little bit of what these past months have looked like, and introduce you to some of the people we have met. Obed's home Obed is a young man with a great smile and a bad reputation.  He has a heart of gold with an addiction that has captured it.  Obed would stop by our house every so often to ask for something to eat, and share his stories.  He would tell us of other people in town who, as he would say, were more in need than he.  Thanks to Obed, we now have relationships with Mercedes and Maria. Visiting Mercedes shortly before her due date. Baby Avid is strong and healthy! Mercedes and her partner fled from Nicaragua 6 months ago looking for a better life.  They