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Praise Reports from Jaco

Pastor Mike —  February 8, 2010 — 2 Comments


(Jorge is on the left & Alejandro is on the right. Both got baptized!)

The Lord has been doing some cool things in CCJ this week so I thought I would take a minute to tell you about them. First let me tell you about Palmera. This is a guy who works on the streets of Jaco making things out of palm branches and selling them. He truly is a talented guy. Sadly, he is also a troubled guy. He struggles with different vices and has a history of cutting himself… a lot. One time he was asked why he cuts himself so much and he said the devil tells him to do it. He has scars all over his body from this. Recently, life took a turn for the worse for him. We were told that he was in the hospital about an hour away. Thursday, Daniel, Gabe, and myself decided to go visit him. It was a really cool time of just ministering to him and sharing the love of Christ. We gave him a bible and asked if we could pray for him. He gladly accepted our offer. As we prayed over him he began to sob heavily. As we finished praying he told us that he wanted to receive Jesus into his heart… he wanted to start living a new life! You can only imagine our joy as we witnessed him pray the sinners prayer. Please pray for his recovery and for his spiritual growth. Living in Jaco won’t be easy for him spiritually but all things are possible with God!

The next praise report is about the Baptism / Superbowl potluck we had on Superbowl Sunday. We decided to have a potluck with everyone from church and to offer to do a baptism during halftime of the Superbowl. Praise God we were able to baptize 4 people. The people we baptized were people in whom we have seen God do really awesome things. We baptized 2 of the young girls from Kid’s Club that Revae has been ministering to for over 3 years. Revae was blessed to be able to lead them to Christ just that afternoon and then we got to baptize them that night… Amazing! We also baptized Jorge, who got saved during our BWO missions team this past summer. They reached him and lead him to the Lord. Now he is faithfully attending CCJ and God is growing him.

The last person I want to tell you about is Alejandro. You may remember him from a blog post last year. He came to us for help 9 months ago. He was seriously hooked on drugs. The Lord opened the door for him to get into a Christian rehab about an hour away that is run by missionary friends of ours. The rehab is called “Casa de Amor” (House of Love) and they have done an amazing job with Alejandro. He has been clean for 9 months and is being taught God’s Word daily. We were so blessed to see him this weekend and how God has been answering our prayers concerning him. To be able to baptize him was like the icing on the cake!

That Baptism was the best Superbowl half time show that I’ve ever been a part of! Please continue to pray for all of them. God is so good!

In His Grace,
Mike



Late Post Alert! :)

(View photos of the baptism / celebration)

In October we celebrated our 4 year anniversary as a church. Time sure does fly by! We celebrated by having a potluck and a baptism. We were blessed to have 6 people get baptized! Some of them have been with us for a long time and others were new to the fellowship. It was such a blessing (and quite humbling) to see how the Lord has been working in each of their lives through CCJ. God truly is doing neat things in this community.

In His Grace,
Mike


Pleasant Surprises

Pastor Mike —  May 11, 2009 — 1 Comment





This past week Revae, the girls and myself headed to La Fortuna for a 3 day marriage / family retreat. The retreat was held for missionaries to come together and be encouraged, challenged, and strengthened in the areas of marriage and family. It was a wonderful time to fellowship with other missionaries and their families. During the second day, we were given free time to spend together. Because everyone in attendance was missionaries, we all decided to look into the free options the area offered. For those of you unfamiliar with Costa Rica, La Fortuna is located at the base of the Arenal Volcano, which is ACTIVE. Because of the volcano being active, there are lots of hot springs and hot rivers in the area that people can swim in for free. Can you see where I’m going with this? About 20 of us headed over to a nearby hot spring / river to enjoy some R&R. The scenery was amazing, it could have been a discovery channel shot. As we were all enjoyong our time together and watching the kids play, one couldn’t help but be reminded of God’s goodness and faithfulness.

Then things got even better… at least for me. As I lay reclined in the thigh deep water, Naomi, our oldest daughter, came over to me to whisper something in my ear. “Daddy, I want you to baptize me… here.” Did I hear her correctly? A quick glance around me revealed that no one was watching, therefore this was not a setup or a prank from the older kids. “What did you say” I asked? Again came the reply, “I want you to baptize me.” Now, about a year ago, Naomi prayed to receive Christ into her heart. Because she was barely 5 at the time, I figured we would have to wait and see what happened as she got older. With this in mind, I again explained the need to give our life to Jesus. I explained sin as best I could, and how Jesus saved us. Having heard this many times before, she quickly responded, “Daddy, I already asked Jesus into my heart. I want to live for Him.” She then repeated a prayer of salvation again, on the spot, showing her willingness to accept and surrender to Him.

At this point, the Lord reminded me of a verse, “13 Then little children were brought to Him that He might put His hands on them and pray, but the disciples rebuked them. 14 But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” 15 And He laid His hands on them and departed from there.” (Matthew 19:13-15)

With this in mind, I realized how sincere Naomi really was. So I explained what baptism signifies, and then called Pastor Kim Stilwell over to join in the baptism. With great joy, he and I baptised Naomi in the natural hot spring, at the base of the Arenal volcano.

God is so good! We never know when He is going to move in someone’s heart. I praise Him for how He has moved in Naomi’s heart and for allowing me to be a part of it as her daddy.

In His Grace,

Mike