On the first night I spoke giving the message of God's love for the Costa Rican teens and nine of them made life changing decisions. Historic! On the second day four more made this decision. It is exciting that most of them are teen boys.
One boy, Marconi, came to me thanking me for the messages. This young man has much potential. Stephanie watched as he talked to me in broken English and it touched her heart to see how sincere he is.
Today I gave a talk to the boys on the subject of purity. At the end I asked them to join me in a circle similar to what a basketball or football team does putting their hands together with mine. I explained that I wanted them to join me in a pledge for purity. They nodded their heads in agreement. Then, I counted "Uno, Dos, Tres!!" and we all lifted our hands in the air as we yelled "HEY!!" It was an electrifying moment! Cris, who was translating, was beaming and so was I ... the young teen boys loved being challenged to make a commitment. Special moment!
By the way, I was near the limit of my Spanish with uno, dos, tres. Need to learn some Spanish. I'm picking up some words this week & the kids love it when I say things to them in their language.
Cris Vidaechea works for Amazon in one of their call centers. It provides a salary to provide for his family and he is grateful for his job. But, he longs to be full time leading the work at LIFE Costa Rica. He needs mission support in order to do so. The catch is that he cannot work part time for Amazon ... it's either full time or no job. This is his dilemma.
So, what would it take for him to have a salary and some money for ministry expenses to get started? Glad you asked. $2987 per month. Am I serious? That's not much you might say. Yes, he can live on a salary of $2300/month [some changes in his mortgage probably means that he needs $2300 instead of $2000 per month that we talked about earlier]. Plus, $687/month ministry expenses for fuel [$4/gallon in Costa Rica], phone, internet, printing, ministry events, etc.]. I am praying that someone will step forward to cover his need for two years to give Cris time to raise his support. Right now, he has about $250/month. So, we need $2737 each month for at least two years. I realize that not everyone can do this, but, there are some who could. Are you that person? Will you stand in the gap for the Cris Vidaechea family?
Watching Cris closely this week I've noticed how happy he is leading the camp. He is SO happy! I love to see this. To be honest, I've seen him "down" earlier because of the daunting task of raising all of his support before he can quit his job at Amazon. It's a tough, uphill battle. I would love more than anything to see this big smile on his face all the time ... doing what he loves to do. Will you help?
$20 per month will help. $50, $75, $100 or $250 or $500 per month. Will somebody step up to help? Would you kindly do so? Pray, that's the first step. Ask God what you should do. Then, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com to let me know. Or, call me at 321 663 5710 [not this month as my phone is not working here ... we return on 1/31/16 to Jacksonville]. Designate on your check or online giving: LIFE Costa Rica--Vidaechea Support. Mail your check to:
Life Impact For Eternity
3984 Manatee Avenue
Bradenton FL 34208
Thanks so much!
PRAY FOR THE CAMPFIRE MEETING
The second most important meeting of the week is the Campfire Service. Watching a bonfire the young people will be challenged to answer the question, "Would you be willing to do anything that God wants you to do?" It's a life defining question.
I made this decision years ago at a youth camp when I was 16. Never regretting this decision I can tell you that God has been faithful all of these years guiding me to do what He wants me to do. Pray for these teens as they ponder this question this week.