Costa Rica Mission Trip #3

Monday, July 25, 2011

Costa Rica Mission Trip Day #3

Dear friends and family,
I love Sundays! We started off our day with our team time, breakfast, and daily devotions, prayer, and journalling together through Isaiah 40:25-31. As we got into the van to head to our first of two church services today, I asked our team, “Does anyone know what day it is?” Many of the team knew the answer I was looking for and responded, “Today is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it!”
Our first church service was at La Isleta. Here Liza and Rosanne shared their testimonies, the team did our “Tu Amor Es Grande” song (with actions!) in the main service, and after worship, the children were dismissed to their class. Our team led the children’s ministry time, and I preached in the adult service. My message was on “Jesus is the God Who Answers Prayer!” At the end of the service, we called people forward for prayer, those who wanted to receive miracles in their lives, and many people were touched and blessed by the Lord. One lady came forward and received a healing from pain in her leg, praise the Lord! We closed the service with a spontaneous time of praising the Lord. This was the La Isleta church’s last service in this home, because the Lord has been blessing this congregation and they have outgrown the ‘front porch’ of this house, they are getting ready to move into a church building in Filadelphia. Our team is going there this week to help get the building cleaned up and painted and ready for their first service next Sunday morning.
After yet another fabulous Costa Rican meal for lunch, we handed out some of the reading glasses and baseball caps that had been donated by people in our church.  (Thank you for your generosity – you know who you are!). Then we headed to our second church service. We stopped to get more water on the way, because it was so hot, and we wanted to make sure that we stayed hydrated. When we were getting water, the team went into a park and took some pictures of some big iguanas.
Our afternoon church service in La Guinea was amazing. Pastor John led worship again, and brought us into the presence of the Lord. The Holy Spirit’s presence was ministering powerfully. Cindy and Chelsea shared their testimonies, and the youth group from this church shared a couple of choreographed dance routines to music. During the worship, the Lord gave Liza a prophetic word for the youth in the church, challenging them to get ready for the Lord to send them out into the world to be a blessing to many people. I prayed over them, and invited them to come to Canada and minister. These youth are on-fire for Jesus! Our team also shared our Spanish song, and we got the whole church involved doing the actions.
After the team went into Pastor Pilar’s house to do children’s ministry, the Spirit continued guiding the service. As a teacher, I had come into the service with a message prepared, but felt the Lord directing me to lay my notes aside, and give a challenging word to the congregation to get out of the boat, get more of the power of the Holy Spirit in their lives, be bright shining lights for Jesus, impacting the world with the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ – preaching good news, healing the sick, and transforming lives. After that, we prayed for God’s anointing to come upon the church, empowering them to be witnesses for Jesus, and then we prayed for those who wanted prayer. It was a Holy Ghost time!
After another fabulous meal, we came home, hot, tired and sweaty, and cooled down in the pool. What a blessing! Tomorrow, we are going to do some children’s ministry outreach in El Aguila, and then in the evening, we will be ministering in a rehab center in Santa Cruz, and Janet and Kim will be sharing their testimonies there. I will be sharing a message as well – please be praying for us, thank you!
Tune in tomorrow for another report, and don’t forget to check out our facebook page for lots of photos!
– Pastor Chris Jordan

About Chris Jordan

Husband. Father. Author. Pastor. High School Bible Teacher. Follower of Jesus. And I enjoy a good cup of coffee!
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