Costa Rica 2014 – Day #4: Local Community Outreach in Martina Bustos

Today, I thought I would open my Costa Rica Mission Trip Adventure blog with a commentary from our host missionary, Pastor John Overholt:

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I believe the success of a church is measured more by the impact it makes upon the community than the size of the congregation. Today, with the help of our team from Beausejour, Canada, our two churches in Martina Bustos made a huge impact upon their community. More than 300 children and adults attended a family fair put on by the Canadian team. The expression of the faces in these pictures tell the story. (posted on Facebook).

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It might not have seemed like a very spiritually engaging day – we hosted a family fair with face painting, visor crafts, bean bag and football toss games, prizes and candy for the neighbourhood kids. But after the fair, our team shared our two Spanish children’s worship songs, as well as our How Great is Our God human video, and the passionate evangelist Pastor Juan Carlos gave an evangelistic message and altar, which over a hundred people (so hard to know how many for sure!) responded to. Praise the Lord!

Note – we were anticipating around 100 kids, so as you can imagine, to see around 300 show up was a bit overwhelming for several of the team members at first. However, I’m happy to report that they all did an excellent job of rising to the challenge and ministering the love of Jesus to the precious, beautiful people of Martina Bustos!

One of the things I like about our mission trip is the fact that we are coming alongside of the local churches in this country, so that after our team leaves at the end of our trip, the fruit will remain in the lives of those we ministered to. That those who were saved, delivered or healed can continue to grow in their personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Amen! Here are some pics from the fair today:

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After a long hard day of work, Pastor John and Debbie took the team to the waterfalls for a little refreshing rest and relaxation, experiencing the beauty of God’s creation in Costa Rica!


Photo Credit: The first three photos at the top were taken by Pastor John Overholt.


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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