Costa Rica 2014 – Day #7b: Feeding the Poor and Homeless in Playas del Coco

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This evening, our team experienced their most challenging mission assignment thus far on this trip: Street ministry in Playas del Coco. Many of the members of our team had never encountered homeless people before, or people living on the streets, and so it was a very emotionally overwhelming experience for many of them. We began to meet and greet the people as they showed up – over 40 of them (including several children). Then we handed out clothes to some of the people there, presented our songs, drama and cardboard testimonies, followed by a message from our missionary host Pastor John Overholt. We ended off our time together by providing every one there with a very simple meal of hot dogs, crackers and juice. Here are just a few snapshots of the event…

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One of the things our team does at the end of each day is have a team time of sharing and debriefing and discussing the events of the day, including highlights, thoughts and feelings. During tonight’s meeting, I shared with the team something Jesus taught in Matthew 25 about the day of judgment:

“Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’ Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me. (v.34-40).

As I started reading this Scripture, I was overwhelmed by the presence of the Holy Spirit and began sobbing as I read through the verses. Many of our team members were also overcome by emotion as we sensed the heart of Jesus for the poor and needy in our world, along with our responsibility to do something about it. My hope and prayer is that we will never forget the experiences we have had here, and that we will return home with a greater appreciation of the good life we have in Canada, and be moved with compassion to reach out to those less fortunate than us, whether they live in Canada, Costa Rica, or elsewhere…

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About Chris Jordan

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