CR pastors being honored at 2012 Costa Rica For Christ national convention. On the left, Terry Hull comes to the stage to pray for these faithful brothers.

CR pastors being honored at 2012 Costa Rica For Christ national convention. On the left, Terry Hull comes to the stage to pray for these faithful brothers.

Want To Come?

We will return to Costa Rica in January, Lord willing, for our 10th evangelism outing since Terry and Norma began leading these trips in 2008. On nine previous trips we have taken 80 different people from four states to the Central American mission field.

We have:
• Performed health clinics and/or construction projects in 15 towns and villages.
• Built a church building or built/remodeled structures to be used as churches in four locations.
• Added classrooms at two other churches.
• Offered seven Preaching-Teaching Conventions attended by hundreds of Costa Ricans from across the country.
• Distributed hundreds of Bibles and books and thousands of gospel tracts.

Here’s what’s coming up in January 2017:

Discipleship University

Instead of a convention this year, we are focusing our energy on Discipleship University, an intensive day-long class of Bible training for pastors and church leaders. This is something Costa Rican church leaders have repeatedly asked for.

Perez Zeledon

We will travel to a region in south CR we have not visited previously: Perez Zeledon, about three hours south of San Jose. We will work with a church in the impoverished village of Tierra Prometida (which means, “Promised Land!”)

Rural Churches

Unlike the larger multi-church worship services we have facilitated before, this year we will worship on Wed evening and Sun morning in small, rural churches. These small churches will love having guests from the U.S., and we will love experiencing authentic worship and fellowship with them.

Construction Projects, Health Clinics

We will perform construction and offer health clinics at Perez Zeledon, where Pedro Calvo is pastor of a church about 50 people, and at Leon XIII, where Rolando Aragon pastors a small church in one of the roughest and poorest neighborhoods of San Jose.

CR4C Day Camp

We MAY offer a day camp for children and young teens, including a gospel presentation, Bible stories and classes, music, games and food. It all depends on YOU. We need to recruit some team members who are called to help with this aspect of our outreach.

What About You?

Want to join us? We’d love to have you.

• Do you have any medical or health training to bring to our health clinics?
• Are you willing to be a non-medical volunteer on our clinics?
• Are you handy? Want to help with our construction projects?
• Are you good with kids? Want to help with CR4C Day Camp?

Want to know more? For all the details: See our CR4C Jan 2017 Prospectus.

Do You Have Beautiful Feet?

Terry Hull —  September 23, 2014 — 1 Comment

Announcing our seventh annual Costa Rica For Christ evangelism trip: Jan. 19-26, 2015.

Every January since 2008, Terry and Norma Hull of Joshua One Ministries have led a group of Christians to Costa Rica for a week of fellowship, assistance, evangelism, preaching, teaching and fun in Costa Rica.

We are now accepting names for our 2015 team. But please hurry! We have blocked out 30 seats on Delta Airlines, and on Oct. 6, we must pay a $100 nonrefundable deposit for every seat we want to keep. So, if you have a serious interest in joining our team, now is the time to speak up.

During our week in Costa Rica, we will be:

    • Doing a construction project to assist an impoverished church.
    • Offering free health clinics to provide minor health care to low income citizens.
    • Hosting a three-day Preaching-Teaching Convention for hundreds of Costa Rican Christians.
    • Conducting a half-day pastors/pastors wives leadership seminar.

Mainly, we will be bringing love and encouragement to the two dozen independent Christian churches we work with in Costa Rica through our friend, Evangelist Rodrigo Rojas.

Cost of the trip per team member is $1975, with the first $100 due on Oct. 6. For more information, send an email to . I’ll send you a four-page prospectus with all the information you need about this missions opportunity.

“How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher? How will they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news of good things!’” (Romans 10:14-15)

Jackie Robinson with the Brooklyn Dodgers, 1947

Jackie Robinson with the Brooklyn Dodgers, 1947

“42” is the first very good, but not quite great, movie of 2013.

“42” is also the first good baseball movie in a couple of years. (“Moneyball” was pretty good in 2011, but “42” is better.) “42” is also the first good Christian movie of 2013.

In other words, go see “42.”

“42” tells the true story of Jackie Robinson, the first African American to play major league baseball in the modern era, when he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1946. After a year with the Montreal farm club, Robinson took the field with the Dodgers in 1947.

That’s just long enough ago to be “an earlier time” for most of us. In the 21st century, it is nearly impossible to fathom the response our nation had, just 66 years ago, to a black man stepping onto the baseball field with white players.

It made headlines across the country. Some of Robinson’s own teammates signed a petition stating their refusal to play with him. Some opposing teams threatened to forfeit their games.

Robinson and his family received death threats. When he took to the field, many in the stands booed. When he was at bat, pitchers aimed for his head. When he was on the field, base runners spiked his legs. Opposing managers and players taunted him publicly with vicious epithets.

Robinson, just 28 years old, endured it all. He took the sins of a nation upon his young shoulders without lashing out or fighting back.

Martin Luther King was 18 years old that year. Just seven years later, in 1955, King led the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Rosa Parks is famous for bravely refusing to move to the back of the bus, sparking that boycott. But Parks wasn’t the first to demonstrate such courage. In 1944, two years before being signed by the Dodgers, Jackie Robinson, an Army soldier, refused to give up his seat on an Army bus at Fort Hood, Texas. He was brought under court-martial and acquitted.

I am a white man, but I owe a debt of thanks to Jackie Robinson for making America a better nation. I certainly have no desire to live in a country where African Americans or people of any race are degraded for their skin color or deprived of liberty or respect. Although racism certainly still exists, I am thankful for how far our nation has come, and thankful to Robinson and King for leading the way.

“42” not only tells the story of Robinson, but of Dodgers general manager Branch Rickey, who courageously defied the color line by signing Robinson to his team. Rickey is played by Harrison Ford, in one of the best performances of his career.

Branch Rickey was “a dedicated, Bible-loving Christian,” according to his biographer. Of all the great players in the Negro Leagues, Rickey chose Robinson partly because Robinson was a fellow Christian. Like Rickey, Robinson’s mother was a devout Methodist, and Robinson himself taught Sunday School.

When Rickey challenged Robinson to become major league baseball’s first black player, he warned Robinson that he would be subjected to hatred and threats of violence, to which he would have no choice but to follow Christ’s admonition to turn the other cheek, to be someone “with guts enough not to fight back.”

If Robinson had attempted to fight racism with his fists, he could never have beat all the ignorance and hatred out of an entire nation. But by standing there, by taking it, by turning the other cheek, by rising above, by proving that he was far the better man than those who derided him, Robinson forced the entire nation to take sides — either with the brave young man standing proudly on the field alone, or with the ignorant, hate-filled racists in the bleachers.

The one shortcoming of “42,” and it is a big one, is that although the movie highlights Rickey’s faith and love for the Scriptures, it fails to shine the same spotlight on Robinson’s faith. Rickey was a great man, but the title of this movie is “42.” That’s the number that Robinson wore as he stood defiantly on the ballfield as thousands surrounding him poured out their venom. “42” is a good movie that could have been great if it had done more to reveal Robinson’s inner motivations, especially the faith that empowered him.

Jackie Robinson was indeed a Christian, who ended each day on his knees in prayer, especially during the anguish of 1947. In one of the few times the movie does give a glimpse of Robinson’s faith, he tells his wife, Rachel, that he won’t give up.

“I won’t,” Robinson said. “God built me to last.”

In Oklahoma City, it is rare for a theater audience to applaud a movie. I am pleased to say that in my neighborhood last Saturday, the Jackie Robinson story, as told in “42,” received an ovation from my fellow theater-goers. I recommend it highly.

People who are great dancers, and people who never will be.
People who are rabid about sports, and people who are not.
People who really love pets, and people who really don’t.

Good-looking people, and people who — not so much.
People who are in a rush, and people who are taking their time.
People who are afraid, and people who are not afraid.

People who smile, and people who don’t.
People who watch the credits, and people who aren’t watching.
People who enjoy an ice cold beer on a hot summer day, and people who never will.

People who want to go to church, and people who don’t want to go.
People who walk by faith, and people who walk by sight.
People who get it, and people who don’t.

People whom God loves.

One of the most consistent patterns of God’s dealings with us is this:
Vision → Death → Resurrection → Triumph

Looking back, can you see that pattern in your own life?

We could call it the Easter Formula. In all the span of history, the most obvious example of this divine pattern is the phenomenal events of Easter.

  • The promise of a Messiah.
  • The torturous death of Christ on the cross.
  • His amazing resurrection from the dead.
  • His promised return to reign in eternal triumph.

“Up from the grave He arose, with a mighty triumph o’er his foes.
He arose a victor from the dark domain.
And He lives forever, with His saints to reign.
He arose! He arose! Hallelujah! Christ arose!”

Vision → death → resurrection → triumph is the proclamation of Easter. Look back over your own life, and I am sure you will see the Easter Formula repeated many times.

• God gave you a Vision. Maybe a specific promise impressed upon your heart. Maybe a calling received through His Holy Spirit. Maybe a desire or ambition that was a product of the unique person God created you to be.

• Then came the complete Death of that vision. The harsh circumstances of this life, including very possibly your own sins and shortcomings, made fulfillment of the vision seem utterly impossible. All hope was dead.

• Then, amazingly, miraculously, God Resurrected your vision and led you to Triumph. God kept His promise, long after you had given up. God worked in and through you to carry out your calling. God fulfilled that ambition at a time and in a way that you would never have believed possible.

God is the Great Author, and this is one of His most common story lines.

Abraham and Sarah longed to have a son. Infertility and the passage of time brought complete death to that vision. Then, God renewed their hope and miraculously gave them a son, Isaac, in their old age.

• God gave Joseph the dream of being a great ruler. Then Joseph’s dream was completely smashed to bits. Kidnapped, sold into slavery, falsely accused, thrown into prison — Joseph’s dream couldn’t have been any deader. Then God miraculously moved Joseph from travail to triumph, from imprisonment to power. Joseph’s vision came true, long after all hope was dead and gone.

• God positioned Moses to deliver his fellow countrymen. He grew up in the palace, the adopted grandson of Pharaoh! Then, due entirely to his own lawlessness, Moses became a murderer and fugitive and alien. The chance of ever being Israel’s deliverer was completely dead. But a full generation later, when Moses was 80 years old, God resurrected that vision in a spectacular way. Moses delivered God’s people and become one of the most important figures of history, long after fulfillment was a complete impossibility.

And that’s just Genesis and Exodus. This divine pattern, the Easter Formula, continues throughout the Scriptures. Consider David: anointed as a young boy, hunted down as a young man, then crowned the king. Job: who had it all, then lost it all, then received it all back twice over. Vision, death and resurrection have played out several times in the amazing story of Israel, and that nation’s ultimate Triumph lies ahead. It is even the story of this planet, from paradise lost … to sin, suffering, the coming tribulation, and ultimately, complete destruction … before the revelation of a New Earth.

What is the message of the Easter Formula in your own personal life right now?

Have hope: Don’t be fooled by the death of your vision. God is in the miracle-working business. Your hopelessness may be a step toward resurrection and triumph.

Have wisdom: Don’t be fooled by the source of your vision. God never promised to grant every whim or fulfill each earthly desire. However, if the promise came from Him, it will come to pass. Distinguishing between God’s vision and our own, between God’s hand at work and our own fleshly activity, is one of the great arts of spirituality. But it is possible to do. Search your heart. Ask for wisdom. Plead with the Great Communicator to make His will known.

Be patient: God is a patient God. He does not mark time the same way we do. Consider the stories above. Triumph often comes decades, centuries or even millennia after the vision.

Rise above: Life is about the process. Surely that much is clear.

The story of Christ, the greatest story ever told, is not finished yet. Actually, Jesus has barely begun. He came, He died and He rose again. That was just the First Act in the story of the Kingdom.

Now we wait. We hope. We are wise. Waiting patiently. Rising above. Believing that He will return … in triumph. And then — no more suffering, no more pain, no more poverty, no more hardship, no more death, no more tears.

“We eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of [His] power.” (Phil 3:20-21)

“Live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our Great God and Savior, Christ Jesus.” (Titus 2:12-13).