January 2012 Evangelism Trip to Costa Rica Part 3: Health Clinics
We gave free health care to 271 people, mostly women and children, in three impoverished rural villages: Santa Elena, Frailes and San Juan Sur. We support and encourage Christian churches in each of those villages, so our clinics also provided an evangelistic boost for those churches.
Our health clinics draw many women and children. Lots of kids show up — some because they are sick and some because they want to see the visiting gringos. We bring games, crafts and Bible coloring pages.
Below, Norma Hull explains the tract, “Sobre Todo, Jesús Te Ama!” which means, “Above All, Jesus Loves You!” Who can measure the eternal impact we have on these children?
January 2012 Evangelism Trip to Costa Rica Part 2: Annual San José Preaching-Teaching Convention
Several hundred believers from throughout Costa Rica attended our three-day Preaching-Teaching Convention in San José. It was the fifth year we have hosted this annual convention in CR’s capital city.
The Convention theme was “Ven, Señor Jesús!” which means “Come Lord Jesus!” (Rev. 22:20). Terry Hull brought three messages on end-times prophecy: on the Rapture, the Second Coming, and the Millennial Kingdom. Terry is pictured above, with Josué Rojas translating.
Three people answered the invitation to accept Jesus as Savior! Praise the Lord.
LEADERSHIP SEMINAR FOR PASTORS AND PASTORS’ WIVES
On Saturday of the convention, we offered two workshops: One for about 30 pastors, led by Terry Hull and Josué Rojas (pictured above), and the other for about 25 pastor’s wives, led by Leticia Baez and Norma Hull (pictured below).
After the workshops, we treated the pastors and wives to lunch. We served a catered lunch for about 80 church leaders. We also presented each pastor couple with a gift bag. Norma Hull put the gift bags together, and that’s Norma aabove presenting a bag to one pastor couple.
* * * * * JANUARY 2012 EVANGELISM TRIP TO COSTA RICA
January 2012 Evangelism Trip to Costa Rica Part 1: Introduction
Our January evangelism trip to San José, Costa Rica, was a great success! Thanks and God bless each of you who helped make this outreach possible through your financial gifts and your prayers.
We achieved every single one of our goals. Praise the Lord! Here is a brief report on our eight-day adventure, January 16-23, 2012:
• Each of our 15 team members was protected from serious injury or illness. From 2008-2012 we have taken a total of 68 believers to CR, and we have brought each one home safely and without serious mishap. Praise the Lord our Protector!
• Several hundred people attended our Preaching-Teaching Convention.
• We gave free health care to 271 people in impoverished rural villages.
• We accomplished two construction projects at two churches.
Photos and more details on the next pages give you a glimpse of our evangelism experience. Thanks for giving, thanks for praying, and thanks for caring. Please continue to keep our friends, pastors, and churches in Costa Rica in your daily prayers.
If you are interested in joining us for our January 2013 outreach to Costa Rica, let us know so we can keep you informed, and watch this website for more information.
* * * * * JANUARY 2012 EVANGELISM TRIP TO COSTA RICA
In March 2012, a few of us associated with Joshua One Ministries will make an exciting journey to visit some very special friends of ours who live in the rainforest of southern Costa Rica. We are now forming our team for this exciting adventure to the Chirripó Mountains. We are limiting the size of our team to 10-12 people. Because the journey will be quite strenous, only those in top physical condition should consider joining us. Do you have an interest in being part of our team?
Approximately 12,000 Native Americans of the Cabécares tribe live in the Chirripó Mountains of south CR. The Cabécar lifestyle is very primitive. They have had very little interaction with the “outside world.” One Costa Rican newspaper has called the Cabécar the “hidden people.”
The Chirripó terrain is a rainforest. The economy is mostly self-subsistence and barter. Homes are grass huts in which people sleep on the ground. Polygamy is common. The language is Cabécar (Spanish is spoken by some but not all). The Cabécar people are mostly illiterate. As a matter of fact, the Cabécar had no written language until missionaries developed one for them in the 1970s.
Even in this remote place, the Lord is not without a witness. During our four previous visits to Costa Rica, we have formed friendships with some Cabécar Christians who have attended the annual Preaching and Teaching Convention we host each January in San José. We are familiar with seven churches in the Chirripó Mountains which have a combined membership of about 300 believers.
Next March, a group of us will make our very first journey to the Cabécar reserve to fellowship with our Chirripó friends in their native setting. We are extremely excited about this remarkable opportunity.
The journey to the Chirripó Mountains will be strenuous. On Mar. 20, we will fly from Oklahoma CitytoSan José. We will spend the night in the capital city. The next morning we leave in rented vans for Quetzal, a small village south ofSan José, about a four-hour drive. From Quetzal, we will hike on foot for about four hours into the ChirripóMountains. On our backs we will carry our bed rolls, food and supplies for our four-night stay with the Cabécar brethren. We will sleep on the ground under open-air, thatched-roof structures called “ranchos.”
During the four days we are in the Chirripó, we will fellowship with our Christian friends, visit their churches, and preach and teach God’s Word. We are also exploring the possibility of a construction project and a health clinic.
For more details, please see: CR4C-Mar2012-Prospectus1. If you believe God may be calling you to be part of this outreach to the Chirripó people, please contact me, Terry Hull, at terryhull AT joshuaone DOT org.