by Nathan Norman | July 13, 2019 6:31 PM
We made it safely to Costa Rica! We are so excited to be here and can’t wait to see what God has in store for this week!
by Nathan Norman | July 13, 2019 8:06 PM
We are 40 strong and are already creating lasting memories!
by Nathan Norman | July 13, 2019 8:08 PM
by Nathan Norman | July 13, 2019 10:40 PM
We know that we are only here by the grace given because of Jesus Christ. So there is no one else who is worthy of our worship!
by Nathan Norman | July 14, 2019 10:26 AM
We were welcomed back with open arms to the church in Lagunilla where Pastor Edgar has faithfully served. It's so great to be back!
by Nathan Norman | July 14, 2019 10:29 AM
by Nathan Norman | July 14, 2019 11:53 AM
This week we are here to serve in anyway that is necessary. This morning that meant helping the cooks!
by Nathan Norman | July 14, 2019 11:56 AM
by Nathan Norman | July 14, 2019 12:04 PM
by Nathan Norman | July 14, 2019 12:28 PM
by Nathan Norman | July 14, 2019 3:10 PM
This afternoon we had the opportunity to sit and listen to the great adventure Pastor Edgar & Pastora Maribel have been on as they yielded and submitted to the voice of the Lord. We were able to encourage them through prayer and sharing Scriptures. We were so encouraged by their faithfulness!
by Nathan Norman | July 14, 2019 6:00 PM
We went grocery shopping for the Food Distribution that will take place this week. We bought enough food to bless 20 families!
by Nathan Norman | July 14, 2019 6:03 PM
by Nathan Norman | July 14, 2019 6:07 PM
by Nathan Norman | July 14, 2019 6:20 PM
by Nathan Norman | July 15, 2019 12:42 PM
This week we are working to finish the Pastor's house that we began 2 years ago! Yesterday Pastora Maribel said that during the last hurricane she remembered each of us and praised God that her house was protected because of the work we did on our last trip!
by Nathan Norman | July 15, 2019 12:44 PM
by Nathan Norman | July 15, 2019 12:46 PM
by Nathan Norman | July 15, 2019 12:52 PM
by Nathan Norman | July 15, 2019 12:55 PM
by Nathan Norman | July 15, 2019 12:57 PM
by Nathan Norman | July 15, 2019 1:11 PM
by Nathan Norman | July 15, 2019 3:00 PM
Bring on VBS! We are ready to share the love of Jesus with all of the children !
by Nathan Norman | July 15, 2019 3:10 PM
This week we are also serving with the church where we are lodging. We will be installing a water tank to provide a better source of water for the entire church campus. First we have to cut down trees to prepare the area!
by Nathan Norman | July 15, 2019 3:58 PM
We had about 59 kids come to our first day of VBS! We taught the kids about how God created them each uniquely for a purpose!
by Nathan Norman | July 15, 2019 4:52 PM
We love these kids! We can't wait to see them all again tomorrow!
by Nathan Norman | July 15, 2019 9:02 PM
Tonight we watched Incredibles 2 at the church. Many people (especially kids) showed up! At the end we were able to share testimonies and introduce everyone to Pastor Edgar.
by Nathan Norman | July 16, 2019 1:00 PM
It's Day #2 of our work project and we are continuing to make progress.
by Nathan Norman | July 16, 2019 1:12 PM
by Nathan Norman | July 16, 2019 1:15 PM
What a blessing it has been to be led by the local church during Food Distribution! We have been able to hear amazing stories and encourage those we visited.
by Nathan Norman | July 16, 2019 3:16 PM
by Nathan Norman | July 16, 2019 3:18 PM
by Nathan Norman | July 16, 2019 3:48 PM
We are so happy to be back with these precious kids today!
by Nathan Norman | July 16, 2019 3:51 PM
by Nathan Norman | July 16, 2019 6:32 PM
For a caterpillar to become a butterfly it has to eat! Today we taught how we grow in our faith by feeding on the Word of God. We also made some cute caterpillar crafts!
by Nathan Norman | July 16, 2019 6:35 PM
by Nathan Norman | July 16, 2019 8:57 PM
Tonight we led the entire service at Iglesia Biblical Lagunilla. We led worship mixed with English and Spanish. In Jesus Christ there is no language barrier!
by Nathan Norman | July 16, 2019 9:03 PM
We overcome by the blood of the lamb and the word of our testimony!
Tonight many of us shared our testimonies with the church!
by Nathan Norman | July 16, 2019 9:47 PM
We performed a drama that left many of the church weeping! The message of the cross is still changing lives!
by Nathan Norman | July 16, 2019 11:59 PM
After the service we invited everyone to come forward to receive prayer. It was a powerful time of ministry!
by Nathan Norman | July 17, 2019 12:02 AM
The Holy Spirit was moving strong tonight among us all!
by Nathan Norman | July 17, 2019 12:35 PM
This morning we took a few hours to enjoy God's creation at the beach.
by Nathan Norman | July 17, 2019 5:12 PM
About 100 kids (not including parents) joined us for Day #3 of VBS! Our most attended day so far!
by Nathan Norman | July 17, 2019 5:47 PM
The kids love using the glue and tissue paper to paper mache!
by Nathan Norman | July 17, 2019 5:49 PM
by Nathan Norman | July 17, 2019 5:51 PM
by Nathan Norman | July 17, 2019 5:53 PM
by Nathan Norman | July 17, 2019 11:58 PM
by Nathan Norman | July 17, 2019 11:59 PM
by Nathan Norman | July 18, 2019 12:01 AM
by Nathan Norman | July 18, 2019 6:20 PM
Today we finished delivering 20 bags of groceries to precious families. Each family was special and God orchestrated every word that was shared!
by Nathan Norman | July 18, 2019 6:24 PM
by Nathan Norman | July 18, 2019 6:38 PM
by Nathan Norman | July 18, 2019 6:40 PM
by Nathan Norman | July 18, 2019 11:15 PM
A group stayed back to make sure that the project was completed! We did it!
by Nathan Norman | July 18, 2019 11:17 PM
by Nathan Norman | July 18, 2019 11:19 PM
by Nathan Norman | July 19, 2019 2:58 PM
We woke up early this morning to drive to Las Lagos in La Fortuna. We rode horses, zip-lined, saw a lot of wildlife, and enjoyed the hot spring pools!
by Nathan Norman | July 19, 2019 4:11 PM
Do we have to go home? Costa Rica has captured our hearts!
by Nathan Norman | July 20, 2019 9:01 AM
We have begun our journey home and can't wait to tell you all of the amazing things God did! We will miss you Costa Rica!
July 17, 2019 10:45 PM
It’s great to see all the different ways the team has been able to take part in. We know you will have so much to share when you get back. Continued prayers to you all , and if you see my Natalee, hugs from Nana!
July 17, 2019 6:38 AM
This is amazing!!! Love being connected through this journal and seeing God working through each of you! We love seeing you Natalee serving and are praying for strength for each day!
July 17, 2019 5:39 AM
Oh my heart rejoices with y’all! God is so good and He is doing great things!! His love is everlasting and His truth ensures forever!!! He never fails us!! Thank you for sharing His love to those around you!! Many blessings!! Praying for you as you continue to pour out His love in the construction and other things your are building in the natural and the spiritual!! Love y’all so much!! Thanks for sharing these updates it means so much!! Missing Hannah and Amie but am so glad for this opportunity!! ❤️😘😘
July 16, 2019 7:15 AM
Look at all those smiling faces!! You guys are doing such incredible work and I could not be more proud of each one of you!! You are making a difference in this world! Love you guys!
July 15, 2019 3:05 PM
Praying for all the kids coming tonight that they will feel His presence in a real way and their hearts be drawn to their Savior!! Praying for you all! Love you!! 😘😘💕😘😘
July 15, 2019 3:02 PM
I appreciate all of the pictures and communication! I feel so connected to Morgan and her team! It's so much fun seeing what everyone is up too! You all are in our constant thoughts and prayers! Morgan, we love you and miss you, but are so proud of you! Way to be world changers and bring the love of Christ to others, NCC Shift! You all rock!
July 15, 2019 1:20 PM
Hi Hanna, looks like you are having fun! Love and miss you! Praying for everyone on the team this week as well.
July 14, 2019 6:39 PM
Praying for all of you. Have a wonderful trip!!
Jim and Kellie O'Brien
July 14, 2019 1:45 PM
Praying God will do BIG and great things through your team as you serve the Lord and the people in Costa Rica! Praying for our Natalee :)
July 14, 2019 12:28 PM
Hey French fry and Sara! I miss you very much. I hope you have fun and make new friends. And French fry, have you found your surprise yet?? I love you Sara and don’t forget to bring me a bracelet home! Kyle- work hard! Love- Chicken nugget
July 13, 2019 6:40 PM
Praise God for his provision! We look forward to hearing the stories about the lives touched.
July 13, 2019 6:37 PM
So happy y’all made it safely! Praying for a wonderful week filled with all that God has for you and those you meet!! Love y’all! Especially our Amie and Hannah!! 😘
LATEST TRIP JOURNALS
Guatemala | September 23, 2022
Guatemala | September 24, 2022
Coffeeville First Baptist
Hawaii | September 25, 2022
Son Rise Community Church
Appalachia | September 28, 2022
Costa Rica | September 29, 2022
Our customizable mission trips allow each person on your team of adults to find a place to serve, regardless of their interest or skills.
Africa's many countries boast a wide array of beauty, culture and needs. Destinations include South Africa and Ghana.
Serve with Praying Pelican across the Caribbean—locations include Haiti, Jamaica, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, the Bahamas, and Puerto Rico.
Serve with Praying Pelican across the Central America—locations include Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica.
College students are looking for a place to make a meaningful impact. Amplify that impact by partnering alongside a local church.
This is your opportunity to serve alongside a local church and experience God in a different culture—from Belize, to Cuba, to South Africa and beyond.
Get all the information you need about our mission trips and what your group can expect as they serve on mission with Praying Pelican.
From our hometown of Minneapolis to the island of Puerto Rico, USA mission trips are diverse in service opportunities, cultural experiences, and community needs.
Deepen your youth mission trip by doing ministry built on genuine partnerships, long term relationships, and sustainable ministry.