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New Covenant Church

Serving In Costa Rica
July 13, 2019
Community: Lagunilla
Partner: Iglesia Biblica Sama
Staff: Eros Gutierrez, Laura Vasquez, Josué Toruño Madriz , Jacqueline Navarro

We Made It!

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! 

We Made It!

Building Relationships

by Nathan Norman | July 13, 2019 8:06 PM

We are 40 strong and are already creating lasting memories!

Building Relationships

Food!

by Nathan Norman | July 13, 2019 8:08 PM

We have already begun eating some fantastic Costa Rican food!  Que rico!
Food!

At the Feet of Jesus

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!

At the Feet of Jesus

Bienvenidos!

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!

Bienvenidos!

Ready for Church

by Nathan Norman | July 14, 2019 10:29 AM

We are ready to embrace all that God has for us this week as we support the local church!
Ready for Church

Serving

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!

Serving

Praising as One

by Nathan Norman | July 14, 2019 11:56 AM

It doesn't matter if we don't know Spanish because we are praising the same Jesus Christ!
Praising as One

Testimonies

by Nathan Norman | July 14, 2019 12:04 PM

This morning we were able to share the stories of what God has done in our lives.  Dave, Emma, Jeremy, and Kyle all shared their testimonies and encouraged the church in their walk with their Lord.
Testimonies

The Word

by Nathan Norman | July 14, 2019 12:28 PM

Pastor Tyler shared a powerful word with the church about how we can be tools that God can use to give hope to others as we walk in unity.
The Word

Pastor Edgar & Pastora Maribel

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!

Pastor Edgar & Pastora Maribel

Grocery Shopping

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!

Grocery Shopping

Praying to Prepare the Way

by Nathan Norman | July 14, 2019 6:03 PM

The 20 bags of groceries are packed, prayed over, and ready to be delivered!  We are praying for the Holy Spirit to direct our steps!
Praying to Prepare the Way

Invitations

by Nathan Norman | July 14, 2019 6:07 PM

We walked throughout the community passing out invitations for tomorrow's movie night and our VBS this week. We also had the chance the pray over many people!
Invitations

Futbol!

by Nathan Norman | July 14, 2019 6:20 PM

We had a blast sweating it out on the soccer field with some kids from the community!
Futbol!

The Project

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!

The Project

Demo!

by Nathan Norman | July 15, 2019 12:44 PM

First step is to tear down the walls!
Demo!

Nail Removal!

by Nathan Norman | July 15, 2019 12:46 PM

We are all smiles as we get dirty and sweaty!
Nail Removal!

Food Distribution

by Nathan Norman | July 15, 2019 12:52 PM

Today we started our Food Distribution ministry providing physical and spiritual food!
Food Distribution

Making New Friends

by Nathan Norman | July 15, 2019 12:55 PM

We were welcomed with open arms to this household.  Teresa lives here and takes care of her elderly mother.  She loves declaring Psalm 91 over their family!  We were mutually encouraged by spending time together today.
Making New Friends

Extension of the Local Church

by Nathan Norman | July 15, 2019 12:57 PM

What makes this week so incredible is being an extension of the local church.  Pastor Edgar went with us to each home as we passed out the food and helped us minister to the people in his community.
Extension of the Local Church

Paint!

by Nathan Norman | July 15, 2019 1:11 PM

There's work for everyone to do!
Paint!

Clowning Around

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 !

Clowning Around

Water Tank Project

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!

Water Tank Project

VBS Day #1

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!

VBS Day #1

Praise!

by Nathan Norman | July 15, 2019 4:52 PM

We love these kids!  We can't wait to see them all again tomorrow!

Praise!

Movie Night

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.

Movie Night

Pressing On!

by Nathan Norman | July 16, 2019 1:00 PM

It's Day #2 of our work project and we are continuing to make progress.

Pressing On!

Food Distribution Day #2

by Nathan Norman | July 16, 2019 1:12 PM

Today we encountered a young pastor that we were thrilled to meet while out doing Food Distribution!
Food Distribution Day #2

Blessing!

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.

Blessing!

Diggin'

by Nathan Norman | July 16, 2019 3:16 PM

Today we were digging holes for the water tank foundation.
Diggin'

Haulin'

by Nathan Norman | July 16, 2019 3:18 PM

We also spent a lot of time clearing out the tree limbs that were cut down.
Haulin'

VBS Day #2

by Nathan Norman | July 16, 2019 3:48 PM

We are so happy to be back with these precious kids today!

VBS Day #2

All Smiles!

by Nathan Norman | July 16, 2019 3:51 PM

We will do anything to share the love of Jesus...even becoming clowns for Christ!
All Smiles!

Grow!

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!

Grow!

Walls!

by Nathan Norman | July 16, 2019 6:35 PM

Walls are now forming on the house!  You should see the excitement and appreciation in Pastor Edgar's eyes each time he sees the progress!
Walls!

Youth-Led Service

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!

Youth-Led Service

Testimony Night

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!


Drama!

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!

Drama!

Altar Ministry

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!


Holy Spirit Time

by Nathan Norman | July 17, 2019 12:02 AM

The Holy Spirit was moving strong tonight among us all!

Holy Spirit Time

La Playa

by Nathan Norman | July 17, 2019 12:35 PM

This morning we took a few hours to enjoy God's creation at the beach.

La Playa

VBS Day #3

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!

VBS Day #3

Craft time!

by Nathan Norman | July 17, 2019 5:47 PM

The kids love using the glue and tissue paper to paper mache!

Craft time!

Water Fun!

by Nathan Norman | July 17, 2019 5:49 PM

Using nets and water balloons, we played a game with the kids!  It got a little crazy, but it was fun!
Water Fun!

Building the House

by Nathan Norman | July 17, 2019 5:51 PM

We are continuing to put up walls, run electric wires and prepare the walls of Pastor Edgar's house!
Building the House

Drainage Ditch

by Nathan Norman | July 17, 2019 5:53 PM

To continue to protect the house we are digging a new drainage ditch to keep the water away from the house!
Drainage Ditch

Anticipation is Building!

by Nathan Norman | July 17, 2019 11:58 PM

Pastor Edgar and Pastora Maribel has served this community so faithfully!  We cant wait for this house to be done so they can enjoy it!
Anticipation is Building!

Ready to Praise!

by Nathan Norman | July 17, 2019 11:59 PM

We serve a great God that is so worthy to be praised!
Ready to Praise!

Receiving Prayer

by Nathan Norman | July 18, 2019 12:01 AM

This evening the leaders of the church desired to pray over every person on our team.  It was a great blessing to have a moment to receive from the Lord!
Receiving Prayer

Delivering Love

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!

Delivering Love

Tank is Up!

by Nathan Norman | July 18, 2019 6:24 PM

We were able to finish the project of installing the new water tank that will provide water to Pastor Juan Carlos'
Tank is Up!

Final Day of VBS

by Nathan Norman | July 18, 2019 6:38 PM

We finished our fourth and final day of VBS.  These kids will be forever in our hearts!  We cant wait to come back and see how they have grown in the Lord!
Final Day of VBS

Super Heroes!

by Nathan Norman | July 18, 2019 6:40 PM

We have loved worshiping Jesus with the Costa Rican children!
Super Heroes!

Working til the End!

by Nathan Norman | July 18, 2019 11:15 PM

A group stayed back to make sure that the project was completed!  We did it!

Working til the End!

Taking It All In

by Nathan Norman | July 18, 2019 11:17 PM

Pastor Edgar was caught taking in the view from his newly poured porch!
Taking It All In

See Ya Later

by Nathan Norman | July 18, 2019 11:19 PM

Tonight we said our goodbyes to the local church.  We know that its not goodbye though, its only see ya later!
See Ya Later

Recreation Day!

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!

Recreation Day!

Can We Stay Forever?

by Nathan Norman | July 19, 2019 4:11 PM

Do we have to go home?   Costa Rica has captured our hearts!

Can We Stay Forever?

Heading Home!

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!

Heading Home!

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Comments

Karla Jones

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!

Christen Jones

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!

Just Crow

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!! ❤️😘😘

Katie tracey

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!

Judy Crow

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!! 😘😘💕😘😘

Kim Doherty

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!

Susan Hughes

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.

Teresa Hall

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 :)

Chicken nugget

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

Michelle Hamor

July 13, 2019 6:40 PM

Praise God for his provision! We look forward to hearing the stories about the lives touched.

Judy Crow

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!! 😘

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