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Westside Family Church

Serving In Costa Rica
July 27, 2019
Community: Filadelfia, Liberia
Partner: Biblica Sinai, Iglesia Biblica Emanuel
Staff: Ishi Vega, Josué Toruño Madriz , Aaron Diaz, Karla Dodero, Paula Marchena

Staff is Ready!

by Nathan Norman | July 27, 2019 3:39 PM

Our staff is ready to lead and serve this week!  We have been praying for an incredible week serving alongside of the local church!

Staff is Ready!

We Made It!

by Nathan Norman | July 27, 2019 6:51 PM

We all made it to beautiful Costa Rica and can't wait to get started sharing the love of Jesus Christ everywhere that we go!

We Made It!

Prayer Walk

by Nathan Norman | July 27, 2019 6:55 PM

The first thing on our agenda was to pray!  We hit the streets in four different groups to pray for the city of Liberia and the special people that we met.
Prayer Walk

Sweet Encounters

by Nathan Norman | July 27, 2019 11:05 PM

We encountered the sweetest elderly man today and he allowed us to pray for him. 

Sweet Encounters

Pastor Jose Joaquin

by Nathan Norman | July 27, 2019 11:09 PM

Tonight we spent time listening to Pastor's heart for ministry and for the Lord.
Pastor Jose Joaquin

Blessing the Pastors

by Nathan Norman | July 27, 2019 11:11 PM

We ended the night by praying over the Pastors.
Blessing the Pastors

Alive!

by Nathan Norman | July 28, 2019 11:23 AM

The church of Jesus is alive!  We serve a risen Savior and we have a reason to rejoice!  What a privilege it was to worship with our brothers and sisters in Costa Rica this morning.

Alive!

Testimonies

by Nathan Norman | July 28, 2019 11:27 AM

This morning we were able to share our testimonies with the local church.  We know that God has redeemed our lives for a purpose and we were happy to testify of His grace in our lives!
Testimonies

Pastor John

by Nathan Norman | July 28, 2019 11:50 AM

This morning Pastor John preached from Hebrews 12 and encouraged each person in their calling from the Lord.
Pastor John

Praying Over Families

by Nathan Norman | July 28, 2019 12:38 PM

After the sermon, we spent time praying for people as they responded to the preached Word of God.  What a blessing to sow into these precious people!

Praying Over Families

Looking Good!

by Nathan Norman | July 28, 2019 4:33 PM

We are all doing great and loving Costa Rica!

Looking Good!

Invites!

by Nathan Norman | July 28, 2019 4:41 PM

This afternoon we divided up and went door-to-door inviting everyone to our 2 different Kid's Gig activities we will put on Monday and Tuesday.

Invites!

Amigos

by Nathan Norman | July 28, 2019 4:47 PM

We are having a blast making new friends in Filadelfia!
Amigos

Shopping!

by Nathan Norman | July 28, 2019 5:33 PM

We experienced a Costa Rican grocery store and bought enough food to deliver to 60 families this week!

Shopping!

Girl Time!

by Nathan Norman | July 28, 2019 5:35 PM

We have been hanging out at Hollywood Park showing the love of Jesus while playing, painting nails, and sweating!
Girl Time!

Futbol!

by Nathan Norman | July 28, 2019 6:01 PM

Futbol (soccer) crosses every language barrier!

Futbol!

Kid's Gig!

by Nathan Norman | July 29, 2019 11:48 AM

This morning we did 2 different Kid's Gig events. We love worshiping Jesus with these kids!
Kid's Gig!

Bambu

by Nathan Norman | July 29, 2019 12:01 PM

We had a great time in the Bambu community sharing the love of Jesus with all of the kids!
Bambu

Hollywood

by Nathan Norman | July 29, 2019 12:09 PM

Dancing with the kids in the community of Hollywood brings us so much joy!
Hollywood

Bible!

by Nathan Norman | July 29, 2019 1:07 PM

We were able to share the story of Jesus' baptism!  We were thrilled to let the kids know that Jesus is God's son, the Savior of the world!
Bible!

Craft Time!

by Nathan Norman | July 29, 2019 2:24 PM

The kids really enjoyed making crafts with us!

Craft Time!

Iguana Park

by Nathan Norman | July 29, 2019 2:27 PM

In the central section of the town of Filadelfia is Iguana Park!  These things are huge!
Iguana Park

Food Distribution

by Nathan Norman | July 29, 2019 3:28 PM

Today we began our food distribution as we delivered 10 bags to families in the community.

Food Distribution

Prayer

by Nathan Norman | July 29, 2019 3:35 PM

As we did Food Distribution we had the opportunity to provide spiritual nurishment as well as physical food.
Prayer

Pato, Pato, Ganzo

by Nathan Norman | July 29, 2019 3:58 PM

We enjoyed playing Duck, Duck, Goose with the kids while the women were being ministered to.

Pato, Pato, Ganzo

Women's Ministry

by Nathan Norman | July 29, 2019 4:11 PM

We met with the women of the community in Hollywood to share our testimonies and encourage the ladies to follow Christ.
Women's Ministry

Breaking Chains

by Nathan Norman | July 29, 2019 4:13 PM

We prayed over the women to receive freedom from their chains and find freedom in Jesus.
Breaking Chains

Friends

by Nathan Norman | July 29, 2019 4:53 PM

Tanner made a new friend today. They cannot be separated!

Friends

Pastor Fidel

by Nathan Norman | July 30, 2019 11:15 AM

This week we have been alongside Pastor Fidel in Filadelfia!  We love his heart to reach the lost!

Pastor Fidel

Bubbles!

by Nathan Norman | July 30, 2019 11:17 AM

We are back at Hollywood and Bambu parks to share the love of Jesus Christ with the children .
Bubbles!

Fixed It!

by Nathan Norman | July 30, 2019 11:19 AM

Last year we installed basketball hoops at Bambu park.  This year we did a quick repair and the full court game is back on!
Fixed It!

Welcome to Hollywood!

by Nathan Norman | July 30, 2019 11:40 AM

Today we were back in Hollywood telling Bible stories, singing, dancing, playing games and making crafts!,

Welcome to Hollywood!

Looking Good!

by Nathan Norman | July 30, 2019 11:52 AM

We are having a blast loving on the children here!

Looking Good!

All about Jesus!

by Nathan Norman | July 30, 2019 12:07 PM

It's all about Jesus!  Every smile, hug, and act of kindness is for Jesus!
All about Jesus!

Bambu Crew

by Nathan Norman | July 30, 2019 1:07 PM

We are sweaty.  We are tired.  But we gave the kids at Bambu our all!  We are going to miss these kids!
Bambu Crew

Hollywood Crew

by Nathan Norman | July 30, 2019 1:16 PM

Representing for Hollywood!
Hollywood Crew

Another Day of Blessings

by Nathan Norman | July 30, 2019 3:57 PM

Today we did our 2nd day of Food Distribution in the community of Bambu.  We have been welcomed with open arms and the people have been sincere in sharing their prayer needs.

Another Day of Blessings

Family Friendly

by Nathan Norman | July 30, 2019 6:01 PM

It has been such a joy visiting with the different families.  The Holy Spirit definitely was leading as we stepped out in faith!

Family Friendly

17 Women!

by Nathan Norman | July 30, 2019 8:22 PM

During our time of women's ministry 17 women gave their hearts to Jesus.  These were all women who do not attend Pastor Fidel's church!  On Friday each of them will be given a Bible of their very own!  Praise God!

17 Women!

Water Fun!

by Nathan Norman | July 30, 2019 8:29 PM

Nothing is more fun on a hot day than squeezing a sponge full of water on someone's head and then running in a circle!

Water Fun!

Gas Tank!

by Nathan Norman | July 31, 2019 11:29 AM

Yesterday we met a woman who recently had the gas tank stolen off of her motorcycle.  Our hearts were touched to respond so that she can get back to work!  Today we will install the new tank!  The women responded with tears in gratitude to our gesture of God's love for her!

Gas Tank!

Teamwork!

by Nathan Norman | July 31, 2019 11:30 AM

We are a team here united with a common vision where every person matters to God!
Teamwork!

Elderly Day Care

by Nathan Norman | July 31, 2019 11:46 AM

This morning we went to love on the older generation at the elderly daycare.  These precious people were so fun to interact with, share our testimonies with, and encourage in the Lord!
Elderly Day Care

Door-to-Door

by Nathan Norman | July 31, 2019 11:50 AM

We continued throughout the community of Bambu praying for the people we encountered!  The Lord is faithful to lead us to the right people who needed their faith increased!
Door-to-Door

A Gift!

by Nathan Norman | July 31, 2019 1:15 PM

Going door to door we received a nice refreshing drink!

A Gift!

Power!

by Nathan Norman | July 31, 2019 1:17 PM

There is power in our prayers as we speak life into weary souls!
Power!

Kids!

by Nathan Norman | July 31, 2019 1:18 PM

As we visited Door-to-Door we ran into one of the kids from Kids Gig!
Kids!

Sharing

by Nathan Norman | July 31, 2019 3:51 PM

It has been such an incredible opportunity to honor the older generation of Costa Rican!

Sharing

BINGO!

by Nathan Norman | July 31, 2019 3:52 PM

Who doesn't love a good game of Bingo?
BINGO!

Church Plant: Sabana Grande

by Nathan Norman | July 31, 2019 3:56 PM

This afternoon we went to Sabana Grande to deliver groceries to the new church plant of Iglesias Biblical Emanuel Liberia!
Church Plant: Sabana Grande

Let's Go!

by Nathan Norman | July 31, 2019 4:06 PM

We're off to deliver 40 bags of groceries and invite households to the new church!
Let's Go!

Spiritual Blessings

by Nathan Norman | July 31, 2019 4:11 PM

This neighbor was happy that the new church arrived 9 months ago.  She used to walk about 8 or 9 miles to the nearest church.  Now she just walks down 2 houses!
Spiritual Blessings

61 Years

by Nathan Norman | July 31, 2019 4:17 PM

This woman has lived in the remote village of Sabana Grande for 61 years!  Today we visited her to invite her to the new church and give her a bag of groceries.
61 Years

All Smiles

by Nathan Norman | July 31, 2019 4:47 PM

What a joy it is to serve Jesus!

All Smiles

Dios es Bueno

by Nathan Norman | July 31, 2019 6:06 PM

The new church, "Dios es Bueno"  is alive and well!  Being the only church in the community, this church is a lighthouse of hope!  We were able to share a short service with them filled with testimonies and the Word of God being preached!

Dios es Bueno

Becca's Testimony

by Nathan Norman | July 31, 2019 6:31 PM

Becca shared her testimony of worshiping God in any circumstance just as Job did.  She gave a powerful charge to praise God and not be discouraged by our circumstances.


Saying "See Ya Later"

by Nathan Norman | July 31, 2019 8:51 PM

Tonight we said "see ya later" to the church in Filadelfia.  We will miss this place and these people!

Saying "See Ya Later"

Rec Day!

by Nathan Norman | August 1, 2019 1:24 PM

Today we spent our recreation day zip-lining, swimming, shopping, and eating!  What a fun day enjoying beautiful Costa Rica!

Rec Day!

3 Baptisms

by Nathan Norman | August 1, 2019 11:04 PM

We finished our final night in Costa Rica with Noah, Dan, and Tanner getting baptized!  What a way to end the week!

3 Baptisms

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