Carolina Forest Community Church
Serving In Costa Rica
January 14, 2022
Staff: Connie Mairena, Maikel Pineda, Laura Vasquez, Josué Toruño Madriz
by Josué Toruño Madriz | January 14, 2022 10:44 PM
by Josué Toruño Madriz | January 14, 2022 10:51 PM
by Josué Toruño Madriz | January 15, 2022 9:01 AM
What a joyful time we had yesterday when we arrived at the Church! We thank God for being reunited with old friends and for also meeting new friends and family.
by Josué Toruño Madriz | January 15, 2022 9:09 AM
by Josué Toruño Madriz | January 15, 2022 9:17 AM
by Josué Toruño Madriz | January 15, 2022 2:28 PM
It is a blessing to have bilingual participants! Kayla did an amazing job leading VBS this morning.
by Josué Toruño Madriz | January 15, 2022 6:30 PM
Brooke, Julie, and Connie did such a good job painting everyone's hands and faces. Thankfully, none of the kids asked for anything too difficult!
by Josué Toruño Madriz | January 15, 2022 11:52 PM
Almost everyone was engaged with making tie-dye bandanas! Even Pastor Dimas made one for himself!
by Josué Toruño Madriz | January 15, 2022 11:54 PM
by Josué Toruño Madriz | January 15, 2022 11:58 PM
by Josué Toruño Madriz | January 16, 2022 12:03 AM
by Josué Toruño Madriz | January 16, 2022 12:09 AM
by Josué Toruño Madriz | January 16, 2022 12:12 AM
by Josué Toruño Madriz | January 16, 2022 12:13 AM
by Josué Toruño Madriz | January 16, 2022 12:20 AM
Yes, Pastor Dimas and his incredible team set up a bonfire for us! John shared some of his testimony with us and then we worshiped God with open hearts under the stars and a great bright moon.
by Josué Toruño Madriz | January 16, 2022 12:25 AM
John and Pastor Rick sneaked out in the middle of the bonfire to see a new hidden cave they're creating at the church. Can y'all believe this was done in two weeks by one single person?
by Josué Toruño Madriz | January 16, 2022 12:29 AM
by Josué Toruño Madriz | January 17, 2022 12:28 AM
Pastor Dimas and Pastor Charles were led by the Holy Spirit today during service. God wants us to lean on our brother's and sisters' shoulders and to share our burdens with each other.
by Josué Toruño Madriz | January 17, 2022 7:16 AM
After the church service, we got the chance to talk to some local people and pray for them. The unity in the family of Christ is what makes us strong.
by Josué Toruño Madriz | January 17, 2022 7:19 AM
by Josué Toruño Madriz | January 17, 2022 8:32 AM
We got to a Trapiche, the place where sugar cane is processed. Since we didn't have oxen to get the juice from the cane, we did all the work! What a joyful moment it was to see Brooke and Charles running together strong and beautiful!
by Josué Toruño Madriz | January 17, 2022 8:50 AM
by Josué Toruño Madriz | January 17, 2022 9:02 AM
This is tapa de dulce, the product of the process. After boiling the cane juice and processing it a little more, they pour it into these wooden molds. We can tell you that it tastes so good and sweet!
by Josué Toruño Madriz | January 17, 2022 9:07 AM
Oh! We also got a worship team! The girls were able to share their amazing and blessed voices with the whole congregation.
by Josué Toruño Madriz | January 17, 2022 9:11 AM
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by Josué Toruño Madriz | January 17, 2022 9:23 AM
by Josué Toruño Madriz | January 17, 2022 10:12 AM
Mr. Wilmar and his wife came to bring the whole batch of tapa de dulce. It was an honor to bless this hard-working family by buying the product of the labor of their hands.
by Josué Toruño Madriz | January 19, 2022 12:35 AM
This couple is in charge of the kitchen this week. Their marriage has been going through spiritual warfare since they decided to serve God with excellence this week.
We prayed over them and their children and God blessed them with bags of food and other supplies. Glory to God!
by Josué Toruño Madriz | January 19, 2022 12:47 AM
A way to show appreciation to Pastor Dimas and Pastora Adriela's family is to give them a taste of the great work they do for others.
The feeding program for the children of the community, giving cooked food to families, and even taking food from their own house to feed other people in need is just a little part of all the work pastors do, so we gave them this humble present from God so they can nurture their bodies and warm their souls.
by Josué Toruño Madriz | January 19, 2022 12:51 AM
by Josué Toruño Madriz | January 19, 2022 1:01 AM
What an unbelievable ministry this is! We got to go to one of the church leader's homes. Last March she was by herself taking care of her grandchildren and praying that her daughter would come back home and care for them herself. Almost a year later, her daughter is home and she is going to church more often. Praise the Lord! God is powerful and so are the prayers of a mother!
by Josué Toruño Madriz | January 19, 2022 1:09 AM
by Josué Toruño Madriz | January 19, 2022 1:19 AM
by Josué Toruño Madriz | January 19, 2022 1:25 AM
Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it. Prov. 22:6
It is so admirable to see Dimas Jr. working so hard and believing in his father's vision as much as his older sisters do.
by Josué Toruño Madriz | January 19, 2022 1:30 AM
Still, other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. Matthew 13:8
Shoutout to Drew and his hand modeling skills.
by Josué Toruño Madriz | January 19, 2022 1:37 AM
by Josué Toruño Madriz | January 19, 2022 1:43 AM
by Josué Toruño Madriz | January 19, 2022 1:50 AM
by Josué Toruño Madriz | January 19, 2022 1:57 AM
by Josué Toruño Madriz | January 19, 2022 9:52 AM
Ah, Sovereign Lord, you have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for You.
Pastor Dimas took us to a beautiful place to teach us about the Word and admire God's creation.
by Josué Toruño Madriz | January 19, 2022 3:55 PM
God fills our hearts every time Pastor Dimas teaches us with such humbleness and transparency. He sets an example of what a man of God looks like.
by Josué Toruño Madriz | January 19, 2022 3:59 PM
by Josué Toruño Madriz | January 19, 2022 4:03 PM
This baby goat was born last Friday, the same day we arrived here! We feel honored and blessed because pastor Dimas named her Carolina as a way to keep us close!
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January 20, 2022 2:03 PM
I’m praying for safety for you all as you’re on your way back home. I know leaving was very emotional because not only did you impact the people’s lives that you encountered in Costa Rica, but they impacted YOURS. Thank you for your witness. Drew and Zowie, you better believe I’m ready to see you!!!!!! Counting the hours…
January 20, 2022 7:00 AM
God, I pray that these beautiful people of yours will have a very safe ride home. I pray that you received so much glory over this past week not only from these people but from many around the world. God, thank you so much for giving these people this opportunity to serve your kingdom and work hand in hand with you. We thank you so much for Jesus and your precious name. It is in that name that I pray, Amen!
January 19, 2022 9:26 PM
happy birthday zowie!!! you are so beautiful and amazing!!! you are blessed with the most beautiful singing voice! i hope you never lose your love for singing! i always enjoy listening to you sing at unite. your an amazing girl!! happy birthday!! i am continuing to keep all of you in my thoughts and prayers. be safe and careful as you begin your trip home tomorrow. love y’all!❤️
January 19, 2022 4:02 PM
I hope y’all are having a great time! Been praying for y’all. Can’t wait until you guys come back and get to share your stories! Happy birthday Zowie!!! It is so amazing to see how much you have grown up! I love hearing you sing at unite and I love hanging out with you at group and unite! God has blessed us with being able to know each other. Have a great birthday thinking of you and everyone else on the trip! Miss y’all 🤍
Jonathan and Caroline Preusser
January 19, 2022 10:12 AM
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ZOWIE!
Jonathan and Caroline Preusser
January 19, 2022 10:09 AM
Continued prayers, friends! Love seeing all of the updates and pictures. God is so good. We miss being there with you. We are all slowly but surely starting to feel better. Love and hugs from SC!
January 19, 2022 9:47 AM
Well the secret is out…YAY Kim haha….Happy Birthday Z-Love!! What an amazing way to bring in your 15th year, by letting God use you to further His kingdom! God has blessed the world bringing you into it. You’re the rarest of gems! Thank you for constantly being the push of faith that this family needs to follow through with plans that are only talked about. You, your dad, and the entire team has been in my constant thoughts and prayers, and thank you for keeping us all at home, up to date with what’s being going on through this journal. Your stories and experiences are inspirational, and thank you all for letting God use you in whatever way He needs to. I love you Drew and Zowie so so much, and I can’t wait to see you soon!
January 19, 2022 9:37 AM
Every photo trumpets "blessing"! Thank you for taking us with you, for allowing us to witness the Lord's doing. We are indeed a blessed people.
January 19, 2022 6:39 AM
Zowie, I'm so sorry but I'm your mom and I know you didn't want me to say anything but, I can't help myself. "Happy Happy 15th Birthday!!" I am so happy your are experiencing your gift through the love of God. I love you so. again, Happy Birthday. Enjoy your day. Love, Mom ❤️
January 18, 2022 8:23 PM
Hola! I have loved stalking the trip journal and seeing all the updates. You are being amazing vessels for God’s work this week! Praying for you all still!
Carol and Roger Shepherd
January 18, 2022 8:19 PM
Charles and Brooke. All is well on the home front. Love the pictures. I know the whole team is a blessing!!! Praying for all the team as you pour your very selves into each person you meet. 💗🙏🏻💗
January 17, 2022 9:44 PM
hey guys! i hope and pray that y’all are continuing to have an amazing and fun time in costa rica! i know y’all have already changed so many lives and will continue to change many more during the remainder of your time spent in costa rica. i love you guys! have a great night!
January 17, 2022 2:40 PM
Wow, looks like you guys are having a great time. Praying your time is spent making meaningful connections as well as praying for those in need. God Bless, Be safe and enjoy every step!
January 16, 2022 9:34 PM
What’s upppp! Hope you all had a good day! God, I pray thanking you for blessing these beautiful people with this awesome opportunity to serve you Lord! Bless them as they take every step for you God, let them wake up and thank you for there new breath that you gave them! Lord, I pray that they all have your best interest not only in mind but at heart! We love you, we praise you, Amen!
Thomas Critelli (Jr.)
January 16, 2022 8:11 PM
Hearing everything that has ALREADY happened on this trip is a blessing. I’m so excited. Thank you for these updates. Continuing to pray for each of you and the church.
January 16, 2022 6:18 PM
Thinking of you all and praying for you all. Wish I could have been there to help serve. However, God has a greater plan. Take this time to truly love on the people in Costa Rica. If there is anything that I am learning more than anything is that life is so precious. You never know if you will have another moment. So take this moment and let God lead you. I love you! God loves you! Pass it on!
January 16, 2022 1:42 PM
hey y’all! i have been thinking about y’all and praying for y’all as God works through y’all! i know that God will work through y’all in amazing and even unexpected ways. i hope that y’all are enjoying your time in Costa Rica. i am praying that God will do big things in all of y’all’s lives today and every day you are there!! love y’all and miss y’all!! ❤️
January 16, 2022 1:18 PM
I am enjoying reading the updates and seeing the pictures from all that is going on in Costa Rica! Praying for all of you this week! To Brooke: You're amazing and I'm excited for all God is doing and going to do through you this week! Miss you! Love you, friend! To Melody: Hi! Sending love and prayers to you this week! Can't wait to hear about your experience! Love you!
Albert and Wendy Gilbert
January 16, 2022 11:32 AM
We love seeing the photos of all those beautiful smiling faces! It is so wonderful to see how God has connected our hearts to this sweet church family so far away. Hey Melissa, make sure John doesn't bring home a new pet from the farm animals for the girls! LOL Love you all, prayers going up XOXOXO
Wayne and Ann Merritt
January 16, 2022 10:55 AM
Beautiful team! What a blessing to see the youth group and the kids having so much fun. God is so at work there; enjoy each and every moment!! Praying for you all.
Gordon and Diane Ries
January 16, 2022 10:51 AM
Praising God for your safe arrival and the start of a great week. Be bold in your witness knowing Jesus is at your side. We're praying for each of you and giving God the glory for the work you are doing. Stay well and enjoy your time in Costa Roco. All our love.
January 16, 2022 8:28 AM
Good morning and good luck today! Wish you guys were here at church with us, but go do big things today! Love ya’ll (from Robyn, Finley, and Myers!!)
January 16, 2022 8:04 AM
Praying for the messages that will we brought to the people in church services today. Praying for the word of the Holy Spirit to be spoken through the willing human vessels. Praying for hearts and minds to be open to receive the word of the Lord. Praying for wisdom for those speaking that the heart of the father would be so clearly communicated to those who are longing to hear his voice. Praying for peace to fall upon you as you speak from the heart of the Father. Holy Spirit, move mightily in the place of worship today!
January 16, 2022 7:43 AM
May our God be seen and known to all that have longed for Him to move during this visit. Praying for manifestations of His presence. Don't be afraid to be His children.
January 15, 2022 10:08 PM
Hey everyone! Praying that God really moved you guys today in amazing ways!! First full day technically so I hope it was a good one! (I don’t know how off the time is there so I’m just guessing😂) I hope your first day there was GREAT! I just want you guys to reflect on your day and think what a great opportunity God gave you guys to be there for HIM! Woot woot!! Sorry Tommy boy you couldn’t be there:( but I agree, anything goes wrong.. it’s def Charles’s fault. Hopefully nothing goes wrong though and I pray that you all stay happy and healthy! To the Fox’s missing you guys so so much!!! Same for the Ferreira’s! Zoey u hope you’re using that beautiful voice of yours to do big things! Make it home safe and soon guys! God loves you, sleep well. Byeeeee👋
Caroline and Jonathan Preusser
January 15, 2022 8:38 PM
Hola amigos! Oh how we wish we were there serving with y'all... the flu has kicked our butts. Haven't even unpacked our bags yet. You are all in our prayers along with the people of Costa Rica. Prayers for God to move through you to do his will. Prayers for strength, encouragement, health and safe return home at the end of the week. We love y'all! Have a wonderful time!
January 15, 2022 7:52 PM
Zowie, Your Mama misses you so, I am so happy your prayer was answered. It's such a blessing to watch my daughter grow with this team, watching her get to be a part of the hands and feet of Christ. I can't wait to hear all the stories. Praying for you all.
January 15, 2022 7:04 PM
hey everyone! i hope you guys are having a great time! to mom and dad: i miss you guys sooooo much and i know God is going to amazing things for and with you guys in costa rica. now for my second parents ( john and melissa) i also miss you guys sooo much! ( so does julia and emily hahaha). love you guys!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️
January 15, 2022 6:48 PM
Praying God uses y'all in ways you've never imagined. Praying for safety, good health, and safe travels home. Praying you will be blessed and changed forever. Love the pictures!!
January 15, 2022 6:26 PM
Praying that God continue to bless you all as you serve Him in Nambia.
Connie J. LoPresti
January 15, 2022 6:05 PM
We continue to pray for you all. Gods spirit is swirling around you all spreading His love! Enjoy the wonder of the moments and the smiles! Blessings, Connie and Nick LoPresti
Debbie and Ernie Fox
January 15, 2022 12:16 PM
We are praying for you all every day that God will fulfill His purpose through you guys. And that He will keep you all in the palm of His hand and protect you.
January 15, 2022 11:09 AM
Pray for you all from snowy Wisconsin. You have been in my prayers for months as God has worked in each of your lives leading up to this special MISSION He has called each of you to. PRAYERS for energy & strength from HIM to guide you & lead you in your actions & words as you serve & minister alongside each other. & as you share Jesus' AMAZING LOVE & GRACE!! Have fun!! Can't wait to hear how God is transforming lives this week. GOD BLESS. Love, Cindy Emmerling
Thomas Critelli (Jr. - The OG)
January 15, 2022 10:29 AM
January 15, 2022 10:10 AM
God bless you all this week as you go out to do his work. May his love and kindness show through you all on this mission. Amen 🙏
January 15, 2022 9:16 AM
My thoughts and prayers are with you as you serve this week. So wish I was there with you instead of having to stay back but I trust God's plan and foreknowledge for this particular team. Even though I can't be there physically my heart is there. Watch for all the "God moments"....He is about to do great things in and through each one of you!! Excited to hear all the miraculous stories. Love to you all!!
Bill & Chris Dare
January 15, 2022 9:08 AM
Lifting each and every one of you up in prayer for a blessed ministry there in Costa Rica. God is always faithful and He will use each of you for His glory and to further His kingdom. Much love. ❤️🙏
Albert and Wendy Gilbert
January 15, 2022 8:41 AM
Praising our Lord that you arrived safely. We will be lifting you up daily in prayer for all the wonderful things God IS doing and WILL do. Love you all!!
Thomas Critelli (Jr. - the OG)
January 15, 2022 6:57 AM
Hello from the other side THIS IS A POWER TEAM!!! I wish I was there with you guys but hey if anything goes wrong, it’s not my fault anymore… blame Charles. Remember, your plane tickets worked… I’ll take a bow for that one while I’m on the couch. But in all seriousness (something you won’t get often as I write on here) I’m praying that God will use each of you as a vessel for His glory. That He will open your eyes to see the things that He wants you to see, hear the things He wants you to hear, and that you will be His hands and Feet this week as you pour into others and allow yourself to be poured into. I’m praying for each one of you. Keep Jesus at the center! Especially during the Children’s program today! OK GUYS that is all for now. Love you!
January 14, 2022 9:55 PM
Praying for the amazing work God will do through this team. We pray for the lives you touch in the name of Jesus and the blessings shared and received. We ask for your protection and safe return home.
January 14, 2022 1:36 PM
So excited for this team to serve alongside our brothers and sisters in Costa Rica! Praying for your health and safety🙏 Looking forward to seeing God at work through each of you. Much love ❤️
January 14, 2022 11:06 AM
Dear God, I pray over those on the trip to Costa Rica and that there travels we’re/ are safe! As they enter this amazing mission for you God that you will receive so much glory and grow in each and every single one of them!