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Community Worship Fellowship Youth Group

Serving In Costa Rica
May 14, 2022
Community: Lagunilla
Partner: Iglesia Biblica Sama
Staff: Jennifer Jenkins Mata, Maikel Pineda, Laura Vasquez, Josué Toruño Madriz , Erik Gonzalez, Connie Mairena

Praying Pelican Local staff

by Jonathan Alvarez | May 14, 2022 9:51 PM

Meet our local leaders for the week, they were waiting for us at the airport. We are glad to have new friends and be able to serve together this week. 

Praying Pelican Local staff

Here We Are!

by Josué Toruño Madriz | May 14, 2022 10:48 PM

After a day of traveling, we finally made it to Costa Rica. Everyone is doing good and excited for the day we have ahead of us tomorrow. We will be going to our host church and worshipping the Lord with our brothers and sisters in Costa Rica.

Here We Are!

We Met the Church!

by Josué Toruño Madriz | May 15, 2022 10:42 AM

We are so excited to be here at church! After breakfast and worship rehearsal we're more than ready to meet the community and have service together.

We Met the Church!

How Great is Our God

by Josué Toruño Madriz | May 15, 2022 3:03 PM

We got to worship Jesus both in English and Spanish as one body in Christ for Sunday service. What an amazing time to rejoice in Him!

How Great is Our God

God's Calling You!

by Josué Toruño Madriz | May 15, 2022 3:33 PM

Pastor Aaron shared the word today and he encouraged us to be Jesus's hands extended on earth. He's calling us to reach everyone around us by spreading His message to the world.
God's Calling You!

Living Testimonies

by Josué Toruño Madriz | May 15, 2022 9:20 PM

We had the privilege to share some testimonies with the congregation to show them how God has transformed our lives and led us to places and people we would never imagine. 

"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

Jeremiah 29:11


Living Testimonies

Noah's Ark

by Josué Toruño Madriz | May 15, 2022 9:49 PM

While Pastor Aaron was preaching, some of the team taught the children the story of Noah. They made paper boats with animal crackers, and played for a while with them.
Noah's Ark

Grocery Shopping

by Josué Toruño Madriz | May 15, 2022 10:09 PM

Part of the group went to the supermarket to buy all the supplies for food distribution ministry that will happen during the next three days. We pray that God blesses all those supplies and that they will be a great help and blessing for the families that will receive them. 

Grocery Shopping

Time with Pastors

by Josué Toruño Madriz | May 15, 2022 11:01 PM

Pastor Edgar and Pastora Maribel have been amazing hosts, and we had an awesome time hearing their story and testimony, and about how they started their ministry from scratch.

Time with Pastors

Playing Blessings

by Josué Toruño Madriz | May 15, 2022 11:04 PM

After hearing their testimony, we prayed as a group for Pastor and Pastora, that God continues blessing and guiding them through their ministry. 
Playing Blessings

Construction Day

by Josué Toruño Madriz | May 15, 2022 11:10 PM

Some of the guys got a little dirty today digging the holes for the project's columns, and even when they had a hard job to do, they never stopped having fun!
Construction Day

Go Tell it on the Mountain!

by Josué Toruño Madriz | May 15, 2022 11:14 PM

This afternoon another part of the team went out to invite families of the whole community to the ministries and activities we will have this week. We're going to have so much fun! We pray that God is in the middle of every single moment we have with them during this week.
Go Tell it on the Mountain!

Soccer Field Afternoon

by Josué Toruño Madriz | May 15, 2022 11:17 PM

We finished the day going to the soccer field to play some ball with people from the community, and also to let them know we're here this week so they can join us!
Soccer Field Afternoon

Food Distribution Day 1

by Josué Toruño Madriz | May 16, 2022 8:56 PM

What an emotional morning we had! God definitely showed us His power, love, and care for us. The people's stories and their open arms for us filled our hearts.

Food Distribution Day 1

The Power of Prayer

by Josué Toruño Madriz | May 16, 2022 9:21 PM

We loved praying over people and being God's hands and feet. We pray He continues to use and humble us this week.

The Power of Prayer

Construction Day 1

by Josué Toruño Madriz | May 16, 2022 9:29 PM

The columns are here! Today we finished digging the holes and put the columns up.
Construction Day 1

Ministry to All Ages!

by Josué Toruño Madriz | May 16, 2022 10:10 PM

It was so delightful to see our families sharing with the elders, adults, and kids - playing stop and making music together, and just enjoying each other's company.

Ministry to All Ages!

VBS Day 1

by Josué Toruño Madriz | May 16, 2022 11:06 PM

Today we had tie dye shirts prepared for the kids, and even though we started with a few, many more children kept coming and coming!


VBS Day 1

Parachutes!

by Josué Toruño Madriz | May 16, 2022 11:11 PM

We played with parachutes with children who came today, and it was a lot of fun! It's awesome how communication gets so much easier when we are enjoying activities so much together.

We pray God keeps these kids in His hands always and that they grow up believing in His name.

Parachutes!

Women's Ministry Day 1

by Josué Toruño Madriz | May 16, 2022 11:26 PM

For today we made Hawaiian skirts, and the ladies loved it! They spent the whole time trying to finish it and talking and sharing with the girls and ladies from the team. What a time of fellowship!
Women's Ministry Day 1

Red Light, Green Light!

by Josué Toruño Madriz | May 16, 2022 11:29 PM

After VBS we spent the afternoon with the children and the youth of the community spending time playing some fun games together! We love the bond that is being built with locals and thank God for that.
Red Light, Green Light!

Team Meeting

by Josué Toruño Madriz | May 16, 2022 11:31 PM

We finished the day by worshiping our great and beautiful God, and sharing some highlights of the day where we felt God was acting through them. 
Team Meeting

It's About Praying and Sharing

by Josué Toruño Madriz | May 17, 2022 10:38 PM

We love how God has led us to focus on sharing with the families and praying with them in addition to giving them bags of food. We've been able to hear their stories and pray for them more intentionally as we spend quality time with them.

It's About Praying and Sharing

Walls Up!

by Josué Toruño Madriz | May 17, 2022 10:44 PM

Our construction team finished putting up the walls today after a really long day of work. As the days pass by, we get more tired, but we also start to depend more on God and trust He's our strength. 
Walls Up!

VBS Day 2

by Josué Toruño Madriz | May 18, 2022 8:41 AM

We got to do a craft with the kids and give them the tie dye shirts they made the day before.

VBS Day 2

Fruit of the Spirit

by Josué Toruño Madriz | May 18, 2022 8:48 AM

The craft was about the fruit of the Spirit. We taught them each fruit so they can have it hung up in their houses and remember this week every time they see the craft.
Fruit of the Spirit

More Fun with the Parachute!

by Josué Toruño Madriz | May 18, 2022 8:57 AM

We had a fun time playing new games with the parachutes until it started raining, but the kids were not ready for the fun to end!
More Fun with the Parachute!

Women's Ministry Day 2

by Josué Toruño Madriz | May 18, 2022 9:04 AM

On the second day of ministry, the women finished decorating their sarongs and spent time with the ladies of the team.
Women's Ministry Day 2

Bird Houses

by Josué Toruño Madriz | May 18, 2022 12:49 PM

The elderly built and painted bird houses to take home and received attention and care from the team!

Bird Houses

Some Extra Love!

by Josué Toruño Madriz | May 18, 2022 10:33 PM

We also trimmed the elderly's hair and gave them some special treatments. We felt so honored to serve them and get them even more beautiful and handsome!!

Some Extra Love!

It's All About the Smiles

by Josué Toruño Madriz | May 18, 2022 11:41 PM

Sometimes the only thing people need is a prayer and to be heard to put a big smile on their faces. 

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!

Philippians 4:4 


It's All About the Smiles

Blessings Come and Go

by Josué Toruño Madriz | May 19, 2022 12:04 AM

We've been so blessed by the cooks this week, so we tried to bless them as well by praying for them. Pastor Edgar also decided to honor their hard work by giving them a bag of food,  we prayed that it would provide and feed their families.

Blessings Come and Go

Bingo!

by Josué Toruño Madriz | May 19, 2022 12:18 AM

We played bingo and the elderly got so excited; we all had such a great time together! We made sure everybody got a prize to take home. The bond we made through these three days was a blessing from God.
Bingo!

The Armor of God

by Josué Toruño Madriz | May 19, 2022 12:29 AM

VBS's craft for the third day was a necklace of the Armor of God. We explained every part of it while making it, and the kids loved it.
The Armor of God

Worshiping from Our Hearts

by Josué Toruño Madriz | May 19, 2022 12:41 AM

After a packed day doing different ministries, we gathered to worship our God and share highlights. It's beautiful to honor the name of God by being able to worship Him wherever we go.
Worshiping from Our Hearts

Rec Day

by Josué Toruño Madriz | May 19, 2022 6:57 PM

We had a fun day in beautiful Tamarindo beach. After a week of service, it's time to rest and relax!

Rec Day

See You Later Service

by Josué Toruño Madriz | May 20, 2022 12:36 AM

What a week! God allowed us to share with the church and share and support Pastor's vision. We believe this is the beginning of a beautiful relationship that comes from God.

See You Later Service

Traditional Presentation

by Josué Toruño Madriz | May 20, 2022 12:38 AM

Three gorgeous little girls delighted us with a Costa Rican traditional dance at the very beginning of the service.
Traditional Presentation

Tears of Joy

by Josué Toruño Madriz | May 20, 2022 12:41 AM

More than feeling sadness as we leave, we rejoice in the new family we gained in Costa Rica!
Tears of Joy

We Are Blessed

by Josué Toruño Madriz | May 20, 2022 12:47 AM

Before leaving, the whole church prayed for us, our families, our church, and our trip back home. This week was a life-changing experience for us and our faith!
We Are Blessed

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Charles and Brooke Fox

May 14, 2022 11:59 PM

That’s the PPM DreamTeam! Hope you guys have a great week!!

Amy

May 14, 2022 12:58 PM

So excited for all God is going to do!

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