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Concordia Lutheran Church

Serving In Costa Rica
November 18, 2023
Community: Sarapiqui
Partner: Iglesia Vida Nueva
Staff: Maikel Pineda, Zoe Pérez, Katherine Treminio

We Made it to Costa Rica!

by Zoe Pérez | November 19, 2023 12:48 PM

Last night we arrived safe and sound in Sarapiquí. We are excited to serve the Lord and the community this week.
We Made it to Costa Rica!

Meet our Staff!

by Zoe Pérez | November 19, 2023 12:49 PM

Meet our staff Maikel, Katherine, and Zoe. They will be our translators and will guide us all week. They are looking forward to seeing what God has in store for all of us this week.
Meet our Staff!

Sunday Service

by Zoe Pérez | November 19, 2023 12:51 PM

This morning, we had a wondeful time of fellowship with the local church. Worship was performed in both Spanish and English, and Pastor Gerardo brought the sermon. He spoke about gifts, talents, and what they look like in ministry. It was truly inspiring to hear him share the word of God.
Sunday Service

Having a Blast!

by Zoe Pérez | November 19, 2023 6:55 PM

This afternoon, we played volleyball and soccer with the youth of the community at the amazing community park. We had so much fun!

Having a Blast!

Team Meeting

by Zoe Pérez | November 19, 2023 9:39 PM

Tonight, we had our first team meeting where we shared our experiences of the day. We were amazed to see what God has done so far and are ready for another day of ministry tomorrow!
Team Meeting

Grocery Shopping

by Zoe Pérez | November 20, 2023 11:57 AM

This morning, we had the opportunity to get all the groceries for Food Distribution. This week, we will meet and encounter 20 families of the community. We are excited to share the gospel, and pray over them. 
Grocery Shopping

Praying over the Bags!

by Zoe Pérez | November 20, 2023 12:03 PM

We packed up all the groceries for food distribution that we will be doing this week. We ended this time praying over the bags since we not only want to bless them physically but also spiritually. 
Praying over the Bags!

Jungle River Tour

by Zoe Pérez | November 20, 2023 5:57 PM

This afternoon we got the chance to explore the river! The team enjoyed a boat tour on the Sarapiquí River where we saw iguanas, native birds and monkeys in the trees! We tried local sweet bananas and rambutan fruit. Some of the team cooled off as we splashed around and laughed with each other on the boat.

Jungle River Tour

Food Distribution

by Zoe Pérez | November 21, 2023 11:55 AM

Today we delivered the first bags of food. We visited 6 families; they told us about their testimonies, and how they have been growing in Jesus which was such a blessing for us. We also took time to pray for them and their needs.

Food Distribution

Construction Group

by Zoe Pérez | November 21, 2023 6:25 PM

The project for this week is make the gym a little bit larger. Today we learned how to make concrete. We used rocks, sand and cement and mixed it using our own blood, sweat, and shovels. We also learned that the work that 5 of us can do in 10 minutes can actually be done in about 30 seconds by the pros! Team work makes the dream work!!!

Construction Group

VBS

by Zoe Pérez | November 21, 2023 6:58 PM

This afternoon was our first day of VBS. We had a great time on Bethany’s ship  learning about how God can give us strength when we feel powerless, just as the captain of the ship did with Paul when he was a prisoner. We also made some crafts and played with the kids. 

VBS

Food Distribution day 2

by Zoe Pérez | November 22, 2023 7:20 PM

Today we visited 5 different families. Most of them go to the church where we are serving this week. We have learned a lot from their testimonies, and we are more than glad to be use by God to bless them through prayers and food. 
Food Distribution day 2

Construction day 2

by Zoe Pérez | November 23, 2023 9:24 AM

Yesterday, we worked together to mix more material, and prepared the base to lift the pilares. Mixing the cement by hand made us grateful for the things we don’t even realize we have in the US. 
Construction day 2

VBS

by Zoe Pérez | November 23, 2023 9:31 AM

Yesterday, we went to Bethany’s boat too, but this time we learned about Peter and keep our eyes on Jesus. It was so much fun, we sang some songs, and made some crafts to remember to keep walking in Jesus’ path. We love this community, and we love be able to play and share with all this kids! 

VBS

Rec day

by Zoe Pérez | November 23, 2023 11:00 PM

Today, we had our recreational day. We rode on horseback, and we did zip line at Pozo Azul. It was so much fun!! We also bought some snacks to take them to US.

Rec day

Thanksgiving dinner

by Zoe Pérez | November 23, 2023 11:03 PM

The cooks prepared an amazing and delicious dinner for us to celebrate thanksgiving. It was a blessing to be able to celebrate thanksgiving, even though we are really far from home, we felt like at home. 
Thanksgiving dinner

Goodbye Service

by Zoe Pérez | November 23, 2023 11:21 PM

Today was our last day. We had a great time at the goodbye service. We had the opportunity to worship God together, and was really amazing. Pastor gave us a mug that has the name of our church, a team photo and some national symbols of Costa Rica. It was hard to say goodbye, but hopefully, we can see each other again someday. 
Goodbye Service

Continue Your Impact

by Praying Pelican Missions | November 24, 2023 11:57 PM

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Jolene White

November 24, 2023 9:14 AM

Looks like the team had a wonderful worship filled week.

Natalie Williams

November 22, 2023 6:17 PM

We are having an amazing time. The people here are so loving and welcoming! VBS was a huge success! We have many great stories to share when we return home!

Gemma Cullen

November 21, 2023 7:18 PM

God is so great! I couldn’t imagine a better group serving him in Costa Rica, I miss my Concordia family. I am praying for you all and those you are serving!

Karen Holdeman from Ohio...

November 21, 2023 12:33 PM

Such a privilege and joy to partner in this Kingdom work with prayer as you journey and serve. I am praising God that He is fulfilling every good purpose this week that He prepared before you. Thank you for bringing the Gospel of Jesus on our behalf for God's glory!

Jen White

November 20, 2023 9:49 PM

Sounds like everyone is already having an awesome trip! You all are in my prayers constantly! (Maggie and Zach’s mom)

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