Westside Family Church
Serving In Costa Rica
July 21, 2017
Partner: Iglesia Biblica Emanuel
Staff: Nathan Norman, Eros Gutierrez, Cirielle Gaskins, Josh Calderon, Drema Jefferson
by Nathan Norman | July 21, 2017 7:35 AM
Last year many of us met Pastor Jose Blas and his wife Pastora Cledy. As Pastor Jose passed away last week we are coming into this trip humbled that God introduced us to an amazing man of God! He loved his family, church and community and served the Lord with great integrity.
This week we plan to love and serve the same people just like Pastor Jose did!
We pray that our words and actions bring healing, hope, and joy! We pray that Jesus' name is lifted high and many are saved, set free, and drawn to the local church to be discipled.
Work in and through us Lord!
by Nathan Norman | July 21, 2017 3:53 PM
We have all safely arrived in Costa Rica and had our first meal together! We are looking forward to seeing what God has in store for us this week!
by Nathan Norman | July 21, 2017 9:29 PM
This afternoon we went to an open air market that is open two days a week. We went with the intent to buy fruit for our elderly home visit, but also to spend time praying for the vendors. We had some amazing conversations with the people there, getting to know the needs of their hearts. We were able to pray with many people, and enjoy some unique tropical fruits!
by Nathan Norman | July 21, 2017 9:36 PM
Pastora Cledy came to give us a warm welcome before dinner!
by Nathan Norman | July 22, 2017 11:38 AM
Today is a busy day as our team is split into 4 different groups. One of our teams is putting on a Leadership Conference for 60 pastors and leaders! We are encouraging them to love first, lead second, and always do both!
by Nathan Norman | July 22, 2017 11:42 AM
This morning one of our groups went to an area called Pueblo Nuevo to love on the children there. We will be spending a couple afternoons sharing the Gospel with these precious children!
by Nathan Norman | July 22, 2017 11:46 AM
The Sunday School classrooms are getting a fresh coat of paint! Serving Jesus is awesome!
by Nathan Norman | July 22, 2017 12:43 PM
During the Leadership Conference we took time to listen to the men and women in small groups as we shared struggles in ministry.
by Nathan Norman | July 22, 2017 2:03 PM
This morning part of our team worked in the kitchen for Rocio's Feeding Program. The ladies worked hard chopping and preparing some for delicious food!
by Nathan Norman | July 22, 2017 2:17 PM
While the grouo was cooking some of us went door-to-door inviting children to the feeding program. It was hot, but we had fun!
by Nathan Norman | July 22, 2017 2:57 PM
We had a blast teaching the children and sharing God's love. We were surprised at how many children showed up to be fed!
by Nathan Norman | July 22, 2017 5:35 PM
This afternoon we had the opportunity to love on the older generation at the elderly home. We had a great time playing and sharing the Gospel!
by Nathan Norman | July 22, 2017 8:25 PM
Tonight we joined with and participated in Youth Group. We worshipped, played games, and Gabby and Alaina shared their testimonies of God's grace in their lives.
by Nathan Norman | July 22, 2017 8:49 PM
Tonight at youth group, Jared preached about how there are many distractions in life that try to keep us from Jesus, especially as young people! But, Jesus is worth it all!
by Nathan Norman | July 23, 2017 11:57 AM
This morning we gathered with Iglesia Biblica Emanuel in Liberia, Costa Rica. There is no language barrier when we come together to worship Jesus Christ!
by Nathan Norman | July 23, 2017 12:00 PM
We were able to present Pastora Cledy with the hand-made wooden gifts that Kim made, showing the partnership between our church and theirs.
by Nathan Norman | July 23, 2017 12:05 PM
Both Kim and Damon shared their powerful testimonies today. We know that their hearts connected with many in the congregation!
by Nathan Norman | July 23, 2017 12:13 PM
Pastor John preached this morning from John 15 about remaining in Jesus. It was a very encouraging and challenging message, well received by all, to not give up their faith when times get hard. Instead, staying connected to the vine of Jesus, we can have life!
by Nathan Norman | July 23, 2017 2:18 PM
by Nathan Norman | July 23, 2017 2:39 PM
This afternoon we went shopping to buy food for 20 families! We will be going to 20 different houses over the next 2 days to deliver food and pray over the families! We can't wait to see what God does!
by Nathan Norman | July 23, 2017 3:57 PM
by Nathan Norman | July 23, 2017 4:01 PM
This afternoon the men of the the team spent time with the men of the church sharing how to be strong men of God!
by Nathan Norman | July 23, 2017 4:28 PM
We are having an incredible time being with the children today. We sang songs, played games, made crafts, and shared how we are called to be salt and light to the world.
by Nathan Norman | July 24, 2017 12:30 PM
It was incredible to return again to the elementary school this year. These cute kids met us at the gate beaming with excitement! We played, sang, made crafts, and shared a Bible story with them! Can we bring them all home?
by Nathan Norman | July 24, 2017 12:37 PM
We had so much fun playing games at the school! And the principal said we can come back any time we want.
by Nathan Norman | July 24, 2017 12:53 PM
Shari received the gift of a new hat from one of the workers we are working beside of this week!
by Nathan Norman | July 24, 2017 12:56 PM
These walls are getting a nice fresh coat of green paint today!
by Nathan Norman | July 24, 2017 3:10 PM
It's Costa Rica versus USA today! They are wearing us out!
by Nathan Norman | July 24, 2017 3:27 PM
These girls are drawing a crowd with their gymnastics!
by Nathan Norman | July 24, 2017 3:34 PM
by Nathan Norman | July 24, 2017 3:39 PM
Look at this crazy crew!
by Nathan Norman | July 24, 2017 6:33 PM
We had a huge turnout at Rocio's Feeding Program this evening! Over 75 children (not including parents) showed up for our program and to be fed. What an honor it is to serve alongside of Rocio and the community that she loves!
by Nathan Norman | July 24, 2017 6:47 PM
We had a sweet moment of prayer on top of a mountain overlooking the community. The Lord has had His hand all over this trip!
by Nathan Norman | July 25, 2017 1:57 PM
This week we had the opportunity to deliver 20 bags of food to different families. We were so blessed to meet these families, hear their stories, and pray over them!
by Nathan Norman | July 25, 2017 2:45 PM
We were so happy to be able to spend more time with the people at the elderly home. We played, shared stories, and even danced with them!
by Nathan Norman | July 25, 2017 2:50 PM
So many kids came to our event today at the park. We told the story of Nicodemus encountering Jesus!
by Nathan Norman | July 25, 2017 3:14 PM
We visited a community called Martino Bustos and delivered food. The people there were so inviting and thankful!
by Nathan Norman | July 25, 2017 4:34 PM
Pastora woke up at 6 am and saw a can of green paint that Pastor Jose had bought to paint the front of the house. She got sad thinking the paint would go bad and unused. Then when she arrived at church we told her we were going to be painting her house! How cool is that? God knew exactly what Pastora Cledy needed to feel loved today.
by Nathan Norman | July 25, 2017 11:23 PM
Tonight the local church put on a beautiful service and thanked us for partnering with them. The children's Sunday School class gave each one of us a souvenir from Costa Rica as well.
by Nathan Norman | July 25, 2017 11:30 PM
Tonight the church put on cultural dances for us, showing us their culture as they celebrated the Annexation of Guanacaste today.
by Nathan Norman | July 25, 2017 11:33 PM
Tonight we are celebrating all that the Lord did in, through, and beyond us.
by Nathan Norman | July 26, 2017 10:05 AM
Today we saw Costa Rica from the tree tops! We had so much fun flying through beautiful Costa Rica!
by Nathan Norman | July 26, 2017 11:36 PM
After zip-lining we spent the day at Playa Tamarindo eating, shopping, and enjoying the beach!
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July 28, 2017 7:01 PM
Thank you Nathan and you entire team. You guys are truly a blessing and I feel honored to have worked with you. Until next year! ??