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Westside Family Church

Serving In Costa Rica
July 21, 2017
Community: Liberia
Partner: Iglesia Biblica Emanuel
Staff: Nathan Norman, Eros Gutierrez, Cirielle Gaskins, Josh Calderon, Drema Jefferson

Humbled to serve

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!


Humbled to serve

We arrived!

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!

We arrived!

Market Ministry

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!

Market Ministry

Pastora Cledy

by Nathan Norman | July 21, 2017 9:36 PM

Pastora Cledy came to give us a warm welcome before dinner!

Pastora Cledy

Leaders conference

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!

Leaders conference

Children!

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!

Children!

Paint!

by Nathan Norman | July 22, 2017 11:46 AM

The Sunday School classrooms are getting a fresh coat of paint!  Serving Jesus is awesome!

Paint!

Small Groups

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. 

Small Groups

Food prep

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!

Food prep

Door to Door!

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!

Door to Door!

Rocio's Feeding Program

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!

Rocio's Feeding Program

The Older Generation

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!

The Older Generation

Testimony Time

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. 

Testimony Time

Preach!

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!

Preach!

No barriers!

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!

No barriers!

Special presentation

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. 

Special presentation

Powerful Testimonies

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!

Powerful Testimonies

Remain in Me

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!

Remain in Me

Altar Ministry

by Nathan Norman | July 23, 2017 2:18 PM

The Holy Spirit was working in many hearts as we prayed for family units at the altar.  We had some sweet times of prayer with each family!
Altar Ministry

Shopping!

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!

Shopping!

Women's Ministry

by Nathan Norman | July 23, 2017 3:57 PM

It's Spa Day at the women's ministry event today!  We gave manicures, pedicures, and massages while sharing testimonies and praying with the ladies.
Women's Ministry

Men's Ministry

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!

Men's Ministry

Kid's Gig!

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.  


Escuela Rodeito

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?

Escuela Rodeito

Parachute!

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. 

Parachute!

A Gift!

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!

A Gift!

Thinking Green

by Nathan Norman | July 24, 2017 12:56 PM

These walls are getting a nice fresh coat of green paint today!

Thinking Green

Fútbol!

by Nathan Norman | July 24, 2017 3:10 PM

It's Costa Rica versus USA today!  They are wearing us out!

Fútbol!

Flippin'

by Nathan Norman | July 24, 2017 3:27 PM

These girls are drawing a crowd with their gymnastics!

Flippin'

Sharing the Gospel

by Nathan Norman | July 24, 2017 3:34 PM

This afternoon we returned for the second time this week to share with the children who live in San Rafael.  We love sharing the good news of Jesus Christ.  We will return one more time tomorrow to continue loving on these kids. 
Sharing the Gospel

CrAzInEsS!

by Nathan Norman | July 24, 2017 3:39 PM

Look at this crazy crew!

CrAzInEsS!

Feeding Program Day #2

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!

Feeding Program Day #2

The Lord's Land

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!

The Lord's Land

Food Distribution

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!

Food Distribution

Elderly Home Day #2

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!

Elderly Home Day #2

Kids!

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!

Kids!

Food for the stomach and soul

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!

Food for the stomach and soul

Pastora's House

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.

Pastora's House

"See you later!"

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. 


Dancers

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. 

Dancers

Amazing week!

by Nathan Norman | July 25, 2017 11:33 PM

Tonight we are celebrating all that the Lord did in, through, and beyond us. 

Amazing week!

Zip-Line!

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!

Zip-Line!

Beach!

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!

Beach!

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Kim O'Connor

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! ??

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