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Radiant Church of Jackson

Serving In Costa Rica
November 4, 2017
Community: Santa Barbara
Partner: Iglesia Biblica Santa Barbara
Staff: Nathan Norman, Jonathan Alvarez, Fiorella Villafuerte, Eros Gutierrez

Staff is Ready!

by Nathan Norman | November 4, 2017 1:43 PM

Your staff is ready to help you experience a mission trip of a lifetime. We have been praying that we would all step out in faith this week and watch Jesus’ name be lifted higher!

Staff is Ready!

Settling In

by Nathan Norman | November 4, 2017 5:55 PM

We are getting settled into our accommodations for the week and getting used to feeling sticky all the time. 

Settling In

Skit Practice

by Nathan Norman | November 4, 2017 8:26 PM

Tonight we took some time to practice our skit so that it’s crisp and clean for tomorrow.  Pastor Armando wants us to use the skit for evangelism each night and we can’t wait to see how God uses us to point people to Him!

Skit Practice

One God!

by Nathan Norman | November 5, 2017 10:08 AM

Although we speak different languages and are from different parts of the world, we worship the same God!

One God!

Testimonies

by Nathan Norman | November 5, 2017 10:16 AM

Crystal and Maris both were able to share their testimonies of God’s amazing grace and faithfulness in their lives. 

Testimonies

Pastor Jeff Preaching

by Nathan Norman | November 5, 2017 10:19 AM

Pastor Jeff preached an incredible word about being disciples of Jesus, reading from Mark 8, and sharing his personal experiences with the Lord. 

Pastor Jeff Preaching

Niños!

by Nathan Norman | November 5, 2017 11:02 AM

During the service, the Ludington team taught a Bible story, sang songs, and made crafts with the precious kids at the church!

Niños!

Drama

by Nathan Norman | November 5, 2017 11:10 AM

At the end of the service we did our drama followed by altar ministry time.

Drama

Altar Time

by Nathan Norman | November 5, 2017 11:13 AM

The Holy Spirit was moving as we prayed over those who responded to the Word. 

Altar Time

Ministry Time

by Nathan Norman | November 5, 2017 11:18 AM

Many tears were shed as we prayed over the church members. 
Ministry Time

Boat Tour!

by Nathan Norman | November 5, 2017 3:40 PM

Pastor Armando took us on a boat tour this afternoon. We saw all kinds of birds, iguanas, and even crocodiles!

Boat Tour!

Shopping!

by Nathan Norman | November 5, 2017 8:55 PM

This afternoon we went grocery shopping to bless 16 families!  We will be distributing the bags of groceries over the next three days.

Shopping!

Meeting the Pastors

by Nathan Norman | November 5, 2017 9:10 PM

This evening we were able to sit with Pastor Armando and Pastora Juanita hearing their testimonies, hurts, challenges, and dreams. God has great things in store for them!

Meeting the Pastors

Prayer over the Pastors

by Nathan Norman | November 5, 2017 9:21 PM

We were honored to be able to pray over and bless Pastor and Pastora!

Prayer over the Pastors

Expanding the Church

by Nathan Norman | November 6, 2017 11:47 AM

We began our construction project today of expanding the church wall in Guatil.  Today we are digging footers. 

Expanding the Church

Workin’

by Nathan Norman | November 6, 2017 12:39 PM

Time to move cement blocks!
Workin’

Photo Shoot!

by Nathan Norman | November 6, 2017 12:43 PM

There’s always time to stop and take a group picture!

Photo Shoot!

Back to work!

by Nathan Norman | November 6, 2017 3:15 PM

The footers have been dug and we are ready to start mixing cement!

Back to work!

Mixing Cement

by Nathan Norman | November 6, 2017 3:28 PM

We are learning the art of mixing cement by hand to pour for the foundation of the wall. 

Mixing Cement

Fútbol!

by Nathan Norman | November 6, 2017 5:07 PM

Soccer (fútbol) is a universal language here!

Fútbol!

Movie Invites

by Nathan Norman | November 6, 2017 5:20 PM

We met this sweet Christian lady while walking around inviting people to the movie night. She was so excited that Jesus followers were visiting her community!

Movie Invites

Movie Night

by Nathan Norman | November 6, 2017 6:49 PM

  • About 50 people (and a few dogs) gathered to watch the movie “Fire Proof.”  Many of the people who showed up do not attend the church!  What a great outreach!
Movie Night

Food Distribution Day #2

by Nathan Norman | November 7, 2017 11:18 AM

What a blessing it was to distribute groceries to five families.  The Holy Spirit was bringing people to tears and we could feel the battle for their salvation. 

Food Distribution Day #2

Preparing the Land

by Nathan Norman | November 7, 2017 11:30 AM

We started a second project behind the church to prepare for pouring a concrete floor. 

Preparing the Land

2 Projects

by Nathan Norman | November 7, 2017 2:31 PM

We have been working hard sifting sand, mixing up concrete, and laying block. We’ve been working so hard that they added a second project in the back!

2 Projects

Joy

by Nathan Norman | November 7, 2017 6:55 PM

The joy of the Lord is our strength!

Joy

Jesus is Our Healer

by Nathan Norman | November 7, 2017 7:05 PM

Everywhere we have gone, we have had the opportunity to pray for the sick!

Jesus is Our Healer

Powerful Testimonies

by Nathan Norman | November 7, 2017 7:10 PM

Curtis, Kaylee, and Kevin shared their testimonies with the third church under the care of Pastor Armando in San Vicente.  Each story broke down the walls between us and the local church. 

Powerful Testimonies

Preach!

by Nathan Norman | November 7, 2017 7:24 PM

Pastor Jeff brought another strong word about what it means to follow Jesus. We don’t need to be perfect to come to Jesus. Instead, He desires to meet us in our brokenness. 

Preach!

The Drama Continues

by Nathan Norman | November 7, 2017 8:11 PM

We were able to share the drama with the church in San Vicente. What an incredible way to show that Jesus makes a way for us!

The Drama Continues

Response to the Word

by Nathan Norman | November 7, 2017 9:33 PM

17 people that have never stepped foot inside of the church in San Vicente came for the first time tonight!  Pastor Armando said that they have been praying for this to happen for two years now!

Response to the Word

Sift!

by Nathan Norman | November 8, 2017 11:01 AM

The sifting of sand hasn’t stopped as we continue to build walls and pour the floor. 

Sift!

Food Distribution Day #3

by Nathan Norman | November 8, 2017 11:08 AM

We were able to deliver our last three bags of groceries today. Today was a heavy day as we heard many heart-breaking stories. Yet, we were blessed to share the hope that we have in Jesus Christ!

Food Distribution Day #3

Life!

by Nathan Norman | November 8, 2017 11:25 AM

Today we met an amazing woman who brought us so much joy!

Life!

Building the Wall

by Nathan Norman | November 8, 2017 2:28 PM

The wall is getting taller!

Building the Wall

Group Photo

by Nathan Norman | November 8, 2017 4:43 PM

We just finished up working on the wall for the week!  Pastor and some members of the church will continue working with the rest of the supplies we purchased. 

Group Photo

Pastor’s Pig Farm

by Nathan Norman | November 8, 2017 4:59 PM

We visited Pastor Armando’s home to see his pig farm and his hydroponic plants. He uses these to make income for his family. 

Pastor’s Pig Farm

Movie Night in San Pedro

by Nathan Norman | November 8, 2017 7:34 PM

We hosted a second movie night, watching “Fire Proof,” at Pastor Armando’s request. This time we did it outside in a neighborhood  surrounded by government housing. We had an intermission where Logan, Judy, and AJ shared their testimonies revolving around marriage and God’s grace in their lives. 

Movie Night in San Pedro

Recreation Day

by Nathan Norman | November 9, 2017 11:08 AM

Today we took to the skies zip-lining across the beautiful landscape of Costa Rica!  We visited an animal estuary where we saw pumas, jaguars, monkeys, butterflies, a sloth, and much more. We had a great lunch and spent the afternoon at the beach!  Costa Rica is so beautiful!

Recreation Day

"See You Later" Service

by Nathan Norman | November 9, 2017 9:36 PM

Tonight we had our "see you later" service.  We know that this is not goodbye!  And we will never forget how Curtis started a dance revolution during the praise time tonight!

"See You Later" Service

Thanking the Cooks

by Nathan Norman | November 9, 2017 9:38 PM

During the service we took time to thank the incredible cooks.  They were always serving us, even washing some of our clothes!  We are going home heavier than we arrived!

Thanking the Cooks

Hearts Intertwined!

by Nathan Norman | November 9, 2017 9:40 PM

Part of our hearts will forever be in Costa Rica with these beautiful people!

Hearts Intertwined!

And We Are Off!

by Nathan Norman | November 10, 2017 1:25 PM

Pastor Armando boarded our bus today to pray for our safe journey home!  We can't wait to come back and share all about our amazing trip!

And We Are Off!

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Comments

Darla Tiffany

November 9, 2017 9:42 AM

Love being able to keep up with what God is doing there. So blessed to get on here every day and catch up.

Darla Tiffany

November 5, 2017 12:43 PM

Looks like the Lord is moving.

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