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Abundant Life Assembly of God

Serving In Costa Rica
October 21, 2017
Community: Liberia (San Rafael)
Partner: Centro Evangelistico Zuriel
Staff: Nathan Norman, Jonathan Alvarez, Erik Gonzalez, Nathan Norman

And We're Off!

by Nathan Norman | October 21, 2017 8:54 AM

After sleeping a few hours in Baltimore, we are up and ready to be in Costa Rica!  

And We're Off!

Staff Is Ready!

by Nathan Norman | October 21, 2017 12:12 PM

Your staff is ready and excited to serve alongside of you this week. We know that God is going to do amazing things!

Staff Is Ready!

We Made It!

by Nathan Norman | October 21, 2017 3:21 PM

We are now settled into our home for the week after enjoying some much needed lunch.  

We Made It!

A Warm Welcome

by Nathan Norman | October 21, 2017 6:10 PM

Pastor Adolfo greeted each of us as we got off the bus at the church called Zuriel.  We can already tell that Pastor Adolfo is full of life!

A Warm Welcome

The Vision

by Nathan Norman | October 21, 2017 6:14 PM

Pastor Adolfo showed us around his church, showing the work project and sharing about his community. 

The Vision

Fútbol

by Nathan Norman | October 21, 2017 6:18 PM

Soccer (fútbol) breaks down every language barrier!

Fútbol

Game Time!

by Nathan Norman | October 21, 2017 7:51 PM

Tonight we were able to spend time with the youth group. We had so much fun playing games with them!

Game Time!

Testify!

by Nathan Norman | October 21, 2017 7:54 PM

Both Ben and Richie were able to share their testimonies with the youth about God's amazing grace in their lives.  

Testify!

Biblical Role Models

by Nathan Norman | October 21, 2017 8:21 PM

Robert shared with the youth about the importance of having positive Biblical role models to look up to and follow in their ways.  We were able to pray over the youth also.  We believe that youth can be difference makers in Costa Rica!

Biblical Role Models

Worship!

by Nathan Norman | October 22, 2017 11:34 AM

What an honor it is to worship with our brothers and sisters in Christ!  We worship the same Jesus who offers us all eternal life. 

Worship!

Testimonies

by Nathan Norman | October 22, 2017 11:45 AM

Jimmy and Nick were able to share their life stories with the people of the church.  They found common ground with the church sharing their struggles with low self esteem and bad choices...but Jesus was able to redeem it all!

Testimonies

Adopted by God

by Nathan Norman | October 22, 2017 12:03 PM

Pastor Devin preached powerfully about the benefits of being adopted by God through Jesus Christ.  We all need the love of our good Heavenly Father!

Adopted by God

Personal Ministry Time

by Nathan Norman | October 22, 2017 1:19 PM

The response to the message was incredible. The Spirit of God was evident to restore and heal many hearts!

Personal Ministry Time

Off to Work

by Nathan Norman | October 22, 2017 3:17 PM

We started the construction project this afternoon, emptying the area for the septic tank and digging a drainage area. 

Off to Work

Food Sorting

by Nathan Norman | October 22, 2017 3:21 PM

We went to the store and bought enough groceries to bless 20 families. The bags are assembled, and we are praying that they get to the right families that need both physical and spiritual food. 

Food Sorting

Every tribe and tongue

by Nathan Norman | October 22, 2017 7:35 PM

Tonight we practiced what it will be like in Heaven. We worshipped in English and Spanish.  We can't even imagine how great Heaven will be when every tribe and tongue is represented before the throne of Jesus!

Every tribe and tongue

Sharing the Word

by Nathan Norman | October 22, 2017 7:40 PM

Harold and Robert were able to share their testimonies followed by Jerry sharing the Word with the church. They all did a great job sharing, connecting, and encouraging the local church. 

Sharing the Word

Is that enough?

by Nathan Norman | October 23, 2017 10:17 AM

Harold is all sunscreened up and ready for a big workday!

Is that enough?

Everyone to Work!

by Nathan Norman | October 23, 2017 1:15 PM

This morning we worked hard doing many jobs revolving around the new house for Pastor Adolfo!

Everyone to Work!

Using God-given Skills

by Nathan Norman | October 23, 2017 1:18 PM

Richie was able to put his welding expertise to use on the roof of the house. 

Using God-given Skills

AC Break

by Nathan Norman | October 23, 2017 1:26 PM

The guys are enjoying a much needed AC break (the only fan we could find)!

AC Break

The Cooks Make the Trip!

by Nathan Norman | October 23, 2017 1:31 PM

We are enjoying some amazing Costa Rican food. These ladies know how to cook!  We are going home heavier than we came!

The Cooks Make the Trip!

Food Distribution Day #1

by Nathan Norman | October 23, 2017 4:18 PM

Today we were able to bless 7 families with groceries.  We took the time to pray over each family and ask God to meet their every need.  In this picture we prayed over Jafeth, a 17 year old, who was just in a very bad motorcycle accident the night of our youth meeting. 

Food Distribution Day #1

Our Missionaries

by Nathan Norman | October 23, 2017 10:01 PM

Tonight we were able to go to the Norman's house, our missionaries here in Costa Rica. We had delicious enchiladas, worshipped together, and were challenged by the Word!

Our Missionaries

Pre-Game Prep

by Nathan Norman | October 24, 2017 8:29 AM

Every morning we are taking time to share the Word together. This morning we got an extra encouragement from Pastor Devin.


Pre-Game Prep

Praying for Pastor

by Nathan Norman | October 24, 2017 8:32 AM

This morning we prayed for Pastor Adolfo to be energized and encouraged in his ministry. What a great example he is of perseverance in the ministry!

Praying for Pastor

Dig!

by Nathan Norman | October 24, 2017 11:50 AM

Since starting this construction project we have had a constant team plowing through this hole meant for a drainage system. The work can be exhausting, but Jesus keeps giving us strength!

Dig!

Food Distribution Day #2

by Nathan Norman | October 24, 2017 3:37 PM

The joy of Food Distribution is even on the giver and receiver!   We always seem to walk away more blessed! 

Food Distribution Day #2

Cornflakes & Milk!

by Nathan Norman | October 24, 2017 3:57 PM

As Jimmy was praying for this single mother, we heard her children ripping through the bag of groceries shouting, "Can you believe it?  Cornflakes and milk!"

Cornflakes & Milk!

Pastor's Testimony

by Nathan Norman | October 24, 2017 4:16 PM

As we went distributing food, Pastor shared his call to ministry and specifically this remote location.  Pastor Adolfo's story is heartbreaking, but shows faith and the favor of the Lord. 

Pastor's Testimony

Tank is Almost Finished!

by Nathan Norman | October 25, 2017 1:52 PM

With a lot of hard work, the septic tank is almost finished!

Tank is Almost Finished!

Roofing

by Nathan Norman | October 25, 2017 1:55 PM

With a lot of welding going on, the tin is finally going up on top of the house!

Roofing

Flooring

by Nathan Norman | October 25, 2017 2:00 PM

We were able to start putting concrete down inside the house today. 

Flooring

Food Distribution Day #3

by Nathan Norman | October 25, 2017 5:51 PM

Today we were able to bless more families with groceries. Tears flowed at this house as we prayed for a woman whose children attend Pastor Adolfo's church.

Food Distribution Day #3

That Smile!

by Nathan Norman | October 25, 2017 5:54 PM

Nothing beats the joy of the Lord that exudes from Pastor Adolfo!  And check out that house in the back. Great work guys!

That Smile!

Final Work Day

by Nathan Norman | October 26, 2017 12:03 PM

This morning we wrapped up the work project by pouring more concrete flooring.  It's been so much fun working alongside of our Costa Rican brothers!
Final Work Day

Forever Engraved

by Nathan Norman | October 26, 2017 12:13 PM

El Jefe (the boss) asked us all to sign our names on the concrete sewer cap. 

Forever Engraved

The Team!

by Nathan Norman | October 26, 2017 12:23 PM

What an incredible week!  What an incredible team!

The Team!

Saying "See You Later!"

by Nathan Norman | October 26, 2017 9:21 PM

Tonight was the night we said "see you later" to our new church family in Costa Rica. 
Saying "See You Later!"

Gracias!

by Nathan Norman | October 26, 2017 9:25 PM

Tonight we were able to thank the amazing cooks who served all of us with so much love. 

Gracias!

Mic Time

by Nathan Norman | October 26, 2017 9:31 PM

For the first time ever, our Costa Rican construction boss spoke on a microphone and told us how thankful he was to have us on his construction team. 

Mic Time

Dual Praying

by Nathan Norman | October 26, 2017 11:55 PM

To end the night we prayed over the church and they prayed over us. Part of our hearts will forever be in Costa Rica!

Dual Praying

Final Words

by Nathan Norman | October 27, 2017 10:17 AM

This morning we had our last team meeting in Costa Rica. We spent time encouraging each other sharing how we saw God use our fellow brothers.  We know that going back home has its challenges, but we are grateful knowing we did this as a team.  We are fired up and ready to live on a mission for Jesus Christ in our own church and communities. 

Final Words

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