Thursday, July 31, 2014

August 2013 Prayer Letter

Dear Friends and Family,

August is here and we are near the end of our first trimester of language school in Costa Rica. Michelle and I are both in full time language study. We are making considerable progress, but still have a long way to go. At the church we attend, Michelle is helping with the nursery. Jeremy was able to help with the Vacation Bible School. Each day, there was between 500-700 children. Jeremy was able to help out with security and take notes on how the church ran the VBS. It was a great opportunity for him to practice his Spanish, build relationships with the church members, and get involved in serving in a Spanish speaking church. During the course of the week, many children expressed interest in salvation and received individual counseling. Jeremy also learned that there will be another VBS in January, and he is looking forward to being able to be much more involved.

In many ways, we are adjusting to life in Costa Rica. It is a gradual process, but we are becoming more capable of communicating in Spanish. Our girls are also adapting well. Lila is also learning some Spanish. One day, as we rode in a taxi, Lila attempted to tell the driver where to turn to get to our house. Ellie also provides many opportunities for us to speak to people that we come across. Near the end of the month, Ellie came down with a bronchial infection requires antibiotics. Please pray that she has a good recovery.

We are so thankful for each of you that pray for us on a regular basis. This month, we will finish our first trimester of language school. We look forward to being able to use what we have learned much more during the break between trimesters. This month, please pray:

1. That we will quickly learn the language and be able to effectively communicate the Gospel.
2. The Lord continue to guide us in how to serve him as we learn the language.
3. The Lord give us physical health us we continue to adapt here in Costa Rica.
In Christ,
Jeremy, Michelle, Lila, and Ellowyn Blanz

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

July 2014 Prayer Letter

Dear Friends and Family,

This last month, was our second full month in Costa Rica. Our main focus has been upon learning the language. Although we have so much to learn, it is reassuring when native Costa Ricans are surprised how little time we have been learning Spanish! Our heart is to get more and more involved in sharing the Gospel. Despite the fact that our language is limited, we are learning to serve in the ways that we can. Although we can't do everything that we would like to do, we can surely do something. Michelle is now serving in the nursery and Jeremy will be helping with the Vacation Bible School at the church we attend. We are looking for more opportunities to help in the ways that we can.

Although we were able to stay healthy most of the month, we were ill once again in the end of the month. Thankfully, this is just a regular part of the process of adapting our bodies to a new country. Our girls are adjusting quite well. Ellie is now crawling everywhere and pulling up on things. Lila has become much more inquisitive. Although her understanding is very limited, she frequently asks for stories about Jesus, Abraham, Samson, and other Bible characters. Our greatest desire for them is that they learn to know the love of God and cultivate a relationship with Christ at a young age.  

This last month, it was encouraging to hear from many individuals who sent us emails to let us know they were praying for us. We are so thankful for all of the financial and prayer support that we receive. The apostle Paul wrote to the saints in Philippi, “I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy, for your fellowship in the Gospel...” We are so thankful that you all are partakers in the Gospel and that your sacrifice will bring forth an eternal reward. This month, please pray...

1. That we acquire the language quickly.
2. That the Lord guide us in which ways to serve him until we are fluent.
3. That the Lord aid our bodies in adjusting to life in Costa Rica.

In Christ,
Jeremy, Michelle, Lila, and Ellowyn Blanz