Princeton Christian Reformed Church | Costa Rica

Nicoya (San Martin) | July 15 to July 21, 2017

Local Host: Centro Cristiano Comunitario | Warner Calderon
Staff: Josh Calderon, Drema Jefferson, Cirielle Gaskins


Trip Journal Updates


Ready for our team!
by Drema Jefferson | July 15, 2017

We are waiting excitedly for our team to arrive! 


We are on our way!
by Drema Jefferson | July 15, 2017

The team is here and we are on our way to Nicoya. We can't wait to see what Jesus is going to do this week. 


Our first meal!
by Drema Jefferson | July 16, 2017

We are enjoying our first meal together at Pastor Warner's house. Then, it's off to church this morning. 


Church with Pastor Edgar
by Drema Jefferson | July 16, 2017

This morning we attended church at Pastor Edgar's church. We learned how we should share God's blessings with others. We learned that we all have a purpose to fulfill and that God wants us to be a vessel for Him. He also wants us to continue perfecting the fruits of the Spirit in us. 


Children's Church
by Drema Jefferson | July 16, 2017

While the adults had church, some of us spent time playing games with the kids, singing songs, coloring, and teaching the children about Jesus. We learned about the Tower of Babel and how God has given us many  languages, but He loves us all the same. We had so much fun trying to teach them "Simon Says" and "I've got the joy" in Spanish. 


We are all here, finally!
by Drema Jefferson | July 16, 2017

Three of our group members flew in today to meet us. So, we are finally all here! Woo hoo! 


Time with Pastor Warner
by Drema Jefferson | July 16, 2017

We had a chance to get to know Pastor Warner and hear his testimony this afternoon. He taught us that God can still speak to us if we take the time to get closer to Him. We also listened to his vision for the church and the children in his community. He has a heart for those children that have very little and we can't wait to be a part of his vision this week. 


Getting prepared
by Drema Jefferson | July 16, 2017

This evening we experienced grocery shopping in Costa Rica so we could get ready for food distribution this week. After going out to invite several children to our VBS this week, we came back and put the bags of food together. Then, we prayed over them. We believe it is going to be a huge blessing to the families this week. 


Showing God's Love To The Elderly
by Drema Jefferson | July 17, 2017

This morning we visited an elderly home and Pastor Warner shared the message of Jesus walking on water. Then, we performed a dance and sang a few worship songs for them. Afterwards, we asked them questions about their lives and just got to know them. We enjoyed sharing how much God loves them. 


You are never too young
by Drema Jefferson | July 17, 2017

Our little missionary sharing the love of Christ! 


The rain won't stop us!
by Drema Jefferson | July 17, 2017

This afternoon we spent some time with the children in the community. It began to pour, but that didn't stop us from loving on the kids. 


Feeding the community
by Drema Jefferson | July 17, 2017

After playing with the kids, we delivered plates of food out in to the community. The smiles are on their faces were priceless.


Pouring our hearts out for Jesus
by Drema Jefferson | July 17, 2017

Here is our team photo after we poured our hearts out working with the children this afternoon. 


Giving up control
by Drema Jefferson | July 18, 2017

We had our team meeting tonight and Pastor Warner preached a great message about giving up control. He related it to how our day quickly turned from sunshine to pouring rain when working with the children. We may have our own plan, but God's may be different. We need to learn how to give God control so His purposes may be fulfilled, and his purposes are always better. 


VBS Invitation
by Drema Jefferson | July 18, 2017

After eating breakfast this morning, we visited a school in Nicoya. We divided up in to three groups and invited the children to our VBS this afternoon. We had so much fun practicing our Spanish and seeing a Costa Rican school. 


Cleaning the jail
by Drema Jefferson | July 18, 2017

This morning we worked on cleaning the inside of a jail cell, a room where the officers stay, and the outside premises. What an honor it is to serve Jesus! 


Prayer Time
by Drema Jefferson | July 18, 2017

After cleaning the jail, we prayed over the officers, prisoners, and the facility. 


VBS at Pastor Dimas Church
by Drema Jefferson | July 18, 2017

After lunch we headed over to Pastor Dimas' Church and held a VBS for the children in the community. We taught the children how to play 9-square and they had a blast. 


Jesus Calming The Storm
by Drema Jefferson | July 18, 2017

We also taught the children about Jesus and how he calmed the storm when the disciples were scared. Jesus can also calm the storms in our lives when we are afraid. 


Bubbles, bubbles, and more bubbles!
by Drema Jefferson | July 18, 2017

We had so much fun with the children blowing bubbles, and even some of the adults joined in on the fun. 


Prayer For Pastor
by Drema Jefferson | July 19, 2017

Last night the team felt led to pray for Pastor Warner. We visited a school in Nicoya yesterday morning to invite kids to VBS for the day and the principal invited Pastor Warner to come back and teach Christian lessons. He said this was the first time anything like this has happened in his community. So, the team prayed for more open doors and opportunities to teach to these children. Praise God for open doors! 


Visiting a daycare
by Drema Jefferson | July 19, 2017

This morning we started off the day visiting a daycare center in Nicoya. They surprised us with dances to celebrate their Heritage day. We also got to play with them and share the love of Jesus. What a fun time! 


Food Distribution
by Drema Jefferson | July 19, 2017

After visiting the daycare, we divided into groups and we were able to bless families in the community with food and other necessities. Then, we prayed over them. 


VBS in San Martín
by Drema Jefferson | July 19, 2017

After lunch, we went to the plaza in San Martín and we held a VBS for the children in the community. We played games, presented a lesson, and sang songs. The children had such a fun time. 


¡A comer!
by Drema Jefferson | July 19, 2017

The day ended with feeding the children at the plaza and then squeezing in a little more play time with the kids before leaving. It was so hard to leave! 


Rec Day
by Drema Jefferson | July 20, 2017

Today we got to celebrate everything we accomplished for the Lord. First, we went zip lining. 


Enjoying the Beach
by Drema Jefferson | July 20, 2017

Then, we spent some time at the beach. Some of us went kayaking and paddle boarding while the rest of us just enjoyed relaxing and swimming in the ocean.


God will multiply!
by Drema Jefferson | July 20, 2017

Tonight we ended our trip with a great message from Pastor Warner. He taught us that if we give a little bit, God will multiply. Then, he prayed for us and we were all touched by the Holy Spirit. We had a beautiful time in His presence. 


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Mindie Wiechel

Thanks Josh, Drema, and Cirinforbleading is this week! It's a week we will never forget!!


Donna Susenbach

Sounds like a blessed week all around! Love hearing your (His) stories!


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