We had a great time at the conference this weekend. God is leading our steps as we continue to seek His face.
We only want His will for our lives, and the lives of our children.
Going forward - our children will be using a Christian curriculum for the next school year, and we very well might be opening a Christian school. There are many details to work out, and we are going to need some help (as in some missionaries to come down here and help us!), but we know that God is leading - so He will provide all of the necessary resources to pull it off!
More info to come soon! Thanks for your prayers!
I am told that there was 6.6 earthquake last night up in the northern part of CR - we didn't feel it...PTL!
BUT! Brigit and I will be going to conference in San Jose on Saturday and we are expecting the Lord to speak to us in a mighty way....quite frankly, I think it will be an "earthquake" for us spiritually. We have some direction about what He wants us to do over the next year, but we need a few more things to fall in place before we jump in with both feet.
I believe we will know after this conference the exact steps we are to take next. So we ask you to pray for us, and for our kids who will be staying at a friend's house this weekend.
PS - one more prayer request: we are trying to secure a one year lease on a house in town closer to our office - please join us in prayer that there will be no "hiccups" in the process. THANKS!
I get to preach this morning because Pastor Payton is in the US - today I will be preaching about the Harvest.
Why is it that we read scriptures like Luke 6:38 "Give and and it shall be given unto you...." and we say - oohh - that one is for me! Then we read Matt 28:19 "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit..." and say, ahh - that verse is for missionaries.
If you are a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, then BOTH verses apply to you!
Think about that ;-)
The above photo is of a bathroom in our office building for TOFM. It cracks me up because it is totally made for little kids.
Miniature sink, short soap dispenser - the works! I am always impressed by the value Costa Rican people put on family.
In the same way, God loves the children. I believe this is one reason He has put in our hearts to minister to the children of this community.
If we as believers can sow the Word of God into the hearts of these young ones they will become CHAMPIONS for the Kingdom of God!
Have a great Saturday!
This photo does NOT do justice to the amount of rain we have had coming down for the last 12 hours. I am seriously considering building an ark. If the Pizotes and Boa Constrictors start showing up 2 by 2, I am going to grab my hammer and some wood!
It has been a few days since I posted last because our schedule has been a little crazy. Kids had day off of school on Monday, we drove to Panama on Tuesday (that was an experience ;-) and have been very busy with work all day yesterday.
The best part is that we have had multiple opportunities to share the Gospel with people -- people that have some real issues in life and Jesus is the only answer! God is so good!
We made an absolute DIVINE connection on our drive back from Panama. We were stuck in a constrution traffic jam and I noticed this church off of the side of the road. This is a big deal here because you just don't see that many evangelical churches around.
Long story short, we met the Pastor and his family and spent over an hour with them sharing about the visions the Lord has given us for ministry in Costa Rica. There is a chance Brigit and I will go to a conference with them next weekend to learn about a Bible-based school curriculum that they use at their church school.
Our hope for a school and the Evangelistic Training Center may be closer than we think...time will tell!
God only knows what He is doing in my Brigit's life! Today she was called to translate the preacher into English. That may sound simple, but when a native Spanish-speaking preacher gets into the anointing - he talks FAST!
She did an awesome job - I am very proud of her! Have a great day!
My laptop just gave me the official black screen of death - "Read failure on internal hard drive."
I knew we needed to get a new laptop soon, but wasn't prepared for this soon.
Nothing is impossible with God and He will meet our needs in an amazing way.
I don't know how...but I declare "MacBook Pro, you are on your way into my hands!"
Gloria a Dios!
I am so proud of my kids today. This morning, before jumping into their day, they took some time to sit down and read the Word of God. Putting the Word into our hearts is so crucial to becoming a strong believer who can stand against the wiles of the devil.
There have been a few times here when B and I have awakened in the night at the prompting of the Lord to have some SERIOUS prayer time. It is true, "For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 6:12 NKJV)"
Last night was one of those nights. We are very much aware that the eternal destiny of many of those around us are hanging in the balance. More than ever I want people to have a REAL relationship with Jesus...
Your prayers for our family are VERY appreciated! Please continue to stand with us for a harvest of souls down here in the jungle.
Have a great weekend!
PTL - the truck is fixed!
There are many things that are tough in the mission field, but some things are quite frankly cool.
I got in touch with a mechanic that I met the other day (different from the guy I mentioned in my last post). He was at my house in less than an hour, hot-wired my truck so that we could get it started, ran back to his shop to put it all back together properly...and all of this for $50.00!
I don't think I could get a mechanic in Indianapolis to make a house-call and spend about 2.5 hours on my truck and only charge me $50.00.
All things work together for our good for those who love and serve the Lord. Thank you Jesus for proving your word to me again today...
Well....truck is at the bottom of the hill...PTL no one stole it overnight! (silver-lining).
I called the electrical specialist in town and he said he might (yes, might) make out here today - it depends on how busy he is at his shop with customers. (I am not sure what I have to do to qualify as a customer, but while I sit here and wait I am going to try to figure it out.)
The kids are happy because they are missing school...I guess I will be a teacher today...only on the mission field!
Scott & Brigit Bogard
Founders of Touch of Fire Ministries, Inc. based out of Greenwood, Indiana.
Here are some links to some of our favorite books!
~ The Challenge of Missions (the BEST book on world missions we have every read!)
~ The End of America (I know it sounds bleak, but it is worth the read - end times type book)