Our truck is shut down at the bottom of the hill. Had to walk up the hill in the rain...not the best evening...trying to find the silver-lining. It's got to be here somewhere. I will let you know when I find it.
It is humorous to see what has become normal...let me explain.
Friday I went to San Isidro - the biggest city within an hour of us. On my way up the curvy mountain road I came face to face with three (3) full-sized horses running down the mountain highway at full speed. The guy in front of me came pretty close to turning them into glue - I strategically positioned my truck off on the right-hand side of the road in the small ditch to ensure I didn't get trampled...a typical drive up the mountain.
Saturday we had a chill day hangin' out with some friends. We grilled hot dogs (at least the Costa Rica version) and ate beans.
Today (Sunday) we had a great service at church. God moved, two people got saved - it was beautiful. Pastor Payton announced to the church that he was leaving for the states for the next 30 days and that I would be sharing the leadership role with another gentleman from the church in his absence. One of my dearest friends (an older gentleman who is always dressed to perfection in his Tico cowboy attire) came up to me after the service and said, "have a good afternoon Pastor Scott." I hadn't heard that in a while! I quickly assured him that I am ready, willing and able to serve the Body in pastor's absence, but I preferred the title "evangelist" if I was going to have any title at all....honestly, I'm not much into titles - I just want to make Jesus famous....
Anyway, I digress...We stopped at the grocery store on the way home from church and saw a friend of ours in the check-out line. She was in a good mood because she had just found out the chiropractor was in town and she had an adjustment. Brigit asked her where his office was, and she replied quite matter of fact, "he doesn't have an office, he just sets up a table on the sidewalk in front of the grocery store." Sure enough, when we came out, there he was working on someone else.....only in Costa Rica!
Isaac had his buddy, David, stay the night last night. In true boy fashion, they built a fort, played Lego Star Wars and harvested coconuts with Isaac's varied assortment of knives.
David's parents are missionaires down here too. His sister, Lexi, had Abby over to stay the night at their place. The girls on the otherhand had a fashion show and played dress-up.
What I see from this is that the Lord has truly made boy and girls different. I am so proud of each of my children, and I know that they both are fulfilling the call of God on their lives now, and will in the future!
Have a great Saturday!
I realized last night as I sat outside "Grey's" waiting to get my haircut that my new hometown doesn't even have a stoplight!
Believe it or not, I like it. Things do have a "tranquilo" (a/k/a chilled) way of taking place down here, but Brigit and I are doing our best to speed eveyone up! LOL!
All joking aside, I am truly hearing the still, small voice of the Lord leading and guiding each day. Learning not to worry, and to just take things one day at a time.
I have about five (5) ministry projects and outreaches rolling around in my spirit, but I am waiting to hear when the Holy Spirit wants me to start them. We know for right now we are to minister to the individuals in our daily lives and to serve at our church. Pastor and his family are leaving for a month, so Brigit and I will be heavily involved in preaching and children's ministry.
I hope you can do the same this weekend - be a little more tranquilo and just wait on the Lord for Him to move in your life! Blessings!
Tonight at church Brigit translated Pastor Payton's message into Spanish. She did a great job for her very first time doing this. We are excited to see how the Lord is going to take this first step and use her in the future!
I took this photo yesterday from a spot along the highway where people stop all of the time to admire the sunset. It hit me as I was positioning myself to get "just the right shot" that I was cropping things out of the photo that weren't pretty. This is what the spot really looks like (see below).
Life isn't always pretty either. I think that I need to slow down, look deeper into the lives of those around me and find out what the real "snapshot" of their day to day lives is all about. Let's face it, everyone of us puts our best foot forward, smile even when we're hurting, etc.
I believe if we are going to love our God and our neighbor, we have to go deeper into the lives of those around us because of a burning desire to love them through the eyes of Jesus. We must know what their true needs are, and then do our best as we are lead by the Holy Spirit to meet those needs.
Be blessed today!
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)