Serving in Rio Azul

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“At the end of 2013, my husband and I were invited to serve as leaders in a Costa Rican church restart in a nearby slum, Rio Azul. We had prayed for years that God would open doors so that we could participate on just such a team and were blown away by God’s goodness to provide such a wonderful opportunity. Since accepting the position, we now regularly teach, serve on the worship team, co-lead the Sunday school, preach, lead a Bible study, teach music and English classes and serve in a variety of other ways.”

Dave and Angie Ziel are ReachGlobal missionaries serving in San José, Costa Rica, since November 2011. Learn more about their life and ministry on their blog, Ziels in LA.

 

1000 Words: Learning Amidst The Rubble

Children enjoy a short recess at a local community school in Gressier, Haiti, playing in and around the partially destroyed building that houses some of their classes. A new three-room school building (not pictured), built by short-term teams from ReachGlobal/TouchGlobal, only provides space for some of the more than 120 students that now attend the school.

The community school was founded by Maxo, a Haitian UN worker and ReachGlobal ministry partner, to provide education for children whose parents cannot afford to pay for their schooling.

Photo credit: Nathan Deremer, Deremer Studios

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1000 Words: Smiling in Sumpango

A boy enjoys one of the slides at Los Olivos Church’s new playground in Sumpango, Guatemala, recently. The playground, built by a team from Lake Wisconsin Evangelical Free Church and Kids Around the World, is the only playground in a city of about 35,000 people. Los Olivos, the first Evangelical Free Church in the country, wants to use the playground to reach the entire community.

“As a church, we decided that the best thing for reaching out to this community is reaching the children and the youth,” says Oscar Chiquito, a missionary to the community sent out by Los Olivos. “The goal is to attract the youth and children and then connect them to the church.”

Photo credit: Lincoln B., EFCA ReachGlobal Missionary Journalist

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1000 Words: Father-Daughter Bonding

Dave Mathis (Calvary Church, MO) swims at Taino Beach in Haiti with his soon-to-be-daughter, Oltania. Dave and his wife, Sharron, are in the process of adopting Oltania from the Operation Love The Children Of Haiti orphanage in Leogane. They had a day of bonding at the beach in early October following Calvary’s week-long work trip with EFCA ReachGlobal.

[See related article “Building Beautiful Families” to learn more about the Mathis’ journey.]

Photo credit: Ashlee N., EFCA ReachGlobal missionary in Haiti

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1000 Words: Acting Out The Gospel

Teens from Hershey Free Church in Pennsylvania bring the gospel to life through a skit during a two-hour evangelism program in a Shipibo village located in the Peruvian Amazon. In August, nine youth from Hershey partnered with 16 Peruvian youth to share the gospel of Christ in nine villages along the Rio Mazaray.

Photo credit: Joan M., EFCA ReachGlobal missionary to Peru

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1000 Words: Face Painting in Costa Rica

Anderson, a Costa Rican boy, paints the face of Sierra, a volunteer from Rimrock Church in Rapid City, South Dakota, during a vacation Bible school activity. Fourteen youth and five adult leaders from Rimrock traveled to San JoséCosta Rica, in July for a 10-day mission trip working with a local church, Centro Internacional de Avivamiento (International Revival Center) in San Diego de Tres Rios.

Photo credit: Melissa P., EFCA ReachGlobal missionary in Costa Rica

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