Monday, May 26, 2008

Paige's Graduation 2008

Paige moments before she recieved her diploma.

I'm so proud of her....

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Asbury Thrive Youth Movement

The last week in May one of our supporting chuches, Asbury UMC sent their Asbury Thrive youth group to Costa Rica to do missions work in La Carpio and in southern region of C.R. Marge assited the group at Carpio, an impoverished community outside of San Jose.Sunday we met for breakfast, then went to the Iglesia Biblica Nazareth church next door to Christ for the City.After church, Thrive boarded a bus and spent the rest of the week close to the southern boder to work at a camp.
It was a total blessing spending the weekend with Thrive and to hook up with a group from Bham.

Friday, May 2, 2008

2.5 million people in the central valley of San Jose,Costa Rica

These photos were taken at 5500 ft.

After being in the country 6 weeks, we as a family feel like we are starting to settle into place. It is well with our souls! The transition has been huge.Ticos and Ticas live a life that is much slower than North Americans,so it's important that we learn to slow down and enjoy the culture. Going to the neighborhood market is always a fasinating expirence for us,you can always get fresh breads, fruits and veggies and more importantly Coffee.Marge and I always get fresh squeezed O.J. when we finish shopping. On an academic note we started orientation at the Spanish language institute, I(mark) learned I know absolutly nothing about spanish....please pray for us..God is going to do a big work.

Church in Cartago east of San Jose,Costa Rica

Looking for some mountains to climb before starting school. I went to Cartago east of the San Jose and in the middle of town is this old 16th century church that has no roof on it. After talking to a local he said that the church was destroyed
because of earthquakes.Then I found this webpage so i copyed this....

The fate of the church in the Cartago parish has not been much better. Construction began in 1574, but between then and 1910 the building had to be rebuilt five times because of earthquake damage. Following the massive destruction caused by the Cartago quake of 1910, the church was abandoned and the ruins now form the centerpiece of a park in the middle of town.

History: The city of Cartago was first established in 1563 by the Spanish conquistador Juan Vásquez de Coronado. The original village was situated between the Coris and Purires Rivers, several kilometers to the southwest of the present day city. This location proved to be poorly chosen, however, since the settlement was flooded so often that it came to be known as the "City of Mud," and in 1572 was transferred to another site closer to what is now San José.