Nuestra Hermana

Sorry we have not blogged much in the last week or so. We have endured a very emotional time here in Costa Rica, after discovering that Debra's (Mary's sister) pathology revealed ovarian cancer. Mary's Dad, Norm (shown above), flew down here to Costa Rica and was a tremendous help getting Debra to appointments and with the huge responsibility of deciding how to deal with this very disturbing news. With deep sadness, Debra ended her schooling this past week and we said tearful goodbyes as she headed to Florida to register at the Moffett Center, one of the U.S.'s most advanced cancer centers.

This was Debra (in the middle) being prayed over in chapel on Thursday by a loving group of our fellow students at ILE. It was a very powerful time claiming the truths of God's Word and the promises that He has for her and everyone of us. One thing that we have learned in the short few months of being here, that language isn't the number one thing that we are here to learn. In fact, it is very common for satan to attack now that we are so close to the mission field... that is why we need to be grounded in God's word, and prepared for battle. Colossians 3:15 says, "Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him." Ch. 4 vs. 2 "Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ....." ~ Mary