A reminder that Canadians can give to Foursquare Disaster Relief through our website at www.foursquare.ca/missions by clicking on "Support Missions" and marking your donations "FDR".
Foursquare Disaster Relief is currently assessing the California wildfires. Please pray with them for communities, churches, and first responders as the battle against these fires continues. To give to Foursquare Disaster Relief as they continue to take action in so many of the recently hard hit areas go to
https://foursquarecanada.wufoo.eu/forms/mfcfrbq0k59b0c/ and mark your donation "FDR".
Bill and Debbie Boling, from Modesto CA, are serving (and have been for appr.11 years) in Costa Rica. The Bolings pastor a group of English speaking Christians in the area, teach in the Bible institute, assist with a national church plant, help get girls out of human trafficking in the sex trade and more. They are also busy teaching English to a group of Christians in Costa Rica- a large group and a large job!
Debbie and Bill are privileged to have had an encounter with the Costa Rica Kids kids. The CRK ministry met with the 980 enrolled kids and their families for 2 weeks during July break. A VBS of type happens where the kids get to enjoy Bible story time, music and crafts. And of course, to show off to their counselors their grades and great school attendance! Meanwhile, the parents are ministered to by attending workshops that encourage them spiritually and personally. An extra thanks to Mathieu and his wife Andrea for all they do to make this outreach such a success!
Also close to their hearts and the plan God has for them is the Tierra El Shaddai Recreation and Spiritual Development Center which is, as you might guess, for a little recreation and a lot of spiritual development! Part of the Center is a 985 square foot ministry house, which will serve such purposes as lodging interns, housing for short-term volunteers and for the needed housing of the local Seeds of Hope Clubhouse (the Costa Rica ministry toward ending human trafficking and sexual exploitation) Staff.
Bill and Debbie are now able to receive your monetary gift donations online at the link below, or of course via check (but do not write their names on the check, in a note please mention that the money be put towards them) at:
Modesto Foursquare Church
510 Burney Street
Modesto California 95354
Update Re: Hurricane Nate in Costa Rica
John Overholt has finally got word from the Campbell River Gateway church who are in Coco who have been without internet or electricity for the past few days.
They are fine and have now been able to meet with Pastor Jorge. Due to the situation, their plans have now changed to be more of a rescue mission, helping people who are in shelters and the many who have been affected by the floods. They still have over a week left of their trip and hope to bring in supplies like food, water and diapers etc. to some of the communities that have been affected the most. God will clearly use them to bring hope and help in this time of need!
If you would like to donate to this emergency relief, please message John Overholt or Canadian Foursquare Missions with the amount you'd like to donate so we can communicate with Christine directly. This will help the team, with the limited time they have remaining, know what their budget is for these relief efforts.
Donations can be made through the Foursquare Gospel Church of Canada at the following link, designated Costa Rica disaster relief.
On September 28, a team of three went out from the Gateway Foursquare Church in Campbell River to serve our Foursquare family in Costa Rica, as well as, ministering in Nicaragua.
John Overholt brought us the news that five days into this trip, the team found themselves in the midst of a severe tropical storm. Christine Ashcroft, Patricio and Eliana Romero are in Playas del Coco, which is one of the heaviest hit areas. From what he understands from missionary friends Skip and Belinda Preston, who also live in the area, Internet and phones are not working and so communication right now is not easy. Our Foursquare pastor, who they are working with, cannot get to them because the roads are closed because of the flooding. John was able to check in with Christine on Wednesday morning. They were in good spirits but the forecast is for continued rain, and so the team appreciates your prayers.
In a brief newscast, we found out that at least 100 neighbors of the community of Playas del Coco in Guanacaste are currently being affected by these heavy floods due to the overflow of rivers.Apparently some people are trapped in their homes, businesses and even some in their cars since the streets are now under at least one meter of water.
The heavy rain that has been falling in the area since Tuesday evening and through Wednesday affected not only the community of Playas del Coco, but also other Guanacaste communities like Abangares, Cartagena, Santa Cruz, Huacas, Santa Ana de Belén de Carrillo, Bebedero de Bagaces and Hermosa Beach.
The Foursquare churches in this area are close to the hearts of many of us who have travelled there under John and Debbie's leadership. Let's pray together for the team, that the waters would recede, safety for the residents, and that damage would be minimal.