Costa Rica, Iraq and the last few weeks.

Posted by: julio on January 25, 2011

The last few weeks have been very busy.  We are transitioning from Atlanta to plant a church in Costa Rica. We have been busy with moving companies, fund-raising, planning and building the team for our church.  We have also had a great month with family.

Yesterday was the last day of enjoying the visit of my brother in law, Matt and his wife Sarah who were home from Northern Iraq, where they serve as missionaries with Samaritan’s Purse. In the last few weeks we have had great meals together, created great memories (like jumping out of a perfectly good plane for Clint’s 30th birthday) and heard great stories of God’s activity in Northern Iraq where most people have no concept of what it means to have a personal relationship with Jesus. Since their departure, my wife Ashley has been crying all day because her little brother and his wife are heading back to a place of great danger, where you could be a target just because of your faith in Christ. We have been blessed by their presence over this month.

Before leaving, Matt and Sarah who are on a very modest salary from Samaritan’s Purse, made a huge financial commitment to the new ministry that Ashley and I are launching in Costa Rica. Multiple times through this month I heard Matt say: “I just want you to know that nobody believes in you and Ashley more than Sarah and I…” God has surprised us by means of their sacrificial generosity.

In the midst of all of this, I have been working on my exit from North Point. Many things are on my mind and I have many mixed feelings. I was thinking I am making a sacrifice by moving from my nice suburban life in Atlanta to Central America …Matt and Sarah have helped me put things in perspective