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Technology Arrives

This was the first monthly newsletter sent out after the WiMAX installation.

Greetings from 9°N!


I hope the 1st quarter of the 1st year of the new decade has gone well for you. We’ve lived a lot of life here and things are off to a great start.  The March pics are online. The big story is that we now have internet in La Carpio. Here’s a link to a nice article that Brendan (the architect of our network) wrote. The part about Nelson really choked me up, but got me thinking as well. If we don’t tell the story of the people in La Carpio, who will? When I was still stateside and dreaming of coming to Costa Rica, I used to spend countless hours at work reading everything I could find about LC online. It was all negative. Over these past few years, little by little we have begun to shine a light on the people of LC and how God is moving; and the ongoing transformation has been documented in words, videos and still photos. The light is beginning to outshine the darkness. People in our community now have email and some even are on the facebook.  We’re connected with WiMAX and our modem is from a company that I invested in back when I was chasing after the dollar. Now several years later we are hoping to generate revenue from ALVR. One of the poorest parts of La Carpio has crossed the digital divide and what they would spend on round trip bus fare to San Jose can now connect them to the rest of the world without leaving their community.  We had our quarterly indoor soccer tournament at our place. We used it to synergize things with our computer lab and wireless network. During the tournament, we had free internet in 30 minute segments and we had two laptops connected via Wi-Fi for live updates posted to the people’s blog. Brendan (the architect) was awarded MVP of the tournament. Chaco was also presented an award for excellence in photography for his amazing soccer camp pics. Lalo’s pics of soccer camp are finally online as well. Thanks to everyone who made this possible. You made a huge difference in the lives of some special kids. When we arrived at camp, the director asked me if I could go to the nearby town of Palmares and pick up ten kids who were waiting for transportation. I went and there was some sort of confusion as they only had one of the twins signed up and their leader wanted to add somebody else. These kids were already in our micro bus and their leader told the twins to get out so they did and started walking away. It was a crime scene. I thought the twins looked like money and what if they were the future of sport in this country? I certainly didn’t want to be the driver of that bus. Anyways, thanks to your generosity we gave the twins a scholarship to camp. If you remember Luis Carlos, our founder and captain, he got to meet his hero Alonso Solis (#10 for Saprissa and the most famous player in Costa Rica). I snuck Luis C into sound check and he got introduced to his hero as the founder and original captain of the most successful team ever in LC, a jersey signed, a handshake, and a photo op. The cool thing about the pic is that if it had been taken a month before, Luis C would not have been smiling because he did not have a smile. Thanks to one of our friends who was here last summer, Luis C now has his two front teeth. It’s humbling and inspiring to see how God has worked in the life of Luis Carlos. He has done so much for our team and carried such a heavy load those early years. Another success story from camp was disaster boy Dilan. He almost didn’t even go to camp. Once there, he did great. On the last day, he was given an award for sportsmanship that was decided on by the camp staff, coaches and Costa Rica soccer legends. With his winnings, he bought a coffee maker for his grandmother (their first ever). One of my other favorite parts of camp was sitting on the porch of my cabin with a cup of coffee and watching the wind blow.  Our little league team is still on hiatus and after today, the big team is as well. We came up short in game 2 of the semi-finals today. This has been such a long hard season. We’ve seen hard times, tragedies and miracles. It’s a huge disappointment, but this is a team that’s seen more than a double portion of success. Please pray for the direction of our soccer ministry. I doubt that we will continue in a league in La Carpio.  I’m sensing that it’s time to connect with some of the contacts that we’ve made over the years and at soccer camp. This would mean a bit more travel across town and other areas.  The other big news is that we now have a new micro bus. We sure have gotten a lot of use out of the old one and it’s seen more adventures than the A-team van. The new one is a dream come true and we’re super thankful to have a ministry with wheels. We love Community of Faith! Hopefully we will have our new plates next week. Amazingly enough, a new project is under way in our part of LC to improve the road going into our place. I love the idea because that would be a lot better for a new vehicle. Let me know if you would like to help out. It looks like we’re getting the band back together. We will be doing the chapel at the language school on the 20th. Also, don’t tell anybody, but I hit the big 4-2 as in years of age on the 27th. I’m loving the 40’s, but l could also use a bit of prayer cover as my neck is in pretty bad shape. Pain’s obviously part of being alive, but please pray that I find a good chiropractor or a miracle between C5 and C6 would work also.  During Holy Week, I was able to go to the mountains of Talamanca just past Turrialba close to the Cabecar Indigenous Territory.  You can still see some of the amazing photos on my blog. It was great to get away and just be in the presence of the Presence that requires nothing of us but presence. It was a great time to rediscover the song within the song and watch the wind blow as the leaves dance. I thought more about creating space being a creative process. Sometimes it takes a lot of work. Sometimes we can become tired. I thought of Galatians 6:9. I visited two different ministries in remote locations that took a lot of work. Materials were floated across a river and I even saw pics of building materials that were brought in by oxcart back in the ‘50s. Sometimes I think about the nations, but this made me think a lot about the generations. These days, most missionaries in the field will not be the first in areas where they serve. We are part of a rich heritage and so many have gone before us and “paved the way”. I hope this current generation of missionaries can do the same. Its different now with modern technology and all, the work is definitely different. It’s a great time to be alive.

Living The Dream,