As many of you know, I was born in San Jose Costa Rica and adopted to the United States Of America as an infant. I could never be more greatful to the compassionate hearts that adopted a baby boy in need. But like many adopted children I wondered where my biological family was. Well in
My 20’s the Lord would not only show me where my adopted family was but by the miracle of His hands he would take me right to them in Costa Rica. Within hours of arriving to the country I would meet my entire family. All of this with very little information of where they could be after all of those years. I am now also forever greatful To the Lord for that built Relationship with biological family! I am also grateful
To my family: Tom, Junnetta, and Michelle for helping me to get there and being there with me.
Growing up I always wanted to return to my birth country to be a part of God’s work. One of my
School instructors says that as a boy I would write essays about sharing the gospel in Costa Rica and being a missionary there. Over the last 5 years especially my heart has been burdened to be a part of something in Costa Rica.
Yesterday in the news there are reports of record low temps in Costa Rica. Along with that, up to 2500 people living in the streets with no where to go and no food or shelter. Reports are that some have died of hypothermia. My brother Obed Fernandez Ulloa has already mobilized and is going around the city to collect blankets. He had a great response from community members that wanted to help
Somehow. Last night he took blankets and 65 sandwiches to the streets where he found the need to be too great to even put a scratch in it. His efforts left the question, what about the others? He was astounded at the number of people in need. Their lives are at stake as they have no option but to try and survive the elements. One older Man he says, was in great pain, looking for help. He saw many young people on the streets. This is a situation that no human should have to endure.
Today after prayer and contemplation it is on my heart to drive to Denver, get on a plane, and join him in the efforts to take hope and help to the streets of San Jose and my prayer is that this will be the start of long term hope and help. My work at the local homeless shelter in Hastings NE was gracious enough to allow me some quick time to go. There are organizations in Costa Rica that raise money to do this, but some say that the money does not make it to the street. Whatever you give will go to the street, to cover someone with a blanket, or put food in their stomach, to hear someone say, “I love you, and Jesus loves you”. Your help comes with the promise
Of a report of what it did so you can pray and see what the Lord has done. Your help also comes with the commitment to work with locals like
Obed to find long term, daily solutions. This project of feeding them has already begun as Obed has taken food to the streets a few times before this.
Last night I contemplated wether or not I should spend money on a ticket. I went to bed saying “Lord I don’t have much money, Obed doesn’t have much money, maybe I’m better off sending money and staying home”. This morning when I woke and prayed I felt compelled to go. And my my prayer and hope is that this is the beginning of offering a daily hand and word of life and encouragement to the street people of San Jose! And so I felt
Compelled to invest the money in the kingdom Of God to go see first hand what the Lord is and has been calling me to for some time!
I set the goal at $2,000 to help
With supplies and anything needed to do what we need to do and to get the project rolling. I hope you will find it in your heart to join us!
- Denise Carroll
- Samantha Rogers
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