Clarks Costa Rica Update

Dear Family and Friends,

We just wanted to let you know that pictures from our mission trip to Nicaragua this past August are now up on our website.

Please be in prayer for our first of several mini-mission trips to Nicaragua scheduled for January 5-9. Since 2006 we have taken several mission trips there—about one a year—and we have made several contacts. Just a couple of months ago our mission board here in Costa Rica decided that it’s time to take the next step in our efforts to begin a new work in Nicaragua. So in 2012 we are planning to take up to 8 mini-mission trips there. The trips would last about 5 days each and have a team of around 4-6 members. Our goal for 2012 is to continue developing the contacts that we already have in Nicaragua and continue to make new ones. We believe that the friendships we have with the people there can be much more meaningful if we visit on a more frequent basis instead of just once a year. We’d also like to try to incorporate Bible institute type lessons/classes during our trips so we can further train the folks who are ready to work alongside us in Nicaragua. We are excited about the possibilities, but a lot of work lies ahead. So we continue to ask you to pray for this ministry.

It is football season in the States, but down here Little League baseball has just started now that the rainy season is coming to an end. We often think about a missionary’s life as one that should expect the unexpected—especially in ministry. However, it seems to be true in other parts of life as well. Just a few weeks ago I was taking a look at the website for Jason’s baseball league when I happened across the team’s roster. At the bottom of the roster I found my name…as his coach!

Though it’s an 8-9 year old league, the kids pitch. This last Saturday was the first game and after the second kid reached his pitch limit, I put Jason in as the pitcher. He did well. He struck out a few, walked a few, fielded a ball throwing a guy out at first, and didn’t hit anyone. Whenever runners were on base, however, he would carefully and studiously look over each runner.  After doing this for an at-bat or two, he started throwing the ball at the bases where the runners were.  At first it was kind of cute, but after a while I was thinking he was trying to be too cute, so I told him not to throw the ball around, but throw it over the plate instead. At this point the scorekeeper, who is also in charge of the league, said, “Jeremy, let him do it.  He knows what he is doing. He sees that the runners’ feet aren’t on the base and if the fielder tags them, they’re out. He’s doing the right thing.”  I couldn’t believe it. Not only did he see something I completely missed, but in his first outing, he was trying pick off base runners!

Again, we thank you so much for your encouragement, prayers, and for being a part of our ministry here in Costa Rica!

Jeremy, Andrea, Berea, Jason and Lydia.

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