Hey! My name is Zack Jones.This is my first time interning at the mission, but I have been here once before in 2009. I am from San Antonio, Texas, but am currently attending college at University of Colorado-Boulder studying mechanical engineering. I learned spanish primarily from a program my elementary school had called spanish immersion, where I took all my classes in spanish up to fifth grade. I also followed up in middle school and high school. In college, I am part of the Navigators ministry where my love for Christ truly began and made it my plan to give a summer to Him, and grow closer to God on this two month internship. I love working with kids and helping to make people comfortable with serving as well, and hope I can achieve that. I will end with a favorite verse of mine. Galatians 2:20 says, " I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me." I hope to live this way. God bless.
Thursday, June 20, 2013
This week we have been busy in the office! With no groups here, we decided we needed a break from the office so we headed down the street to do VBS with the kids at the Pentecostal Church.
Although it was raining, there were about a dozen kids there and it was a blast, to say the least. After playing with a giant beach ball, we colored, read and discussed 1 Timothy 4:12 and played a crowd favorite: Pato, pato, ganso (commonly known as duck, duck, goose).
Even though we were only there for a short time, we all had so much fun. These kids are so cute and have so much joy. They are such an inspiration and as 1 Timothy instructs, they truly set an example through their faith and joy despite their age.
Please continue praying for these kids and this community in Costa Rica. We cannot wait for each group to meet these wonderful kids.
Your 2013 summer interns
Friday, June 14, 2013
Hey everyone! My name is Nick Varrell. Some of you may remember me from last year. This is my second summer interning and my third time in the country. I'm going to be a junior at Roanoke College with a double major in Criminal Justice and Spanish double major. I spend my time working in the community service office and with Intervarsity Christian Fellowship. Since the first time I came down my heart has bled for the people of Central America and Costa Rica and I look forward to a great summer serving you all and the people of this great community. God bless.
Sunday, June 9, 2013
Mi nombre es Lanier McClain. I am currently an intern here at Strong Missions and couldn’t be happier about it!! I am from Greensboro/ Reidsville, North Carolina and will be entering my junior year of college at the University of North Carolina Greensboro after this summer. My major is Spanish while also pursuing a minor in history. We can learn so much from the past, and change so much for the future. Strong Missions has been such a blessing for me and I have a special place in my heart for this place. Working with feeding programs and for the community is not only rewarding to the recipients, but also cleansing and therapeutic to those who help serve the people of Costa Rica. God works through each and every one of us to make a difference for those in need. These people made a difference for me at a time in my life where I was in a big need and hardly knew it. God has a plan, and has brought me here for his own reasons; I can only hope that others will find this wonderful place just as magical.
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
I am Hanna Read, an intern for the summer of 2013. I am from Houston, Texas and this is my fifth experience in Costa Rica. I usually come with my church group from Houston, and am so excited to be here for more than just one week! I go to Fordham University in New York and enjoy dancing, listening to music, photography and traveling. I plan on majoring in business management with a minor in Spanish and a specialization in International Business. I am so blessed to be able to be here working with Strong Mission and cannot wait to see what this summer holds. The children and people of Costa Rica are close to my heart and Strong Missions is such an incredible organization. I look forward to building relationships with the community here in Carrillos as well as strengthening my Spanish and being the hands and feet of God. This will be a summer to remember and I cannot wait to meet and work alongside all of you.