9:00 Spanish Service
11:00 English Service
10:00-12:00 English Classes – Beginning-Intermediate-Advanced
6:00 – 8:00pm English Classes – Beginning-Intermediate
8:00 Prayer and Intercession - Spanish
9:00 Prayer and Intercession- English all are welcome!
6:00 pm Worship Service
10:00-12:00 and 6:00 – 8:00 English Classes
10:00-12:00 English Women’s Bible Study
6:30-9:00 Men’s Bible Study
9:00-10:30 Spanish Women’s Bible Study – Spanish | Contact Eugenia 4033-8349
6:30 Young Adults Meeting 18+ Contact Raquel
3:00-5:00 Youth Group (Age 12-17) – Join us! Contact Alejandro or Vivian for information firstname.lastname@example.org
"Backpack Season" Begins- Time to Dive In!
It's that time of year again! As you know, education is free in Costa Rica but there's a catch! You have to have a uniform and school supplies to attend school. With the new term starting in February, this is the time when we get crackin' on obtaining information about the little one's shoe sizes and stuff like that.
Hope Fellowship is on it!! Jorge Gutierrez, Pastor Henry's eldest son, has taken the role of Backpack Chairman this time and we are all thrilled to have him step up. A huge innovation in the Program has taken place this year: In the past, we have relied on the staff at the schools to tell us about the kids in need. This worked well enough, especially because we also visited the homes to check them out.
However, this year we have enlisted the help of over a dozen local pastors to help us to identify families in their neighborhoods who have the need. They are always out in their own barrios and have better insight into what's what in their home areas. Then, we'll also use those local pastor's help us to distribute the packs - (making it a little easier on our own volunteers for a change of pace) and giving the local pastors a foot in the door to some under served neighbors. Win-win!
In October, our own volunteers in partnership with those pastors or their representatives, began going out to houses, meeting with parents and evaluating the needs of the families. That data will be completed by November 24th.
We have a goal of 250 elementary school kids this year, and a cost per pack and contents goal of $55. The packs include: blouse/shirt, pants/skirt, shoes & socks, five notebooks, black, blue and red pens, a colored pencil set, glue, a geometry set, erasers, pencil sharpener, a pencil case and the pack itself. Negotiation with vendors and ordering of supplies begins this month and then the sorting and distribution is in late January.
You can volunteer to sort packs by contacting our office and getting on the list. If you wish to contribute the cost of a pack $55 (or only $550 for 10!), please go to our Donate Now page and select the Back Pack account number. US and Canadian residents can get their tax deductible donation in by following the directions on the Donate Now page.
Thanks so much and happy Back Pack Season!!!
In March of 2017 with the help of
Life Austin, from Austin,TX and New Life, from Alamo, CA we completed a new home for a deserving family.
Click the link above to enjoy a video of this journey!
OTHER NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS.....
Would you like to be baptized? Paula in the office is taking names for the next Baptism Class. Call Paula today! 4033-8349 or email her at email@example.com
Sunday School Teachers!
Do you want to be a part of our team of Sunday School Teachers? Call Paula and let her know. 4033-8349 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
English Class Schedule
The next session will start the first week in February of 2018. Talk to your Tico and Nico friends about joining us! The cost is c1.000 per class for 32 classes in the eight week session. If you want to sponsor a student or want to consider being a teacher this time, please write to Vivian Gonzales (email@example.com) and she'll guide you. Thanks!
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