We Are Well After Hurricane Otto

 We are well and accounted for following Hurricane Otto!    

This area where the camp is did not receive damage.  Los Chiles was in the path did not suffer great wind damage.  So far no connection with Coquital or San Gerardo but we hope to hear soon.  

However Upala and that area was very hard hit.  The floods may not be over yet because what we call a Cabeza de Agua may still be coming down the mountains.  [A head of water]    

In addition to floods, many homes lost their tin roof which meant severe flooding.   

We are still learning all that has happened.  The Church in Ciudad Quesada is a collection point for people to leave food, primarily.  Last night there were more than 60 people in our El Recreo Church – with no electricity or food and no way to get out to get food.  They just have a small store next door to the church that would help so I authorized food purchases and will pay later.  The roads were closed and policed to keep people off the unsafe roads and bridges.   

There are landslides and aerial photos now showing the expanse of the floods.  

Thank you for your prayers for all.  If you can contribute funds to help these families, you may use our Costa Rica Methodist Mission Account in Bird City, Kansas.   

Thank you for your partnership in all with your prayers and gifts.

 Love in Christ, 

Mary Woods


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Our New Missionary Interns!

{mosimage}Alissa Sheehan, 23, was born and raised in Coppell, Texas, suburb of Dallas. She graduated from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia in May 2011 with a degree in Global Affairs and a concentration in Latin America. In the future, she hopes to work for an international organization that provides aid to developing countries in the areas of community development and education.

    In her spare time, Alissa enjoys coaching volleyball, hanging out with friends, reading, going to the movies with her mom, and watching Dallas sports teams. She attends the First United Methodist Church of Coppell and is excited for their mission team to come this March!

    Alissa recently spent six weeks in San Jose, Costa Rica attending language school and living with a Costa Rican family. She is excited for this new adventure and cultural experience!
{mosimage} Molly Kretzer is a 24-year-old from Wichita, Kansas. She graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism, specializing in Strategic Communication and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish in May 2011. She wants to eventually work in the field of international marketing.

    Molly loves photography, cooking (more so eating), traveling, reading and being with her friends and family. She finds guilty pleasure in cheesy TV shows and reality TV.

    Molly comes to Costa Rica to work at el Centro Rural Metodista, which she is familiar with thanks to two visits to the camp with her hometown church, East Heights United Methodist. She hopes to share and grow in her faith while helping the people of Costa Rica. She thanks God for the opportunity to both get on the right path at a crucial milestone in her life, as well as further develop her Spanish. She plans to be at the camp until May of 2012.

Thank You Jessalyn

 Our Missionary Intern, Jessalyn Waddell, has returned to her home in Catonsville, Maryland.  Jessalyn was a magnificent sweet spirit and in every effort she demonstrated a special heart for missions.  Her service with us blessed each VIM team.  Her assistance with the many duties between the teams was a vital testimony for us and our staff here at the camp.  She is remembered by the pastors and their families, congregations and friends for her help in the extension work of the mission.  Though we miss Jessalyn greatly, we are thankful for the time we had together.  We know she is needed right now in Catonsville with her family so we continue to pray for her mission of love and service there.  We are thankful for her prayerful concern for God’s will to be done in her life.  In His timing, we pray that she can return to serve with us.  We love you, Jessalyn!  Thank you!

A Message From Marion

My Declaration

          What will people say in years to come when they read, if they do, about a missionary whose love would not let him return home to retire and take it easy? 

           What will they think when the love of the things of this world do not necessarily need to command our thinking, our love, our desires, our wishes, our loyalty, our way of life? 

             Why should one want to stay on the field doing what he has already been doing for sixty years and has no plan to stop making Jesus Christ known and loved, above all else? 

           Our God, revealed as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, answers our every need for faith, work and pleasure. He is our all and all and without Him we are nothing. There is no reason then to just live and die, lost in the memories of others who will do the same. 

           My dear friends, relative, strangers, everyone, God is God of us all - or He is not God at all! But since He has revealed Himself so perfectly in His Son and by His Holy Spirit, who is with us all the way, every day, there is reason to take heart and press on to our high calling in Him, to believe in Him, have Eternal Life and enjoy Him forever. 

          We are made to live forever. We have bodies, but we are spirit. We are living souls, imprisoned in bodies, given the opportunity to know God as He reveals Himself to us and thus, believing in Him, we have Life Eternal. 

           We begin our walk with Him. Like Enoch, we are ready to live forever with Him. Mystery, yes, for the flesh! But we are not only flesh, we are more. 

          My calling is to help all to believe and to see, even as Jesus asked and asks us now to go everywhere.   Matthew 28:16-20

Marion F. Woods
Methodist Missionary in Costa Rica
1950 - 2016

Photos from 2010

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