March 24, 2016
Indigenous peoples inhabited the Caribbean coast of Central America for thousands of years before Christopher Columbus arrived in 1502 at what is now Costa Rica. It was his fourth and final trip to the Americas. The Cabécar Indians were certainly among the tribes who amicably welcomed the explorers.

The Road Going In

The Road Going In

Wikipedia says, “The Cabécar Indians are the largest indigenous group in Costa Rica and are considered to be the most isolated. They have been pushed up to the Chirripo Mountains, which requires a few hours long hike to reach. Therefore, the Cabécar Indians have not been exposed to many basic items of the modern world, and few of them have been exposed to education. They remain traditional and preserve their culture. They prefer to speak their own language rather than Spanish.”

Girl outside typical traditional Cabécar dwelling.

Girl outside typical traditional Cabécar dwelling.

I’m so excited to be returning to the Cabécar Indian reservation in Central America. For over 15 years, our third church in Santa Ana, Costa Rica has been going monthly to the Cabécar Indians and I frequently accompany them. We conduct medical clinics, feeding programs, pastor and church seminars, Christmas gifts for the children, gifts of school supplies, and agricultural and livestock projects.

 

This beautiful but deadly Eyelash Viper was along the trail we walked. I moved it to safety.

This beautiful but deadly Eyelash Viper was along the trail we walked. I moved it to safety.

 

During one of my first visits, I noticed a primitive one room  stick school house.” God put it on my heart to build a new modern school for the Cabécar children. The government of Costa Rica agreed to send teaching staff to the reservation if there was a suitable schoolhouse. In 2011, we dedicated a brand new concrete block school with four classrooms built by Rich Harvest International with the financial help of our partners. The Cabécar children got their school and their teachers.
“What matters most to me is to finish what God started: the job the Master Jesus gave me of letting everyone I meet know all about this incredibly extravagant generosity of God.” Acts 20:24 The Message Bible.

I know that If I can get pastors infused with this good news message that God is not angry with us; that Jesus didn’t come to impose the consequences of our weakness, inability, and failure, but rather to rescue us from those consequences, then I know I will be impacting the thousands of believers over which the pastors have influence.

Stick School

One room Stick School house

Rich Harvest Cabecar School

Four Room Cabécar School built by Rich Harvest International and     friends.

“It’s better to have a partner than go it alone. Share the work, share the wealth. And if one falls down, the other helps…” Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 The Message

Words don’t suffice to tell you how important your financial support is to the work we are doing. Your support makes possible victories like the Cabécar school, medical clinics, church seminars, and feeding the children. However, I’m running so fast with this vision that I’m out running the funds coming into Rich Harvest International. God is asking me to do more, stretch more, and reach more people with this message than I ever have before. The message is priceless, we give it away freely, but it costs lots of money to get it to people. Please prayerfully consider joining this effort. Together we can accomplish what would be impossible to us individually.

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