Costa Rica Day #4

Posted: July 28, 2017 by keystoneyouth in Costa Rica 2017

Summary:

This morning everyone returned from their overnight stays with Tico families.  We spent the first hour of our morning having a debrief time where everyone shared about their experiences and what stuck out to them.  It was a lot of fun to hear them all talk about the challenges, excitements, and stories from staying overnight.  Unfortunately, it was raining pretty hard and we only had outside work left to do at Hannah and Esteban’s house. So we spent the morning at the Hotel playing games.  Soon after lunch the rain cleared off and we were able to finish up painting the outside of the church building at Hannah and Esteban’s.  We also did another afternoon of Kid’s Club at their house. Connor and Dalton led the lesson time and Holly and Sarah led the kids in a craft.  We spent the evening at Hannah and Esteban’s house having a cook out and eventually saying our goodbyes to them.  It felt like our time with them went by much to quickly.  They are a fun and encouraging couple to spend time with and it’s been such a joy to see and hear what is happening with their ministry.

Backstory:

About 6 years ago, Esteban met Hannah while she was a GAP student in Costa Rica.  They eventually began to date and it was while dating that God began to plant the seeds that would eventually lead to their ministry in Santa Rosa. During conversations, Esteban began to wrestle with his own understanding of the gospel and salvation. He realized Hannah and he had two different understandings of salvation. He tended to believe that he could lose his salvation and so it was on him to continue to “maintain” his salvation on top of what Christ had already done for him. While he and Hannah were dating, he began to go on a journey of seeking to truly understand what it meant to be saved according to the Bible. He came to realize that his view of salvation didn’t line up with what was taught in the Bible and he quickly became passionate about sharing with others what he learned.  He initially received quite a bit of push-back from those he began to share with. While some were changed as they studied and read the scriptures for themselves, others, including the church he was attending, told him that they did not agree with him and did not want him to teach what he was teaching.  This is what eventually led Hannah and Esteban to start the Seeds of Life ministry in Santa Rosa.  They realized there was not a church that was clearly teaching the Bible and proclaiming the truths of the gospel week in and week out. They had a hunger to do this and to see God work through his word to transform the lives of people who may have been familiar with religion but never really understood the Bible or what it teaches. Hannah and Esteban are the picture of endurance and faithfulness to God. For the past four years they have faithfully proclaimed God’s word and taught how the gospel transforms all of life. They have sought to break down the legalism and anti-biblical ideas that abound in many who claim to be Christians but have never truly read the Bible for themselves. Some people have drastically changed through the teaching of God’s word, and others have been resistant, but Hannah and Esteban continue to faithfully serve God and teach his word week after week.  It has been a great privilege and joy to spend time with them again and serve alongside them for a portion of the week!  It’s hard to say goodbye to them and I wish that we were able to spend more time alongside them, learning from them and hearing their stories of how God is at work.

 

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