The year started out with anticipation for what the Lord was going going to do. As we follow God with all our hearts there is always an anticipation on what He would lead us to next. For fourteen years we have been praying for the Lord to release to us our own land and every year we start out praying and asking the Lord to continue to lead us and provide us with what is necessary to do what He has called us to.
This year started out a bit different than we anticipated. As a community we experienced the deep pain of loosing one of our very close friends and co-leaders and co-founder of YWAM San Jose, Zulma Hernandez, wife to Braunier and mother to Josias and Gianluca. We had walked together for close to 20 years and in March of this year she suffered from a brain aneurysm that put her in the ICU for one month and she lost the battle and the Lord took her home on April 12th of this year. It was a very deep moment of sadness of our whole family, our children who loved her so very much and did not get to see her the last month in the hospital. The YWAM Community was deeply moved and profoundly saddened and her husband and children were experiencing deep pain and loss. Together we honored her life, we celebrated who she was on this earth and expressed our gratitude for having founded with us the ministry of YWAM San Jose and the foundation she put in place in the area of hospitality and the strong passion she had for discipleship and loving people into the ways of God. She was our friend, who will be missed and has gone before us into the eternal presence of our Savior. She will be remembered.
It was a week later that the Lord did a miracle. While still trying to process the loss of our friend the Lord decided that now was the time to release our promised land to us. For 20 years this piece of land measuring 13 hectares had been sitting untouched about 15 minutes from our current location. Who knew? God knew!! It was time and through a serious of miracles and release of funds a document was signed on April 26th 2018 for the pre-purchase of this land. We are now moving forward with processing building permits and once those are in we will sign the official purchase agreement in full.
We still can’t believe it, but we are in full moving mode. Boxes everywhere. All that we have gathered over the past 14 years needs to be packed up and taken to two rental homes (smaller) and in containers on the empty piece of land, but our hearts are filled and excited about what the Lord is doing. We are following His lead….
If you want to know more, stay tuned! Want to help us in the future build what the Lord is leading us to build…come and help and write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org!!!
Thank you for your ongoing support and prayers for our family and ministry!!! Exciting times ahead in the midst of a seed falling into the ground…it will bear fruit, much fruit!!