Watch this video on how families helped families in May 2020 in the midst of a pandemic……
On Tuesday a team of 9 left for Talamanca, an indigenous reservation in the jungle of Costa Rica situated on the Panama-Costa Rica border. The purpose? To hand out food to 170 families who are struggling to be able to provide the essentials for their families.
Two weeks ago a desire was born in the heart of a few to be part of providing not only families in need with the food they need, but also helping local farmers and those who grow the food we eat on our table every day. He prayed and started searching for ways to do both. Help the local economy as well as provide for families in need.
Because of amazing partnerships with a local business as well as other YWAM locations around the country and the connections that our very own YWAM staff have in different regions of Costa Rica (such as Talamanca as they are from there), a total of 530 food bags were able to be packaged this past weekend and these past two days 170 of those were handed out to families in this protected reservation where not many people can come, but God made a way where there is no way.
Local farmers join in
Not only did a local business help get this project started, but local farmers and those who grow food in the same Talamanca region were part of providing the necessary food to distribute to more than just themselves.
Plantains, yuca and other products were ‘donated’ and in return, they themselves received a bag with more food and those products they provided will also go to families in Guanacaste (the Northern Region of Costa Rica bordering with Nicaragua) as well as families in need in the capital of San Jose.
Generosity is not based on what you have, but all based on an attitude of the heart out of what you don’t have. Giving out of your own need.
These farmers have a big need to sell their product to feed their own families, here they are helping provide for other families and return they received what they need most. That is the way the Kingdom works.
The widow with the two coins
“Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. 44 They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.”
The story of the two coins that this the poor widow put into the offering plate. she gave all she had to live on. She gave out of what she had and that is what we are seeing these people do. Some have plantains and so they give plantains, some have yuca, so they give yuca, some have bananas so they give bananas. The beauty of seeing the resources of God spread around to see His provision come to the table of His people.
But we need everybody to make to possible. We need not only those who help with the finances to buy the other products and gas for the vehicles to get to the families, we also need those who are willing to go and walk in the 90 degree heat to hand these bags out in the midst of a pandemic.
The sphere of the church comes together with the sphere of business and the sphere of family to provide for a ‘real’ need. This is how the Kingdom works.
Guanacaste and San Jose next
Next week food will be distributed in the Norther Region of Costa Rica in the province of Guanacaste. Both YWAM Liberia and the local church will come together to see more families provided for with some of the fresh produce that was given by the families from Talamanca. One province serving another province. One family serving another family.
In the end this is not only about providing the most necessary for families in need, which is food. It is about building the Kingdom of God on earth as it is in heaven. Youth With A Mission has a call to be part of doing this, not only through helping distribute food, but building a people through providing education, discipleship and presenting the Gospel of Jesus Christ personally to this generation.
YWAM San Jose exists to mobilize, equip and send this generation into their God given destiny. We seek not only to reach people with Gods love, but also help them become disciples of Jesus, educating them in different areas of life such as community development and equipping them to be all God called them to be to see His Kingdom come in their lives, their communities, cities and nation.
God has given us an amazing gift, which is having been made in His image. He is a personal God and created us personal beings, made to have a living, intimate relationship with our Heavenly Father. We, as His children, can hear His voice, which is a total privilege.
This week in our ministry, YWAM San Jose, we are “live” on Facebook, teaching different topics in English and Spanish. If you want to hear the teaching I gave today (April 21st, 2020) on the topic of Hearing the Voice of God, click on the link below and join us for these ‘Live’ sessions on Facebook. For other topics just click on the links below for the topic you are interested in.
Keep coming back to the YWAM San Jose Facebook page if you want to keep following our Teachings online. This week April 20th – 24th, 2020.
Friends, it has been a while since we updated this blog or send out some news. From one day to the next our lives were turned upside down, as was yours.
Since the nation of Costa Rica shut down all its borders on March 18th, things have drastically changed for us here and our YWAM San Jose community.
We decided to suspend all our classes and most students went home while finishing their lecture time online. Four of the students stayed on with us and we have been working at a ‘distance’ since March 18th.
The nation is still in quarantine and under ‘stay home’ orders. We have curfews and days when you are allowed to use your car and go to the store. Wow, how things change from the way we used to do things.
From one day to the next all our meetings cancelled, all our gatherings cancelled. Schools, cancelled. Teams, cancelled.
Then came the next question for us as leaders and our leadership team:
“How will we move forward from here?”
Well, as a lot of you have done as well, we have moved to an ‘on-line’ platform for all our gatherings/meetings. In the beginning this was a little strange, leading a meeting in person versus online is a whole different story, it took us a while to get the ‘hang of it’, but I think we have been able to make it work.
We have had some amazing online gatherings with YWAM in our region (Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean) with over 500+ connected through videoconferencing, hearing from our global leaders.
Wow, it has been truly something amazing. Praying all together at the same time for 1 minute straight for the nations against this virus was amazing.
We have celebrated communion together, though physically at a distance, but very much together in unity in our purpose on why we celebrate, especially this Easter.
All in all it has been an adjustment, but God is doing something amazing. He is speaking to YWAM globally and we are all responding to the Lord, listening, taking time to ‘rest’, taking a ‘sabbath’ time to seek the Lord more in detail, allowing Him to prune what needs to be pruned so that there can be more fruit, more multiplication and more people coming into the Kingdom of God. These are unique times for sure.
We are also moving forward with the vision God has given us in the midst of all this, despite the ‘social distance’. The vision God has given us has not changed. We might have to do things a little different this time, but it is allowing us to re-evalute and also make the necessary changes and adjustments needed.
Although most of the work has officially stopped on the new building, we are having a few helpers here and there, to finish some details that help us move things forward faster once we are able to be out and about again.
Well that is not really the name of the wedding, but when a global virus causes a wedding not to be able to take place, you come together as a community and help your staff to still have a wedding, but at a distance.
Luis & Susan were married last week April 2nd, but were originally supposed to be married on May 2nd, but with all the uncertainties with the virus, the Lord led them to be married one month ahead of schedule.
God was in the middle of it and it was a beautiful morning. Though we couldn’t have a big party with lots of people, nevertheless all of us were able to stand from a distance and be with them. What a beautiful thing that LOVE does not depend on distance. Love is always close, because God is love.
As you can tell, we have had quite a few things going on in the midst of all that is changing world wide. In the midst of that we have been able to take more times with our kids, rest and take extended times with the Lord.
I have loved taking more hours in my Cabin of Grace that the Lord allowed me to build last year. A space to pray, worship and write. If you want to follow my personal blog on my writings, please visit “The Cabin of Grace”.
Thank you for your ongoing love, prayers and friendship. We need each other more now than ever. The Lord continues to be faithful in the midst of all the economic challenges we all face. We know that He is our provider, that He will continue to be faithful and that supernatural provision will be a fact for all of us. He is good.
May this Easter be filled with fresh revelation, rest and vision. May this quarantine bring us closer to our Lord and Savior, may it allow us to express our gratitude to the Lord.
If you have a specific prayer request, please do not hesitate to send us a note here or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org, we love hearing from you and would love to know how to pray for you as well.
Happy Easter friends and remember, He is risen!!!
We write to you, our friends and family who are just like all of us going through interesting times. Amazing how things can rapidly change and how, what you used to do, all of a sudden goes to the back burner and the concern for your family and those around you becomes top priority.
Here in YWAM San Jose and our immediate family we have experienced a great working together as a ministry and leaders to make all the necessary preparations to face the situation that our world is walking through.
Writing of protocols, walking our community through safety procedures and guidelines of the ministry of health took quite a bit of energy.
At this moment we have suspended all our activities, we stay in our houses or rooms and we have entered into a season of ‘seeking, praying, interceding, worshipping and resting.’
As we released our students to be with their families at this time we were able to close this season with them and God reminded me of these wonderful words of Jesus in John 14:27.
As I read these words I was reminded of the disciples being somewhat distraught about the fact that Jesus was leaving. They weren’t really ready for that at all, but it was necessary. But like a normal greeting at that time they would wish each other ‘Shalom’, which is more than just a ‘peace of mind’. True Shalom refers to an inner sense of completeness and wholeness, it has to do with the entire being, not just that you are at ‘ease’. A great article on the subject if you are interested in further study is here https://fullerstudio.fuller.edu/shalom-as-wholeness-embracing-the-broad-biblical-message/
As I shared with our ‘departing’ students, they weren’t expecting their journey to be cut short so abruptly, neither did we. This virus has caused so many ‘unexpected’ moments for so many around the world, but this is exactly what Jesus was leaving with His disciples. The peace that we need in times where things would be difficult, hard, challenging, unexpected. The kind of peace that would settle things in our inner being, a completeness, wholeness that the things that happen around us can not touch or take away.
Not just the work of Jesus on the cross, the inheritance He left us to purchased by his blood but He gives us Himself. He says “MY” peace I give to “YOU”. He gives us Himself. He himself is OUR peace. Not just what He did for us and the gift of salvation brings us peace, but He Himself, His presence within us, through His Holy Spirit, brings us this completeness and wholeness in the midst of chaos.
As a family we are at ‘peace’ about where we are, where we live and what we are doing. We know that God has called us to raise up a generation, right here in Costa Rica, to not just know God, but to walk intimately with this Jesus, who is Himself peace.
Though things around us are challenging, they take our energy, they call for us to trust in His grace, that He gives generously when needed the most, which is now. We are experiencing His grace.
Our kids are experiencing school through a virtual platform, we are experiencing a new way to be a community as we are all ‘separated’, but internet makes it possible to stay ‘connected’. We are calling our leaders and community into a time of deep prayer and seeking God for what is to come. Will you join us?
In the mean time we have progressed in another step with the building and sooner than later we will be able to host hundreds of people yet again to come together to seek His face, to worship ‘together’, but in the mean time we will worship him together while apart. Praise the Lord He is not contained to a building, He lives within us, His people, now that is powerful! A personal God, who has given us Himself, His peace.
In such uncertain times we know we have one certainty and that is that He is Lord, He is seated on the throne and He has not changed. He has not stopped knowing what to do, how to speak to us.
The world can not give the way He gives, it can not provide us with the happiness, the way He gives it, neither can the troubles of this world take it away. So receive the gift of peace that Jesus has and listen to his words: “Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
Shalom to you and your loved ones
In July 2019 we officially started the first Bi-lingual school of writing here in San Jose, Costa Rica.
The vision is to be a place where young and old can come and learn in the area of their passion and calling. Be equipped for what the Lord is calling them to do.
Being a University of the Nations campus allows us to do this.
Building our own campus will give us the ability to equip more people, house them with us and send them out into the place God calls them.
One of them is this area of writing. We need a new generation of writers, those who will write about the truth, address issues based on a Biblical Worldview and follow the Holy Spirit as they write.
Some of the topics will be:
So if you have completed a Discipleship Training School with YWAM and have a passion and call for writing then this is your opportunity to come for 3 months and be equipped.
We will also offer some of the weeks of class to those who can only take a few hours of classes as we want to equip as many as possible.
Write is today: email@example.com
A new year calls for new strategies and new partners. Over the past 22 years we have seen God bring amazing people alongside our family and ministry for which we are extremely grateful.
In moments when we least expected it, the Lord brought people who carried us, gave sacrificially and generously to support our family and especially our children.
Being a family of 5 with growing teens, expenses also tend to grow. Clothing or shoes all of a sudden don’t fit, school needs, bigger appetites, physical needs of ‘almost’ young adults are growing every day as well.
Not to mention that our oldest two are planning their own missionary adventures in the past year and for the year to come.
For all this to keep moving forward we are in need of new financial partners who want to come alongside our family on a monthly basis. We need you. We are looking for people who want to support our family with a monthly gift of either $25, $50, $75, $100 or any amount of your choice.
We are needing at least $1500 covered per month for all our family needs. Would you. consider being one of those partners for 2020 and 2021.
Maybe you are more interested in supporting one specific need for our family. These are the ones you can help us with:
- $1000 for Luca to do a summer ywam missionary program called SST (July 2020)
- $10.000 towards a better vehicle. (We already have $9000 raised)
- Airmiles or funds toward tickets for our family to be with Marjolein’s family and our church family in Netherlands this Christmas 2020 (we have not been as a family since 2012)
Want to sign up as a monthly giver, these are the ways to do that (tax-deductible for you):
Methods of Giving:
1. Checks – Please send checks to the offices in the USA.
Pay to the Order of: YWAM-Costa Rica
Mail to: Youth With A Mission Costa Rica, PO Box 603, Bentonville, AR 72712
Memo or separate note enclosed: CG100
2. ONLINE Creditcard donation
Follow this link for online credit card donations: (FILL OUT OUR CODE CG100) https://ywamsj.formstack.com/forms/donations
There is a 3% processing fee for all donations that are processed through YWAM Costa Rica.
THANK YOU FOR CONSIDERING PARTNERING WITH US IN
MOBILIZING – EQUIPPING – SENDING A NEW GENERATION
INTO MISSIONS TO SPREAD THE GOSPEL MESSAGE.
This little one turned 10 in July and is in need of another sleeping solution that gives us also space for a desk.
We want to get her one made and were not able to do this for her birthday but want to ask you to help out in providing this for her. This will help their room be more organized and spacious.
If you want to help get Tessa a bed you can click here for more info on how to give towards this need!
Yes, this is getting real exciting as designs are being shaped and finished for our very first building.
God is moving and bringing us not only people to come and serve, but those with the skills to do the designs for our buildings, the help needed with all the permit processes and making sure we follow all the established guidelines but the local government.
Pray with us our construction permits will come through soon so that we can see buildings go up such as this one!!!
How exciting is that!!!
July 14th 2019 was the day that we no longer had any children under the age of 10. We officially have only ‘teens’. Although our little Miss Tessa only turned 10, it is quite a milestone for the Coghi clan.
We are so proud of our three kids and so grateful for the gift they are to our family. They are keeping us busy and on our toes and teach us every day what it means to parent in a multi cultural, multi lingual family!!!
God provided for Luca to attend the SST in Tyler, Texas. A missions and training program for teens between the ages of 13-17. Gioela was not able to attend this year due to much work at school, but Luca is enjoying himself as we have not heard much so we like to say “no news, good news, he is having fun”. This photo taken by SST staff proofs it:
Gioela (our 16 year old) started picking up ballet two months ago. Something she has been wanting to do for a while now and we finally decided that this was something she would really enjoy. Well on July 19th with her dance school she formed part of the first performance and it was so beautiful, it made us both cry. She is growing up really fast and it is beautiful to see how much she enjoys this. Here a little photo glimpse of that time:
Our little Tessa had a week long birthday as we were all here and there and is now officially enter into her teen years. Time is going by to quickly, but we are enjoying every stage.
The celebrations have come to an end. This weekend Giacomo will travel to Texas to pick Luca back up and make sure he goes back to school next week.
Our days are filled with preparations for growth, a YWAM Conference coming in September, Mar preparing for leading the Discipleship Training School in September as well as a trip to Cartagena Colombia from August 3-9 for the University of the Nations international. Promoting our YWAM University in Latin America and serving the wide YWAM Body in our region of the world.
What a joy to serve Jesus in this way and spread His love around the globe mobilizing, equipping and sending a new generation into the world.
Till next time….