“Live” teachings for you…

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.

Teaching on the Character and Nature of God

Enseñanza sobre Caracter y Naturaleza de Dios

Teaching on hearing Gods voice

Enseñanza Escuchar la voz de Dios

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.

Enjoy!!!

Social distance, but vision continues

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.

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Online gathering with 500+ from YWAM Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean

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.

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Celebrating Communion as a YWAM San Jose Community ‘online’

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.

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New Building window frames are getting finished

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.

‘Distant’ Wedding

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.

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Taking a ‘distant’ photo at the first ever ‘quarantine’ wedding for YWAMSJ

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.

IMG_5309I 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: gmcoghi5@gmail.com, 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!!!

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My Peace I give to you

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.

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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

 

 

Take a quick tour

Friends, after my last blog post I wanted to take you on a quick tour of our new location on the east side of San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica.

Want more info on how you can come do a Discipleship Training School – email dts@ywamsj.org

Want to come with your youth group, high school or high school – email teams@ywamsj.org

Or simply want more info about who we are – email info@ywamsj.org

The future Campus

Since 1999 God has spoken to Giacomo and I to have a University of the Nations Training facility here in the capital of Costa Rica. After 15 years the Lord released to us our very own 30 acre piece of land to develop this Campus.

As Youth With A Mission in San Jose Costa Rica we have a heart to see this generation not only reach with the Gospel message, embrace Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, but also trained and equipped to passionately obey the call on their lives to go and make disciples through whatever means the Lord is calling them to do this according to Matthew 28.

This is the entrance to our new land, you are more than welcome to come visit, bring a team, minister with us, reach out to the communities in Costa Rica, send youth to come and get trained.

Email us for more info to info@ywamsj.org or get a hold of of any of us personally.

But you can also find us online through our website YWAM San Jose!!