The past three months have been full of blessings and challenges! In November, we celebrated our annual missions conference at Iglesia Bautista El Calvario in San Ramon. The church doubled its faith promise giving for missions, enabling us to take on three new missionaries for monthly support and increase our giving to other missionaries.
Also in November, I traveled to the Cayman Islands to help in the restoration and cleanup of the extensive damage left in Hurricane Paloma’s wake. My parents, who have served there for 40 years, did not suffer personal or physical damage, but their home was practically destroyed and the church roof had to be replaced. Several of the other church buildings suffered major damage as well.
December passed like a whirlwind with Christmas and year-end activities occupying our time and effort. In all of this we have seen several people saved in the church services and visitation efforts. Many tracts have been distributed and Bible courses placed in the hands of new Christians. Now we are busy in youth and children’s camp during the month of January. School vacation in Costa Rica is observed during the months of December, January, and February, which correspond to our summer or dry season.
Please continue to pray for Richard’s safety, our younger son, on deployment with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit in the Persian Gulf. Also, pray for Lathan, our older son, stationed at the Pentagon with the DIA. God continues to bless our daughter, Rachel, and her ministry with SCORE International in overseas missions. She underwent three leg operations this past year and has bravely submitted to therapy and stoically endured the pain. She still owes several thousand dollars’ worth of medical bills that her insurance would not pay. We have helped as much as possible and are praying that God will miraculously supply the rest. Until then, she sacrificially makes monthly payments to these health institutions.
We look forward with great anticipation to God’s blessings on our ministry during this year. Please continue to pray for us. Thank you for your financial support which permits us to labor in Costa Rica and other countries. And a very special thank you to those who sent special Christmas offerings during this season! These offerings helped us meet several worthy needs in our ministry and the ministries of others.
Working together for Christ,
Russ and Lynn Turner