For the first time in eight years, we had all three of our children at home for Christmas. God has graciously spared our boys’ lives during their tours in Iraq and the Middle East as well as protecting Rachel in her many travels with SCORE International. (She will be going to Haiti with a relief team very soon.)
The months of December, January, and February are school vacation in Costa Rica; thus there are many activities around the year’s end and the beginning of the New Year. Our church dedicated much effort to the presentation of a Christmas cantata. We later enjoyed a great service and fellowship supper to end the year on December 31.
The first week of January was youth camp. Time was spent in counselor training and the preparation of heart-searching messages. Food had to be bought and prepared for 156 hungry young people. Activities, games, and competitions had to be organized. Youth camp is the highlight of the year for our young people!
As Randall Carrillo, the bus driver, and I returned from camp, I began witnessing to him. Before we arrived home, he expressed the desire to accept Christ as his Savior. We pulled off the road and bowed our heads in prayer as he asked the Lord Jesus to come into his heart! There were three professions of faith in Christ at youth camp, including one young man who was a Satanist!
Several of our supporting churches and individuals have sent Christmas offerings above the regular support. Thank you so much for this generous gift! We have been able to cover several year-end expenses as well as give to other missionaries and workers who also had needs. It is a joy to be a channel of blessing to others—you give to us, and we give to others!
Lynn had to have surgery at the hospital in San Jose last week. Please pray for her recuperation. She is a great help in the work! God gave me a wonderful wife! This past November marked the completion of 31 years of service in Costa Rica. God has been so good to us!
Please continue to pray for the national pastors and young men who are preparing for the ministry. We must prepare others to take our place in the future. Pray that lost souls will be receptive to the gospel and be saved.
Thank you for your faithful financial support. We are privileged to have the best supporters in the world! God bless you all during this New Year of 2010!
Working together for Christ,
Russ and Lynn Turner