New challenges abound! After having served for 25 years in San Ramon and building five churches in that area, we are now focusing on the northern region of Costa Rica, known as San Carlos. We have had the privilege of leading thirteen people to the Lord in recent days and have shared the gospel with many others! Allow me to share with you some recent opportunities in this new area:
We are witnessing and distributing literature in the town of Fortuna. There is no Baptist church in this town. We partner with a sister church and have a Bible club every other Saturday. Last week we had 39 children in attendance. We were also able to minister to the homeless children in the local orphanage, providing them with toys, cookies and candy, and gospel booklets.
We travel to Rio Cuarto on Sunday afternoons and have a church service at a dairy farm. After the men finish milking the cows and washing down the barn, we set up chairs and pass out songbooks and Bibles. Lynn plays the accordion and I preach a Bible message. One of our national missionaries takes the children to another area for a Sunday School class.
We travel to Venecia on Friday afternoons and have service at a store owner’s house. He had been praying for six years that someone would come and start a church in his area. Last Friday was a very rainy day, but we visited homes on the muddy roads and distributed gospels of John and invitations to the meeting. We had a great service after the rain stopped!
Last week we spent several days welding, painting, and roofing an extension on the church in Aguas Zarcas, allowing us to double our seating capacity. We had a great service there this past Sunday morning. One of our national missionaries lives there with his family. God is using them in a marvelous way to reach souls for Christ!
A husband and wife team from Hixson, Tennessee spent a week with us and helped in literature distribution and building maintenance. I am thankful for all of you who have a heart for missions and help us through prayer, financial support, and trips to the mission field. Keep praying for the harvest!
Working together for Christ,
Russ and Lynn Turner