We have been very busy the last couple of months with our normal activities, and we were also blessed to have a few small teams come and help us, so we would like to apologize for taking so long to get this newsletter out.
First, we were blessed to have Cindy's brother Mike and his family from Pennsylvania. They spent a week with us in June, and while they where here they helped out with many different projects. First, they performed a short drama for our children's church service. They also built a puppet stage, did a craft with the kids, and they spent other days just playing with the children. It was great to see children playing together from different countries. Even though there was a language barrier, they all had a great time.
Our second team that visited us was from Georgia. This was a couple that we have known for a long time. While they were here, they did a craft with the kids, helped us with beach/street ministry, and they got to see how our day to day life changes at a moment's notice. For example, we had dropped them off at their hotel after a day of working with the children and told them we would pick them up for dinner in an hour. When they tested to see if we were ready, we told them that we haven't even been home yet and that we had met one of our friends and she needed to talk and we were just finishing up so we would be right over to go to dinner. They also blessed us with childrens' clothes to give out at Christmas time.
Planning for Christmas
It is hard to believe that the year is already more than half over and we have now started planning for our Christmas party. Since we were able to purchase airline tickets as cheap as it would be for us to travel to San Jose, we have decided to return to the states to do Christmas shopping. By traveling back to the states, we will be able to purchase better quality toys for less than we could get them here. We are currently working on an Amazon shopping list and would like you to pray about purchasing one or more items from the list. If you feel led to help us out, please click here to let us know that you would like to help out with the purchase of toys and we will email you the link. We will be in Pennsylvania from October 22-30, so all toys will need to be purchased by October 22 in order to arrive before we leave. If you would prefer to just purchase an item locally and then send it to Cindy"s brother's house, please let us know and we will send you his mailing address.
Please continue to pray for us as we continue to minister here and look for property for our community center. As of right now, we have not been able to find any property that comes close in price to the one that we found before. We know that God has everything in His control and His timing is perfect, so we will continue to look but also trust and wait on Him.
With God ALL things are possible. Matt 19:26.
Lots of love and Blessings,
John & Cindy Thalheimer
Missionaries to Costa Rica