Answer to Prayer
We would like to thank you for all of your continued love, prayers, notes of encouragement, and financial support as we continued to seek God on where we were to go next. We have to say that these last few months have been a little difficult for us as we waited to hear from God, but His timing is always perfect.
During this time, we continued to check out a few more locations in Costa Rica. However, each time we checked out a new location, we would come to the conclusion that this was not the place. We have to admit that we were starting to get a little frustrated because it seemed that everywhere we turned there was a closed door. However, just like in Matthew 7:7-8, we kept seeking and kept knocking until we got an answer.
During our time in Honduras, we had several conversations with different people about the amount of children living on the streets and we were told the same thing over and over again. We even heard that when a girl gives birth to her first child she becomes an adult. For example, if a girl is 13 and gives birth, she is now considered an adult. However, we are not sure how much truth is in this fact, so we are investigating this. However, if this is true, then this could be one of the reasons why so many children are living on the streets.
What will we do?
First thing we need to do is sell our car in Costa Rica. Due to the laws of Honduras, we will not be able to take our car because it is more than 10 years old. Selling a car in Costa Rica is also wiser because cars sell for a lot more here in Costa Rica than in Honduras. The money from the sale of this car will be used to buy another one in Honduras. We would appreciate your prayers for our car to sell quickly and also for the few other items that we have to sell as well. Once we have sold the car and other items, we will plan our move to Honduras.
The families and children that we work with are very happy that we finally made it back. Two days after we returned, we were blessed to receive a meal cooked by the lady that we call Grandma. She has since cooked for us two more times and is wanting to cook for us again. We are truly honored and humbled by her selfless acts.
After we move to Honduras, we will live in or near the city of Tegucigalpa. Here we will continue to ask questions and see how we can best help with the need of the street children. Also, we will be working on setting up our non profit in Honduras. This is the first step that we must complete, and it is required by the Honduran government. We have been told that this process can take a year or longer to complete, this will give us time to get to know more people and will help us with the language. Even though they speak Spanish, it is a little different then here in Costa Rica, so this will give us time to adjust our Spanish as needed.
We would appreciate it if you would continue to pray for us and this new journey that we are about to take. We are sad to being leaving Costa Rica, but are excited about what God is calling us to do in Honduras.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. Proverbs 3: 5-6
With God ALL things are possible. Matt 19:26.
Lots of love and Blessings,
John & Cindy Thalheimer
Missionaries to Costa Rica