The Next Chapter..........
We have some exciting but yet scary news to share with everyone. After much time in prayer, we have come to the decision that our time here in Playas Del Coco is coming to an an end. This may come as a shock to many of you, but we know in our hearts that this is the right decision for us.
If we are truthful with all of you, we have to admit that we have been ignoring the signs that it was time to move on. This last year has been a very difficult year. It is impossible to share all that is happening here in a single newsletter, so we chose to find positive things to write about and not the negatives. During this time, we have stayed encouraged and pressed into God and now see that doors were being closed throughout the year. We have tried different things to continue on with the ministry here, but unfortunately we have come to a place where we feel that we have nothing left to offer and that it is time to move on. Just like in Exodus 40:36 whenever the cloud was taken up, the Israelites had to move on. We feel that the cloud has lifted and it is now time for us to move on.
One reason we may have been ignoring the signs was because we didn't want to appear that we were failures or that we were giving up. Some very dear friends of ours helped us to understand that we did all that we could do and maybe with us leaving, a local person would step up and continue on with the work here. We know in our hearts that we did not fail; we tried and that is better than not trying at all.
The scary part of all of this is that we do not know where we are going to go; we just know that it is time to move on. What we do know is that we are to start visiting other parts of Costa Rica. There are two locations that we feel we need to go to: the province of Limón and we are also to return to San Jose and meet with a couple there.
You maybe wondering if our vision has changed and the answer is no. We still feel called to work with children we just feel that our location is changing,
Would you please join with us in prayer as we embark on this next step? We really want to hear His voice clearly on where we are to go next. Also, we would love to hear from you. Please send us an email with any thoughts, words of encouragement, etc. We would also like to pray for you, so if you have any special prayer requests please let us know.
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