This video was filmed inside an empty Church during one of our Medical Weekend Mission Expeditions.
Beth was so moved by a conversation between a Doctor that she was assisting and a 92 year old patient. This man finally committed his life to Christ. His daughters were so shocked, Beth had to go to them twice to convince them that he really did ask for forgiveness and salvation. Beth and Kirsten never heard background noise when filming because they were so in the God moment. Listen carefully because you can hear a lot of laughter and joy from the Kids Club.
Beth and the doctor had already seen this gentleman's wife and she is a walking Miracle. It was a little confusing how this man wasn't convinced after his wife was alive and walking after being hit by a car and told she wouldn't ever walk again.
Nevertheless, as this man countered every evidence of God and Jesus Christ, Beth didn't know what else to do except to pray that the Doctor would receive wisdom for the right words to speak and for the courage to speak them to this gentleman. The conversation was coming to a close as the doctor had already asked the gentleman twice if he was ready to accept Christ and was told, no, that he didn't plan on it. It was then that God told Beth to prompt the doctor to ask one more time. The doctor did and that was one of God's moments to shine!
Later, when Beth and the doctor were debriefing, he told her that a random couple had walked into his office a couple days before and asked to speak to him. They were missionaries and had never met this Costa Rican doctor, but God had told them to give him a word. They told him that he needed to go this weekend to whatever it was he was trying to decide about and that God had something big for him.
Wow, so many random faces in a sea of God's love and grace. We don't have to do much, but show up and allow God to move us for his glory!
|We have a few prayer requests this afternoon.
First, Bryan broke his left foot about 3 months ago and the doctors had hoped that, given time, it would heal itself. That has not happened so, the plan is for Bryan to have surgery this afternoon at Central time in the Hospital Clinica Biblica in San Jose, Costa Rica. We are sharing this with you asking that you keep Bryan, Beth and the kiddos in your prayers and also, please lift up the doctors and nurses involved in this procedure.
This should not be any kind of major surgery but it will require the cleaning out of bone area and inserting two titanium screws. The doctors have told us to expect a recuperation time of 6 weeks.
This leads to the second prayer request.
On the schedule right now through the end of the year, we have scheduled over a dozen events including hosting Christmas events for over 3000 children in 6 different, disenfranchised areas of Costa Rica. Not only do we have these Christmas events (which also includes the collection of these gifts from individuals and businesses which takes weeks) but we also have our regular medical/dental/optometry ministry events and concerts for hundreds of people during this same time.
We need your prayers for all of these events and for Bryan to have the wisdom to know what he can and cannot do during this recuperation
And, thirdly is for our finances regarding the financial partnership and support of and with us and God's ministry in Costa Rica. We don't like to talk about this part of ministry but, with the cut in support of one of our primary church partners, the increase in cost of living here in Costa Rica as well as substantial increase in our international health insurance premiums, we are in a very precarious situation from a financial position.
Radical blessings and have an awesome day,
Bryan, Beth, Kirsten, Drew and Jesse Tatum
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Family Prom Night is one tradition of Costa Rica that I would LOVE for the States to adopt. I have been so excited for this night, but never did I dreamed it would have been a highlight memory for our family.
Although it was so hard to get 5 people ready for Prom at the same time, it was so worth it and the memories we made are precious. Of course, it was probably harder to get ready since all of us waited until the last minute to start ironing clothes and picking out jewelry. Dress was Formal- everyone in long gowns and suits. Our boys were the only ones in tuxes. It probably looked like we spent the most money on clothing, but the truth is that I found the tux pants and coats at a thrift store in the States for $4.00 each. I only had to add the tie and shirt, which I found on sale.
This is how Prom works here-
The legal driving age is 18, so their wasn't the worry of kids drinking and driving
Everyone in the family is invited (I didn't see anyone under 6th grade, but I saw many people using walkers)
It's expensive, but there were many "extras"
Families arrived at the hotel at 5pm for photos- one with the Senior by themselves, one with their parents and one with the whole family. This was so organized; I think they had 3-5 photo stations. There were tables in the middle of the hall filled with candies. The theme was medieval and jesters walked around the hall making strange squeaky sounds when they talked.
By 6:30 families were seated at assigned tables while they watched videos of the students from birth to their Senior year. As smoke blew on the stage and "We are the Champions" (in English) blasted from the speakers, the Seniors rose from below ground on an elevated stage. As they were individually announced, one of their parents was waiting beside the stage to walk them to the dance floor for the "first dance".
The night progressed with dinner, a band, a carnival, soup, more dancing, puppet show, more videos, more food and at one point, we found a surprise bag under the table with noise makers and carnival hats for everyone to wear the rest of the night. Each senior received a small token- the boys got deodorant and the girls received a pair of slippers, which were quickly used as the high heels were scattered.
The party went until 3am and it was really fun dancing with my kids. I don't think that I embarrassed them too badly either. Kirsten even mentioned that she thought it would be strange to have parents at the Prom, but that it was "okay".
It's hard to believe my babies will turn 18 in a few weeks. It won't be long until they leave us empty nesters. We thank Jesus for who they have turned out to be and for the opportunity to experience life in another country.