Category: Living on the EDGE! Jaco Beach Costa Rica Ministry Base

The Edge New Roof | A Walk Of Faith

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The Edge New Roof

Edge new roof walk of faith (1)Sunday morning a crane drove up to the back of the Jaco Missions Base and started lifting the 14-meter-wide beams into place for the new Edge roof. Just a few hours later, the English-speaking church met on their new property to pray and enjoy a ground-breaking ceremony. What a day of victory for the Christian body in Jaco and a reason to celebrate for the hundreds of people that have poured into God’s work here.

Edge new roof walk of faith (1)I have come to realize that it is a visionary gift to see the dream as completed even though the ground is not broken. Standing on the Church property, I could see the buildings as if they were finished. I could imagine the sunlight shining through the trees in the courtyard and hear the greeters loving people as they filled the sanctuary. For me it is as good as done!

In the same way, for years, I have envisioned the Edge’s new roof towering over the living area. I have given the tour over and over, pointing out where the door would be and how you walk into the welcoming sitting areas. I have shared the dream of pulling all the apartments together and never having to deal with flooding again.  Today, I can physically touch the door post and see the roof line. It is surreal!

Victory is a walk of faith

I want to stop and soak in this moment with you. With these pictures, you get to see what I have dreamed about for so many years. The development of the Edge Missions Base has been a hard path full of blood, sweat and tears, but I stand in awe of how it has progressed. There were many times that logic told me to hang up my hat and call it a day. I faced many heavy moments when I saw so much need and the resources where nowhere in sight. In these moments, I could quote the verses to support a full stop and call it wisdom. But God! Don’t you just love that phrase!

The thought of having to name and thank all of the people who have built into and supported this property over the past 14 years is overwhelming. Hundreds of individuals have helped in different ways not knowing what the end would look like and without expecting any credit. I have been one of the blessed few to see this work progress since edge mortgage paid off2003 and what I will say is that it is inspiring to see what can happen when we all do a little for a God-size vision.

We paid off the remainder of the mortgage with a bridge loan that includes the cost of completing the current phase of finishing the roof. We will pay off this loan with the rental income and donations, as they continue to come in. The blessing is that the loan has no interest, no due date and no legal tie to the property itself. This miracle defies logic and is more than we could have ever asked. Thank you God!

Called to Overflow

It is so clear that God is the momentum behind what is happening here. That is a powerful thing. When we yield to God’s will we can feel unsettled in the wildness of the unknown. Yet, in the middle of the storm we can always look up to our heavenly father. His peaceful face calms us, His gentle voice beckons us closer and when we sink and struggle… we can rest in His hands. All for us can take advantage of this blessed life to the full. I pray we may all experience the overflow of the individual walk of faith to which we have been called.

The Edge God size vision

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Community Living | Averie Armbrust

Community Living | Averie Armbrust | AIM Short-Term Passport Missionary

     The Lord had been putting a lot on my heart lately about living in community. Community can be one of the most challenging parts about missional living. Community never goes away though, it just changes and adjusts. When you’re living with 16 other people in one humble abode, you’re bound to learn a little something or two about how to live in community.


For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ

1 Corinthians 12:12


     We are all apart of one big body, the body of Christ. Each one of us has a part to do to make the body moving and flowing. Sometimes it’s hard to live in community when you have your own way of doing things and getting tasks done. But the most important thing to remember is everyone else feels this way too. To live in community means sometimes giving up the ways you complete tasks or even getting uncomfortable in the way you live. If everyone doesn’t do their part to make the body flow as a whole, then the task is never going to get done. When you’re around the same people basically 24/7 tensions and irritableness will arise. Sometimes i’ve just wanted to get in a car and drive away just so I could breath and calm myself down. But when this isn’t an option, I have to turn to some other way to get alone. The best thing to do when community gets a little tough is to turn to the Lord for advice and peace of mind.


Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his interests, but also to the interests of others

Philippians 2:3-4


     When living in community, you need to take account into everyones interests and opinions, not just yours. The Lord calls us to put others before ourselves. Sometimes this call can be hard to fulfill when we’ve grown up hearing society tell us that the only person that can look out for ourself is us. But God says that the opposite is in fact what He wants us to do. In community we need to not only look to our own interests, but the interests of others as well. This is what community is all about: putting others before yourself.

     Living in community can be hard. But it can also be one of the most rewarding things in the world. To be surrounded by an abundance of joy, love, and support is such an indescribable feeling. With every hard time in community comes growth. I promise you that with every difficult or frustrating time there will be 10 more joy filled and loving times that will completely overshadow those hard times. I encourage you to take every struggle to the Lord, pray over it, and give it up to Him. Just remember the golden rule and you will see fruit from it.


So whatever you with that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets

Matthew 7:12

Rediscovering Relationships 

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Rediscovering Relationships in Costa Rica and Beyond

by Ashley Labella| AIM Passport Short-Term Missionary | Rediscovering Relationships

“When you are in the final days of your life, what will you want? Will you hug that college degree in the walnut frame? Will you be asked to be taken to the garage so you can sit in your car? Will you find comfort in rereading your financial statement? Of course not. What will matter most then are people. If relationships will matter most then. Shouldn’t they matter most now?” -Max Lucado

My team and I are quickly rolling past our half way point here with Oceans Edge in Jacó. In this time we have been blessed with the opportunity to “step back into reality”, away from distraction, overwhelming busyness and other typical comforts of home. We are loving and growing in a culture where relationships take reign as most important again.

We are all incredibly grateful to be living and learning in such connection, knowing that it is not always the easiest to attain in our home cultures, where we are not living constantly with 17 other human beings. Because of these living conditions, we must shake ourselves awake daily, to be in a constant state of “others-focused” awareness. But wow, what a blessing that is. To have a reminder every single morning as you wake up next to five others, that relationships are the priority, not just on the mission field, but always.

Time Spent Rediscovering Relationships

rediscovering relationships Oceans edgeTime spent out in the community has offered us this same reminder,  as we attempt broken Spanglish conversations with locals, watching their eyes light up with authentic joy, all just because we remembered their name… and better yet, how to pronounce it.

Our time spent with the locals reminds us of how painfully easy it is to show someone how deeply loved they are. Whether that means buying a sun-soaked security guard a cold soda or sitting next to a homeless woman to remind her that she is seen.

Whether on our property as a team or out in the community, we are learning to fall in love with people again, and are being blessed with the simple, yet fulfilling feeling of joy that comes as a result.

Our ministry base, Oceans Edge has been challenging us in our relationship-focused service, knowing that regardless of where we are living, whether on a mission trip or at home, we all face the same temptation: to be complacent and comfortable. Oceans Edge, while they teach us the value in resting, also teaches the danger in growing accustomed.

Being accustomed can appear as small, seemingly unharmful changes, but that can form patterns that are lasting and hard to break. Once tear-filled, grateful prayers can slowly become routine rituals to check off and get done. Relationships get put on the back burner simply because they can..because they have no pressing deadline. Because they can always be pushed off to later. We over time, suddenly have “no time” to marvel anymore, becoming suddenly unimpressed by the bright red and orange hued sunset right beyond our window shade.

So Accustomed That We Forget How Extremely Temporary Life Is

This week, to remind us of this temporary and beautiful life in front of us, Oceans Edge posed several questions to us all, that are beneficial to everyone, regardless of their walk of life. The questions are designed to help us look right at the face of time, to envision the day when that time runs out, and to then return back to our current lives with the most powerful intention to live. Almost as if we had already seen our entire life pass before our eyes and faced each of the potential regrets stuck on our hearts.

The questions posed were:

  1. What legacy do you want to leave on that last day? What do you want others to speak of you?
  2. Imagine it was your last day. What would you advise your current self now of?
  3. What do you need to prioritize in order to live out that advise to your current self? What goals can you set to get there?
  4. Are there any excuses you find yourself making that are preventing you from prioritizing and living out that call? Combat those excuses with truth.

Now Live It Out

Live in such a way that on that hard-to-imagine last day, there is not one regret left weighing our hearts. Not one relationship left unreached. Not one “I love you” or “Thank you” gone unsaid.

“If relationships will matter most then, shouldn’t they matter most now?”  Rediscovering Relationships starts today.

My Soil | Dirt to Gardens

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My Soil | Dirt to Gardens

By Jordan Harrington | AIM Passport Short-Term Missionary. When I first came to Jacó, I remember the Lord speaking this truth into me so clearly.  God spoke to me, “Allow Me to pour into you and from your gardens, I will flow.”

For twenty years, the Lord has poured into this garden of mine in a multitude of ways. I began as a land of dirt: Anyone would look upon me and see hopelessness as a result of my sin. But know that God pursues our dirt-stained hearts and transforms them. He cleanses us with a heavenly rain and makes us new. All because He saw in us what the world had not.

Jordan Harrington Jaco Gardens and my local connectionA Beautiful Oasis

Each species of flowers is a result of different seeds planted by others. God’s hand has guided these people, showing them which seeds go where and how to plant them. Colors in this garden that I had never before seen arose through experiences, both endearing and heart-wrenching. Everything that comes in my path is the root to each beautiful detail that makes up this beautiful oasis. His stems hold us up and carry us through the wind, and let us know that through Him we will not be shaken.

Jacó has already poured so much into this garden, creating in it an abundance of love and growth. Through the locals, sweet testimonies, and the love of our Father, this town has given me new paths to walk upon and new eyes to see what the Lord is doing here. What keeps this garden alive is the light of our Father and the waters from His Spirit. Jesus uproots the weeds that I tend to hold on to and He gently shows me that I am much more beautiful without them.

As God uses Jacó to pour into these gardens, He uses the waters that arise to flow from us and into others. This river called Jacó is both on the giving and the receiving end. Our job is to hand out the roses of the agape love that He has grown in us.

Freedom

Through my experience in Costa Rica, God has introduced me to a new field that I had never before known. He has taught me to dance in the freedom of who I am and to find joy in the thorns. He has used the locals to illustrate this field through their smiles and their stories. They grab my hands, and they twirl with me. The Son shines on their faces and releases an atmosphere of peace. The Holy Spirit dances with us and teaches us new things about Himself- no matter what positions we are in.

As I get to know the hearts of the locals, I see more of what God is doing inside of them and in Jacó. You see, God is a God who attains a spirit of relentless pursuit. He knows us so well and how to rid us of the dirt that lies within; He longs to see an abundance of love rise within us and pour out into others; He chases after us every day, though we may not notice it. Every person experiences this, even if it goes unnoticed. Many of the locals that I have met are in this process right now, where God is sowing small glimpses of His Spirit into their hearts- whether they choose to see them or not.

Jaco’s Garden

Jordan Harrington Jaco Garden and my local connectionWhen I hear of the growth of Jaco Beach over the past decade, I can’t help but thank God for His pursuit and vision for Jacó. His plans for the garden of Jacó are much greater than we can dream of. He longs to see the river that He is pouring in to Jacó to overflow into surrounding communities.

Though this is only our first month at Ocean’s Edge ministries, the Lord has shown me how to truly walk amongst those rivers and allow them to run through me, as well.  He has given me a confidence in Him like no other and is continually pouring His heart into me. My comfort zones have been shaken and my gardens have been flooded with love.

God, indeed, has both poured in and out of these gardens of mine- just as He has promised. For this, I am so thankful.