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Jesus Was Interruptible

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Taught me how to be a little more like Jesus…

Jaco beach, Costa Rica, oceans edge ministries, oceans edge interns, hot culture, cold culture, latino culture, christian internships, horizon church,In my last blog post I wrote about how Costa Rican culture has stretched me to be more patient. It has taught me to slow down and love people. The culture has taught me to be interruptible. It has taught me how to be a little more like Jesus. You see, Jesus was never in a hurry. He never let the tasks he had planned for the day stop him from ministering to someone in need. Jesus was interruptible.

Jesus stopped….

In the book of Luke, chapter 8, we see Jesus get interrupted. Jesus is on his way to heal a dying girl. In order to get to the girl Jesus had to walk through an enormous crowd. The Bible describes the crowd as so big that it was almost crushing him. I imagine it being a similar feeling of trying to push your way through a crowd at a concert. It’s not a pleasant feeling. It’s something you generally want to get out of quickly. So Jesus is pushing through and pushing through and then he stops….. “Who touched me?” he asked. Peter says, “Lots of people are touching you, they are pressing up against you!” But Jesus knew he had felt something special. He looked around only to have a woman fall at his feet. She had been bleeding for 12 years. Jesus looked her in the eye and said, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.”

Joyfully interruptible…

You see Jesus was on his way to do a task. A noble task, but even still he didn’t let that get in the way of an opportunity to stop on the way and heal another sick girl. Plans are great, but we need to be willing to be a little flexible when opportunities to love others present themselves.

This is something God has been teaching me a lot, lately. How to be joyfully interruptible throughout my day with opportunities to serve in ways I never could have planned.

 

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Living in a Hot Culture

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Living in a Hot Culture

Cold and Hot Cultures

Most of the world is divided into two types of cultures; hot culture and cold culture. I was born in the cold culture of New Jersey. Efficiency is the main priority of the cold culture. Time is important and should not be wasted, communication is direct, even relationships are centered around schedules. I moved to the “warmish” culture of South Carolina when I was eleven. I say warm because the south functions in a cold cultured country with hot cultured influence. Hot cultures center around friendliness; you’ll always have a conversation during check out at a store, people may tell you your haircut looks good even when it doesn’t, the task at hand is never more important than the relationship.

Warm to Hot Culture

Jaco beach, Costa Rica, oceans edge ministries, oceans edge interns, hot culture, cold culture, latino culture, christian internships, horizon church, Now I am here in Jacó. I just graduated college in May, and even though I went to a university in the warm culture of South Carolina we still are primarily task-oriented. Everything in college is a check list of homework, exams, lab reports, study groups, and meetings. The hardest thing about living here, is switching from that mindset. Here, people will sacrifice completion of a task in order to build or maintain a relationship. This is so foreign to me. When a job is given to me, I want to complete it as quickly as possible. However, when it comes to ministry, the relationship is what counts. Being Jesus to just one person is more important than writing 100 blog posts.

“Tico Time”

In cold culture places, time creates order. Schedules, due dates, appointments dictate the productivity of a day. The more things completed, the more one is satisfied. If an event starts at 4:00pm then the cold culture people would plan to arrive around 3:50. However, hot cultures are more spontaneous and flexible, event oriented. They are able to go with the flow, they’ll arrive 10-15 minutes late because they stopped to talk to someone on the street. Whereas, arriving late, to a cold cultured person, it’s often viewed as disrespectful since their time was wasted.

Good or bad?

There’s no “right” or “wrong” culture. It is being aware of the culture opposite to your own that is important. Look at how they value time and relationships. Notice how they communicate. And when you find yourself in another country with a different culture, be aware and respect their values.

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Passion for the Spanish Language

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The Spanish Language Definitely Wasn’t My thing

I never really had trouble in school except for a couple of subjects. One of those subjects was Spanish. There seemed to be a disconnect. I just couldn’t get it. I accepted that it just was not an area I was gifted in, and that was ok. Although I really wanted to, dropping out of the subject was not an option because I needed it for college applications. Not only did I need to take the classes, but I needed to get a B if not an A grade. (At least those were the standards I held myself to). I went to tutoring every week. It was brutal. My tutor and I would review the same thing over and over again, and by the 100th time I would maybe halfway understand what was going on. It’s safe to say that learning the Spanish Language definitely wasn’t my thing.

God Has a Great Sense of Humor

God has a great sense of humor, and you know what’s funny? Calling a guy that hates speaking  the Spanish Language to serve in a Spanish speaking country. But while God has a sense of humor, he doesn’t play cruel jokes. He has a plan! When I got to Costa Rica for the first time in January of this year, I spent the first week or so speaking as little Spanish as possible. But God had a second punchline in store for me…. I was asked to lead a junior lifeguard camp at Casa Fe, a youth house here in Jaco. A youth house where all of the kids speak Spanish… I would have a translator, but still I would need to communicate at least a little bit.

Hebrews 13 20-21

“Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.”

I Started to Develop a Passion

Something amazing happened that week. As I began to hang out with the kids I started to develop a passion for the Spanish language. I couldn’t get enough of it. I began to pick it up fast! This was an area where I had previously accepted that I just wasn’t gifted in. But that’s the thing about gifts. We don’t choose to if and when we receive them. We are given them out of Love, and on somebody else’s timeline.

Psalm 37: 4

“Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”

God put the desire to learn Spanish on my heart, and so now one of my favorite parts of my week is when I get to go to Spanish class. Learning Spanish means I can better connect to the locals and begin to speak the love and truth of Jesus into their lives through daily interactions.

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Romancing The City

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Romancing The City

Saturday morning, The Horizon Church women’s ministry made gift bags to bring into 30 of Jaco’s businesses. Each woman arrived with baked goods in hand and a smile on their faces, prepared for the day ahead. Romancing the city the way God romances us.

What we’ve been doing

As interns, Ashley and Kyle worked on this project and I joined in once I arrived in Jaco. For us, we created pages on JacoBeachInfo.com of each business. Whether a restaurant, souvenir shop, or surf shop, each page contained photos and a description. This job was centered on appreciating the business while promoting them to tourists. The past week we worked to fully complete 30 of the 500+ businesses.

As the women joined us Saturday, the bags were filled with baked goods and a bible verse specifically for that business along with a link to their personal page. Our hope was that the owners and employees would feel loved as we went into their businesses, thanking them for what they do while offering prayer over them.

There’s always time for God

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I was teamed up with the other intern, Ashley, and Sarah Barrett. We took our five gift bags and set off into downtown Jacó. I thought it was just a coincidence that I was in the same group as Sarah but as Ashley and I debriefed later that day, we talked about what a blessing it was. We saw first hand the heart Sarah has for the Lord and for the people of Jacó. To her, it wasn’t just a list to check off after visiting each place. Each business had individuals that Sarah knew and was praying for.

Our last stop was a tiny air conditioned restaurant with an even tinier kitchen boxed in the back (with no a/c). We found the owner, she was working tirelessly with her son cooking. We thought it was going to be a fairly quick exchange; however, when Sarah told her that we wanted to pray for them , the women said “Come in come in, shut the door, there is always time for God.” That line stuck with me. This women was in the middle of serving the lunch hour rush on a Saturday and yet she stopped, taking a moment to pray with us.

Seeing the fruit

I had the ability to see the fruit in what we were doing. Earlier that week I struggled with being so task-oriented: “finish the 30 pages, add the photos, is there a description?” That I lost sight of what we were doing; going into businesses and building relationships through love and prayer. Now as we work to finish each page for every business, I am excited to see the fruit of our labor once again.

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Unfinished Story | My Testimony | Oceans Edge Intern

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Unfinished Story | My Testimony | Oceans Edge Intern

By Melissa New | Ocean’s Edge Intern. My unfinished story begins when I gave my heart to Jesus at age 11. Growing up I participated in campus ministries, discipleship groups and Bible studies while walking closely with God for many years. When I turned 21, I began my gradual drift from God and became enticed with partying. Although I never denounced Jesus, I began questioning God’s goodness. Why would a “good” God forbid something seeming so fun and life giving? I had one foot in the “God door” and the other in a “party door”. I didn’t know it at the time, but I received a high from partying. Unfortunately, that “high” was actually a false imitation of the abundant life I was truly searching for. As I continued this party routine, I began feeling my life lose fullness and meaning. Consequentially, I drifted further from intimacy with Jesus.

Intentional Change

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Unfinished Story

At 22, I graduated college and moved to work in Australia for one year. I was sick of the emptiness that partying had brought, and I needed a change. I promised myself I would ditch the party lifestyle and find a church and Christian community in Australia. By the grace of God, I did just that. In my free time, I surfed and attended a Bible study through Christian Surfers Australia. After being involved with this ministry for about 6 months, I began serving as a Christian Surfer leader to the kids in the local surf community. I also began to attend a local church called Thrive. I wanted to get more involved at church, so I volunteered with the high-school youth group. As a result, I discovered a passion and gifting for reaching and impacting youth for Jesus.

Change of Scenery

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Unfinished story

After my Australian work visa expired in November 2015, I applied for a six-month work visa in New Zealand, and moved to a small beach town called New Plymouth. I worked as a waitress to make money and became involved serving with Christian Surfers New Zealand by helping teach kids to surf. In April 2016, I moved back to the States and worked for a Christian summer camp called TbarM Christian Camps. I was a camp counselor mostly working with high-school-aged girls.

 

Next Steps

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Unfinished Story

At the end of camp, I was trying to sort out what my next steps should be, so I talked with my boss, Natalie. She shared with me about a mission trip she went on for a month in Jaco, Costa Rica. As a result, she suggested I check out a local church there. I emailed the pastor’s wife, Sarah, and she said there was a need in the church that I could help fill as an intern. Soon after I committed to going and now I am living in Costa Rica for six months. In conclusion, if the Lord leads me to stay longer, I will make an additional 1-2 year commitment. I am curious and excited to see how my unfinished story will continue.

Surrendering Dreams and Plans | Ocean’s Edge

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Surrendering Dreams and Plans

Growing up in the Western World you are taught that you should have a plan for your life. Not only should you have a plan, but you should probably have a couple in case the first one doesn’t work out. You should have a dream, and a backup plan. On top of that, your backup plan should probably have a backup plan. Disciplined and steadfast pursuit of your dreams and plans will lead to true happiness and fulfillment……except this isn’t always the result.

So what if you tried something different? What would happen if you completely surrendered the dreams and plans you have for your life, to the plans God has for your life? While on a three month mission trip to Jaco at the beginning of this year, that question slapped me across the face.

 Since I Can Remember… kyle costamagna, firefighter, jaco beach, missions, missionary, christian living, Ocean Edge, Costa Rica

Ever since I can remember I have wanted to be a firefighter. I have gone above and beyond to make this dream a reality. During my sophomore year of college I went to EMT school at night, on top of my everyday classes. Shortly after completing my EMT certification, I was hired onto the local on call fire company. I then attended the fire academy on the weekends while still in school. At Just 20 years of age, I fought my first fire.

I had a dream and nothing had or ever was going to get in the way of it. What I didn’t realize was that I was so caught up in the pursuit of this dream, that I had forgotten to include the Creator of the universe in the process.

What About All the Hard Work I’ve Done

So you can see that it came as a shock to me when I started to feel a push from the Lord to quit my job, and put my pursuit of a full time firefighting position on hold indefinitely to go into full time ministry. I fought and fought this push for almost 2 months. I was happier than I had ever been in my life and loved what I was doing, but I still couldn’t surrender. Full time ministry didn’t line up with my plan! What about all the hard work I’ve done?!

But the Lord told me over and over again to trust him. Finally I gave in. I broke down and cried tears of happiness for the first time in my life. Happiness that didn’t come from surrendering my dreams, but from who I was surrendering them to.

Proverbs 19: 21

“Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails”

Disciplined and Steadfast Pursuit of the Lord

Since fully surrendering I have learned that It isn’t disciplined and steadfast pursuit of jaco beach, christian mission trip, costa rica, missions, oceans edgeyour dreams and plans that lead to true happiness and fulfillment. These things come from disciplined and steadfast pursuit of the Lord and what he has for your life.