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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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Destiny Assessment Training

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Destiny Assessment Training Ocean Edge Justin Nunes

by Justin Nunes, | AIM Passport Short-Term Missionary | Destiny Assessment Training

A Desk, Wi-Fi & Espresso Machine

This past week, I spent most of the week in a Remax office. “A Remax office, why? Are you not in Costa Rica serving the community? Are you not supposed to be supporting local ministries? Why would you spend so many hours in a place of business? You could do that back home and make money for your future.” Let me answer your questions.
I spent this past week at Hannah Fletcher’s Remax office, the founder and leader of Ocean’s Edge Ministries. The purpose for my time in her office had nothing to do with real estate. Rather it had everything to do with editing and fine-tuning project Hannah has been developing for years – the Divine Destiny Assessment. Her office was simply a conduit for our work; it had all of the tangibles we needed, a desk, Wi-Fi and an espresso machine, listed in increasing order of importance.

The Divine Destiny Assessment

This assessment is similar in function to any personality assessment you may have taken previously, such as the Myers-Briggs test. In contrast, the Divine Destiny Assessment differs markedly in purpose. The purpose, stated or inherent, of most personality tests is to define, group, and categorize the various personalities that God has created, and through this method, better understand the world in which we live.

The Divine Destiny Assessment flows from a distinct perspective. Instead of observing the world, discovering how God created it and applying it to our lives, this assessment starts with what The Lord says about the world and its people in the Bible, then applies His truth to our lives and the world. Through His Spirit, God has gifted Hannah to create a unique method to apply our individual and distinct personalities.

The Spiritual Gifts

The Bible defines the spiritual gifts that God has given us. Some of these are innate, or motivational, by nature and largely define our overall personality. Some gifts grow with spiritual maturity as we nurture our faith. Finally, some gifts are enhanced by God at specific times to accomplish a task or goal to which we have been called. Each individual’s unique combination of these gifts comprise his or her personality. The Divine Destiny Assessment seeks to gauge each person’s composition of these gifts, then encourage him or her to be confident in those gifts that are strongest and cultivate those that are weakest in their personality.

As I worked with Hannah to develop the Destiny Assessment training material, I grew immensely in my understanding of the spiritual gifts, as well as how they apply to people and relationships. We discussed how the specific make up God gave me applies to my passions and to my relationships with others. She gently made it very evident that I still have plenty of room for growth, as we all do, and helped me create tangible and attainable goals to strive for. As Hannah taught me about my personality composition, she also instructed me in the way she encourages others to grow through this assessment. Together, along with a lovely teammate named Ashley, we created the first final draft of the Divine Destiny Assessment teaching guide.

Destiny Assessment Training Ocean Edge Justin Nunes

Destiny Assessment Training

The following weekend, women from El Salvador and the northernmost province of Costa Rica arrived to Jacó for a leadership conference. We used this teaching guide and our newfound expertise in part to help these women grow in their understanding of the Destiny Assessment Training Program which is basically mobilizing others to use their spiritual gifts. It was an awesome and irreplaceable experience to come full circle in a week. From learning and growing through Hannah to teaching and seeing growth in these women, it was an amazing experience to be involved in. I am excited to continue to invest and further develop the Divine Destiny Assessment with Hannah, and to encourage others to pursue their divine personality through this assessment. We all can become the people that God created us to be, but we first need to submit to Him everything that we are. This assessment is a big step in the right direction. #DivineDestinyDevotedPaths

Guidance Spiritual Gifts 

Leader | Leadership | Apostle | Wisdom | Pastor | Shepherd

Communication Spiritual Gifts

Encourager | Exhortation | Faith | Evangelist | Teacher

Navigation Spiritual Gifts

Administrator | Prophet | Knowledge | Discernment

Support Spiritual Gifts

Service | Helps | Giver | Intercessor | Prayer | Mercy

Other Spiritual Gifts

Artistry | Hospitality | Music–Vocal | Music–Instrumental | Skilled Crafts | Writing Service Ideas |

Other Helpful Spiritual Gift Informational Links:

Destiny Assessment Introduction

Spiritual Gift Clusters and Gift Definitions

Service Ideas for each Spiritual Gifts

Divine Destiny Community Facebook page

December 2016 Business Workshop

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Ocean’s edge Business Training

Domingo, 4 De Diciembre | Sunday, December 4  from 2:00 to 4:30pm at The Edge Ministry Base in Jaco Beach, Costa Rica.  From the main road in Jaco turn away from the beach on the Pop’s road.  The Edge will be 600 meters on your Right.

Ven y aprende desarrolle sus habilidades ocupacionales con una base en valores biblicos. Come Learn and develop your occupational skills with underlining biblical values.










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Price: 10,000 col without a ministry endorsement | 5,000 with endorsement

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