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New Technology At Church

overhead projectorFor the last eight months we have been attending church at Chistiana Iglesia Berea here in San Jose, Costa Rica.  This has been a great experience. The Spanish music and preaching has been wonderful.
 
Our only real complaint has been that we have not been able to read all the words for the music.  The church has been using a 1970s overhead projector. Because of this it has been very difficult to see the lyrics projected on the wall. Spanish is hard enough to understand.  We don’t need other handicaps.
 
As of this past Sunday the church modern projectorinstalled a modern projector with a laptop and PowerPoint.  The words are now projected brightly and clearly on the wall.  Now we can read everything extremely clearly. This aggressive leap into 1980s technology has made it so much easier to worship.
 
We greatly appreciate the Latin culture.  We understand that things move slower then we are used to.  We embrace that there are differences between the way things are and the way we like them.  We never want to thrust ourselves into a position that we impose our “we can fix it” mentality on others.
 
That being said… praise God for technology.

Pettengill Family Visit To Costa Rica – Part 4 (Final)

Maddy and Mike's parentsMike’s family is visiting us here in Costar Rica for 12 days. Margaret (mom), Jerry (dad), Jeri (sister) and Mike (brother-in-law) arrived Tuesday, April 29th and leave Saturday, May 10th.

Today is the last full day of this vacation.  Tomorrow we drive back up to San Jose and Saturday our family flies home to California.  This has been a wonderful time with Mike’s family.  However, we are eager to return to our calling.

We miss our family and friends greatly.  But, this has been an affirmation for us.  The three of us are more clear that our Lord is calling us away from our family and home to serve others.  We look forward to future opportunities to spend time with those me love, but, we are excited to serve in Honduras.

Saturday will be a sad goodbye.

Pettengill Family Visit To Costa Rica – Part 3

Pettengills in NicaraguaMike’s family is visiting us here in Costar Rica for 12 days. Margaret (mom), Jerry (dad), Jeri (sister) and Mike (brother-in-law) arrived Tuesday, April 29th and leave Saturday, May 10th.

Today we spent the day across the border man fishing in Nicaraguain Nicaragua.  We crossed the border just after 7am and got back after 8pm.  We visited several beautiful towns.  We also visited several active volcanoes and took a boat onto Lake Nicaragua.  Our Spanish and Erin’s nursing came in handy and we translated for our family and Erin needed to purchase and administer medicine to our sick brother-in-law.

We are spending some wonderful time with Mike’s parents (both in their 80s) and sister and brother-in-law.  We haven’t seen Mike’s sister since August of last year.  We will keep you informed.

Pettengill Family Visit To Costa Rica – Part 2

Mike’s family is visiting us here in Costar Rica for 12 days. Margaret (mom), Jerry (dad), Jeri (sister) and Mike (brother-in-law) arrived Tuesday, April 29th and leave Saturday, May 10th.

Yesterday we left Volcano Arenal.  We are now staying a few days in the city of Panama (not the country Panama).  This is a quiet little town on the north coast of Costa Rica.  It is beautiful and hot.  We are on the beach with howler monkeys and iguanas all around.  We are planning a few side trips, then back to San Jose on Thursday.

We are spending some wonderful time with Mike’s parents (both in their 80s) and sister and brother-in-law.  We haven’t seen Mike’s sister since August of last year.  We will keep you informed.

Pettengill Family Visit To Costa Rica – Part 1

Mike’s family is visiting us here in Costar Rica for 12 days. Margaret (mom), Jerry (dad), Jeri (sister) and Mike (brother-in-law) arrived Tuesday, April 29th and leave Saturday, May 10th.

We spent the first day in San Jose, Costa Rica. We have spent the last couple of days in the north, at Volcano Arenal. Tomorrow we head further north. We are going to spend a few days at the beach.

Volcano Arenal is an active volcano and is surrounded by rainforest, howler monkeys, and much more. It has been a joy to visit with Mike’s family. We haven’t seen some of them in over eight months.