Today’s destination was Cachi. It is a small town in the Orosí Valley. It lies near the eastern bank of the man-made Lake Cachí, created by the damming of the Reventazon River. The town lies in an area rich with green coffee plantations, with a sugar mill dated to the early twentieth century. Cachí contains an Evangelical Church called Espiritu de Vida. This is where we went to minister to that community.
Cachi will always be very special to my heart for several reasons.
First, because many good Tico friends come from Cachi. Arturo who is heavily involved in El Jardin Sagrado, the energetic Marco, and my dear Isaac. If I miss anyone I truly apologize. Please let me know.
Second, because of Isaac’s dad who didn’t have an easy life, who on that Wenesday on the stairs across the church did the prayer to receive Jesus in his heart. What blessing it has been to Isaac! The next day I went with Isaac to visit the home where he grew up, there I met his dad for the last time. Before leaving we prayed for Isaac’s father; on our way back to the church, Isaac told me that i was the first time he saw his dad crying. God was certainly working in this father’s heart.
Finally, Cachi will stay close to my heart because of what happen to another member of the translation team. That day God had a wonderful blessing ready for Javier’s family. He introduces me to his sister,and mom. Later his grandma also joins us. I ask them if they would lik to know why I came to visit their country. They say they would like to know; so I show them the Wordless Book and explain it to them. When the moment came to invite them to respond to God’s offer of forgiveness through Jesus sacrifice for our sin, they all responded affirmatively. That moment was very high in emotions, God’s presence was so manifest, Javier had to be replace because of the emotions involved, Isaac took over the translation. What a blessing to be a witness of God’s mighty power at work in the lives of so many members of the same family all at once. Apostle Paul experince it often and he was in a good position to write in Romans 1:16, “For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ (Gospel). It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes.” At this point the words of the apostle Paul would be very appropriate, “I planted the seed in your hearts, and Apollos watered it, but it was God who made it grow. It’s not important who does the planting, or who does the watering. What’s important is that God makes the seed grow. The one who plants and the one who waters work together with the same purpose. And both will be rewarded for their own hard work. For we are both God’s workers. And you are God’s field. You are God’s building” (1 Co 3:6–9). As the GOM leader told us at the beginning of the mission trip, this is a Team work, it certainly include all those who did work previously. These are the reasons why Cachi is so special to my heart, and will be for ever.
The first morning the Children Ministry had a serious problem. They had a beautiful large soccer field, but no children. So a small team was sent to bring in the children. It was a door to door personal invitation to have their children come for some good fun time. Thank God we did that because that way Isaac’s sister was also invited, that means that his dad had come to bring his girl. It was a great way to get a direct contact with the people of that community. What impress me concerning that community was how clean tey keep their little town.
As we were seeking lst soul, the ministry was taking place at the church. The medical team installed the pharmacy in the church kitchen, you should see the one Million $ view. It needs a picture to describe the view. I don’t have to tell you how the nurses enjoyed it! Much, much more could be said, but I will stop here. As usual we drove back to our ‘home’ El Jardin Sagrado; after Supper each team was eager to share what God did. That night I enjoyed so much hearing Javier and Isaac testimonies. They were so happy to tell what God had done in their family and their own life.