Baptisms

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Iglesia Radica (Radical Church) had a time of fellowship and baptisms at the beach in front of Casafe a few weeks ago. Four of the youth that have been involved with Casafé got baptized! It is so great to see the youth growing and walking in what the Lord has for them!

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Buy a Brick!

Hey! Do you want to “Buy a Brick” for Casafé?

In the spring we got this awesome roof put up in front of Casafé with the help of a short-term team! It has been a huge blessings as it creates more dry and shady space to use with the youth.

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We had to take out the vegetation that was growing alongside the wall. We never completely finished this part of the project. Just this week we finally got a gutter put up to keep the water out of that area. But we also want to fill in the area with paving stones and paint the wall.

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To fund this project in a creative way, we want to give you the opportunity to be involved! You can sponsor a brick and we will write your name on it! 1 brick = $1! You could buy one or two or more! We need 350 in total. It will not only cover the cost of the brick, but also paint for the wall and a pipe for the downspout.
If you would like to support Casafé in this way you can comment below, or send an email, and let us know how many bricks you would like to provide!
Thanks for your consideration!  

You can go to the Giving page to donate.

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Thanks Becky!

This month we had to say goodbye to Becky Bell (and her family) who has served faithfully at Casafé as our English class teacher for a little over 3 years! Becky always came up with creative classes for the youth that were interesting and interactive, and not only taught the youth English, but also incorporated teaching the Word and life skills. Starting the class with a Bible verse and teaching on a topic of either cooking, geography, money management, or nutrition the youth received more than an English class – they received a mini Bible study and life skills teaching too!

Thank you Becky for your faithfulness, patience and consistency. And thank you for your genuine care, many prayers and support for the youth and the ministry of Casafé! We will miss you, but are so thankful for all you have invested in Casafé!

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One of the first English Classes Becky taught in 2015.

 

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A FULL class!

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Teaching on Money!

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Starting the class with a Bible verse.

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Our last time with Becky.

 

(Lisa is continuing to teach the English class at Casafé.)

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New volunteers at Casafé – the Benders!

Kevin and Michelle Bender have been helping at Casafé for a few months now. They come on Wednesdays and help out with the free time and Bible study, and they bring their two boys, Braeden and Ashton, who get along really well with the rest of the youth. (It has also been a great opportunity for them to work on their Spanish and the rest of the youth to practice their English!)

They have also helped with other things for Casafé, such as setting up a new program for attendance and making a couple short videos. Originally from Canada, the Benders moved down here for the year, and we are thankful for their help and support!

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Also, the Benders make clean-up go really fast after the youth leave for the day! 🙂

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A Glimpse of Casafé

A Glimpse of Casafé! from Lisa Postma on Vimeo.

Video put together and edited by Braeden Bender! Thanks Braeden! 🙂

 

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Youth Camp Recap Video

I, along with 4 other leaders from the Iglesia Radical youth group, had the opportunity to take 21 youth to youth camp! It was up in the mountains a few hours out of Jaco at a Christian camp facility where they host many camps and events throughout the year. We had morning devotionals and speakers, small groups, a day full of fun activities that included team building games, the jungle challenge, ropes course, and time in the lake with the “blob”. We also enjoyed evening teachings and worship and hangout time.  The youth thoroughly enjoyed it and God did a great work in each one of us!

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Independence Day!

September 15th is the Costa Rican independence day – and the Costa Ricans love to celebrate it! Different schools, groups, and bands from around Jacó dress up and dance, drum, play instruments, and parade down the main street from the municipality building to the central park.

It is an event that I love to watch! I do my best to spot my uniformed youth or any other people I know and cheer them on!

I made a short video that briefly encapsulates this wonderful event!

 

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An Inside Perspective

I once thought missionaries who live on the beach in tropical countries had a pretty easy life. Then I became one.
I lived with Lisa for almost two years during the transition when Casafe was starting. I found out during that time what I didn’t understand before. Living in a different country, far away from your family, often too busy serving to be in good communication with those from home, in a completely different culture, where you are a foreigner, and of course treated as one, truly surrendering most everything you have to live for Christ, is not so easy. When you could have a full-time job but are called to minister to people all day who cannot afford to pay you instead, nearly everything you have is given to you from others. Additionally, as you get to know families and individuals, you get to know their trauma, which can be absolutely heartbreaking. It is so humbling and so touching how God miraculously provides abundantly more than you can ask or imagine, in any form of need, for yourself and others.
After being back in Casafe to stay as a visitor with my husband and two brother in laws, I am reminded how the life of full-time ministry is and am so encouraged and inspired by Lisa. From the time she wakes up to the time she goes to sleep, her phone is buzzing or people are at her gate asking her for some sort of help. In the meantime, her house is full with those who need a healthy environment to stay, whether it is for a few hours, a few days, or a few months. She intentionally takes time to spend time with her visitors, which is considered extremely important in the Costa Rica culture.
In a place that seems hopeless otherwise, Lisa is a source of hope and help, especially to the youth. Most of these youth have gone to schools where they show up when they want (or when their teacher decides to show up), can go to bed when they want, eat whatever they want, play in the streets of their drug-infested neighbourhoods at midnight, etc, etc. The majority of them have experienced sexual, physical, or emotional abuse, if not all three. In their own homes, they see things and hear things nobody should have to experience. Not only does Lisa provide a home with structure and safety, but also opportunities to learn of their self worth and a possibility to live a restored life.
I often think, “Lisa is the perfect person for this place, thank you Lord!” She can handle these youth with genuine care for them, and at the same time enforce necessary boundaries over and over, which is energy draining and extremely frustrating to any normal human being. She maintains this perfect combination of generosity, compassion and understanding, and when necessary, tough love. This is exactly what her adopted “kiddos” (some which are 22 years old) need for personal development and a new understanding of healthy living.
They have a constant example and reminders through Lisa – how to use positive words, why not to start physical fights, how to show respect to others, politely ask for things, clean up after yourself, for example, and most importantly, what it looks like to have a personal relationship with the Lord. Otherwise, most of them have no clue, because they live in a society where chaos, abuse, and disrespect are normal.
On top of everything else she was managing the last two weeks, Lisa had us four extra guests 24-7 in her home and she made us feel like we could stay there forever! (We really would have liked to ;)) Incredible! She hosted us with so much enthusiasm, making jokes and sharing everything she had, including her time and joy with such a generous spirit. It is just not normal.
This must come out of an overflow from the Lord in her. While living with her for two years, she was example for me how she spent time studying God’s words. She genuinely loves the Lord and is a light wherever she goes. You should see her on her bike riding down the streets, people waving, honking, or yelling, “Lisa! Lisa!” every minute or two! People know the love of the Lord through her and open up to her as she has a way of relating to them.
Thank you for supporting my dear friend, Lisa, for praying for her and for the youth in Jacó.
(I wanted to write this for Lisa voluntarily to give you an inside perspective of Lisa’s life. It is hard to understand otherwise, at least it was for me.
Thanks so much for posting this, Lisa, and letting me share some truths that you might not share about yourself!)
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Learning from the youth! 

I love to learn new things from my youth! …especially when it has to do with things you can eat 😉 The other day one of the guys took these coconuts that were beginning to grow and started hacking one open with a machete. In my mind I was wondering why he was destroying a plant, assumed that the coconut was probably bad by now, and wondered what he was going to find inside. On inquiry, he told me that you can eat the spunge part that is inside.  I was skeptical….but I know that they know more about these things than I do. After a little while of patient work getting into the coconut, he got it open and gave me a piece – turns out there is a spongy substance in the middle of the cocunut that is edible and tastes quite good with a little sugar or honey! The coconut inside was really delicous too because it was old it had lots of flavour and oil! 

Learn something new everyday! 

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As Simple as Coloring

Youth colorin sheets!

Recently the youth have really enjoyed these fun, adult-style colouring sheets! Often during free time the youth would ask for me to pull them out, or find them in the supply room themselves and start coloring! I love how it is simple, yet good for them and therapeutic. I often have some chill Christian music playing in the background…and I love it when I hear them sing along while working on their art.
I also love it that they always want me to hang up their finished works of art.
This is what Casafé is all about – more than classes, and not focused on big program – the idea of Casafé is that the youth of Jacó would have a safe environment where they can grow and be a part of a healthy Christian community.

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