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  • Sep. 11 and the Gospel (9/11/2018) by John Byrne - I still remember where I was when it all happened.  I woke up late that morning and flipped on Fox news only to watch a second plane fly into a second building.  I knew immediately this was no coincidence.  I suspect that almost everyone else watching had those same gut wrenching reactions.  what followed was ...
  • Day 8-9 The Return (7/18/2018) by John Byrne - Hasta Luego Costa Rica!  The McKinney's, Flarra & Orlando, and Pastor Hector were excellent hosts.  The return flight is not really that fun to be honest.  It wasn't a vacation, we worked hard and we played a little at the end.  Nevertheless, we leave the church in Purral and the McKinney's a lot of work ...
  • Day 6-7 Costa Rica (7/15/2018) by John Byrne -      Before I tell the day 6-7 story, I should tell you that we accomplished all the work we came to Costa Rica to do and more.  Because we have been able to do that we have a little extra time the next two days to go to the beach and visit a volcano.  We ...
  • Day 5 – Costa Rica (7/13/2018) by John Byrne -  Pura Vida is a common catch all type of phrase used here in Costa Rica.  It's literal translation is "Pure Life."  It can be used as a greeting, a goodbye, a blessing, wishing someone happiness, or wishing someone well being.  Today a couple of us were given messages by Pastor Hector's daughter Sheri.  She observed ...
  • Day 4 – Costa Rica (7/13/2018) by John Byrne -  Estamos muy cansados!!!  Rule #4 rest when you can.  We are all very tired tonight and are trying to rest up to finish strong.  The good news is we will all get free massages in the next two days thanks to Pastor Hector's daughter (she is a professional)...we need it.  I didn't go for a ...
  • Day 3 – Costa Rica (7/11/2018) by John Byrne - OOOOOOPS!  We started the day out with some mission trip fopauxs.  I wanted to shoot a video with Mickey about the area we are ministering in so I brought my tripod and video rig for my phone.  We went behind the church which overlooked a huge area where you can see the houses in this ...
  • Day 2 – A Day of Adjustment (7/10/2018) by John Byrne - The #1 rule of a mission trip is be flexible, but the second is equally important.  The #2 rule of a mission trip is set aside cultural differences.  Americans (really we are still in America, just central America) have a reputation and it isn't always good, it's not always bad either.  Americans tend to be ...
  • Costa Rica First Night (7/9/2018) by John Byrne -  Bye Bye USA  We arrived at the airport, rented the car, and headed to our host home...where the host doesn't speak english and we don't really speak much Spanish.  We'll figure it out!  Our hosts seem very gracious and we are thankful for their willingness to have us in their home.  Our American sensibilities are ...
  • The Eve of a Mission Trip (7/8/2018) by John Byrne - Tomorrow I head to Costa Rica with three other really great guys to help a church in Costa Rica put on a roof.  What is going through my head?  Making sure I don't oversleep mostly.  We will be able to get anything we need down there, so I'm not too worried about forgetting anything.  Really ...