2017 1st Quarter Newsletter

We continue to praise God and to thank Him for all He is doing here in Jaco!  We are so thankful for you who pray for us and support us–you are a vital part of our team as we serve here!  Looking back over the last Quarter is always so exciting for us as we see how God continues to work in and through us!  There are always lots of changes and 2017 brings even more!  The boys started their new school year in January (Thomas- 6th grade, Jacob-4th grade, Micah-Kindergarten).  Cecilia finished her first year at the University and is still working at the Coffee Shop.  Madelyn will be 2 years old in April.  Manuel is finishing high school and is a night guard at the church.  Everyone is happy and healthy and we praise God for the blessings of family!

Our Future Home

Joshua 23:14 “Every promise has been fulfilled;  not one has failed.”

When God called us to plant Horizon Church 4 years ago, we had no idea what He had in store for us.  We stepped out in faith, pray a lot and continue to walk in obedience and He leads our every step.  We are so excited that He desires for Horizon Church to be a lighthouse in this community for many years to come!  In our last newsletter, we shared that we were praying about buying property to build a permanent space for the church.  In December, we closed on the property, hired project managers and the plans are being drawn!  By this Spring, we will be breaking ground on Horizon Church’s new home!  We are blown away by God’s faithfulness through this process, and we are so excited about the future and all God has planned for the Church and for our town!  PLEASE pray for us and for all that is involved moving forward with the new church.  If you feel led to give to support the building project, please see the giving information at the bottom of this newsletter.   Thank you in advance for your prayers!!!

2017 Bible Initiative

The Lord has spoken to us a few times over the last few years about the need to cover Jaco with His Word in a very intentional way.  He gave us the idea of putting Bibles in every hotel, hostel, condo, etc. in the Jaco area and praying over each room as we place them.  As we prayed, He spoke Isaiah 55:11 very clearly to us:

“So is My Word that goes forth from My mouth:  It will not return to Me empty; but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”  

From this we knew we were to take His Word forth and spread His Word all over our town. We KNOW that His Word will go forth and will accomplish and achieve His purposes!  This is when the 2017 Bible Initiative was implemented.  This past week, we placed Bilingual Bibles in our first 2 hotels and prayed through every room.  It was so incredible!!  As we have more Bibles donated, we will continue to place them.  If you desire to be a part of donating Bibles and taking His Word forth in Jaco this year, please email us and let us know.  We would love for you to be a part of the vision for 2017.

Horizon Kids Camp

Every year we do a one-week Kids Camp as an Outreach to the Bilingual Kids in thecommunity.  This year we had a blast learning about how to “Remember that the Lord is great and awesome!”  This week is always a blessing, and it is so much fun to serve alongside others in sharing the Gospel with these kids!
   

Baptism

Baptisms at the beach are by far a highlight of the ministry of Horizon Church!!  In January, a member of our church met a couple at the Farmer’s Market and began to talk to them about God.  It turns out that Enoch (just changed his name at his baptism) had just accepted Jesus into his heart a few weeks before after living his entire life in buddism, satanism, hinduism, new age, deep eastern meditation, etc. He had just arrived to town a few days before with his girlfriend, Lisa (who accepted Christ at our church the morning before their baptism), and he wanted to find a church.  They attended our church, Lisa gave her heart to Jesus that morning and we went straight to the ocean after service for their baptism.  God has done a RADICAL work in this man’s life and he is on fire!  He has been to the darkest depths and knows that God has rescued him for a purpose.  He and his girlfriend are now being discipled and plan to stay and live here in Costa Rica.  To meet them was such a divine appointment, and I am so in awe of our God and how His ways are so much higher than our ways!  Praise Him!!!

Kids Club Christmas Outreach and School Supply Outreach

 

This is our 8th year blessing these precious kids and their families with a Christmas Celebration and School Supplies needed for the school year.  All of the kids started school at the beginning of February and we love being a part of these kids’ futures through helping with their education.  What a blessing it is to see these kids grow year after year and to do life with them, the good and the bad, continually pointing them to Jesus.  We are so blessed!
      
Marriage Retreat
In February, we hosted our first Marriage Retreat and it was awesome!!!  A Mission Group from Family Life’s “Art of Marriage” Retreats came and blessed us with 2 days of fun yet challenging teaching and projects to do as couples.  We had 20 couples participate and we are so excited about offering it again to those who were not able to attend.  God’s heart is FOR marriage, and we see Him working in couples here for His glory!  We are so thankful to Family Life for this gift to our church, and we know this is only the beginning of what God will continue to do as we work to make our marriages great and glorifying to God!


THANK YOU!!!

Thanks to each of you for your continuous prayer and financial support!  We could not be here ministering in Jaco if it were not for you as the other half of our team!  We are so blessed bythe way the Lord continues to meet our every need on a monthly basis.  Please continue to pray for the following:  Horizon Church as we continue to grow and make disciples;  our Horizon Church ministry team and the 2017 building project;  the 2017 Bible Initiative in Jaco;  protection for us and our children;  Jaco and the lost;  intentional discipleship with those who are new to the faith;  CasaFe’ and Centro Prenatal;  that we would be faithful to prayer and the ministry of the Word and for wisdom and discernment as we listen and follow the Lord’s leading in all things.  We love you!
Blessings,  Daniel, Sarah, Thomas, Jacob and Micah Barrett