2017 3rd Quarter Newsletter

We continue to praise God for who He is, and 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!  We have so much going on and we are SO excited to share with you all God is doing here in Jaco!

Dedication of New Property
Joshua 23:14 “Every promise has been fulfilled;  not one has failed.”
In July, we had an official dedication of the new church property.  We prayed over the land and our project managers, and we praised God for the work He is doing here!  These are exciting times as the construction will begin soon!  We are still raising money to finish the work here so please continue to pray.

Many of you have asked how you can get involved with the building of this project.  Please pray for us and for the process.  Please consider giving to this project.  Please tell others–share the vision!!  The giving information is below, and we thank you in advance for your part in God’s work here!

Interns 

We are so excited about our new interns who are here serving with us for at least 6 months!  Kyle is from California and spent 3 months with us as a part of a mission team earlier this year.  He felt the Lord calling him to return and to serve more long term.  Emily is a former Youth Group member of ours from when Daniel was the Youth Pastor at Calvary Chapel Lexington.  They are both here to serve in many areas, but specifically to help us launch a weekly Youth Group.  We are super excited they are here, and they have already been a blessing to both the ministry and to our family!  Welcome Kyle and Emily!
Youth Camp
We had the opportunity to take a group of youth to camp during their 3 week school break in July.  This is gave us the chance to connect with them before launching an official youth group.  Most of the kids we are reaching out to are unchurched and have never been a part of a youth group before.  Everything is new and exciting, and it is fun to see our own kids getting involved and reaching out to their friends as well!

Women’s Ministry Happenings

 

Last month, we as a Women’s Ministry had the privilege of blessing our community in a simple yet powerful way!  We were challenged a few years ago to “romance our city to Jesus” and we have taken on the challenge.  We put together “blessing bags” (homemade goodies, pens, a church invite, and a thank you card with scripture) and handed them out to the first 31 businesses on our list.  We also prayed with many business owners in the workplace.  It was amazing!  Some cried, others were in shock, all were so very thankful!  There are over 500 businesses in town so we look forward to blessing the community in this way on a regular basis.
Matthew 5:16 “Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and glorify God in heaven.”

Mission Teams

 

We had 2 mission teams that served with us recently and they were incredible!!  The first team from Nashville, TN put in a box garden at the local preschool.  The school has been wanting to do this for months both so that they can teach the children and their parents how to grow their own vegetables and to use the produce they grow to feed the children who attend the school.  The garden was built and the school is already using the lettuce and other veggies that they have grown!  It is so exciting!

We had another team from Calvary Chapel in Lexington, SC and they came with 300 Bibles to place in hotels and condos in Jaco.  It was amazing as we prayed through each hotel room and placed a Bible in each one!  This team also built an additional room onto the home of a lady who just lost her husband, has terminal cancer and has 4 young girls.  She was more than excited as we were able to bless her family and give them a more comfortable living space.  This team brought a few beauticians so they cut kids’ hair at Kids Club and cut hair for a few men before the Homeless Feeding began.

Placing Bibles in hotels (above) and praying over each room (below)
      

 

Baptisms
We ALWAYS love celebrating as people step out in faith and pray to receive Christ as Lord and Savior of their lives!  We celebrated “new life” a few weeks ago by baptizing 7 people and dedicating one baby to the Lord!  Then, we all celebrated by eating lunch together at the church!  It was an amazing day and we praise God for His faithfulness in the life of Horizon Church and in our community!!

THANK YOU!!!

Thanks to each of you for your continuous prayers 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 by the 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; the new Youth Group launch;  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