- Spanish is improving
- Recovered from COVID
- Support steady
- Able to get away for few days
- Gospel/witness opportunities
- Church projects
- COVID restrictions eased
And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.
The verse lists special people whose purposes were for the edifying of the church, for the building up of something magnificent, to improve the mind in religious knowledge, to teach or persuade. When I look at this passage there are so many pastors, evangelists, and missionaries that come to mind. Countless men of God have poured into our family over the years. We are thankful for each and every one that has invested in us and our prayer is that they get a return on that investment: Fruit that remains.
I met a man several years ago on a business trip. We had kindred spirits and hit it off right away. We became good friends and kept in touch. After we surrendered to full time missions in Costa Rica, Al Irvin became one of our biggest cheerleaders and sources of encouragement. He really got to know us and our heart for the Lord’s ministry. From him we often received phone calls, text messages, and funds. Al became a vital part of our work here. He built us up every chance he got. It was always an encouragement to hear a verse or a quote or a principle from the scriptures. On August 18th Al went to heaven. He will be greatly missed. I share that with you as an encouragement for you to get to get to know your missionaries, and pray for them, and call them, and text them, and give toward them, and go to their field and help them, and please read their updates and newsletters. Whatever your vocation is you can edify someone in the body of Christ. Be like Al.
We have finished unpacking and settling in. Most everything is in its place. Our lease agreement is for 3 years so hopefully we can stay in one place for a while. We continue to find our way around town to know where to buy what and meet the vendors and salespeople. Even with social distancing and restrictions meeting people and building relationships is getting easier. We have had coffee and snacks with neighbors a couple of times. We had a really good visit with Ramon and his family that operate Campamento Beraca, a rehab facility similar to Salvation Army. We plan to visit the camp soon and plan to work with them training their people.
We have some projects at the church/seminary we want to get done soon. We have a bathroom and 2 classrooms we will share with the seminary that need to be finished from a remodel. Like everything else the virus has slowed down attendance, funds and laborers.
We did manage to get the virus. We caught it early and started the at home treatments right away. Our cases were mild in comparison to most and lasted around 10 days. We have felt almost back to normal and have had no fevers, etc. for a few days. Our church family and neighbors were a big help bringing meals, medications, and checking on us often. Since we have been here we have wanted to see the volcanoes. We went for a couple of days to see Arenal. It was nice to go and see the sights and catch our breath a little. It was kind of an early birthday present for Sonya.
We continue to settle into the house God blessed us with in San Ramon. We have been able to get more into a routine after a long time of in between and in limbo. We are finding our way around this area, which is much larger than where we were. A friend from the church took Beth and I around the city to see different shops and where to buy things. There are many “Ropa Americanas.” They sell American clothes with flaws and blemishes that they can’t sell in the States. I am really enjoying the cooler temperatures, mid 60s at night and mid 70s during the day. The kids like the fact that the neighbor’s dog visits often – best type of pet. They also like to watch the creatures in the coffee plants that surround our yard, especially the young guatusas.
Thank you all for your prayers, support, and partnership. We are truly grateful.
Kevin, Sonya, Bethany & Jon
McCoy Email: Mccoysincostarica@yahoo.com
Kevin 850 777-0097
Sonya 850 698-1694