The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in Him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiced; and with my song will I praise Him.
We are finally winding up our Deputation journey. We had our last missions’ conference, had two presentations, and were in six churches. We are still praying that several commitments for monthly support will follow through.
We finished thinning out and sorting through belongings and tools and got everything pre-staged at a mini warehouse waiting on the shipping container. The container arrived in the middle of a thunderstorm on Feb. 6th and 12 wet volunteers got it all loaded including our Jeep in 3 hrs. As our container arrived at the port of New Orleans it was held by U.S. customs for 9 days. $610 later we were cleared and now our container will arrive March 7th and begin the Costa Rica customs process.
Kevin spent February 15-22 in Costa Rica for board meetings. The Association was formed and the initial documents finalized and turned into the national registry. The property where the church and the school building are is now a nonprofit association and Kevin is the Vice President and C.O.O. All of this will be a big help in the community and with the local municipalities moving forward.
In our spare time we got new health insurance, additional life insurance, new FL drivers licenses, got our taxes done and are now in the process of getting FBI background checks for our residency. This law came into affect over a year ago but just last week began enforcement. So mid process more to be done to meet the new requirement. Part of this was Sonya’s fingerprints which had to be done 3 times and hopefully we find out later today if they pass this time. Then we send everything to Washington D.C. for authentication. Pray we get our documents back by the end of the month.
Our family threw us a farewell party. We were able to show our presentation DVD and answer many questions about our ministry and Costa Rica in general. Our last service at our sending church, Gulf Coast Baptist Church, in Cantonment, FL was yesterday. We sang as a family for the very first time and Kevin preached and gave an update on our process. Lots of hugs and tears and some cake too. We will miss our church family.
As soon as Sonya’s fingerprints are accepted we plan to make one more lap to visit family one last time before we leave for Costa Rica on March 26th. We still have much to do and only 24 days to get it all done.
Thank you each and everyone for the prayers and encouragement and financial support.
Kevin and Sonya McCoy