We enjoyed fellowshipping with family and friends on July 23 at our Govea Sendoff at our church. There were about 65 people there from all over – Alpharetta, Cumming, Canton, Flowery Branch, Lawrenceville, Dahlonega, Douglasville, Lithia Springs, Villa Rica, Roswell, Norcross, even Tennessee! We enjoyed cake, danced merengüe, explained how to become a virtual member, and had several people pray over us as we embark on our journey. Julian, of GlobalX (our church's missions department), and his family have served as missionaries in Mexico and reiterated that we must be on guard because our marriage will be attacked by the enemy while we are serving the Lord. He also prayed for unity amongst our team in Costa Rica and for the people that we are going to reach.
At the party, two families committed to being virtual members which means that they pledge to donate $250/month for two years. The more people stateside who can make that sacrifice, the more attractive events our church can offer to the community. We know that it is a big commitment, especially in this economy, but God will honor these families' trust in and obedience to Him in amazing ways! We have also been blessed by several friends kindly giving us one-time donations for which we are very grateful. God takes these offerings and multiplies them in ways that only He can.