Remodeled bedroom

Hi Everyone,

We wanted to get a quick update to everyone to let you all know what is going on.  First of all, we finished the remodel of the bedroom and we have updated photos below to show you all that has been done.   We started with repainting the room, then we tiled it and fixed the broken windows and then Donna had someone make curtains.  We had the used twin bed and the little lamp stand, but we needed to buy an orthopedic mattress.  We had the sheets but needed one blanket for a twin bed.   Donna has already been staying in the room now to avoid the strain of going up and down the stairs.  She has already felt the difference and has enjoyed the new mattress.  We bought a small (adjustable) table and it has been a nice place for her to do some crafts and I’m sure will come in handy during her recuperation time as well.  We also had to hang a new door because the old one wouldn’t fit due to the new tiled floor, but we still have to stain it to finish it.  We had the wall hanging, but Donna found a nice typical Costa Rican painting that she bought and it fills a very empty wall quite well.

Finished Room

Finished Room

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finished room

Finished room

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New bedroom

New bedroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have been waiting to hear back from the surgeon to tell us when we can proceed with this procedure with burning the nerves in her back.  We finally heard from him yesterday afternoon.  He said he can schedule it as soon as Monday, July 8th …. IF the operating room is available.  He was going to check on that and let us know.  But at this point, we need to go in Thursday and get a booklet that will tell us the steps we need to do before, and then after the procedure.  This is a big relief for Donna ….. knowing finally that there might be an end to some of her pain.  She has endured a lot in the past several months, and it seems it has just gotten progressively worse as time goes on.  She has noticed that her pain is increased during our heavy rains, and of course, we just entered our rainy season, so there aren’t many days without it.  We just have to pray for God’s hands to be over Donna and the surgeon and that everything goes well and she can come out of this on the other side pain free!  Afterwards of course, she will have to go through physical therapy to get her back muscles, legs, etc. strengthened and back where she needs to be.

We still may need some assistance with continued therapy sessions, as they are not included in the price of surgery.  But, we just want to say how grateful we are for all the help we’ve received for remodeling the room and for the help in paying for the surgery.  The love and care we feel from all of you is overwhelming at times.  Thank you so much for every monetary gift, for every prayer and encouragement that you have given!!   May God bless each one of you!

With His love,

Terry & Donna

 

 

PS:  For information on giving, please go to the upper left corner of the blog to “HOME”, then to the “NEEDS & PRAYER REQUESTS” section.  There you will find options and directions!

An Urgent Request

Dear Friends,

We have shared before with you about Donna suffering from debilitating low back pain since last year. She has tried physical therapy, chiropractors and medication, but nothing seems to relieve the pain. For the last five months, she has been staying home since she can only sit, walk or stand for short periods of time. She has always been very active, so this has been really hard for her.

In Costa Rica we have socialized medicine, which is inexpensive – but it has many limitations. One is that the system is very slow and many procedures are not even available. Since last October, she has been seeing an Orthopedic Surgeon with the socialized medicine. He has sent her to do several X-rays and to get an MRI. Last week we met with him and he says that she will eventually need the back surgery, which would place steel plates and screws to stabilize the lower back, which he says we can begin planning for that in August. Since there are many risks to general anesthesia and back surgery, we decided we needed a second opinion. Yesterday we went to Clinica Biblica, one of the leading hospitals in the country, to have Donna seen by a Neurologist there. After reviewing Donnas’ records, X-rays & MRI and giving a brief checkup, he said that he would not recommend the placement of plates and screws in her vertebra since there are other options available which are less invasive. He gave us a very detailed explanation of what is going on in her back, which is the first time we’ve ever heard what the real problem is. And he told us that even if she had the surgery the other surgeon wants to do, – it would do nothing for the pain she’s suffering from. Donna has what’s called “Lumbar Facet Syndrome”. She has two vertebras that have degeneration due to the fact that they are rubbing together because of a herniated disk. In her sacrum there is another small herniation of the disk there. The pain comes from small nerves being pinched between the facets of the vertebra, mostly in the sacrum area. The treatment he is recommending is a Neurolysis, which is similar to laser surgery that uses radio frequency to eliminate the offending nerves. Next they use steroids to reduce the swelling in the bone tissue, thereby relieving the pain. This would be followed by physical therapy to strengthen the back and lead to long-term health. This is an outpatient surgery, which only requires mild sedation and local anesthetic. He says that she should have a 50% improvement within 3 days and full recovery in about a month.

Our problem is that this surgery is not offered under our insurance with the government provided plan, so to have this done we would have to pay for it ourselves, which could be done at any time after we get the money together. The total cost for this surgery is $4500. We don’t own a house and our car is 17 years old, so we don’t have assets to borrow against to get that much money, so we are going to need help. Please pray with us about this need.

We know God can provide as we have seen him do so many times in the past. If God puts it on your heart to help financially, just let us know and we will send the information on how to get the funds to us.

Thank you for letting us share our needs with you,

Yours in Christ,

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We’re back …. !!!

Dear Friends,

Please excuse the delay in our blog updates. Time has gotten away with us and the daily happenings in our world have taken its priority. We will try to make amends!

Our daughter Erin + granddaughter Leah

Our daughter Erin + granddaughter Leah

This last December we decided to travel to the States to spend Christmas with our kids, since it had been 9 years since we had been able to do that.

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Yohana on the frozen lake!

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was a special treat for us and also for Jason and his wife Yohana to join us this time. Yohana had never been to the States, or experienced winter, so it was a lot of firsts for her.   Sadly we didn’t see a lot of snow, but it was very cold, (below 0* F.) for many days, so we had to find extra clothes, gloves, snow boots, etc to feel comfortable, since we weren’t prepared for all that. It was fun to watch Yohana walk on the frozen lake and watch her experience that! Quick prayer request for them: They are trying to have a baby, so please pray that this would happen, (and we can have a grandchild here in Costa Rica)!!   🙂

When we got back home we began our Environment and Resource Stewardship School, which is designed to train missionaries how to do development in a sustainable way in rural communities. We teach them how to address important issues such as water, health and hygiene. We have 7 students that come from 5 nations; the United States, Columbia, Finland, El Salvador, and men from the Embera and Waonan tribes of Panama. Currently this team is working in an Indian village in Southern Panama. After that, they will be headed to Kenya to work with our friends there.

Our September 2013 DTS team came back from their outreach in February. They had been to Peru, Panama and places in Costa Rica. At their graduation, one of the girls shared how she didn’t even want to come do the school, but her parents forced her. She went on to share how during the lectures, God began to touch her and heal her from the inside out. Now her life has completely turned around and she is so glad she came. This was really encouraging for us, because this is why we are doing what we are doing because we want to see people’s lives transformed!

We have shared previously about our national goal of putting a Bible in every home in Costa Rica. In March we hosted YWAM’ers, churches and volunteers; 120 in all – for a 3-day distribution in our area of Heredia. By the end of it, we had put Bibles in 1700+ homes. If you or your church would like to be involved in this project, we need teams and we need Bibles. The cost per Bible is $3.00, which is really inexpensive, so just let us know if you would like to get involved!!

Next week we begin our RescueNet training with 12 students. It is a very intense 2 week course to prepare YWAM’ers to respond to natural disasters, so please pray for all the staff & students who will be participating in this seminar. Some of these students have had trouble coming up with the tuition for this, but we have received a generous donation for them which was a tremendous blessing. As you can see from the news reports that earthquakes are common for us here in Latin America. In the past month there have been major earthquakes in Chile, Nicaragua, and Mexico. Thankfully not major damage or loss of life has resulted from these disasters, but it is only a matter of time and there will be another one, so we want to be ready to respond.

On a personal note, Donna has been struggling since last year with low back pain that has steadily gotten worse. She has tried physical therapists, chiropractors and medication, but nothing seems to help. Around June of last year, she saw an Orthopedic Surgeon and he says that she has degeneration in her vertebra, specifically in the 4th & 5th lumbar region, which is putting pressure on the nerves. At times she can barely walk. He says she will probably need surgery so he ordered an MRI to be done. Her next appointment is May 20th, when he will make a decision about the surgery. For now, she is staying home and taking medication, but the wait is hard for her.

We live in a 2-story cabin with all the bedrooms upstairs, which is hard for her to climb every day, so we are in the process of remodeling a downstairs room into a bedroom, (which we’ve been using for storage and our dogs). We’ve put a new roof on our shed, so now more things can go there, like our saddles and odds & ends. This room needs tile, (which we’ve already purchased), painting, a new window, curtains, and an orthopedic mattress. April 16th was her birthday and the YWAM family here generously donated to buy her a lounge chair that was a wonderful gift for her! Any donations toward this work would be a great help and continued prayers for Donna as well!

Below are pictures of the room we want to remodel and a picture of Donna’s birthday gift of the lounge chair!  Many thanks to all of you who gave and may God bless everyone in this year 2014!

In the service of our Lord,

Terry & Donna Keith

PS:  More ministry pictures will be posted in a gallery format, along with updated photos of finished bedroom!  Check our Needs & Prayer Request area for giving information!

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Donna’s birthday gift – Lounge chair! 🙂

 

 

Entering room, broken window & needs new curtains.

Entering room, broken window & needs new curtains.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tile for floor

New ceramic tile for floor

 

 

 

Wall between bedroom and bathroom

Wall between bedroom + bathroom. (still needs organizing)! 🙂

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Presently dog room (back corner)

Closet/Shelves

Safe + Closet/Shelves

What’s happening?

Hi Everyone,

We hope you are all enjoying the life that God has granted you.  These days are getting more difficult as time passes and we need God’s presence and guidance continually.

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Visiting team getting a tour of the base

      It’s been quite awhile since we’ve written and things for us have been quite hectic.  We have had many visiting teams that have come to YWAM Heredia and have participated in the various projects and ministries that have been going on.  This has been an exciting time, but also very difficult since we have lost some of our staff – we have been short handed.  Because of this, we also did not make it back to the US this year as we had planned to do in June, but we are still hoping for an opportunity to do this – (we need our break and time to see our family).

     Our children’s ministry under the leadership of our staff, (Edwin & Leo Piedra), has just exploded.  We now have King’s Club or King’s Kids camps every weekend but one of each month.  On the weekend we don’t have the kids here, we have hosted church retreats for local churches, which they have enjoyed.

In the past year, Donna and Leo have also begun a women’s quilting class, which has been a great way to build relationships and involve the community.  The ladies have made various types of quilted projects, stuffed animals and have even learned to bake pies.  Many of these women are unchurched, so they also have a devotional time to begin each class.  They have been talking about starting a little micro business to sell their crafts which would help them financially as well.  This ministry could use donations towards sewing machines, material, etc if anyone would like to help in this project.

Our base also continues to do Bible distribution.  Our national goal is to put a Bible in every home, which is over 1.3 million homes.  We have taken on the challenge to do this in every home in the Heredia province, which is over 100,000 homes, so if you desire to help in this project you can bring your teams, and/or donate towards purchasing the Bibles.

We continue to host short-term teams throughout the year.  There are many ministry opportunities from street evangelism, feeding the homeless, Bible distribution, and children’s ministries, visiting the orphans or the elderly and service projects of all types.  Please let us know what you would do and we can custom design an outreach for your team.  If you want to apply or need more information, just go to our new website at ywamheredia.com .  On our site you will find a team manual and application.  Our contact info is also there if you just want to write us to get more information.

Besides all this we still have our different missionary training schools such as the DTS that is held in September and January each year.  Every January we also run a School of Environment & Resource Stewardship for those interested in doing community development in a sustainable way without harming the environment.  Many of our graduates from these schools are already working in many parts of the world making a difference.  Next year we want to start the School of Intercession, Worship & Spiritual Warfare, but we will let you know when we are ready to launch it.

Well, on a more personal note – we are still searching for more supporters to help cover where we are lacking, – if there is anyone out there who can help supply our need.  Below is a list to report some of the needs that we have:

  • Our water heater quit working a few months back.  We have a small electrical heater to warm water for showers, but its limited power only heats small amounts of water at a time.  We have not had the funds to replace our water heater yet.
  • Our rent was increased by $75 more a month
  • Donna had to get a new cell phone and monthly charges on it are higher than before also.
  • Our car still needs some repairs to function properly (since it was stolen, – missing parts).
  • Health needs:  We would like to get some health insurance here.  We found an insurance company – it would cost us each about $2500/year to be covered for almost everything.
  • Presently, we both need some dental work done that we haven’t been able to do.
  • Recently Donna has suffered from terrible back pain and hip problems, which has debilitated her quite a bit.  She just went to an orthopedic doctor who wants to do tests on her, which we don’t have the money to pay for.  One test, like a CAT scan to check if she has a herniated disk in her back will cost about $600 here.  The other two tests he wants are X-rays, which are about $40 each.  This is more an urgent need right now than the others since the pain she has keeps her from doing much now.  Depending on the findings, we hope she does not require any corrective surgery.

We are so thankful for each one of you who have shown your love to us by your prayers, your financial support, and sending us teams.  All of this has played a part in reaching many with the gospel and continuing this work we do for His Kingdom!  May you receive your reward from the King of kings and Lord of lords!  May you be richly blessed, lacking nothing!

Your servants in Christ,

Terry & Donna Keith

May 2013 News

Dear Friends,

First of all, we want to thank all of you who have supported us with your prayers, your encouraging emails and your generous gifts.  Without you we would not be able to do the work that God has called us to do.

Since the beginning of the year we have been going non-stop so it has been hard for us to find the time to communicate.  In January we ran another DTS and our 6th EAR’s school with students from the U.S., El Salvador, Mongolia and Costa Rica.  They will be graduating May 31st.  Our next DTS will be in September so if you know of anyone who is looking for a school, please put them in touch with us.

Rescue practice

Rescue practice

As many of you know, we have been in the process of setting up a Disaster Relief Team for the past three years.  This past March we had the privilege of hosting the Rescue Net training which lasted two weeks.  It was very intense and six students completed the course and are ready to continue the next phase of their preparation.  Our goal is to have a team trained and fully equipped, ready to respond to the next natural disaster, wherever that may be.

Prayer time

Prayer time

March was a crazy month for us because not only did we have the Rescue Net training going on, but we also hosted two DTS teams from Wyoming and Belize.  The Wyoming DTS was a cowboy DTS and they helped us run our Rodeo Bible Camp.  The 4-day camp included bull riding, barrel racing, pole bending, goat tying and roping.  Each night we would have dramas and testimonies, and even had times of learning some cowboy line-dancing, which was a lot of fun for everyone.  We are hoping to make this a yearly event so please pray that God will send us the people to coordinate this evangelistic effort.

We continue to do our local ministries as well, such as Kid’s Club, King’s Kids, Drug Rehab, Bible Study and Bible distribution.  Donna and Leo continue to have their women’s club on Tuesdays where they teach quilting and other crafts and build relationships among women and have times of teaching God’s Word as well.

Terry just got back from an outreach in Peru where they worked with the churches that his Dad planted years ago in the jungle, (pictured at top).  They also distributed solar powered radios preprogramed to the Maranatha radio station, the only Christian programing in the Peruvian Amazon.  He even got to visit his hometown where he grew up and reconnect with his old friends there.  Some of their meals included monkey stew and fried pig guts.  Yummy!

In June we are planning to head back to Colorado to see our kids and grandkids.  We are also hoping to go to Wyoming to help the Cowboy DTS with their Rodeo Bible Camp, which starts June 10th.  In order to travel, we need two things.

1) Airfare to Denver  ($1000 for 2 round-trip tickets)

2) A vehicle to drive for 2 weeks

If you can help us with either one of these needs please let us know as soon as possible since we would have to leave by the 6th of June at the latest.

Well, we hope to see some of you when we are in the US, but if we don’t please come and see us in Costa Rica.  May God bless you and keep you.

Yours in Christ,

Terry & Donna

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Merry Christmas  to you all of our dear friends and family,

Just yesterday I had to go to the mall to cash a check at the bank there in order to buy groceries for the mission base.  Our last team of the year was going to arrive and we needed to get some supplies so we could feed them for the next two weeks they will be with us.  I was shocked by the amount of cars on the roads and in the parking lots.  Inside the mall and the grocery store there were people everywhere all rushing around to get their last minute shopping done.  As I observed the intensity by which they went about – each on their own quest for that perfect gift or some special delicacy, I wondered how many of them remembered what we are really celebrating – the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ!  For us – this is the most important event in human history and we have committed our lives to see that everyone gets the chance to know Jesus and yet there are still 2.85 billion people in the world that have never heard of him.  How can that be?  What a tragedy!!

This past year has been a whirlwind of activity with schools, teams, Kids Clubs, meetings and travel to many places.  There have been victories and defeats, challenges and releases, but in it all – God has sustained us and given us the strength and grace to continue in what we are doing.  We want to thank all of you for your friendship, prayer and financial support over the years.  We pray that the coming NEW YEAR will be a year of blessing and release for you and your families!  May you have a very Merry Christmas and the happiest of NEW YEARS!

Your missionaries in Christ,

Terry & Donna Keith

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Donna teaches quilting techniques to these ladies on Tuesdays at the base. Here they show their talents in the Christmas designs they have been working on.

“Always Needing God’s grace “. . .

“Grace to all of you and peace from God our Father and our Lord Jesus Christ!”  May we all be encouraged in every way to stand in these days of tests and trials!  Hold onto faith!

We are back and feel so much more refreshed after our furlough time.  Thank all of you who prayed for us during our travels, our meetings, and especially for the counseling we had from wonderful friends.  Those moments were so timely and encouraging to us for what lies ahead of us.  We feel a renewed energy for our mission call.

We returned to Costa Rica on the 15th of August, (after our furlough of almost 3 months), and hit the ground running.  On our arrival we found that the only vehicle that was legal and running properly was our personal vehicle, (which is still not fully rebuilt, since it was stolen and stripped).  The base vehicles all need repairs, but there was no money in our base account to fix them.  To date, we have managed to get one running, so we praise the Lord for that blessing.

Three days after arriving home, we married one of our couples.

Terry marries Eze+Crystal

He is a Costa Rican and she is from the US and they had already been married in the US, but they also wanted to have a Costa Rican wedding for their family and friends here.  It was a beautiful wedding and we were privileged to have a part in it.

Terry teaching

The following week we went to San Jose for four days to  participate in    a National Staff Training seminar.  There are presently over 60 YWAM’ers working in 4 different locations in the country.  All of the base leaders shared in the general sessions and workshops on various topics, so it was a great opportunity for the younger staff to learn from our experiences.  Our regional and area leaders also came to share their wisdom and to encourage us.  It was a special treat to hear from Loren Cunningham, (founder of YWAM) and David Hamilton from Hawaii as well through a “live” video conference call.

And finally, we got our first chance to really unpack and get settled back in last week.  In less than two weeks we start our fall Discipleship Training School.  So far we have students who have applied from India, Africa, El Salvador, Costa Rica and the U.S.  Please pray for them as many of them struggle to get their visas and funds in order to come for the training.  (Please consider sponsoring a student if you can – just let us know and we can give you all the details you need to do this).  This week we are doing our DTS staff training on the base and making the final preparations for this school.

Our garden and farm animals on the base continue to prosper.

New kids on base

We have produce from our garden included in our meals and this weekend we had 5 new baby goats born.  They are so cute and such a reminder of God’s creative power.

We are hoping to set up an Aquaponics project in our new greenhouse as soon as we have all the materials to do this.  We are excited about all the things God is doing with us and through us, but we are still burdened and hindered by a lack of finances.  We just found out that a church that has been supporting us, will no longer be giving to us.  This will leave us about $1300 under budget.  This is such a struggle for us and we can barely pay for even the most basic things.  We know God is our source and He constantly shows us miracle after miracle of His provision, but we are still asking for your help as well.  Please pray about being a part of our support team.  Soon we will be releasing our new base website.  When you get the announcement about this, please take a moment to look it over.  We believe you will be surprised at how many things we have going on.  When you partner with us in prayer and giving, you are taking part in all that God is doing here and around the world.  Join us and help us finish this task!   (Matthew 24:14)

Yours for the Kingdom,

Terry & Donna Keith

Be encouraged dear friends …..

“Strengthen the feeble hands, steady the knees that give way; say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, do not fear; your God will come, he will come with vengeance; with divine retribution, he will come to save you!” – Isaiah 35:3,4

 

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