The End of a Chapter…


Mike’s Clase de Fonetica

Our time in language school has come to an end. Exploring Costa Rica as well as the boundaries of our new language, we begin to use and analyze what we have been studying in the classroom. It is both fun and frustrating. In a nutshell, it is generally our lack of vocabulary coupled with pronunciation deficiencies which confuse all who are within earshot of our conversation. Very humbling indeed!

The trip from Puerto Viejo, back in February, turned out to be a fortuitous one. We met a traveller from Portugal, Pedro, who spoke highly of his experience volunteering on a finca. Now, 2 months later, we find ourselves at the very spot! Meals, prepared from food grown locally, (Who knew vegetarian could be so good?), as well as teaching the kids the value of hard manual labor were highlights. We had the opportunity to practice our language skill while working alongside locals who made their living tending to livestock, managing gardens and compost, all in a symbiotic manner. To get the scoop on where we were and what we did, we encourage you to check out their website at www.la-flor.org/

Some of our final memories of CR are undoubtedly being spent in areas that will keep us smiling. The car alarms, loud buses and smells of the city are being replaced by rides across the country on those loud buses, howler monkeys and ultimately pounding surf along the country’s beautiful pacific coast. After 12 hours of buses, taxis and a ferry ride we find ourselves in the town of Santa Teresa. The combination of our improved language skills as well as some sense of familiarity with the transportation system allows the marathon to flow smoothly.

We can’t help to reflect on the past 4 months and what has happened to us as the Tichi family. We have survived moving to a foreign country, taken on different roles in our day to day and reduced our living expenses by more than 80%. Shortly we will be moving into a situation that will be like no other.

Our upcoming move to Roatan will not only give us new physical surroundings, it will bring a greater amount of responsibility. Your gifts of encouragement have done wonders for us. Once in Honduras, we will begin tapping into your financial gifts as well. The gift of money is something that can make a person feel a little awkward. We have had time to think and pray about what it means to live and work from these gifts.

Our faith to “take the plunge” is reinforced by the fact that each of you has the faith that we will use the resources given to us in an appropriate manner. Talk about a big responsibility! Take a second and think about a life where not only strangers, but your friends support you, financially and spiritually! Are we at all capable of such a task without being guided by deep thoughts,meditation and prayer?

In Isaiah 26:3, we have the promise that God “will keep in perfect peace” those “whose thoughts are fixed on (Him).” While focusing on oneself holds one captive to one’s own limited capacities, keeping one’s eyes turned toward God, gives the privilege of enjoying the unlimited power, unfailing love, and complete peace He offers. We will strive constantly to keep our eyes turned upward and show others the beauty we see.
May 8….. we arrive into Roatan. See you soon.

9 replies
  1. JOHN GARDELLA
    JOHN GARDELLA says:

    TONITE WE WILL BE TALKING ABOUT YOU AND PRAYING FOR YOU AT OUR TEAM MISSION STEWARDSHIP MTG

    WAS WONDERING IF YOU COULD SHARE WITH US HOW THE $ ARE COMING IN
    FROM OUR CHURCH AND WHAT YOUR GREATEST NEEDS ARE AT THE PRESENT TIME

    GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU
    LOVE YA
    JG

  2. Valerie and Bill Mangrum
    Valerie and Bill Mangrum says:

    You all are missed so much! But, the joy of seeing God work through your family is a blessing. Be strong and courageous – don’t be afraid of the doors that God will continue to open for you. Our prayers are with you as you continue to respond to God’s call on your lives.

  3. Cuntz Family
    Cuntz Family says:

    Sounds like you all have the inner-peace and strength that you need as you move on to Roatan ~ So proud of you and all that you’re doing! Loving thoughts are being sent to you. You’re such an inspiration to all of us. We love your updates and pray for goodness and smiles to be all around you 🙂 Love, Jen and family ~ DGO

  4. Postler, Bill & Jan
    Postler, Bill & Jan says:

    Mike & Kerry,
    We’re looking forward to hearing how the house hunt goes and to your first impressions of Roatan and the colonia. Put lots of pictures on the website. You are in our prayers.

  5. Theresa I
    Theresa I says:

    Hi Tichis! It’s hard to belive y’all are done with language school already!! I can hardly wait for Team Tichi to arrive in Roatan :). Henry has so many ideas and hopes for the folks there, it will be wonderful to see what you all accomplish together. Chris and I will be there with our team of 25 this summer. We can’t wait to see you guys again and hear more about your adventures in CR. See you soon! Love, Theresa

  6. Bill & Sheri
    Bill & Sheri says:

    Dear Mike, Kerry, Levi, Luke, & Lilly – gracias para su report bueno. We are humbled to be a part of your adventures and ministry in any way. You are true witnesses to what God can do. It is wonderful to read what you are up to and the blessings you receive. Perhaps you are telling us in part how simple life can be, especially with Christ at the head.

    We continue to pray for all of you: for safe travels, for new friends in Honduras, for peace in your new country, for technology that works, for success in all your endeavors. We miss all of you but know you are in the best of hands.

    LOVE & HUGS frm Durango! XOXOX Bill & Sheri

  7. Heather Tacheny
    Heather Tacheny says:

    Thanks for keeping us in the loop. We look forward to hearing more from you in Roatan!

    que Dios les bendiga mucho!!!

  8. Barbara and Jim Edmanson
    Barbara and Jim Edmanson says:

    Hi Tichi bunch,

    Let’s see – on May 8th we will be coming home from Santa Fe. Seems like such a selfish thing after reading your actions on May 8!

    May your efforts at your destination be fulfilling and fruitful for those you will be working with as well as for you.

    Our love and prayers,
    Barbara & Jim

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