A thrill of hope

Hola familia y amigos !  We want this update to be about people!  We’re so grateful to have had the chance to get to know and invest in others while learning Spanish here in Costa Rica this year.  It’s wonderful to think that with some stumbling, we’re now able to build relationships in Spanish! (It’s ugly at times, but it’s happening)

Before a few photos of our new friends, I want to share two quotes that have given me pause recently.  I hope they have the same effect on you.

  • Greg Boyle said in his commencement speech for Notre Dame earlier this year “The measure of our compassion lies not in our service to those on the margins, but only in our willingness to see ourselves in kinship with them".  Kinship means to be related to (either by family or nature, qualities, etc.).  I’ve been reminded again this year that our purpose is not just to love and serve others, but also to do so from a position of humility and solidarity.  We are all in need of the same grace, the same living water that God freely offers to all.
  • Along those lines, my dad recently reminded me of a quote that a guy named Jeremiah said a couple thousand years ago “seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper”.  To me this is another example of the inverted economy of God.  God petitions us to love our captors, love our enemies, love and seek good for the people around us who are different from us.  We’ve had and will have more opportunities to put this into action in the Dominican Republic !

Two items of business before the pictures:

  1. We will be in Warsaw, IN - wahoo ! We’re speaking at the WCC Missions Night on Thursday the 14th at 7pm and would love to see you.
  2. We made a 2-minute video with more pictures for you visual people. Here’s the link: https://youtu.be/KIJwRevAVnA

“A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices” Wishing you a warm and hopeful Merry Christmas.

With Love,

The Porters

Esteban and I working on an orthopaedic engineering project.  He won the national competition !!


No surprise ! Erin found a way to teach an exercise class, learn Spanish, and build relationships with Ticas at the same time.

Our street ministry friends.  Bad picture, sorry.  It's dark and we don't bring our good cameras...

Erin's beloved friend, Elieth

Three guys from my Bible study who have taught me Spanish as much as anyone !  It was 65°F cold outside !

check-out this 2.0 minute video with more recent pictures.

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