I went outside yesterday morning and snapped a few pictures of some Oropendulas that we have in our neighborhood. These are loud, but fascinating birds with some pretty cool nests.
We have been thoroughly enjoying our Semana Santa (Holy Week) here. This has been an awesome time for our family to get away and enjoy God's creation here in Costa Rica. Here are a few pictures I have taken of some animals we have seen recently (including some this week).
We appreciate your prayers over the past couple of months as the kids have been adjusting to a new school. They are doing great! Could you pray for a couple of meetings this week? This afternoon our cross-cultural missions department at ESEPA will be discussing who will become the new department head, as our previous … Continue reading Prayer Points for the Burch Family – March, 2009
We have a new addition to the Burch family. Besides the 3 turtles, 2 hamsters and 1 fish we have a new puppy. This is a first for us. She is a mixed breed (called "zaguate" here in CR). We named her Bella. The kids are having a blast with her and she is the … Continue reading Family Update
Many of you have heard by now that a 6.2 earthquake struck Costa Rica on January 8th. Our family was togther having a late lunch when it occurred. I told the kids to duck for cover under our table as Christina and I prepared to do so ourselves. Then the quake stopped. Being from California, … Continue reading Costa Rican Earthquake
As we approach 2009, we are mindful of the challenges ahead for our world and many of our friends and family. The economic situation has been quite challenging to many friends and supporters. ESEPA has also been struck with its difficulties as foundations and supporters have communicated their lack of funding for 2009. Despite all … Continue reading Ministerial Goals for 2009
Interesting article on military abolition in Costa Rica (see below). While there is still a way to go in forming a country of peace, the article rightly points out that Costa Rica is moving towards creating a culture of peace. Perhaps the bigger piece that is missing is the idea of bibilical shalom, which takes … Continue reading Costa Rica Celebrating 60 Years of Military Abolition
Tyler's art was recently featured at an art show here in San José. We went downtown to the Costa Rican American Cultural Center where those who were up for awards were invited. It was a big deal. There were probably 25 private schools represented. Tyler didn't win, but still, just getting invited to the show … Continue reading Tyler’s Art
This is a school worth checking out if you want to be trained in ministry to children at risk. I and others involved in the CAR movement will be teaching in it. Looks to be very promising! Children at Risk School Introducing... For the first time in Central America, University of the Nation's "Children at … Continue reading YWAM CAR school
Recently Christina and I were returning from a date (actually, we were celebrating our anniversary) when we stumbled upon a catholic pilgrimage. As we headed back home via our normal route we were greeted by THOUSANDS of people walking our way on the main highway. There were literally thousands of people on the highway making … Continue reading “La Negrita”