Archive | September, 2008

Keri bakes a cake

30 Sep

Keri has discovered the joy of creating beautiful baking products, in this case, a birthday cake for a friend.

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Anna enjoying the sunshine with her fierce guard dog

27 Sep

A year already…

26 Sep

As we sit to write this prayer letter, we remember God’s provision, protection and grace as we have served as missionaries in Costa Rica for one year. It has been a year of new experiences, cultural adaptation, new friendships, goodbyes, frustrations, joys and sorrows, and through it all God has been faithful. All of us have grown increasingly dependent on God and one another, and know that God is continuing to mold and shape us into the useful vessels He needs to accomplish His purposes here on earth. Our home is a sanctuary not only for our family, but for guests and language students new to Costa Rica.

We have learned more than some Spanish during this first year. Navigating city streets without names or numbers, weathering tropical downpours, avoiding huge potholes and other drivers have given new meaning to defensive driving and the necessity for insurance and patience.

Our outward appearance still reflects our North American upbringing but our hearts, minds, and tongues have been touched by the Tico culture in which we live. Living here still takes longer, but we enjoy simple pleasures that often go unnoticed in a fast-paced, hurried lifestyle. A shared cup of coffee, time with a neighbor, chatting with a storekeeper, impromptu invitations, and being in the moment are more commonplace. High food prices, the lack of American convenience foods and a limited budget have spurred creative approaches to mealtime— often inspired by Rachael Ray or a Dream Dinners cookbook, but with a few substitutions!

Missional Summit Day 2

17 Sep

Second of three long meeting days. Good but tiring.

Mission Summit

16 Sep

I’m in our Mission Summit in the Minneapolis area. I’ve had good opportunity to meet with our US based Latino brothers.

On my way to Minneapolis

15 Sep

Be sure to check out efcacrisisresonse.blogspot.com for the latest on Ike response. I just got a note that power came on at the place our team was going to spend the night fifteen minutes before they arrived. God is leading the way. Pray that this new mission field will yield eternal results.

I will be in Minneapolis this week for a missional summit and executive meetings.

Rainy season in Costa Rica

12 Sep

Rainy season in Costa Rica means sunny mornings, cloudy mid-days and rainy afternoons. So the creative younger Duggan kids take advantage of the time to get even more wet. Here Anna is demonstrating with her brother that a cardboard box does not hold up to an intense stream of water from a hose. So much for keeping the original packaging for my printer.

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