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Stay up-to-date with our family as we joyfully walk the road into foreign missions. Our monthly newsletter is a great way to keep informed on the work we are doing and see the latest craziness of our family. Click on the picture to see the full letter. You can also subscribe to receive the newsletter through the CONTACT tab.

 

Big Announcement

Please take a minute to read about some big changes coming for our family. Thank you for your continuous prayers and support.


September 2019

September was another great month for the centers. So many births, new clients, ultrasounds and some fun updates from some of our partners here! As most of you know each center is a ministry of a local church or a mission base here in Costa Rica. We love this model because it gives the community an opportunity to take ownership and to serve their neighbors well.


August 2019

August...we've been waiting for you! What a month!! So many exciting things happening here in the centers. Several more births, graduations, ultrasounds, etc. The Centro Prenatal family just keeps growing. We were invited to share about the pregnancy center ministry with the Pastor and leadership team at the church we've been attending, and they are seriously considering opening a center!


July 2019

July is one of our slower months with the centers, because of the schools being on vacations. The centers typically close down for a couple weeks, because the volunteers and clients have their children home. Also, it serves as a little break for our volunteers.


June 2019

June brought us back to Costa Rica at full speed. After a few weeks in the states, we came back with a ton of donations from our home church and with our intern, Kate. She served with us for 3 weeks and helped us with the kids, the centers and everything in between. It was nice to have an extra set of hands in the house!


May 2019

With the another center opening up and our current centers growing we were running low on donations, our trip to the states was timed perfectly to bring back 8 suitcases FULL with clothes, diapers, wipes and all things related to baby. A HUGE thanks to the Church at South Lake for collecting so many things for all the mamas here.


April 2019

April was FILLED with births! Oh my! We had so many precious babies delivered this month. Especially in Jaco! As we've mentioned before, Jaco is our busiest center. They serve about 60ish women a month AND they still have a long list of women wanting to get in the program.


March 2019

We helped coordinate a team from the states that came specifically to love on the women in pregnancy care ministry. They put on a total of three conferences, two in Jaco and one in San Jose. It was filled with encouraging messages, crafts, ultrasounds, and first aid training. Over 70 women were able to participate in the conferences.


February 2019

February has been full of new and exciting things. Already we have seen the benefit of being in a more central location. We have been able to connect with the three directors of the San Jose centers. From just being present at the opening of a new location, to offering a CPR training course, and being available to just meet and have coffee with a director to plan how we can unite and join efforts to further our reach to the women in all the centers.


January 2019

WOW! It's crazy to believe that 2018 has come and gone, and we are already a month into 2019! December was full from the beginning to end with all kinds of activities.


November

The new Jaco center is so beautiful. We could not be more thankful to Horizon Church for donating this space for the ministry. Brandon has put many hours into building the shelves and listening to my thousands of requests (or demands.) Super thankful for his handiness this month!


October 2018

October was filled from start to finish with a lot of work, visitors, and starting the process of moving the Jaco center. Horizon church has graciously included Centro Prenatal in their new church building.


September 2018

September marked our ONE Year anniversary here in Costa Rica. There aren't enough words to describe what this year was like for us. We've had our highest highs and our lowest lows and everything in between.


August 2018

August was such a great and busy month for us. At the beginning of the month, the Jaco Center had 24 women on the waiting list. We were able to get our newest volunteers plugged in and now Jaco is open FIVE days a week. We now have seven counselors and four secretaries. The growth is unbelievable.


July 2018

July was definitely a different, but fun month for us! The schools have their "winter" break and therefore the centers are closed during this time. So we started off the month by spending the first 3 weeks in a small town called Tuis, where we studied Spanish at Christian Immersion Spanish Academy (CISA).


June 2018

feel like I say this every month, but wow June went by fast.  If I'm being honest, I was dreading June for many reasons. With it came the end of our string of visitors, that's been happening since mid April.  And also it meant saying goodbye to a dear friend.


May 2018

This past month has brought some challenges and difficulties to our life here. In perspective to some of the realities we see each week, we can't say we are suffering but it has definitely opened our eyes to the struggles of living overseas and away from our support system. The centers are growing, there are many needs to be met, Brandon is in seminary and a lot of times the kids get our leftovers.


April 2018

honestly feel like we just blinked and April is already over.  It is crazy how fast this season is going.  Pregnancy Center ministry is growing and the needs are rising.  We are working on getting more counselors/volunteers trained and into the Jaco center as soon as possible.  We have at least 14 girls on the waiting list!


March 2018

March madness on the mission field was crazy busy AND exciting.  We had a little taste of everything this month, organizing all of our donations that we brought back from the states, cleaning up at the Tarcoles center, holding lots of babies, hosting our first team and everything that goes along with it including unpacking 16 bags of supplies, Bibles and vitamins...all for the centers!


February 2018

While we were in the states for most of the month, the centers were still active and our job took on a different role.  We were on a mission to collect as many baby supplies as possible, as well as bringing back Jesus Storybook Bibles and Devotionals for our mamas and babies.


January 2018

How is January already over?  At times it has felt like it would never end, but somewhere all of the sudden things started getting crazy!  The centers finally started opening up in the middle of the month and we have been busy ever since.


December 2017

This past year has been one of struggles and growth, ups and downs, sad goodbye's and warm hello's. We are excited about what God will be doing in 2018 and thank you so much for your love and support of our family. We pray that God will bless you and your family this coming year with more of himself.


November 2017

Our mission related life is ever-changing.  We should clarify that no two weeks are the same.  Our role is different each day.  This past month we helped organize the Tarcoles Center, delivered some more supplies that were donated to the Playa Azul families, and made the drive up to the Upala Center.


October 2017

We started October off celebrating my birthday and we ended it celebrating Brandon's.  It was strange to celebrate away from our family and friends, but we both ended up having great days. While it was different, it was just another thing we are adjusting to.  Our first year away from what we've always known is hard, but that doesn't mean it's not good.  


September 2017

This month has been one for the books.  It was the most bittersweet, busy, hectic, overwhelming month yet.  Our God has shown up daily for us and continues to do so.  I can confidently say, we would not have survived this month and quite possibly would be dying to go back to the states if it weren’t for God.


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August 2017

We started October off celebrating my birthday and we ended it celebrating Brandon's.  It was strange to celebrate away from our family and friends, but we both ended up having great days. While it was different, it was just another thing we are adjusting to.  Our first year away from what we've always known is hard, but that doesn't mean it's not good.  


August 2017

The last month state side is really hitting us emotionally and physically.  Luckily for us, at the beginning of the month we got to move the “house” out to Fort Wilderness.  It was a fun week, filled with lots of pool time.  The kids had a blast and it was a great way to celebrate the end of the camper era. The rest of the month would be an emotional rollercoaster, so we are super thankful for this time to relax and recharge heading into our big move.


July 2017

The month of July has been filled with many different activities both for enjoyment and necessity. We spent a handful of days shuffling everyone through doctor and dentist visits in preparation for the move. The kids were able to do a local VBS and Jennifer and I were able to go and do some things with friends like swim across a lake (Lucky's Lake Swim), spend the day at the beach and have dinner with a few different couples. Relationships are what we will miss the most as we relocate to Costa Rica. Ironically it is these supportive relationships that have encouraged us to pursue faithfully the call God has placed on our hearts.


June 2017

The June trip to Costa Rica was again successful but different than the other ones so far. One of my closest friends was able to join me on my trip and was able to see first hand the work God is doing through the ministry of Centro Prenatal. The month was also filled with family adventures and stage performances. 


May 2017
 

At the beginning of May, the Beautiful Feet International board named Jennifer and I the official country directors of Centro Prenatal Costa Rica. We are so excited about serving in this role and can't wait till we are in the country full time and serving hand in hand with our amazing volunteers.

 


April 2017

At the beginning of each month, the financial obligations to keep the pregnancy centers up and running must be handled. As country directors, this will be one of our primary responsibilities once we are in country full-time and also requires us to take monthly trips to handle the bills and supplies that needed to keep the ministry up and running.


March 2017

The month of March was crazy packed with stuff for our family and it began with another training trip to Costa Rica for Jenn and I. This trip we had the privilege of riding around with Kathleen's husband Kris, who we have now come to know as one of the funniest people we have ever met. It was another fast paced trip.


February 2017

The road to Costa Rica is bumpy. I am not just talking about the actual roads in Costa Rica which are rough but the journey we are on to move our family from here to there. The stresses and pressures of it all can be overwhelming at times. While we are so thankful for this opportunity, the added stress has had a tendency to blind us from some important priorities.....like our MARRIAGE!


January 2017

With the coming of the New Year, the realization of what lies ahead is beginning to set in. Towards the end of last year we began to feel trapped in a holding pattern it seemed. Don't get me wrong, we were able to solidify some important things and get clarity on our time of relocation but the best way I could describe it is that we were getting stir-crazy! The road to our move has many obstacles that need to be overcome but the timing seemed too far out. Now that we are in the same calendar year as our goal moving date, we feel free to begin taking the big steps needed to get the ball rolling.


December 2016

This has definitely been a year to remember for the Minnick family. Coming into 2016, we had felt God's call on our hearts to step out of our comfort zones and pursue His call for our lives no matter what...little did we know then that we would be swept up into His story of hope and redemption for the women and families in Costa Rica. As most of you know, we really had no idea what we were being pulled towards and now looking back over the months of 2016 we can see God's mighty hand moving in ways that strengthen our faith and make us joyful for the days to come.


November 2016

The month of November was a breath of fresh air...literally, the air outside was so refreshing. I love this time of year and all the great memories it brings to mind. Beyond just the weather, we were completely refreshed regarding our move into foreign missions, when we took the trip to Costa Rica early this month. 


October 2016

This past month has been a roller-coaster of sorts for our family. As mentioned in the last newsletter, we have been hosting an 8 year old girl since Labor Day with the plan of reunifying her with her family on October 3rd. The week before that date we were told that the mother was requesting more time before reunification and we were asked if we could continue hosting until October 22nd. Although we felt like we were running on fumes, we agreed to the extension. The next couple weeks challenged us, but in the hard moments God would always faithfully show up through a song, or a fun moment, or a smile, or a friend stepping in to help.


September 2016

You can thank us later for getting the song stuck in your head. This past month we made our big announcement and are trying to get all of our ducks in row for starting our official fundraising.  We cannot thank those that have already given enough.  It is very humbling to ask people to support us financially, and we are blown away by what we’ve already been able to raise just by announcing on social media.  Some of our funds came from close friends and some from strangers.  CRAZY! Thank you for taking part in our story and helping join in what God is doing in Costa Rica.