Greetings from Lancaster County!
First of all: If you use Facebook, please visit us at Shogrens in Costa Rica, and click to follow us for regular updates.
Karen writes: We are here in the US until sometime in May for a short home assignment. We have urgent and exciting projects awaiting us in Costa Rica, so we are in a bit more of a hurry than usual to raise the money we need to return: $1850 per month.
Visiting Calvary Protestant on Long Island
What does that mean?
Since we do not take a salary from any of the people we serve, our monthly living expenses all come from donations to our sending board, WorldVenture. We have to raise every penny for all of our expenses: salary, health insurance, Social Security contribution, ministry expenses, etc. Sometimes our donations come from churches, but number-wise, most of them come from individuals.
Would you consider becoming one of those individuals who supports us with a regular month gift? If 18 people would sign up to give $100 a month on our behalf, and one would sign up to give $50 a month, we would have reached our goal!
You would be a tangible part of Team Shogren, and we would be working side-by-side with you, serving our Lord in Costa Rica.
We would love to meet with you personally to share the vision with you! If you would like to share a cup of coffee with us at a shop near your home, please just email Karen to set it up: email@example.com
Blessings! Gary and Karen
Gary’s Blog This Month
Every time we are in the USA, we are reminded that everyone is busy, busy! But there is no excuse for not reading the Bible. Enjoy Gary’s short article, “No Time for Bible Reading?” It is located on openoureyeslord.com, just click here, “No Time for Bible Reading?”
- Karen is busy doing research and holding meetings to explore a new ministry
- Dr. Vikky Shogren has just graduated with her degree from Arcadia in physical therapy and passed her board exams!
Financial needs for 2018
You can give us a one-time gift or become a partner through our worldventure.com, click HERE.
Many blessings to you! Gary and Karen Shogren
Our main news is that we will be closing down this website and moving everything to a new Facebook page.
On Facebook, simply search for the name SHOGRENS IN COSTA RICA.
You can also receive our bimonthly newsletter, just send us a message and you will get the next one in February.
Many blessings! Gary
Let’s label this ministry as: “Hi homeless friend! Would you like some breakfast?”
On Saturday, I (Gary) go to the local grocer and buy a kilo of local farmer’s cheese and a couple of loaves of bread and big bottles of iced tea. Then I make up sandwiches for 20 or 25 people, gather paper cups, 2-3 New Testaments in a simplified version, maybe some clothes.
On the street around 7am, I leave the car in a parking lot and head out with a jammed-full backpack. I take safety precautions, but since I go out early, most of them are still docile after their Saturday night. The street people migrate from one spot to another, so they aren’t necessarily where I last left them. It takes a second for the brain to register, That pile of rags is a man; that cardboard box is someone’s house.
Homeless person in San José, archive photo
(NOTE: I used to take a few pictures with people, but now do not; I wonder whether I would be dehumanizing people more than necessary if I took “here- am-being-generous!” selfies)
Wherever I see a cluster of people I stop and ask, Would you like some breakfast? I used to ask, “Are you hungry?”, but I switched my phrasing Continue reading
A huge amount of Gary’s teaching and writing has to do with false doctrine. This is an important topic in the USA, but way more so in Latin America. Here is a short article on how the devil not only robs false teachers, but lures them into eternal loss as well.
Click here to read: “False Teachers: A Bad Road to a Bad End”
Gary in the Mideast!
I (Gary) just got back from a tour along with Oreland Presbyterian, in which we began at Cairo and traced the entire route of the Exodus, through the Sinai, into Jordan, before visiting the main sites in Israel. This was my first time to visit any of these three countries, and I have pictures and memories that will take me months to unravel.
At the site of the Temple of Jerusalem
If I had to condense the trip down to a few striking places:
The “Garden Tomb” – This site might be the tomb where they buried Jesus. But since the evidence for it is very slim, I didn’t think I would enjoy it much. Was I wrong! In fact, the site is owned and run by a group of British Christians Continue reading
My (Gary’s) Week as a Missionary
Class Prep! Monday I prepared for my two courses: Exegesis of Revelation (master’s level) and 1 Corinthians (bachelor’s level).
Revelation class! I began our weekly discussion with a question about the value of knowing the history of the seven churches of Asia, and also a point about the Greek of “thus says” in Rev 2:1.
Parenting! Sammy starts his new school year Monday – the school year is February-December – so I have been warming him up on Math Facts.
New Master’s Degree students! It’s my job to recruit and interview graduate students at ESEPA, and 2-3 new people contacted me this week.
US Politics! Well, no ideological details, but I was in touch with my senators Bob Casey and Pat Toomey this week. Thank the Lord I can write them instantly from here.
1 Corinthians class! From 8-11:15 on Wednesdays. We have about 20 students, a lively group. One assignment is that they do some sort of creative project, which they will then present to the class. One group is going to do a send-up on “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?”
1 Corinthians class
Administrative council meeting! Friday’s 2-hour meeting Continue reading