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Why Are Missionaries So Expensive?

Reach Global has just published a great article that explains line by line missionary costs. Enjoy! Click HERE

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April 2014 Update

We still need to raise $973 per month, which will bring us to 100% in all areas: living expenses, work expenses, and remaining debt to the mission. We still have a special gift from Cuba that will go to the person who puts us over the top!
Interested donors can contact WorldVenture by clicking www.worldventure.com and looking up our name. Click MAKE A COMMITMENT for a regular donation or GIVE NOW for a one-time donation to our Ministry Account.

Prayer Needs:
1. For Sammy, especially his education
2. For Gary as he balances teaching, writing a Spanish-language commentary on Romans, and serving as academic dean.
3. For Karen as she balances teaching Sammy, ESEPA work, and moving her
mom.

Blessings! Gary and Karen

 

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Update from Karen

We are working through some major family issues. The most worrisome is that Sammy is having trouble in school, due to behavioral issues that can probably be traced to his early environment. Local public schools lack the supervision and education quality we need, and Costa Rica isn’t very open to homeschooling. We are further pressured by limited resources and time to implement a decision. Please pray for God’s wisdom, strength, and provision.
Then there is my mom’s health. Thelma broke her knee about 2 months ago, and she came to Costa Rica for a month with us during her recovery. Continue reading

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December 4 update – on the verge of returning to Costa Rica!

Dear friends, As of six weeks ago, we needed to raise $1400 per month before we could return to Costa Rica.

As of today we need to raise only $828/mo!

Thanks to our new donors: Bill and Karen, Brandie, the Johnsons!

Gary is going to Costa Rica for graduation, and Karen will follow; she is spending a couple of weeks with her mother, who is recuperating from a hospital stay.

If you were ever considering donating to our work, this is the key moment to do so, so that we will go at 100% supported!

And again, whoever puts us over the top will receive a special gift from Cuba!

Interested donors can contact WorldVenture by clicking HERE

Blessings! Gary and Karen

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October 16 update

Dear readers, many blessings!

It’s only October, but, may we ask for an early Christmas gift?

As our readers know, we lost a great deal of support in the latter months of 2012. So that we could survive on the field, WorldVenture kept paying our salary.

Now we need to raise some thousands of dollars in order to settle accounts with our mission agency, and we want to quickly clear it up.

Every year, churches give us Christmas gifts. Whether you are a supporting church or not, would you consider a special donation of $500 or $1000?

The simplest route is to send a check to WorldVenture, 1501 W. Mineral Ave., Littleton CO 80120, and state that it is for “Gary Shogren 1269 Receivable-2012 Under Support”.

General Fundraising Update

We need to raise $1080 more of monthly support before we can officially return to Costa Rica. There are several churches with which we are in contact, and some individuals, so that figure will probably go down over the next few weeks. Nevertheless we want to push hard to return to our field in 2013.

Please pray about how you can stand behind us and our ministries in Central America.

Interested donors can contact WorldVenture by clicking HERE

En Cristo, Gary and Karen Shogren

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Gary’s teaching this month

Gary continues some thoughts on what it means to thank the Lord in concrete terms. He wants it to be personal, not just a check. He wants to do something more grateful than just “Liking” God on Facebook. Click to read!

http://openoureyeslord.com/2013/05/14/how-do-you-pick-out-a-thank-you-gift-for-someone-who-has-everything/

And an earlier post on a similar topic:

http://openoureyeslord.com/2010/04/17/bring-him-the-sacrifice-of-paint/

Blessings this month!

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Professor Shogren’s Chowder Recipe

100_0825As a native Rhode Islander, I would go with my father at low tide to dig clams and “quahogs”. The next day we’d have a clambake. Here is the version of chowder that my kids have voted as the best and doesn’t require you to wade into the tidal muck.

 Ingredients
6 slices bacon, minced
1/2 cup diced onion
3 cups chicken broth
3 cups clam juice (bottled) Continue reading

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