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I, Beth, will have my feet back in the States for a month to visit Churches, friends and families and to share what God is doing in Costa Rica.  It is exciting to tell others what we see happening here and share the love and blessings we feel by being part of Conexion, a great Ministry, Team and Family.

I will be in Las Vegas, Nevada from Sept 25-Oct 2; afterwards a quick visit in Dallas and College Station until Oct 7, then on towards Alabama for a couple weeks; until returning home, to Costa Rica on Oct 25.  I would love to stay longer, but the kids have their Prom on the 26th.  It is customary for the whole family to attend Prom.  There are no corsages to purchase and students dance with their parents, as everyone has dinner together.  I think I am more excited about this Prom than I was for mine in High School- no offense to my date, he was great, but I am really looking forward to sharing this experience with my family.  I am sure the boys aren't nearly as thrilled as Kirsten and I.  

Again, the dates are:

Sept 25- Oct 2 Las Vegas

Oct 2-Oct 7 Texas

Oct 7- Oct 25 Alabama (and surrounding area)

My calendar is filling, but not full yet.  If you or someone you know would be interested in sharing God's ministry, please send me an email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  

I will also have Costa Rican coffee for sale.  It is delicious and helps support Ministry work here.

 

 

One of my best buddies in Costa Rica was a missionary that had been serving for 10+'s years. I was amazed at her lack of computer skills, because she admitted that she only used her computer for emailing.  It was hard for me to fathom being out of the technology loop.  It's funny because she moved back to States last year and her first job was a secretary, using the computer for everything!

At the beginning of this year, Bryan and I attended a training that was very informative. However, in one of the lectures, I learned that we, the missionaries, are out of touch.   Technology has passed us by.  I couldn't believe that text and facebook are now considered old news.  Even twitter is being by-passed with faster apps.  I am not sure I can even speak the lingo.  (Do you still use the word lingo?)

In August, we had a group of High School Seniors from Texas.  They taught us  about YOLO and some other phrases that I already forgot.  I admit, I am a little worried for my children who will be attending college in the States next year.  They are going to have some MAJOR adjustments to make just to "fit in".

Then yesterday, I reread an article that The Mission Society printed in their quarterly magazine, Unfinished.  The magazine this time was focused on how to care for missionaries and one article basically says that missionaries don't know what they don't know.  They count on others to get them to speed with the changes and advances that are happening in the world.  

These articles were written by those who are or have lived the missionary life. These short articles are a great read and I beg and plea for you to read them and share them with your Church leaders, the Mission Director and Team leaders, the Congregation and friends. Missionaries, in general, only want to report the happy news and deal with life's difficulties alone.  Yes, of course, with God, but without someone else, who won't judge them.

Link to articles:   http://www.themissionsociety.org/issue-templ/unfinished-55

Here is one excerpt from the magazine, "Missionaries get tired. At times they grow discouraged or feel defeated. I’m convinced the enemy works overtime against them, with the result that they are sometimes wounded.

God never intended missionaries to be super heroes who somehow just manage to pull themselves up by their bootstraps. Can you imagine Jesus turning his back on someone when they were discouraged, defeated, or when they had fallen? Never!

Missionaries—people whose vocation is all about ministering to others—also need to be ministered to. That’s where you and I come in. We need to have skin in this game also, and one important way in which we can express that is through caring for the missionaries who we send.

One of The Mission Society’s core values reads, in part, “The Mission Society believes that people are of primary value. Because people matter to God, people matter to us.” Because that’s true, how is it expressed? What does really valuing people look like when it comes to caring for our missionaries?"

I don't know what God has in store for future jobs for Bryan and I, but I am confident that no matter what job title I hold, I will be working to care for those that serve Him. 

Be radical and feel God's blessings in your life!

This is the first time we have had to make a plea of this sort, however, with our current situation, it is called.

We have been with The Mission Society for 5 years and in Costa Rica four of those years. We have not had our furlough to visit Churches and individuals in the States.  This is due to the disruption it would cause our children, who are in school and the current ministries we work.

So, I am planning on coming back to the US sometime this year in order to allow others to hear first hand what impact support makes here.  We trust God to led us to people that can assist in this process.

If you or your church is willing to hear about God's ministry-- please contact me @ This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to schedule a time.  Also, if you feel led to financially support our family and the ministry in Costa Rica, please visit The Mission Society page at:   http://www.themissionsociety.org/connect/connectmissionaries/people/tatum  (We are account #355SUP.)

Most importantly, we ask for your prayers to continue God's work here.  Please pray for all the people we come in contact with weekly during our work, our Conexion Team members and of course, our children.

Feel and Be Blessed!

 

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