God is Moving

 

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Nathan Dodge Assistant Director, Wylde Life Sanctuary of Costa Rica

The above picture is with “Generation DNA” the local group of young people who I am blessed to assist and partner with in outreaches. They are among the first to receive ministry as we progress in establishing the Wylde Life Sanctuary of Costa Rica.

 

 

“To Reach and Disciple the Young of the Nations to Reach and Disciple the Nations”

Answers to Prayer

Praise God! He is moving us forward in several areas of Developing the Wylde Life Sanctuary of Costa Rica. The three weeks since I returned have been a running start.

The first thing that struck me upon returning was the growth in the youth. After being away for three months, interceding and communicating from a distance, what a blessing to return and see an increase in fruit! There has been an expanding of the heart of worship; the group as a whole is engaging in deepening, sincere worship. There are new young people coming, being invited into God’s presence. There is never a shortage of people struggling needing prayer and truth in Love. One young man we have been praying for in particular, who had walked away from God, has come back. It is amazing how the heart is seen through the eyes; the light has returned to his eyes as He is trusting himself to God again!

Another prayer answered; I have house to rent now. The living situation has been more or less camping for the last two years. This will allow for an office, two guest rooms, meeting and secure storage. It’s only a ten minute drive from the Wylde Life Sanctuary, in La Gloria so I am in community with all the young people and their families. Thank you, Jesus!

Progress

My primary project, remodeling the cabin, is now ready for funding. The cabin I lived in on the Wylde Life Sanctuary served well as a camp; now we are doing needed repair and remodel. Proposed is replacing the deteriorating wood roof structure with metal, installing a ceiling, finishing walls, adding windows and doors. In essence I am making it a weatherproof, secure, simple living structure on a $3,000 projected budget. This will allow me to live safely on the ministry property, have gatherings during rainy season and host teams. This week I begin fundraising for this project.

We are holding a youth conference at the Wylde Life Sanctuary January 19-21, 2017. This includes youth from several churches around Costa Rica for worship, intercession, teaching and fellowship. I have a growing expectation as I see the destiny of Costa Rica being shaped in this generation. This a major step forward in the ministry vision of establishing the Wylde Life Sanctuary to reach and disciple the youth of the nations unto Christ so they can in turn disciple the nations.

I thank God as I am making progress in construction and development, studies for ministry and Spanish language, ministry and building of relationship and understanding culture.

How you can be involved and help

  • Please cover me in prayer as lead by the Spirit! The warfare is not all personal but much is resistance of the enemy against me as I represent a significant establishing of God’s kingdom in Costa Rica. Pray that I grow in maturity in Christ as a true bondservant for His purposes, for my health and over the nation and people who are seeking after Him.
  • Financial support: I am living less than $500 per month. I would like to be at $1,000 per month for living and ministry expenses.
  • Consider visiting Costa Rica: contact me if you are interested in coming be a part of what God is doing here for any length of time.

God bless you and thank you for your prayer and support!

How to donate

Credit/Debit: visit costarica.eaglemissions.org/nathan-dodge and designate “Nathan Dodge Costa Rica.”

Check: make checks to “Morning Star Missions” with “Nathan Dodge Costa Rica” in the memo. Mail to:

CMM

PO Box 7705

Charlotte, NC 28241

 

Contact

nathanoutthere@gmail.com

 

 

Reflections of the Heart

Praise God I am in Costa Rica and God is doing great things! I will say more soon; first are some reflections of the heart.

It has been a long time since I have written. Being honest I wanted to and even began a few times but came short of what to say. As we all ought to be, I am in process of maturing in my relationship with God and I don’t always like how that process feels; though at times the feeling is unpleasant, the process and no doubt God is good. I have always spoken from the heart so when my heart does not know what to say I tend to be silent for a time… here’s to maturing in Christ and learning to share the unpleasant part of process which leads to eternal riches and true beauty!

These things I would like to share as I believe many of you have, are or will be here in some way as you walk with God. May you be encouraged and journey deeper into the living heart of God!

[Rom 5:3-5 NKJV] And not only [that], but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

As I recently read this passage I realized it allowed me to express and understand one of my struggles… I have been afraid I will not be able to persevere on to character or as NASB says, “proven character.” Of course God is able to do anything in me but I was asking, “Will I really be strong enough?” Serving in Costa Rica has required more of me than I am. One day I would say, “Thank you, Jesus, as you are using me for great things; I am humbled.” Another day I would say, “O, God, help! I am overwhelmed!”

I have actually been afraid of being good enough for God, to be entrusted with His plan for me and so also afraid of committing my full self, of persevering!

[2Co 5:17 NKJV] Therefore, if anyone [is] in Christ, [he is] a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

[Eph 2:6 NKJV] and raised [us] up together, and made [us] sit together in the heavenly [places] in Christ Jesus,

The truth is my old ways that I am afraid of, the lies the enemy designed to cause me to separate myself from God are dead. We are new persons in Christ, just as Jesus when on earth as our example, we are perfect as to His nature in us yet we are in the process of maturing. God is teaching us how to live from the perspective of the Father’s heart, as seated with Christ in heavenly places, in the world but not of it.

I leave you with this:

[Gal 6:8-9 NKJV] For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.

Pressing Onward Into His Heart

Hola!

I am back in Costa Rica at the Wylde Life Sanctuary after a refreshing and fruitful break back in the States. My director Cliff is here with me this time and though it’s been less than two weeks much is happening, praise God.

We had the pleasure of hosting a young man for a week who both Cliff and I have known for some time. He was here to see what we are doing and consider before the Lord is if he is supposed to come work with us long-term. It was awesome watching connect with the local people and getting to know him better. Whether God leads him to work here or not it was significant sharing the experience with him as I learned a few things to improve my hosting abilities as well as to better discern the intentions of the heart. As we move forward we are trusting God will bring the right people to grow our ministry team.

Just this last Tuesday Cliff and I had a meeting with Concrepal, a local company providing pre-fabricated concrete home supplies. We believe we are nearing the breakthrough in provision to build housing for students and staff as well as ministry and training facilities. The meeting was a great success; the beginning of a business relationship that marks a big step forward in the vision. Two representatives have already come to visit the Wylde Life Sanctuary property to assess access for supplies. I will working with them on conceptual drawing and plans in the near future. Now trusting God for further financial breakthrough!

Last weekend we had the young adult and youth group from La Gloria, our local town, for teaching, worship and whatever God might do. We received some great teaching from Cliff and though worship was a little strained it prepared the way for the “whatever God might do” part. We finished the meeting or so it seemed and were enjoying fellowship when one of the guys gathered the group and began pressing into God again. Another one then asked if Cliff would pray for him; he know God was deepening him as a worship leader and wanted prayer for that. The Holy Spirit released something powerful in him in that moment. Several other asked for prayer; the personal ministry was awesome. As the Spirit lead we were able to speak prophetically to some, release inner healing to another and pray into many things. Giving a safe place for the young who are after God’s heart and to disciple them into maturity is the main purpose of the ministry here and this is only the beginning. Sharing life with and ministering to them brings me the greatest joy!

God is doing awesome things in these days and the contrast of God’s people and the world is increasing, as we all know. Praise God for his Word and Spirit in us giving us eyes to see from his perspective, the Father’s heart to respond from and the strength to obey! We are learning how to be salt to the earth, His truth spoken in His love to all.

Thank you all who support me in prayer and finances!

God bless you,

Nathan

Praising God!

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Contemplating God's purposes as a new day dawns... glorious!

I recently put out a special request for supporting funds to cover my upcoming trip to Haiti. In a week more than $500 has come, more than my budget called for, allowing me the joy of having resources for extra projects and outreach!

My trip is April 12 to 22. I appreciate your prayer for safe travels and for God’s plans and purpose to realized and accomplished.

Costa Rica 1 April 2016 (no foolin’)

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God has a purpose and a plan for the children of the nations; they are a highlight everywhere I go in ministry! …wild sometimes too!

Hola!

I am blessed to be writing y’all again. God is doing wonderful things here, your prayer and support are bearing fruit!

Recently I had the pleasure of joining a team from Montana here on a medical mission. We were serving communities up North where the population of illegal immigrants is high and poverty is common. These are people who need help the most and usually get none. Praise God, in five days we saw more than 500 people come for the medical clinics, 20 or so people accept Jesus and several were miraculously healed! I did more driving, cooking and interceding… God is good! And well done Mountain Family Fellowship team!

My director Cliff has just arrived for a few weeks. It is encouraging o have him here with me. We are going to be visiting pastors, meeting with the young people and working on details to continue developing the WyldeLife Sanctuary property. We are believing God to forward on building a house we live in during the rainy season.

The young people are hungry for more of God and lately are stirring more than usual to reach out. God is doing something powerful in them so I expectant that He is preparing to release something in them soon. Community and discipleing are becoming some of my favorite aspects of ministry. These people are precious, hungry and destined for God purposes!

Finally I am also going to Haiti! April 12-22 I am traveling to visit Elaine and her ministry “Lespri Haiti Mission” (you look her up on Facebook.) I have to leave Costa Rica to get a new passport stamp so why not visit a friend and serve in Haiti for few days. Elaine has seven adopted Haitian children, a community school and a powerful street ministry going on. I will joining in street ministry, Bible teaching for the kids and building furniture for the school.

My financial situation is making room for plenty of faith at the moment. My income to get me through April is about $180. I need minimum $500 to cover living and ground transportation in Haiti; I would like to have more to bless Elaine. I can get by for the rest of the month for CR living expenses but it’s tight as you can imagine. Praise God I have found a good deal on a motorcycle and I do have to money saved for that.

Recap: Primary need is $500 for Haiti.

You can send me support at http://costarica.eaglemissions.org/nathan-dodge/

Please pray for the people of Costa Rica; God has a purpose them. Pray for me as I develop relationships. Pray for me in the process of receiving the Father’s heart towards this people and nation, for wisdom and depth in the Spirit.

I am thankful for each of you! God bless!

Nathan