MIRACLES OF LOVE SCHOOL
CARIARI UPDATE, 2016
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”Isaiah 55:8-9
In our ongoing mission to Costa Rica, I have discovered the truth of God’s words in yet another way. A few years ago, God connected us with a group of mothers who had been abandoned by their government, sequestered to a remote region of Costa Rica, left with housing, but no school system for their special needs children. Many of the mothers had been abandoned by their husbands. The only recourse they had for education was to wake up at 2am, get their child ready for school, walk 1 mile to a bus stop, then take 2 buses and a cab to get to school on time (a 5-hour trip).
Some 600 families and their children needed a miracle. Immediately, my team got to work with the intent of building a special needs school for them. Our partners provided the funds to create a video to share their story, formulate a foundation in Costa Rica, a conduct multiple ministry trips for those mothers and their children, while meeting regularly with local pastors and educators.
What God did for those children was so beyond what I could comprehend or think! Our local Costa Rican representative and close friend, Pastor Jaime Rojas, was able to set up meetings and connections and eventually got our video into the hands of the Vice President of Costa Rica, who began to get the wheels turning for a special needs school in the same location. She immediately added special needs classrooms on the existing schools for the school-aged children—right in their hometown! And, she approved the building of a $1 Million+ area-wide school, with state-of-the-art equipment, for ALL special needs people, including infants and adults!
This is a huge miracle. We have a relationship with those families that will never be broken, always being able to minister to their lives, and they have a premium school on the way, because of the agreement and giving of our Power Partners and our amazing Costa Rican team.
CARIARI, COSTA RICA
Befitting the call on Schambach Foundation, God supernaturally connected us with a group of families who are desperate for help. Some 450+ families relocated to take advantage of government housing. Shortly after they moved in, the neighborhood school disappeared. The only school available to the children was over 70 kilometers away and would require the mothers, many of them single, to travel by 3 buses and a taxi, one way, for some 3 1/2 hours. The ride is so taxing and expensive, most families cannot afford to go more than 1 time a week.
Just at the time when the committee was forming to do whatever possible to build a school, God brought us onto the scene. We knew it was our role to raise awareness of this need and do our best to help raise the funds to do it. In August of 2014, Donna Schambach, the team and the committee from Cariari, laid the first stone on the property donated by the government. Once the ground was dedicated to the Lord, and the name of the school proclaimed Schambach Milagros De Amor School (Schambach Miracles of Love School), Schambach Foundation opened a local office and Phase I of securing the start-up costs for the school began. We know God is raising up individuals to stand beside us who will donate generously to help us take care of these 450+ families and their severely handicapped children.
Not only do we want to help raise funds and awareness for building the school, we want to be able to bring teams of missionaries with us on People Trips (People Enriching Other People)! This would be our opportunity to invite you to come and pick up a hammer and help with the construction, help out with instruction in a classroom or a therapy session, participate in special events for the school or just love on the kids and their families. Please let us know if you are interested in these future life-changing trips to bless this community.