“Juan Santamaría (August 29, 1831 – April 12, 1856) was a drummer in the Costa Rican army, officially recognized as the national hero of his country. A national holiday in Costa Rica, Juan Santamaría Day, is held every April 11 to commemorate his death.
Santamaría was born in the city of Alajuela When U.S. filibuster William Walker overthrew the government of Nicaragua in 1856 and attempted to conquer the other nations in Central America, including Costa Rica, in order to form a private slave-holding empire, Costa Rican president Juan Rafael Mora Porras called upon the general population to take up arms and march north to Nicaragua to fight against the foreign invader. This started the Filibuster War. Santamaría, a poor laborer and the illegitimate son of a single mother joined the army as a drummer boy. The troops nicknamed him “el erizo” (“the sea urchin”) on account of his spiked hair.
After routing a small contingent of Walker’s soldiers at Santa Rosa, Guanacaste, the Costa Rican troops continued marching north and reached the city of Rivas, Nicaragua, on April 8, 1856. The battle that ensued is known as the Second Battle of Rivas. Combat was fierce and the Costa Ricans were not able to drive Walker’s men out of a hostel near the town center from which they commanded an advantageous firing position.
According to the traditional account, on April 11, Salvadoran General José María Cañas suggested that one of the soldiers advance towards the hostel with a torch and set it on fire. Some soldiers tried and failed, but finally Santamaría volunteered on the condition that, in the event of his death, someone would look after his mother. He then advanced and was mortally wounded by enemy fire. Before expiring he succeeded, however, in setting fire to the hostel, thus contributing decisively to the Costa Rican victory at Rivas.”
Santamaría was 15 years old at the time. His day is celebrated with groups of people marching through the streets with torches.
It is a blessing to hear a friendly voice or read a warm greeting in a foreign land. One simple way that you can support your missionary is through communicating with them regularly. Click play on the podcast below to find out how.
Who is the foundation of the Church? Does it matter? Well yes it does! Click play below and find out why!
“Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.” Isa. 28:16.
“For who is God save the LORD? or who is a rock save our God?” Psa. 18:31.
“For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.” 1 Cor. 3:11.
“And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord.” Eph. 2:20-21.
In the last text we see that the apostles were foundation stones. If we were required to interpret the “rock” in Matt. 16:18 as applying to Peter, there is yet nothing in such an application of the text that conflicts with the scriptures. The apostles all being foundations, of course Peter was one of them. Jesus would not have singled Peter out here because he had any pre-eminence over the rest, but because in conversing with him, his name, Cephas (a stone), called out the assertion. For evidence that all twelve were foundations, see Rev. 21:14.
Yet, Christ is the all-underlying foundation. The apostles, being first chosen and inspired to give us the New Testament, were foundation stones occupying a connecting position between Christ, the Rock, and the rest of the building. Christ is then the only Rock. “Other foundation can no man lay.” Only one structure can stand on one foundation. Christ built His church on Himself. All later organizations are without Christ as their foundation, and must perish.
We love mangos! This simple mango ceviche recipe has brought us a fair amount of joy. Seven out of seven Downings from youngest to oldest love this ceviche. To hear the recipe click the play button below.
1 tsp sugar
1/4 cup ketchup
Juice of a dozen limes
1-2 hot peppers (red chilies, serranos or habaneros), seeded and sliced finely
Small red onion, sliced very finely
½ cup water
four sprigs of chopped cilantro
2 tbs sunflower oil
1 tbs salt
4 ripe firm mangoes
3 ripe juicy (soft) mangoes
First. Peel and dice the firm mangoes
Then. Soak the mangoes with ½ of the lime juice, ketchup, sugar and hot pepper slices for two of hours.
Then. Pickle the onions by soaking them in warm water and 1 tbs of salt for 10 minutes, rinse and drain.
Then. Mix the sliced onions and remaining lime juice, let marinate for two hours.
Then. Remove the pulp from the three soft mangoes and blend with ½ cup of cold water to make a puree.
Then. Add the sunflower oil to the marinated onions.
Then. Combine the diced mangoes, the mango puree, ½ of the pickled onions and the chopped cilantro in a large bowl. Stir well and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Then. Serve with the remaining pickled onions on the side or a spoonful on top of each individual bowl.
Lack of world vision in any Christian produces a “pea-sized Christianity.”
Followers of Christ are commissioned into His ongoing mission. Jesus came to seek and save the lost, we are called to seek the lost and introduce them to the One who will save them. This divine mission doesn’t end at the edge of our personal relationships. This mission extends past those places in which we are comfortable. The mission even takes us through territory that makes us very uncomfortable. Christ’s mission even includes far away people with different cultures.
You and I know the Truth and have been set free because of it. It would be cruel not to passionately and personally ensure that the salvation message is heard in all spheres of witness.
May we be the generation that embraces the importance of Christ’s ongoing mission. May our hearts ache with the weight of our commission.
On our fundraising journey in the beginning of our mission path we came across this sign in New Mexico. Esperanza was so happy to get her a photo with it. In hindsight she might of just been happy to get out of the car!
During a recent worship experience in Quito a father lead his children to the front of the sanctuary to testify about how God had changed his life through the Church. After sharing a passionate story of loss and redemption with the congregation this father lead his children in a song to honor our Heavenly Father and edify the church.
The actions of this good Father were stirring. He reminded us of the importance of a father who authentically leads his family. This good father did not try to hide the way he was pre-Christ, he did not revel in his past but for him it was important for his kids to hear about his touring point.
The song this beautiful family sang was a joyful praise to the God that saved them!
Then Esther sent this reply to Mordecai: “Go, assemble all the Jews who are found in Susa and fast in my behalf. Don’t eat and don’t drink for three days, night or day. My female attendants and I will also fast in the same way. Afterward I will go to the king, even though it violates the law. If I perish, I perish!”
Esther had a very important mission so she asked for God’s people to fast on her behalf. Every Christian has has a very important mission, the great commission! The importance of our commission demands serious fasting and prayer.
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