Saturday, June 14, 2014

A Year Has Come and Gone....

A year ago, 
I boarded a plane with 3 bags, a carry-on and one personal item. I said good-bye to my family, friends, Church, Fresno, Untied States and entered a new country that would become my new home. I traveled for 14 hours that day. And through out the day, I talked to God. I asked Him with every plane that I boarded (3 that day) if this is what He really wanted me to do. And every time He gave me His peace. I cried a little because I knew it would be months before I would see family or friends. Also because I was afraid of the unknown, but through it all, I still felt God telling me to trust Him. 
I did and I still do.

It is hard to believe that I have been in Costa Rica now for a year.
The time has gone by so fast. There are days when it seems as though I have only been here for a few months, and then there are days where it seems I have been here for several years, BUT through it all God has been faithful!

It has been a year of so many different emotions. I have felt times of joy, peace, frustration, sadness, pain and love. I have learned how to drive a stick in a country were driving laws are only suggestions. I recapture my love for photography, learned that I am more of an introvert then what I thought. I am more persister then harmonizer, and I miss Mexican food.

I also realize that I am a different person now, how could I not be. My heart hurts for the needy. Not just here but for those in the world. I have less grace with Americans that come and think they can fix everything or that are suck in their American mentality or are not willing to try to understand this culture. I get more upset when people assume that I gave up on the idea of marriage because how could God ever bring someone into my life while I am in Costa Rica (He can).  I have learn to depend on God in a new way.

But the thing that has really been humbling to me, is that I couldn't be here without your support. I have felt all your prayers when I have been sick, missing home or just having a bad day. Your financial support is what has made it possible for me to be here. Through your cards, FB encouragements and packages, I have felt your love!

So now what?? Well I have committed to be here another 2 years, Lord willing. We (SICR) have started our busy season two weeks ago, SUMMER SEASON! What does that mean? It means that we have teams coming every 2 weeks till the beginning of August. I am excited about it because we have 2 teams from The Well coming! :) Visiting Fresno soon??? As of right now, my next visit will be next April. My parents are planning on coming to Costa Rica for Christmas this year :)

Again, thank you all for an unforgettable year!
I am excited for what God has in store for this next year!

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Wanna make a donation?? 
There are two ways that you can donate::
1.You can do by mailing a check to:
Students International
PO Box 2733
Visalia, CA 93279-2733
Account:: Rosa Torres (on the memo)  
2. You can donate online for a ONE TIME gift. 
3. If you are wanting to be a monthly sponsor you can email me at and I will send you the correct forms. Or you can send in a check with a note that you would like to to donate monthly and SI staff will send you the correct paper work.  

Wanna Send a letter or care package?? 
Rose Torres
C/O Jeff Dixon
Apartado 946-2400
Desamparados, Costa Rica
America Central

1 comment:

  1. :) I'm so glad you are here! And, yeah, a year has gone by SO fast!