Hey, birdy birdy, want some corn?
Hey, birdy birdy, want some corn?
Posted by Rex and Missy McDowell at 10:39 PM
Early yesterday afternoon Missy and I were in our apartment when we started hearing a lot of sirens close to our house. We did not find out until today that yesterday a policeman was shot about six blocks from our house. Evidently there have been two guys riding around our area on a motorcycle and robbing people. Yesterday they had robbed a vendor, and the vendor called 911 as soon as they had left. Two cops on a motorcycle received the call and came across the suspects. The cops gave chase, and the guys on the motorcycle pulled over. A twenty-four year old policeman started walking up to the guys on the bike, and one of them pulled out a 12 gauge shotgun and shot the cop point blank three times. The thieves got away, although the other police did shoot at them.
This police station is just two blocks from our house, and we have felt pretty safe because of the police presence (even though we have to call a completely different police station who will then radio this station in case of an emergency, since this station has no telephone). I talked with one of the officers today, and he said that our neighborhood is becoming more dangerous because a lot of Columbians and and Nicaraguans are moving into the area. He also told me that the policeman who was shot lost one of his lungs and is in critical condition. According to this article in a local newspaper, the suspects have been identified and the authorities are looking for them.
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Posted by Rex and Missy McDowell at 11:55 PM
This was our first full week of classes, and we are starting to get into the swing of things with language school. Classes begin at 7:30 and we get out at 1:00; there is a chapel break in the middle of the day. Devin has adjusted very well to his day care. It is so nice having him right there in the same location while we are studying.
After seven years of faithful service here in Costa Rica, Br. and Sis. Orozco returned to Guatemala at the beginning of the week. They were wonderful people whom God really used with the work here. Missy and I were privileged to attend a farewell party held in their honor. I was going to post pictures, but as I was trying to upload them, my computer completely erased all of our pictures (from before Christmas until now) off of our memory card. Unfortunately I had not copied any of them onto our computer yet, so they are a complete loss. Technology is nice, but sometimes it makes you want to cry.
We would appreciate your continued prayers for are safety. The crime rate here is continuing to climb, and we Americans are prime targets. Although murders or kidnappings are not all that common, armed robberies take place frequently. Already a couple of our classmates were held up at gunpoint in broad daylight.
Posted by Rex and Missy McDowell at 11:23 AM
Have you ever been standing on a chair trying to reach something on a high shelf when a 6.2 magnitude earthquake hits? If not, you should come down to Costa Rica, because that happened to me yesterday. This is a country known for its earthquakes, but we have been told that yesterday's quake was the strongest one this area has experienced in 150 years, with the epicenter being someplace around 50 miles from us. You probably can't imagine how scary it is to stand and literally watch your house walls rocking back and forth for 40 seconds. Thankfully no one in our immediate area was killed or hurt, but as I write the death toll is at 15 and there is a lot of structural damage in many areas of the country. We are praising the Lord for safety, but praying for those families who suffered loss.
Posted by Rex and Missy McDowell at 5:58 PM
Lunch Break on Saturday
Just be thankful YOU didn't have to clean up the mess.
Wendy, welcome to God's family!
Jesus Loves the Little Children
Posted by Rex and Missy McDowell at 9:32 PM
Thank the Lord, we made it to Costa Rica safely. After a trip that started out from home at 12:15 A.M., we and our 16 pieces of luggage (not counting our carry-ons) made it to our apartment around 3:30 in the afternoon, Dec. 30. However, when we finally made it to our new home, it was not quite what we expected. It was definitely livable, but we decided to look around a little just to see if we could happen to find anything that we liked better for less rent. That was a tall order for the spur of the moment, but to make a long story short, God worked out a lot of details in a very short time. There was another missionary family coming in on Jan. 1 who needed a place to stay, and they were very grateful to get our first apartment, and we found a smaller one that we liked better and was a little cheaper. The only problem was, we had already started unpacking, so we had to repack and move all of our stuff to our new apartment about five blocks away.
Posted by Rex and Missy McDowell at 2:43 PM