TC Updates/Announcements- June 2016

Hey friends,
Life is good here at Tamarindo Church.  There  have been several exciting things that have happened over the past couple of months, so I’ll just jump right in with the latest.

Back in April, a few of us from Tamarindo Church were asked to lead a group of 10 students from  Costa Rica International Academy on a service trip to Nicaragua.  We brought the group to the same neighborhood that we usually serve in, Cristo Rey Tipitapa.  While there, we were able to build 3 homes, distribute clothes and food, and serve at the local feeding center.  One of the great “opportunities” of this trip was that the majority of kids going on the trip were either non-Christian or unchurched.  But they all knew this was a “church” trip, and so we were able to lead the group in scripture reflection, worship songs, and prayer.  And while serving alongside the churches in Cristo Rey, it was great to see the students being exposed not only to the realities of impoverished existence, but also to the culture of Christian faith, compassion, and service.  I truly believe that seeds were sown in their heart and that they will never forget.  I am also hopeful that those seeds will one day come to bear fruit in their lives in the form of faith in Christ.  Thank you to Mike Krepin and Megan Ward for serving as leaders on the Trip.  Also… Thank you Megan Ward for your faithfulness in serving our youth during your two years with Tamarindo Church.  Blessings to you and Scott in your marriage and life together!

As many of you know, our church is part of a fellowship of churches known as the International Baptist Convention (IBC).  Part of Tamarindo Church’s participation in the IBC is that we are part of a LEAD Team that  has a vision for seeing English speaking Churches planted in expat communities throughout Central and South America.  This year, as part of that effort, our team met in Rio, Brazil to perform a feasibility study for a church plant in Rio.  As a result of our study we came to the conclusion that Rio definitely has a substantial unreached, English speaking population, and the presence of an English Speaking church could have significant impact there.  We are excited to see what God might have in store for reaching and ministering to internationals Rio in the coming years.

Some of you may have noticed in our “prayer request” section of our update letters that we have been asking for prayer regarding our desire to purchase a property for our church.  Well… over the past seven months, we have been doing some behind the scenes fundraising, and we have raised the majority of the finances that we will need to purchase a lot AND build a church.  We have been blown away by the response and we are thankful to God and to donors who have been so generous toward this effort so far! There are more details to this news, but what I’d like to ask all of you for most at this point is prayer.  We currently have an offer on a property that we would like to purchase, but the offer is contingent because there is currently a lean on the property that needs to be resolved.  The owners are working to clear up the matter, and they believe it will be resolved by October of this year.  As we “wait and see” how thing unfold, we are also exploring other options for a church lot/location.  Please join us in prayer.  We pray that either the lot would be freed from the lien, or that while we are waiting… God would show us a different property where he might have us located.  And if you have any questions about how you might participate in seeing this vision come to happen, please feel free to contact me via email.


Thank you to those of you were praying for the Women’s Retreat this weekend.  Stacey just got back, and shared some encouraging stories of how God moved in the hearts of the ladies during their time there.  My reaction was, “wow… that’s powerful stuff”.  We thank God for allowing his Spirit to move among the women at the retreat… and we are thankful for their safe return home.
And lastly, thank you to all of you who pray, and give and serve in many different ways to support the life and ministry of Tamarindo Church.  We couldn’t do this without you.  Hope to see you next Sunday!
Lyle & Stacey
Here are some pics of time shared from the Women’s Retreat. 
Youth Group
Youth Group for students Grades 6-12
Being a young adult is not an easy road.  Life is hard, choices are many and challenging, and we want to create a space where teens and pre-teens can come together to encourage and support each other and where we can help point them to the true love of Jesus Christ.  Romans 8:38-39
We usually meet bi-weekly during the traditional north American school year to have fun, play games, eat food and grow together in our knowledge of Christ and his love for us.
Meetings in March will be:
(Please see the TC YOUTH Facebook Page
for information on this month’s meetings.)
For more information,
please contact Carolyn Herman
or stay tuned on the TC YOUTH Facebook Page. 
We have dinner together every Sunday that we meet – if you want to volunteer to make something one night, please let us know!
Skate Club- Wednesdays @ 4:30pm
Skate Club meets every Wednesday @ 4:30pm 
Kids 6-10yrs welcome.  Skate session is followed by a
group bible study with the kids.
Location: El Mutante Skate Park, Playa Negra
Cost: $4.00  Schedule:  Contact Mike & Keilyn Krepin to
confirm if they are meetiing. 2652-9270/
We will have extra skate boards, pads, and helmets… but if you have your own, please bring them.  We hope to see you there!
CANCELED June 21st through August 2nd
  • WHEN? Tuesdays@10am-11:30pm
  • WHERE? Meetings are at the Watson’s home.
  • For more info contact Stacey
  • or call 8706-7479
CANCELED June 21st through August 2nd
  • WHEN? Wednesdays @ 8:00am
  • WHERE? Come join us on Wednesdays 8AM at the French Bakery located across from the entrance to Best Western Vista Villas.  If you would like to come early and hang out over breakfast or coffee, several of us meet early at 7:30.
  • For more info contact pastor Lyle at or call 8868-0871
Did you know that Tamarindo Church has a page where you can share your prayer requests with us.  On this page you have the option to have us keep your requests confidential, or to have us invite others to be praying for you.
CLICK HERE to check out the new page and submit your prayer requests.
Tamarindo Church Prayer Reqeusts

Please continue to pray for……
that God would guide us in our vision and strategy for reaching and serving our community.

Thanks to God for raising up more people to lead and serve on our ministry teams.  Please pray that God would continue build a sense of unity and family  among our core church members.

Thank you Father for meeting our needs this year through pledges and regular supporters!

That God would create a spiritual hunger in our community, and that we would see many come to a saving faith in Jesus Christ.

We are VERY grateful for the donations that have been made so toward the property purchase and construction of a church and children’s ministry area.  Please continue in prayer with us:  1.  In thanks to God that he has given us an opportunity to secure a lot for a great price at a great location.  2. That the property would be freed from the lien against it.  3. If for some reason this is not the property God would have for us, that he would direct us to another property.  4.  God would continue to meet our financial needs for this project.

For spiritual wisdom and direction as we lead the church.
– For Stacey’s new job in real-estate… that she would find balance between family, ministry and work.

For meaningful times together and healthy balance between family and ministry.

Payer over our family and our Ministry Team