January 2023 Prayer Letter

January 2023 Prayer Letter

Dear Beloved Brethren and Co-Laborers,

As always, we cannot over state this, we thank and we will keep on thanking our Eternal God, Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for sending us on this glorious mission. It is truly a joy as we do His will even in difficult times.We pray that His Holy Spirit will keep on guiding us in the right path of righteousness, to be obedient and faithful until the end, no matter what.  We understand that we are living in difficult times and we do immensely thank you for your support, prayers and we praise the Lord for your faithfulness.

PRAYERS

1. Our health in order to continue and work in His vineyard. I am still having the procedure of hydrotherapy made of my stomach every Wednesday until February 1, 2023. Also for my wife, she is still coughing ever since we got back to Costa Rica from the States and losing a lot of weight. We went to a private clinic to get a second opinion and all the test are being made. We are waiting for the results.

2. Place for the ministry – Praise the Lord after relentlessly looking for a place for the ministry after three years, with pandemic or not, we have finally found a place to rent. We believe that God sent us there because there are no fundamental, independent Baptist Churches in the whole area, we will be the first one. It will be for a one year contract then renewable at the discretion of the owner. We are looking at formally starting in March or April because we have a lot preparation to do. We are signing the contract by faith by paying $2,000.00 ($1,000.00 for a deposit and $1,000.00 for the first month rent); above that we are going to need another $2,500.00 to $3,000.00 to purchase 50 chairs, 3 tables, electronic, etc., and get a simple pulpit built because it will be more economical. We are trusting in the Lord for His provision. We pray that God’s people will be sensitive to the Holy Spirit by helping and supporting us in order to prepare for the coming services. Enclosed you will find pictures with a Pdf format of the space below. Besides these expenses, we have to pay per month about $100.00 for Internet/TV, $75.00 per month for Electricity then another $10.00 per month for water. So we are looking at about $1,185.00 dollars per month for everything.

Property Rental for Church in Santa Ana, Rio Oro – First Floor looking at Entrance
Second Floor – Office/Future Sunday School for kids
Parking Lot Area
Front Entrance
From Parking Lot looking at Main Street
Looking at Space from Parking Lot – Two Stories
Main Street Looking Left
Main Street Looking Right

Once we start, we will be sending updated pictures of our progress. Also, we cannot put up a sign yet until the Church is registered as an Association with the City; and for us to do that, we have to have ten members which includes me as the pastor/president, a vice-president, my wife as the secretary, a treasurer and six more members in order to form the Association.

Continue praying with us as we are still looking at properties where we can have a church building of our own, this is truly our deepest desire according to the Lord’s will.  Continue praying for Pastor Roberto, a national pastor who is helping us finding that place and we are also helping him in his church in the mountains of San Jose, Escazú in the meantime. The Lord has the perfect place according to His will.

Another option that we are looking at is to purchase land, it may be the best way because the Municipality has updated their codes regarding existing properties for churches, we have to have adequate parking and that is very difficult in the city. We saw a property about 30 minutes from where we live in Ciudad Colon – Mora of about 3,000 m2 (square meters) which was approved by the City for a church property according to my research. According to my calculation and preliminary site design, we will have enough space for a sanctuary that will hold about 100 people, lobby with adequate bathrooms, classrooms for all ages, multipurpose room with kitchen, storage rooms and adequate parking and also an area for the Baptist College and Theological Seminary; that will be the first that I am aware of in Costa Rica. There are many Bible Institutes. Brethren, this is our vision according to the Lord’s will.

In regard to that property, the owner is asking about $400,000.00 which is about $133.00 dollars per square meter which is about right because all properties now go for about $90.00 to $150.00 per square meter; and it is more, much more in the city ($150.00 and up per square meter) and on top of that we have to demolish buildings and build which makes it more expensive.  See below for pictures of the property and a short video. In the long run, it will be much better for us to build versus renting because the rent will keep going up; it will be like throwing money down the drain.

If the Lord lays on your heart to be part of that vision, all money shall be deposited in the Building Fund/Property with Macedonia World Baptist Mission (MWBM).

Another thing worth noting, in that particular area, there no fundamental, independent Baptist churches. Lord willing we will be the first one.

Aerial View of Site
Aerial View of Site with approximate Size
Site Looking South East
Site Looking South
Site Looking South
Looking North West
Looking North
Looking North West
Looking North
Street – From South East Corner of Site Looking East
Street – From South East Corner of Site Looking West
Street – From South East Corner of Site Looking North
From Center of Site Looking South

Help us pray for at least 70 churches or more and individuals to help us accomplish this vision, it will be truly a blessing to make this vision a reality and for God’s glory. I will be doing all the preliminary designs (civil, architectural, structural), then a local architect and engineer will be doing the construction documents; by me doing all the preliminary designs it will save a lot of money.

3. Pandemic – Apparently there is a new wave of COVID – 19 sweeping the country. We are back to restrictions; for us it is on Mondays, we can’t go out, due to our license plate.

Support Level        

Praise the Lord, our support has gone up to 83%. We are praying and trusting in the Lord that it will go up this year; with God everything is possible.  By faith we are going to start. We have been patiently waiting on Him and it is hard to do sometime knowing without a doubt that our will is synchronized with His will.

Safety with Travels

Safety as we are back in Costa Rica. Protection on the road as we traveled to churches, especially in the mountains.

Schedule of Meetings

We had a meeting in Liberia, Guanacaste at the first Baptist church of Liberia on January 29, 2023, that is the pastor that wrote for us the invitation to come to Costa Rica as a Missionaries; it is about 4 ½ hours away from where we live. It was a blessing!

Softness of Attitude   

To stay close to God and focus on Him and the mission that is set before us, not on our circumstances because it very easy to get discourage at times and Satan, as always, wants to put his nose in God’s business.

PRAISES

  1. Praise the Lord for His continued protection and provision as we serve Him.

2. Praise the Lord, we have received our new temporary residence for the next two years until January 10, 2025. We had to pay $196.00 dollars for the renewal and another $102.00 dollars to the lawyer who had to Apostilled the new letter of invitation that the pastor in Guanacaste wrote for us to Immigration. According to Immigration, we can start applying for a permanent residency after January 2025. If we are granted one, it will be much easier for us to get things done and having other benefits such as: e telephone plan for our cellular phones because at the moment we have to have a prepaid service each time when we use it and when we go out.

3. Praise the Lord for Pastor Roberto of Bible Baptist Church of Escazú for his continued help. He is the one calling all the people in regards to finding a place for us, the reason for that is, when I call they will notice that I am not from Costa Rica and they will take advantage as the Ticos do with all foreigners.  VERY SAD!

4. Praise the Lord for the place that we have found in order to start the ministry.

5. Praise the Lord for the meeting we had in Liberia, Guanacaste at the First Baptist Church of Liberia. I had the privilege to preach there. Also, while we there, we have distributed more booklets of the book that I have written. It was truly a blessing to see the people of the congregation asking for one.

My Beloved Brethren, we are extremely excited to see what God is going to do with us and the people of Costa Rica.

Beloved Brethren, may the Love of the Almighty God, the grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you All. Amen!    

Brother Jean-Claude & Sister Matilde Guilbaud

Reach the World, Reach for Christ; Under His Wings Reaching the World for His Glory!

December 2022 – Prayer Letter

December 2022 Prayer Letter

Dear Beloved Brethren and Co-Laborers,

We trust that you all had a blessed Christmas and we pray that the New Year 2023 will bring health, happiness and prosperity (3 John 2).

We want to thank every one of you for the generous Christmas gift we have received, it was truly an unexpected blessing. May the Lord bless you all in a special and mighty way and that these gifts be multiplied.   

As always, we cannot over state this, we thank and we will keep on thanking our Eternal God, Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for sending us on this glorious mission. It is truly a joy as we do His will even in difficult times.We pray that His Holy Spirit will keep on guiding us in the right path of righteousness, to be obedient and faithful until the end, no matter what.  We understand that we are living in difficult times and we do immensely thank you for your support, prayers and we praise the Lord for your faithfulness.

Now that we are back on the mission field since December 8, please pray and continue praying for the following prayer request:

PRAYERS

1. Continue praying as we have started to renew our residency for the next two years, we have until March 23, 2023 to gather and submit all information to Immigration. We are going to schedule an appointment the second week of January since all government office are closed for vacations.

2. Thanks to a church for their gracious financial gift that we have been able to print more booklets of the book that I have written; it has been an answer to prayers. We have printed about 160 booklets and given out already 60 of them (English) during our stay in the states, the other 100 are in Spanish which are being given out in Costa Rica.  

3. Our health in order to continue and work in His vineyard. We had to postpone and rescheduled some of our medical test because we arrived in Costa Rica sick with a bad cold and we still have it. Also, I will have a hydrotherapy procedure made of my stomach starting Wednesday the 11 of January 2023 for the next 4 Wednesdays ending on February 1, 2023.

4. Place for the ministry – Continue praying with us as we are still looking at properties where we can have a church building of our own, this is truly our deepest desire according to the Lord’s will.  Continue praying for Pastor Roberto, a national pastor who is helping us finding a place and we are also helping him in his church in the mountains of San Jose, Escazú in the meantime. The Lord has the place for us as we patiently wait.    

Support Level        

      Our support has gone up to 81%. We are praying and trusting in the Lord that it will still go up this year, with Him everything is possible.  We are very eager to start, and have been, but the Lord knows what He is doing. We are patiently waiting on Him and it is hard to do sometime knowing without a doubt that our will is synchronized with His will.

Safety with Travels

Safety as we are back in Costa Rica. Protection on the road as we traveled to churches, especially in the mountains.

Schedule of Meetings

We were blessed in the States with many meetings in South Carolina, Georgia and some in Virginia.

Softness of Attitude   

To stay close to God and focus on Him and the mission that is set before us, not on our circumstances because it very easy to get discourage at times and Satan, as always, wants to put his nose in God’s business.

PRAISES

  1. Praise the Lord for His continued protection and provision as we serve Him.
  2. Praise the Lord for the booklet that I have written, it is a great blessing to many. That booklet is an excellent tool for evangelizing, not just to edify the body of Christ but also to evangelize to the lost world.
  3. Praise the Lord for the fellowship we have had with all the Brethren in the churches we have visited in Georgia, South Carolina and Virginia since October 18 until December 7; truly, it has been a blessing to see all the brethren and we were extremely blessed more than we could ever imagine.
  4. Praise the Lord for Pastor Roberto of Bible Baptist Church of Escazú as he is helping us start the ministry in Santa Ana.
  5. Praise the Lord for the wonderful New Year’s Eve service we had at Bible Baptist Church of Concepcion in Alajuelita, Pastor Carlos Leiton. I had the privilege as the guest speaker to preach at their Mission Conference few months ago.

Beloved Brethren, may the Love of the Almighty God, the grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you All. Amen!    

Brother Jean-Claude & Sister Matilde Guilbaud

Reach the World, Reach for Christ; Under His Wings Reaching the World for His Glory!

November 2022 – Prayer Letter

November 2022 Prayer Letter

Dear Beloved Brethren and Co-Laborers,

As always, we cannot over state this, we thank and we will keep on thanking our Eternal God, Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for sending us on this glorious mission. It is truly a joy as we do His will even in difficult times.We pray that His Holy Spirit will keep on guiding us in the right path of righteousness, to be obedient and faithful until the end, no matter what.  We understand that we are living in difficult times and we do immensely thank you for your support, prayers and we praise the Lord for your faithfulness.

As we are in the States until December 7, please pray and continue praying for the following prayer request:

PRAYERS

  1. Continue praying as we have started to renew our residency for the next two years, we have until March 23, 2023 to gather and submit all information to Immigration.

2 .Thanks to a church for their gracious financial gift that we have been able to print more booklets of the book that I have written. We have printed about 160 booklets and given out already 60 of them (English) during our stay in the states, the other 100 are in Spanish which will be given out in Costa Rica.  Praise the Lord, this booklet has been a great blessing to many.That booklet is an excellent tool for evangelizing, not just to edify the body of Christ but also to evangelize to the lost world.

3. Our health in order to continue and work in His vineyard. We have some tests to be performed when go back to Costa Rica on the 19th of December.

4. Place for the ministry –Continue praying with us as we are still looking at properties where we can have a church building of our own, this is truly our deepest desire according to the Lord’s will.  Continue praying for Pastor Roberto, a national pastor who is helping us finding a place.   The Lord has the place for us as we patiently wait.  We are expecting some good news as we go back.  

Support Level        

 Our support is still the same at 78%. We are praying and trusting in the Lord that it will go up by the time we start the church. We are very eager to start, and have been, but the Lord knows what He is doing. We are patiently waiting on Him and it is hard to do sometime especially when we know beyond a doubt that our will is synchronized with the will of God.   

Safety with Travels

Safety as we go back to Costa Rica on December 7, 2022. Protection on the road as we traveled in Virginia.

Schedule of Meetings

We are still in the States until December 7, 2022 with meetings in VA,

Softness of Attitude   

To stay close to God and focus on Him and the mission that is set before us, not on our circumstances because it very easy to get discourage at times and Satan, as always, wants to put his nose in God’s business.

PRAISES

  1. Praise the Lord for His continued protection and provision as we serve Him.
  2. Praise the Lord for the fellowship we have had with all the Brethren in the churches we have visited in Georgia, South Carolina and Virginia; truly, it has been a blessing to see all the brethren and we were extremely blessed more than we could ever imagine.

Beloved Brethren, may the Love of the Almighty God, the grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you All. Amen!    

Brother Jean-Claude & Sister Matilde Guilbaud

Reach the World, Reach for Christ; Under His Wings Reaching the World for His Glory!

October 2022 – Prayer Letter

October 2022 Prayer Letter

Dear Beloved Brethren and Co-Laborers,

As always, we cannot over state this, we thank and we will keep on thanking our Eternal God, Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for sending us on this glorious mission. It is truly a joy as we do His will even in difficult times.We pray that His Holy Spirit will keep on guiding us in the right path of righteousness, to be obedient and faithful until the end, no matter what.  We understand that we are living in difficult times and we do immensely thank you for your support, prayers and we praise the Lord for your faithfulness.

As we are in the States until December 7, please pray and continue praying for the following prayer request:

PRAYERS

  1. Continue praying as we have started to renew our residency for the next two years, we have until March 23, 2023 to gather and submit all information to Immigration.

2. Thanks to a church for their gracious financial gift that we have been able to print more booklets of the book that I have written. Praise the Lord, this booklet has been a great blessing to many.That booklet is an excellent tool for evangelizing, not just to edify the body of Christ but also to evangelize to the lost world.

3. Our health in order to continue and work in His vineyard.

4. Place for the ministry – Continue praying with us as we are still looking at properties where we can have a church building of our own, this is truly our deepest desire according to the Lord’s will.  Pray for Pastor Roberto, a national pastor who is helping us finding a place.   Regarding the last property, we have spoken with the owners, they did not accept our offer. The Lord has the place for us as we patiently wait.   

Support Level        

      Our support is still the same at 78%. We are praying and trusting in the Lord that it will go up soon; even though we are very eager to start, and have been, but the Lord knows what He is doing. We are patiently waiting on Him and it is hard to do sometime.  

Safety with Travels

Protection on the road and the COVID – 19 situations here in the States and Costa Rica.

Schedule of Meetings

We are in the States until December 7, 2022 with meetings in VA, SC and GA.

Softness of Attitude   

To stay close to God and focus on Him and the mission that is set before us, not on our circumstances because it very easy to get discourage at times and Satan, as always, wants to put his nose in God’s business.

PRAISES

  1. Praise the Lord for His continued protection and provision as we serve Him.
  2. Praise the Lord for fellowship we have had with all the Brethren in the churches we have visited so far in Georgia and South Carolina; it has been a blessing.

Beloved Brethren, may the Love of the Almighty God, the grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you All. Amen!    

Brother Jean-Claude & Sister Matilde Guilbaud

Reach the World, Reach for Christ; Under His Wings Reaching the World for His Glory!

September 2022 – Prayer Letter

September 2022 Prayer Letter

Dear Beloved Brethren and Co-Laborers,

As always, we cannot over state this, we thank and we will keep on thanking our Eternal God, Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for sending us on this glorious mission. It is truly a joy as we do His will even in difficult times.We pray that His Holy Spirit will keep on guiding us in the right path of righteousness, to be obedient and faithful until the end, no matter what.  We understand that we are living in difficult times and we do immensely thank you for your support, prayers and we praise the Lord for your faithfulness.

As we press on, please pray and continue to pray for the following prayer request:

PRAYERS

1. Continue praying as we are starting to renew our residency for the next two years, we have until March 23, 2023 to gather and submit all information to Immigration.

2. We ran out of the booklet (Spanish version) that I wrote and titled Focusing and Trusting in GOD in the midst of Difficulties & Storms. We will be printing, soon, a revised copy so we can keep distributing them in Costa Rica. Praise the Lord, this booklet has been a great blessing to many.That booklet is an excellent tool for evangelizing, not just to edify the body of Christ but also to evangelize to the lost world.

3. Our health in order to continue and work in His vineyard. Continue praying for my wife regarding the toe she broke on her right foot. We saw the doctor and according to him she is making good progress and she should be fine for our coming trip to the States.  

4. Place for the ministry – Continue praying with us as we have started to congregate in that new church in Santa Ana as the Lord guides and His will. But in the meantime, we are still looking at properties where we can have a church building of our own, this is truly our deepest desire according to the Lord’s will.        

5. Special prayer request – (1) We are going to meet with the owner of a potential property for our church building in Rio Oro, Santa Ana. The property possibly could be subdivided in parcels of land, but we need to speak with the owner to see if that is possible. The property us about 464.23 square meters (4,996.93 sq. feet) with an existing building on it. See the enclosed Pdf file below for picture of aerial view of the property and pictures of property.

Looking East at another property
Looking West at Entrance to property
Looking South East
Looking at existing building – South West
Looking at property – South West
Looking South East
Looking South
Covered Building – Looking West
Looking South West
Looking West
Covered Area looking East
Covered area looking North
Looking at Entrance – West

Covered area looking South East
Toilet areas
Around the property
Around the property
Around the property
Around the property

As you can see in the pictures, there are no walls in that existing building, only a roof; this is something that needs to be done (for security reason), also finish the interior according to the code and get a permit from the Ministry of Health. Also we need to make sure that it is zone for a church building with the Municipality of Santa Ana and If it is, then we can approach the owner to come to some kind of agreement on how to get all this done.   

(2) As we mentioned in our last prayer letter, In order to have a sign up for the church, we must have the church registered; and for us to register the church and form an Association, we must have a minimum of ten members, the pastor and pastor’s wife can be members; in the meantime we keep plugging along and once we have enough people (with membership) we can file for an Association and start a formal and organized church.  

Support Level        

      Our support has dropped to 78%. We are praying and trusting in the Lord that it will go up soon; even though we are very eager to start, and have been, but the Lord knows what He is doing. We are patiently waiting on Him and it is hard to do sometime.  

Safety with Travels

Protection on the road and the COVID – 19 situations which still lingers here in Costa Rica, but has diminished substantially. Pray for our safety because we go places sometimes to spread the word that are very dangerous and we can get robbed and even be killed because it has happened before to other people.  

Schedule of Meetings

We are planning to be in the States from October 18 through December 7, 2022. We have a busy agenda, not full, we will be mostly be in SC, GA and a couple of churches in VA.

Softness of Attitude   

To stay close to God and focus on Him and the mission that is set before us, not on our circumstances because it very easy to get discourage at times and Satan, as always, wants to put his nose in God.

PRAISES

  1. Praise the Lord for His continued protection and provision as we serve Him.
  2. Praise the Lord for the Ladies and Men’s Conference we had on September 23, 24 & 25 at Bible Baptist Church of Calle Blancos & Concepcion, Alajuelita. Pictures and videos were posted on our Facebook page.
  3. Praise the Lord for the Sendas Antiguas Conference we had at Bible Baptist Church Concepción, Alajuelita, Pastor Carlos Leitón, from September 19 through 22. Pictures and videos were posted on our Facebook page.

Beloved Brethren, may the Love of the Almighty God, the grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you All. Amen!    

Brother Jean-Claude & Sister Matilde Guilbaud

Reach the World, Reach for Christ; Under His Wings Reaching the World for His Glory!

August 2022 – Prayer Letter

August 2022 – Prayer Letter

Dear Beloved Brethren and Co-Laborers,

As always, we cannot over state this, we thank and we will keep on thanking our Eternal God, Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for sending us on this glorious mission. It is truly a joy as we do His will even in difficult times.We pray that His Holy Spirit will keep on guiding us in the right path of righteousness, to be obedient and faithful until the end, no matter what.  We understand that we are living in difficult times and we do immensely thank you for your support, prayers and we praise the Lord for your faithfulness.

We want to start with a word of praise. This has been an answer to much prayer as we waited on the LORD patiently (Psalm 27:14 – “Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thy heart: wait, I say on the LORD.”)  The Lord knows our hearts and desires, He also knows our loyalty and faithfulness in the midst of difficulties.  The Lord has provided for us a place to meet in the existing church building that we mentioned in our last prayer letter which is in our district Santa Ana. We won’t have to drive one hour or more, each way (Sunday AM/PM & Wednesday PM), to the other Church in San Jose, Calle Blancos. The Lord knew of our needs when it came to the gasoline price which keeps going up (1,078 colon/liter now – $6.68/gal).  Our services will be on Sunday afternoon and Bible Study on Wednesday evening.  Before we can start our services formally, the pastor wants his congregation to get to know us, so we will be serving in that Church (Missionary Baptist Church Christ Lives) as well. Praise the LORD for His goodness, mercy and grace!

Apparently some churches and pastors are not receiving our monthly prayer letter. In the past we were having problems with Mailchimp, perhaps that was the reason why. I have checked and re-subscribed all churches on Mailchimp and as well on our website. When you read this letter, can you please send me an email confirming that you are receiving it or not; I will very much appreciate it. If not, please send me your latest email.          

As we press on, please pray and continue praying for the following prayer request:

PRAYERS

  1.  Pray as we are starting to renew our residency for the next two years, we have until March 23, 2023 to gather and submit all information to Immigration.

2. Continue praying for the project that I have been working on, Outlines and Commentaries in Spanish for all the Books of the Bible. As we are studying the book of James in our Bible study, I am revising the previous Commentary as I am teaching it. I have put on hold the 1st Epistle of John and the book of Judges.  We ran out of the booklet (Spanish version) that I wrote and titled Focusing and Trusting in GOD in the midst of Difficulties & Storms. We will be printing, soon, a revised copy so we can keep distributing them in Costa Rica. Praise the Lord, this booklet has been a great blessing to many. That booklet is an excellent tool for evangelizing, not just to edify the body of Christ but also to evangelize to the lost world.

3. Our health in order to continue and work in His vineyard. Pray for my wife as she broke one of her toes in her right foot while helping the pastor’s wife at the new church preparing and decorating the sanctuary for Mother’s Day which was August 14th in Costa Rica. According to the doctor she cannot put any pressure on that foot for one month before she goes back for a check- up.

4. Place for the ministry – Continue praying with us as we have started to congregate in that new church in Santa Ana before we formally start our services.        

5. Special prayer request – (1) In order to have a sign up for the church, we must have the church registered; and for us to register the church and form an Association, we must have a minimum of ten members, the pastor and pastor’s wife can be members; in the meantime we can have bible studies, once we have enough people (with membership) we can file for an Association and start a formal and organized church.  They complicate matters here in Costa Rica for everything and in everything (especially to strangers). We want to do things correctly and have a clean testimony. We are truly being tested! We have come thus far, with many past setbacks, but the Lord will not let us down; He is just and faithful with His promises as we continue in obedience and faithfulness serving Him.

(2) I met a man name Jan Kozak 2 years and 8 months ago when we first moved to Costa Rica, he was the one that showed us the house where we are living and he also knew that we were missionaries. After that I have never saw him again. Well, on August 14 which was Mother’s Day in Costa Rica, I took my wife to lunch after the morning service. When we were waiting to be seated, someone tapped me on my shoulder and that person was Jan Kozak. The first thing that he asked me was: “where is your church and can I come to visit? Of course I told him yes and gave him the address. I don’t think Jan is saved, so please pray for him and for the Lord to prepare his heart to receive the Word when he comes to visit.

(3) We need to start our ministry because we know a lot of people who want to come to our services, but we have to wait until we get the pastor’s authorization so we can use the building at a different time.

Support Level        

      Our support has dropped to 78%. We are praying and trusting in the Lord that it will go up soon; even though we are very eager to start, and have been, but the Lord knows what He is doing. We are patiently waiting on Him.

Safety with Travels

Protection on the road and the COVID – 19 situations which still lingers here in Costa Rica, but has diminished substantially. Pray for our safety because we go places sometimes to spread the word that are very dangerous and we can get robbed and even be killed because it has happened before to other people.  

Schedule of Meetings

We are planning to be in the States from October 18 through December 7, 2022. We have a busy agenda, we will be mostly be in SC, GA and a couple of churches in VA.

Softness of Attitude   

To stay close to God and focus on Him and the mission that is set before us, not on our circumstances because it very easy to get discourage at times and Satan, as always, wants to put his nose in God.

PRAISES

  1. Praise the Lord for His continued protection and provision as we serve Him.
  2. Praise the Lord for the invitation that I receive this month to preach at the church where we are planning to meet. There is a lot of potential there. I sent the pictures in our last prayer latter.
  3. Praise the Lord that we don’t have to move from where we are, the new owner will allow us to stay. We have signed the new contract for the same price per month for the rent.
  4. Praise the Lord for answering prayers in regards to the extra printing of the Booklets. We are going to print more booklets so I can bring back to Costa Rica in the fall in order to distribute them.  

Beloved Brethren, may the Love of the Almighty God, the grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you All. Amen!    

Brother Jean-Claude & Sister Matilde Guilbaud

Reach the World, Reach for Christ; Under His Wings Reaching the World for

July 2022 Prayer letter

July 2022 Prayer Letter

Dear Beloved Brethren and Co-Laborers,

As always, we cannot over state this, we thank and we will keep on thanking our Eternal God, Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for sending us on this glorious mission. It is truly a joy as we do His will even in difficult times.We pray that His Holy Spirit will keep on guiding us in the right path of righteousness, to be obedient and faithful until the end, no matter what.  We understand that we are living in difficult times and we do immensely thank you for your support, prayers and we praise the Lord for your faithfulness.

As we press on, please continue to pray for the following prayer request:

PRAYERS

1. Continue praying with us as we have started a bible study each Friday in our community center; the Administration has given us the authorization but it is very cumbersome due to the security, people have to announced themselves to let them in.  We have been spreading the word and invited many. We are currently studying the book of James.

2. Continue praying for the project that I have been working on, Outlines and Commentaries in Spanish for all the Books of the Bible. I am still working on the 1st Epistle of John, I am still in Chapter 3; at the same time, I am writing commentaries on Judges for the Men’s class at IBBCB and I am in Chapter 14 now. As I have mentioned, the Commentaries and Outlines can also be seen on our website under the Tab Spanish Bible Commentaries & Outlines, as well my preaching under Media/ Sermons in Spanish and Sermons Notes under Spanish Sermons, Notes and Outlines; as well as on Facebook under Jean-Claude and Matilde Guilbaud – missionaries to Costa Rica.  The booklet that I wrote and titled Focusing and Trusting in GOD in the midst of Difficulties & Storms are being distributed to everyone, to churches and pastors that we know in Costa Rica and the USA. Praise the Lord, it is a great blessing to many. That booklet is an excellent tool for evangelizing, not just to edify the body of Christ but also to evangelize to the lost world.

3. Our health in order to continue and work in His vineyard. As we have mentioned in our Last prayer letter, we have contacted COVID last month, we are slowly recuperating but with some secondary effects. Thank you for your continued prayers.

4. Place for the ministry – Continue praying regarding that piece of property that we have been looking at in our area that the Zoning will be suitable for a church building; we have met with the zoning official to discuss the property and/ or other options. It is a long process. Regarding this particular property, it is 6,400 m2/68,890 square feet for $120.00/m2, $11.09/SF in Santa Ana, Santa Ana and the owner is asking 764,000.00 Dollars. We are also looking at other properties in our area, one is 5,000 m2/53,730 square feet for 400,000.00 dollars, about $80.00 dollars/m2, $7.44/SF in Santa Ana, Ciudad Colon.  Everything is expensive in Costa Rica. We also have met with the Real Estate Agent regarding the new place, nothing yet. We are also praying about other options such as using an existing church building in our area, same denomination, like faith and doctrine but at a different time. See Below for pictures of properties.

5.   Pray about the COVID – 19, it keeps increasing and as of now it’s at 989,213 cases with 8,670 deaths. It is not obligatory to use the mask anymore, only in places like hospitals, government offices and airports. 

 6.   Pray regarding the assembly of churches, Even though the restriction of mask has been lifted, precaution are still being taken. Now, that will make it a bit easier to start the ministry.

7.   Continue praying for the new president of Costa Rica and his cabinet as they make the right and godly decisions for the country.

8. Special prayer request – Many have asked for more copies of the booklet that I wrote in Spanish and English. We have established a Special Sub Account # 14/ BOOK with MWBM. All the previous booklets including Shipping & Handling came from my own pocket in order to distribute them. Please pray about what the Lord would like you to do, financially, so we can keep on distributing these books all around the world for the glory of God. Also, the Lord laid on my heart to write another book which I have started many years ago in the form of a Bible Study, now it is the time to put it in book format, the title is: “Recipe for a Healthy Church”, it will be approximately 300 pages long. Continue praying for me as I embarked on this journey.

Support Level        

Our support has dropped to 81%. We pray and trusting in the Lord that it will go up by the time we rent a place; even though we are very eager to start but the Lord knows what He is doing. We are patiently waiting on Him.

Safety with Travels

Protection on the road and the COVID – 19 situations which still lingers here in Costa Rica, but has diminished substantially. Pray for our safety because we go places sometimes to spread the word that are very dangerous and we can get robbed and killed.  

Schedule of Meetings

It will be a blessing if we can have meetings via the internet, with the Lord nothing is impossible.

Softness of Attitude   

To stay close to God and focus on Him and the mission that is set before us, not on our circumstances because it very easy to get discourage at times and Satan, as always, wants to put his nose in God.

PRAISES

  1. Praise the Lord for His continued protection and provision as we serve Him.
  2. Praise the Lord for the new president, he has lifted the mask restrictions for the whole country except for people that work in Hospitals and Federal positions. Some stores still observes the restrictions.
  3. Praise the Lord for the invitations I had this month to preach at two other churches for their Mission Month, I was the guest speaker, it was truly a blessing. July 7 at Bible Baptist Church in Alajuelita, SJ and July 31 at Bible Baptist Church in Escazú, SJ.
  4. Praise the Lord that He has opened the doors for us to start the Bible study in our community.
  5. Praise the Lord for the eight baptism we had this month at IBBCB where we are serving in the meantime.
  6. Praise the Lord that we don’t have to move from where we are, the new owner will allow us to stay. We have not signed the new contract yet until the end of August. Pray that the new owner will not change his mind.
  7. Praise the Lord for answering prayers in regards to the extra printing of the Booklets.

Beloved Brethren, may the Love of the Almighty God, the grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you All. Amen!    

Brother Jean-Claude & Sister Matilde Guilbaud

Reach the World, Reach for Christ; Under His Wings Reaching the World for His Glory!

Existing Church Property in Santa Ana, Santa Ana

Property in Santa Ana, Santa Ana

Property in Santa Ana, Ciudad Colon

June 2022 – Prayer Letter

June 2022 – Prayer Letter   

Dear Beloved Brethren and Co-Laborers,

As always, we cannot over state this, we thank and we will keep on thanking our Eternal God, Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for sending us on this glorious mission. It is truly a joy as we do His will even in difficult times.We pray that His Holy Spirit will keep on guiding us in the right path of righteousness, to be obedient and faithful until the end.  We understand that we are living in difficult times and we do immensely thank you for your support, prayers and we praise the Lord for your faithfulness.

During our meetings in the states, I mentioned that the Lord has taught me two things being on the mission field: “to be patient and wait”. Well, it has paid off when you patiently wait on God. The Lord has opened the doors for us to start a Bible study, in person, in our community center. 

As we press on, please continue to pray for the following prayer request:

PRAYERS

  1. Pray with us as we have started a bible study on Friday June 17th, 2022 (each Friday) in our community center; the Administration has given us the authorization. We have been spreading the word and invited many. But in the meantime, we are also and still involved with Bible Baptist Church of Calle Blancos until the Lord opens the doors for a place and as well reaching at other churches (we have two meetings during the month of July to speak about mission).

2. Continue praying for the project that I have been working on, Outlines and Commentaries in Spanish for all the Books of the Bible. I am still working on the 1st Epistle of John, I am still in Chapter 3 verse 4; at the same time, I am writing commentaries on Judges for the Men’s class at IBBCB and I am in chapter 13. As I have mentioned, the Commentaries and Outlines can also be seen on our website under the Tab Spanish Bible Commentaries & Outlines, as well my preaching under Media/ Sermons in Spanish and Sermons Notes under Spanish Sermons, Notes and Outlines.   The booklet that I wrote and titled Focusing and Trusting in GOD in the midst of Difficulties & Storms are being distributed to everyone, to churches and pastors that we know in Costa Rica and the USA. Praise the Lord, it has been and is a great blessing to many.

3.  Our health in order to work in His vineyard. We have contacted COVID earlier this month, we are recuperating but with some secondary effects. Thank you for your continued prayer.

4.     Place for the ministry – Continue praying regarding that piece of property that we have been looking at in our area that the Zoning will be suitable for a church building; we have met with the zoning official to discuss the property and/ or other options. It is a long process. We also have met with the Real Estate Agent regarding the new place, nothing yet.

5.   Pray about the COVID – 19, it keeps on increasing, not as much as before, and as of June 30th, it has surpassed 904,934 cases with 8,525 deaths. It is not obligatory to use the mask anymore, only in places like hospitals, government offices and airports.   

  6.   Pray regarding the assembly of churches, Even though the restriction of mask has been lifted, precaution are still being taken. Now, that will make it a bit easier to start the ministry.

7.    Pray for the new president of Costa Rica in order to make the right and godly decisions for the country.

8.    Pray for the country’s financial state, the cost of living has gone up tremendously; the cost of fuel is now at $7.94 per gallon/ 1,258.00 Colones per Litre, it may go higher during the next few weeks; cost of food has risen greatly (a gallon of milk is $4.29/2,576.00 Colones; a gallon of Tropicana orange juice is 7,995.00 Colones/$11.90 a gallon); many stores are also closing.

9. Special prayer request – Many have asked for more copies of the booklet that I wrote in Spanish and English. We have established a Special Sub Account # 14/ BOOK with MWBM. All the previous booklets including Shipping & Handling came from my own pocket in order to distribute them. Please pray about what the Lord would like you to do, financially, so we can keep on distributing these books all around the world for the glory of God. Also, the Lord laid on my heart to write another book which I have started many years ago in the form of a Bible Study, now it is the time to put it in book format, the title is: “Recipe for a Healthy Church”, it will be approximately 300 pages long. Please pray for me as I embarked on this journey. Below you will find a link to the Table of Contents of the book.

10. Pray about a new place to live – The owner has decided to put the house for sale and we have until the end of August to find a new one. For the past 2 plus years, we have been paying $1,400.00 per month; now all rent has gone up, nothing less than $1,500.00 per month in a good area.  Pray that the new owner will allow us to stay and keep the same rent without raising it.

Support Level         

Our support has dropped to 81%. We pray and trusting in the Lord that it will go up by the time we rent a place; even though we are very eager to start but the Lord knows what He is doing. We are patiently waiting on Him.

Safety with Travels

Protection on the road and the COVID – 19 situations which still lingers here in Costa Rica, but has diminished substantially. 

Schedule of Meetings

It will be a blessing if we can have meetings via the internet, with the Lord nothing is impossible.

Softness of Attitude   

To stay close to God and focus on Him and the mission that is set before us, not on our circumstances because it very easy to get discourage at times and Satan, as always, wants to put his nose in God’s work.

PRAISES

  1. Praise the Lord for His continued protection and provision as we serve Him.
  2. Praise the Lord for the new president, he has lifted the mask restrictions for the whole country except for people that work in Hospitals and Federal positions. Some stores still observes the restrictions.
  3. Praise the Lord that He has opened the doors for us to start the Bible study in our community.

Beloved Brethren, may the love of the Almighty God, the grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you All. Amen!  

Brother Jean-Claude & Sister Matilde Guilbaud

Reach the World, Reach for Christ; Under His Wings Reaching the World for His Glory! 

May 2022 – Prayer Letter

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May 2022 – Prayer Letter   

Dear Beloved Brethren and Co-Laborers,

As always, we cannot over state this, we thank and we will keep on thanking our Eternal God, Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for sending us on this glorious mission. It is truly a joy as we do His will even in difficult times.We pray that His Holy Spirit will keep on guiding us in the right path of righteousness, to be obedient and faithful until the end.  We understand that we are living in difficult times and we do immensely thank you for your support, prayers and we praise the Lord for your faithfulness.

During our meetings in the states, I mentioned that the Lord has taught me two things being on the mission field: “to be patient and wait”. Well, it has paid off when you patiently wait on God. The Lord has opened the doors for us to start a Bible study, in person, in our community center.  We are really excited!!

As we press on, please continue to pray for the following prayer request:

PRAYERS

  1. Pray with us as we are planning to start a bible study on Friday June 3rd, 2022 (each Friday) in our community center; the Administration has given us the authorization. We have been spreading the word and invited many. But in the meantime, we are also and still involved with Bible Baptist Church of Calle Blancos until the Lord opens the doors for a place.
  2. Continue praying for the project that I have been working on, Outlines and Commentaries in Spanish for all the Books of the Bible. I am still working on the 1st Epistle of John, at the moment I am in Chapter 3 verse 4. As I have mentioned, the Commentaries and Outlines can also be seen on our website under the Tab Spanish Bible Commentaries & Outlines, as well my preaching under Media/ Sermons in Spanish and Sermons Notes under Spanish Sermons, Notes and Outlines.   The booklet that I wrote and titled Focusing and Trusting in GOD in the midst of Difficulties & Storms are being distributed to everyone, including the world, to churches and pastors that we know in Costa Rica and the USA. Praise the Lord, it has been and is a great blessing to many.
  3. Our health in order to work in His vineyard. Thank you for your continued prayers.

4.  Place for the ministry – Continue praying regarding that piece of property that we have been looking at in our area that the Zoning will be suitable for a church building; we have met with the zoning official to discuss the property and/ or other options. It is a long process. We also have met with the Real Estate Agent regarding the new place, nothing yet.

5.   Pray about the COVID – 19, it keeps on increasing, not as much as before, and as of May 31st, it has surpassed 891,038 cases with 8,495 deaths. It is not obligatory to use the mask anymore, only in places like hospitals, government offices and airports.  

6. Pray regarding the assembly of churches, Even though the restriction of mask has been lifted, precaution are still being taken. Now, that will make it a bit easier to start the ministry.

7. Pray for the new president of Costa Rica in order to make the right and godly decisions for the country.

8. Pray for the country’s financial state, the cost of living has gone up tremendously; the cost of fuel is now at $7.94 per gallon/ 1,258.00 Colones per Litre, it may go higher during the next few weeks; cost of food has risen greatly (a gallon of milk is $4.29/2,576.00 Colones; a gallon of Tropicana orange juice is 7,995.00 Colones/$11.90 a gallon); many stores are also closing.

9. Special prayer request – Many have asked for more copies of the booklet that I wrote in Spanish and English. We have established a Special Sub Account # 14/ BOOK with MWBM. All the previous booklets including the booklets, Shipping & Handling came from my own pocket in order to distribute them. Please pray about what the Lord would like you to do, financially, so we can keep on distributing these books all around the world for the glory of God. Also, the Lord laid on my heart to write another book which I have started many years ago in the form of a Bible Study, now it is the time to put it in book format, the title is: “Recipe for a Healthy Church”, it will be approximately 300 pages long. Please pray for me as I embarked on this journey. Soon, I will make available on our website the Contents of the book.

10. Pray about a new place to live – The owner has decided to put the house for sale and we have until the end of August to find a new one. For the past 2 plus years, we have been paying $1,400.00 per month; now all rent has gone up, nothing less than $1,500.00 per month in a good area.  

Support Level        

Our support has dropped to 81%. We pray and trusting in the Lord that it will go up by the time we rent a place; even though we are very eager to start but the Lord knows what He is doing. We are patiently waiting on Him.

Safety with Travels

Protection on the road and the COVID – 19 situations which still lingers here in Costa Rica, but has diminished substantially.  

Schedule of Meetings

It will be a blessing if we can have meetings via the internet, with the Lord nothing is impossible.

Softness of Attitude   

To stay close to God and focus on Him and the mission that is set before us, not on our circumstances because it very easy to get discourage at times and Satan, as always, wants to put his nose in God’s work.

PRAISES

  1. Praise the Lord for His continued protection and provision as we serve Him.
  2. Praise the Lord for the new president, he has lifted the mask restrictions for the whole country except for people that work in Hospitals and Federal positions. Some stores still observes the restrictions.
  3. Praise the Lord for the twenty new converts at the church since the beginning of the year and were baptized. Praise the Lord as well for the Conference we had at Bible Baptist Church of Calle Blancos this month from May 23 to 26, the theme was: “Revive the Fire” based on 2 Timothy 1:6. We can see the work of the Spirit of God working in people’s lives and hearts.
  4. Praise the Lord, the pastor at Bible Baptist Church of Calle Blancos, asked me to teach on the book of Judges; so with that been said, I have started preparing a commentary on that book. I have written the introduction, the outline for the whole book and the Commentary on chapter 10 and part of 11. What a blessing! It could be read on our website under the Tab Spanish Bible Commentaries & Outlines.
  5. Praise the Lord that He has opened the doors for us to start the Bible study in our community.

Beloved Brethren, may the love of the Almighty God, the grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you All. Amen!   

Brother Jean-Claude & Sister Matilde Guilbaud

Reach the World, Reach for Christ; Under His Wings Reaching the World for His Glory!