Sussex County Bible Church and Roca Viva have been in a church to church partnering relationship for almost 4 years now. We saw an opportunity to use this partnerhsip as a tool to strengthen and develop Roca Viva as a new church plant. SCBC would be a source of encouragement and resourcing that would come directly from a local church and not just church planting missionaries. SCBC has sent teams over the past years down to Roca Viva to help train, teach and encourage the believers. Their impact has been huge and crucial to Roca Viva's ongoing development. As this relationship has developed we have seen how mutually beneficial it has been, impacting not only Roca Viva but SCBC as well. With this in mind we began to help plan a trip for two families from Roca Viva to travel up to Delaware and spend a week at Sussex County Bible Church. They were to do exactly what the teams from SCBC had done with them, teach and encourage their partnering church. Over this past week they used various opportunites to reach out to the men and women at SCBC challenging them in the walk and witness for Christ. Each team member used their secular profession and their role at Roca Viva to teach SCBC. Alfredo, who has spent over 20 years in the Costa Rican coffee business, took time one evening to teach the men how coffee goes from plant to pot. He brought up a special blend of his coffee and used this as an opportunity to connect and share God's love with the men at SCBC. On Sunday Alfredo preached and Jeff was the translator, sharing God's word, crossing cultures for His Glory.
Sussex County Bible Church Men in Delaware with Alfredo and Jeff from Roca Viva, Paraiso Costa Rica
Alfredo's Special Coffee blend for the men at SCBC
Sharing a meal with families from SCBC
The families from Roca Viva prepared a typical Costa Rican breakfast for the church family at SCBC
Mara (wife of Alfredo), who is an interior decorator by profession, shared with the women of SCBC. She and Natalia were able to