“You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.”
– Matthew 24:6-7, NIV
Today is Día de la Abolición del Ejército. Costa Rica is celebrating 64 years of not having a military. http://insidecostarica.com/2012/12/01/costa-rica-celebrates-64-years-without-a-military-today/
Although I am thankful to have Costa Rican residency, I’m more thankful to be a citizen of the United States of America. I know my family is in this country to do great work, but while we are here, it’s good to know we have support. Whenever there is a potential for danger, the State Department sends out a message. We received such a message this past week. I’ve pasted a copy below:
“Today, November 27th, beginning at approximately 10:00 a.m. approximately 1000 motorcyclists began a demonstration outside of the headquarters of the Instituto Nacional de Seguros. El Instituto de Nacional Seguros is located in downtown San Jose, at the location of the Museo de Jade, on Calle 9, between Avenidas 9 and 11. The motorcyclists will be soon be making their way to the Casa de la Presidencia in Zapote. Although protests in Costa Rica are normally non-violent in nature, they always have the potential for violence. The Embassy recommends that Americans avoid these areas until the protest subsides.Other protests and road closures may occur with little or no warning, so American citizens should closely monitor news coverage of the protests and potential border closures and defer traveling to and within areas known to have protest activity. The Embassy continues to caution its employees and all U.S. citizens to exercise heightened security awareness and avoid crowds and any areas where there are demonstrations or where confrontations could occur.Demonstrations in Costa Rica generally are peaceful and rarely affect tourists. However, demonstrators in Costa Rica have been known to block traffic on roads or disrupt travel. Visitors to Costa Rica may also be inconvenienced by infrequent work stoppages and strikes. The Costa Rica Constitution prohibits political activity by foreigners; such actions may result in detention and/or deportation. Travelers should avoid political demonstrations and other activities that might be deemed political by the Costa Rican authorities.. U.S. citizens are urged to exercise caution if in the vicinity of any protests.For up-to-date information on security, Americans traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department’s Internet web site at http://travel.state.gov. Further information on safety and security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays). Information on services for American citizens visiting or living in Costa Rica can be found on the U.S. Embassy, Costa Rica website at http://costarica.usembassy.gov.U.S. citizens who travel to or reside in Costa Rica are encouraged to enroll in the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). By enrolling, you make it easier for the U.S. Embassy to contact you in case of an emergency.”
Peace is ideal. And I will continue to pray for peace in Jerusalem. But until the Lord returns, there will continue to be wars and rumors of wars. Today there is a greater battle taking place than any that has or will ever occur on this earth. It is a spiritual battle in the hearts of those who don’t know of Christ or His Kingdom. If you know someone fighting this battle today, would you take a moment to pray for them? Better yet, share your own spiritual journey with them, and let them know how they can have true freedom, peace, and victory.