Friday, October 31, 2008

Thursday, October 30, 2008

A Quote to Ponder

"I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around [the banks] will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered. The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs."

- Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) - from a letter to the Secretary of the Treasury Albert Gallatin in 1802.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Share the Blessings 2008

This year of 2008 is passing quickly and once again that special season when we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ draws near. What a beautiful and blessed time it is as we remember God's gift to mankind! For many of us it is not only a time to remember what has been done for us, but it is also a time to remember what we can do for others.

Last year, because of donations, we were able to provide a Christmas gift for over 70 children. How folks responded was such a blessing and now the time has come again.

This year we need help to provide a gift for 33 children. We know each of these children personally and we know the situations of poverty in which they are living. We are praying that we will be able to raise $20 per child. The funds will be used to purchase such gifts as clothing, shoes, and school supplies as well as personal items like toothbrushes and shampoo. If you feel lead to sponsor one of these children (or more than one) it would be a tremendous blessing in the young life of one who has known so little love and kindness. If you wish to help you can contact us either at our email address or by leaving a comment on this post. We would be most grateful for your help and your prayers.

Here are pictures of the children we will be giving a gift to this year.

Blessings to you and yours!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Saturday, October 18, 2008

More Pews

When is a problem actually a tremendous blessing?

When church attendance has grown to the point that you have to start considering the need to build/buy more pews!

What a blessings!!!!!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Love Start with Elle Blog Tour

First, let me say I love this book before I do a bit of wandering off the subject momentarily.

Life has been rather hectic the last couple of months. Visited my daughter in Florida. Then visited my mother in Kentucky. Then was off to California to see daughters Eden, Yeni, and Becca, plus son Eli. What a batch of blessings! However, the biggest blessing was seeing my grandchildren. Lyvi, Eden's daughter, is 2 years old and beautiful (and I am not bragging). Then to make my travels complete, I was in San Diego for the birth of my grandson, Kaiden. He is beautiful, too. It was quite a trip.

Where am I going with this?

Oh! Right! Anyway, when I got home on 10-8 after being gone for 2 months and 8 days, guess what I found in the mail?


Couldn't wait to start it and couldn´t put it down once I did! It really touched my heart. Elle is charming, funny, and way too lacking in self-confidence (just like a lot of us). Her story made me remember that even as Christians it's much too easy to stray away from God, and how lovingly He is waiting for us to return.

Read the book. You'll love it! And, hey, keep a watch out for feathers!

About the book:

Elle's living the dream-but is it her dream or his?

Elle loves life in Beaufort, South Carolina-lazy summer days on the sand bar, coastal bonfires, and dinners with friends sharing a lifetime of memories. And she's found her niche as the owner of a successful art gallery too. Life is good.

Then the dynamic pastor of her small town church sweeps her off her feet. She's never known a man like Jeremiah-one who breathes in confidence and exhales all doubt. When he proposes in the setting sunlight, Elle hands him her heart on a silver platter.

But Jeremiah's just accepted a large pastorate in a different state. If she's serious about their relationship, Elle will take "the call," too, leaving behind the people and place she loves so dearly. Elle's friendship with her new tenant, widower Heath McCord, and his young daughter make things even more complicated.

Is love transferrable across the miles? And can you take it with you when you go?

About Rachel:

Rachel Hauck is the author of ten, going on eleven novels, and has recently become an "acclaimed" author. (Yeah, funny how that happened. Some dude found her lottery stub stuck to the bottom of his shoe and tried to "acclaim" her. But her husband refused to pay out.)
Since then, she's gone on to become a best selling author of Sweet Caroline.

Living in central Florida with her husband of sixteen and a half years, one sweet little dog and one ornery cat, Rachel is a graduate of Ohio State University and a huge Buckeye football fan. One day she hopes to stand on the sidelines next to Coach Tressel as a famed, acclaimed best selling OSU alumni, beloved for her work in literature and letters. (She's written at least a couple hundred letters in her life time.)

Her current release, Love Starts With Elle (July 2008, Thomas Nelson) is set in the South Carolina lowcountry, and earned 4.5 Stars and Top Pick from Romantic Times Book Club.
Look for her next release next spring, The Sweet By and By, the first book in the Born To Fly series with award winning country artist, Sara Evans.

Of the writing journey, Rachel says, "I'm humbled by the amazing things God is doing in my life. I love what I do, and am so privileged to work with Thomas Nelson fiction and am excited to see what God has in store for all of His authors and writers. Just keep praying and writing!"

Visit her blog and website at

Hey! You can win a copy of the book by leaving a comment at this link:

And if you don't win the free copy you can buy your own by checking out this link:

Here's another link if you'd like to follow the tour:


Monday, October 13, 2008

October Newsletter

Nolasco Newsletter
Apdo. 129-2350
San Jose, Costa Rica, Central America
Oct. 13, 2008

Dear Friends in Christ,

Greetings in the name of our wonderful Lord and King. We trust that this finds each of you well and enjoying God’s richest blessings.
God has certainly been blessing our labors since the last newsletter in July. The church in

Ochomogo is doing well. We are seeing new faces every week in the services. We have seen five souls saved to the glory of God and three others who were seeking a church home have come forward for membership. There are also seven people awaiting baptism which is scheduled for the second Sunday in December. In Pitahaya, where the congregation has remained small, the church has been working on a building project for many months now. Quite some time ago we asked for funds so that the interior walls could be completed and one of our supporting churches generously sent funds. In order to make those funds be as useful as possible, they were spent only on the materials. The labor has been an act of love over these many months, but is now nearly complete. We hope to have photos of the finished project up on our blog soon.

The romaria (pilgrimage) in August drew over one million pilgrims who made the journey to Cartago to pay homage to a small black statue they call La Negrita. During that time we handed out over 4000 gospel tracts and gave away 52 Bibles to those in the crowds. As commanded, we have sown Precious Seed and know the labor will not be in vain.

During the month of September we celebrated the International Day of the Child. We had a special service on a Saturday for children in the church and community of Ochomogo. We fed some 60 children a nice lunch and presented an animated film about Daniel in the Lion’s Den. The following day, Sunday, a group of teens presented a drama about not laying up treasures in this life during the morning church service.

Christmas is rapidly approaching. This year we hope to be able to provide gifts for some 30 children whom we know personally and know the situations in which they are living. Within the next few days we will be posting photos of the children on our blog, We are praying that we will be able to raise $20 per child. Gifts will consist of clothing, school supplies, and personal items such as shampoo, toothbrushes, etc. If you feel lead to sponsor one (or more) of these children it would be a great blessing in their lives. If you wish to help in this please contact us at our email address for information, or you can send designated funds to our home church. (Maranatha Baptist Church; 1111 Outer West Broadway; Madisonville, KY 42431).

God has been gracious in providing for my medical procedures. To date I have received $15,600, and am so grateful to each and everyone of you that have help meet this need. However, I still need $8690 to complete paying for the procedures. The procedures have been completed and must be paid off in November. I humbly ask that you would continue to pray for this need and help as you feel lead to do so.

A brief update on our scattered family: Yeni continues to study and work in San Diego. Eden, husband Steve and daughter Lyvi are presently stationed at Goodfellow AFB in San Angelo, TX. In December they will head to Fort Gordon in Georgia. Lydia and husband Eric remain in Tampa where Eric is stationed at MacDill AFB. He may go on deployment next year. Becca is in San Diego where on September 6th she gave birth to our grandson, Kaiden Allen Osborne (8lbs.3 oz.;21 ½ in. long). She had to have a C-section, but is doing well. Her husband Mike (abroad the USS Peleliu) will be returning from deployment on November 4th. Eli is also in San Diego where he is studying Web Design and Computer Graphics as well as seeking a part time job. As always, we greatly appreciate your prayers for us and for our family.

I would like to close this newsletter with two special requests. The first is that you would pray about our upcoming furlough in 2009. We hope to come to the USA in late February. That, however, is depended on the Lord blessing us with someone to rent our house while we are gone. The second request concerns our ministry site on the internet. Please visit at where you can see photos and more about the ministry here in Costa Rica.

Looking forward to seeing you in 2009.

In Christ,

Samuel Nolasco

Sunday, October 12, 2008

An Eight-Colored Afghan

I tried to stay busy while in San Diego, and I love to crochet. So.....while there I crocheted this afghan for Becca and Mike. It's simple to make. (Has to be or I could't do it.) LOL

A close-up pic so you can see the colors and pattern better.


Friday, October 10, 2008

Bibs for Kaiden

I'm back home now in Costa Rica. It was hard to tell that new grandbaby good-bye for now, but it was good to get home as well. Wanted to share pics of a couple of bibs I made for the little guy while there in San Diego. Blessings!