Dear Family & Friends,

Happy February! Many people think Valentine’s Day is cheesy or say, “Why celebrate love only one day out of the year?” To me, it is a holiday I welcome and consider it a favorite. In fact, I (Allison) decided to start the month out celebrating my four favorite people by putting an encouraging heart on their door each day leading up to Valentine’s Day. I know, cheesy, but it is an atmosphere changer:)

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Love Notes

We started 2017 hopeful and thankful! Josh started his second trimester on January 9th with no cane and no crutches! PTL! His orthopedic doctor said no follow up appointments are necessary, and he finishes up with his last physical therapy session this week.  Although he continues to have some difficulty with going up and downstairs, we continue to pray for improvement especially muscle strength in his left leg.

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Josh w/ his PT Sandra

Fletcher Steps Homeschool is back full swing. This semester we added a new geography and writing program to our eclectic schedule. The kids continue to attend Spanish club twice a week, on Wednesdays we join our friends at a nearby park, and Friday Homeschool co-op.

Josh and I started receiving one-on-one tutoring January 9-10 with two wonderful teachers, Maritza and Marlene one day a week for an hour. Josh has already put together a mini sermon and continues to work on various talks. Allison is getting down grammar rules and will be working on past tense and subjunctive.

We have been attending Mundo de Fe church for over a month. It is located close to our apartment and we already feel like they are family.  We had the privilege of having the pastor and his wife over for cafécito (a traditional mid afternoon coffee and visit time) as well as two dear sisters in Christ. (pics)  On January 24th,  Allison and the kids joined the church for a kids day event. We played games in the park, ate arroz con pollo (chicken and rice), and enjoyed making new friends. On the 28th, Josh was asked to paint at the youth’s Noche de Arte/Night of Art. He was inspired to paint from I John 1:1-5 that talks about the Word/El Verbo.  At the end of the night, he presented this painting (first one of 2017) to the youth of the church.

We can not do what we do here without all of your support, prayers, and encouragement. We can’t tell you how many times we have felt the covering of prayer. Prayer makes a huge difference. We love you and keep you in our prayers as well.

Love and Blessings,

Joshua, Allison, Grace, Abby, and Simeon

(PS Here is our address if you want to send us or the kids cards or letters)

Joshua Andrew Fletcher

Instituto de Lengua Española

Apartado 100-2350

San José, Costa Rica

América Central