48th Anniversary and Spanish Language study


A Very Special 48th Anniversary Adventure. Indeed!

Anne and I recently celebrated our 48 wedding anniversary by spending four weeks on the campus of The Nazarene Seminary of the Americas in San Jose, Costa Rica. We worked on several projects, but primarily spent the time studying the Spanish language. It was a great experience for us!


I spend a significant amount of time working with the leaders of the Church of the Nazarene schools where Spanish is the primary language of instruction and communication. I felt I should try to learn their language in order to talk with them and the students in their own language.

While on the Seminary campus in Costa Rica, I taught a class session to a group of students in a master’s level class. The subject was:

“When Good and Godly People Collide Over Vision”

I shared with the group seven “anchors” to hold us steady as leaders when the vision we have for the faith community we lead is not embraced by the good and godly people with whom we live and work. The seven anchors are:

1. Speak Gracefully – Hablar con Gracia
2. Live Gratefully – Vive con Gratitud
3. Listen Intently – Escucha con Atención
4. Forgive Freely — Perdona libremente
5. Lead Decisively – Lidera Decisivamente
6. Care Deeply — Cuida Profundamente
7. Pray Earnestly — Ora Intensivamente

Click here to read the full text in English — the Spanish text is being translated and will be posted soon!

Included here are photos taken from our fours weeks in Costa Rica.

Christian Academy of Language & Learning (CALL) students and professors

Ruthie Cordova teaching us to count Colones in Spanish for the bus 

 Shopping at the Fruit Market

 Studying with our good tutor, Ruthie Cordova


Lots of laughter as we learned to make tortillas, empanadas and plantains!!! Yummy


We were blessed with excellent professors, entertaining relationships, hard working study partners and many great new friendships on our 48th Anniversary Adventure.

Grace and Peace to you.


Robin Hatcher July 27, 2010

Great pictures! How exciting to learn Spanish in Costa Rica.

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