San José, Costa Rica, since 1956

Flamingo/Potrero News

Twenty-five friends and members of Beach Community Church headed to Managua, Nicaragua, for a missions trip last month to hand out groceries, shoes and clothing to more than 1,000 people, conduct roof repair and provide room dividers for an elementary school, and participate in a feeding program for 130 children living and working in the city dump. The team was also able to provide medical attention to a couple of babies suffering from skin disease. Donations came from Bayside Coffee in the U.S. state of Florida, which held a fundraiser on the church’s behalf and collected about $1,500.

Potrero resident Dennis Schmiedge has been working in Iraq since early this year, in tough conditions among the troops. He keeps in communication with wife Laurie and friends on a regular basis, and sends greetings to everyone, along with thanks for your thoughts and prayers.

Former Flamingo resident Jim Nichols has made a major move to Honduras, where he will live with his sister and his two dogs, Charlie and Barney. It took him about one week to get through Honduras because of the turmoil caused by exiled President Manuel Zelaya’s unexpected return to that country. Jim weathered this storm and made it safely to his destination. His good friend David Sprinkle, who had lived here since January, also moved, returning last week to the U.S. state of Arizona. Both will be missed.

Tick fever, a common but potentially deadly disease that affects dogs and cats, has been particularly bad this season, so please look after your animals.

–Babe Hopkins


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