San Isidro in Costa Rica, June 16 to June 23, 2012
Ready for the trip to begin!
June 16, 2012 at 01:27 PM
We are anxiously awaiting the team from Lake Murray Baptist Church! Once they arrive, we will drive along the coastal highway to San Isidro de el General, grabbing some dinner along the way. We'll be pulling into the hotel around 9pm tonight. Please pray for a safe drive and for everything that God will be doing through the team this week!
Safe in San Isidro
June 16, 2012 at 11:44 PM
After a long day of flying and driving, we are finally here in San Isidro! We had dinner at a little restaurant along the way, Los Crocodillos. It is aptly named for the 2 dozen crocodiles that call the river near the restaurant home. After viewing them (from afar!), we had a big supper and continued on our way.
Sunday Evening Update
June 17, 2012 at 11:39 PM
Today was a great day to be in the house of the Lord! We started off the morning in Martillos de Guerra, the church we are serving with during the week. It was an energetic time of worship, showing that praise knows no boundaries of language. Pastor Gerardo shared the message with us, encouraging us to “just keep walking.” When we are down, keep moving forward. When we are up, keep moving forward. Always keep pushing forward for the Kingdom of God.
June 18, 2012 at 05:20 PM
Today has been a busy one so far, with lots going on at Hogar Ama. We spent the morning and afternoon playing with kids, plowing a future garden patch, weeding and cleaning. Here are a few pictures of the day so far...
June 18, 2012 at 05:33 PM
Donna making new friends from the other team, Heritage Baptist
June 20, 2012 at 10:04 AM
What a blessing Tuesday was for our team. We went to a nearby school in the morning. This school has been highlighted by the government as a school in need of assistance. About 30 girls that attend this school come from a nearby girls' orphanage. The smiles on the face of all the children almost make you forget all of these facts, though. The children shared a dance; both their traditional dance (in full outfit), and a more modern dance (Elvis!). They also taught our team some of the moves.
June 20, 2012 at 10:06 AM
After the morning at school, we went to the elderly home, Hogar Betania. Along with the other group we are partnered with, we split up and were able to clean sidewalks, paint physical therapy equipment, move gravel, landscape, dig ditches, harvest yucca, organize and put away clothing, sew garments, pick up garbage...the list goes on! We are going back Wednesday afternoon to finish some tasks and build relationships with the 21 folks that live there.
June 20, 2012 at 10:13 AM
At the school, we went into five classrooms to teach dental hygiene. We also got the chance to explain "as this toothbrush will clean our teeth, so can Jesus clean our hearts." Here Nikki is translating the message.
June 20, 2012 at 10:15 AM
After the long day of work, we had a very relaxing evening. We drove up into the mountains to a restaurant that overlooks the San Isidro Valley. 13 pizzas later, we were ready to head back to the hotel (well, after a pit stop for some ice cream!)
June 21, 2012 at 11:17 PM
On Wednesday, we wrapped up our time at the elderly home. After completing a variety of projects at this home and the children's home, we had a time of worship with the residents at Hogar Betania.
Final day of work
June 21, 2012 at 11:18 PM
We had one final push before we go into our well deserved day of fun and relaxation on the beach. Let me tell you...it was quite a push! In the midst of a very hot day (even by locals' standards!), the joy and love the team had was palpable. We drove an hour and a half to Quepos, a coastal town. There, we walked around the city and shared the love of Christ with those we encountered.
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