It’s Saturday and we are currently in the midst of work projects and planning for a VBS program taking place this afternoon. The flights from Seattle to Atlanta, and then Atlanta to San Jose, Costa Rica were fairly uneventful and smooth. We didn’t get much sleep the first couple of days, but we are now feeling a bit more rejuvenated. That’s right, mom and dad, we’re doing great! 😉
Yesterday we spent the day engaging with elementary-aged students at a nearby school. Teachers welcomed us into their classrooms for a time of songs, skits, games, and the sharing of testimonies. Our team was received well. Having Americans spend time is these parts of the country provides both a shocking and exciting change for the local Ticos and Ticas. As we do our best to communicate their value and worth, they have certainly been showing us how special we are. It’s been a beautiful exchange. At the end of our school program, we invited all the kids to the more formal VBS program taking place today! These programs provide awesome opportunities for us to establish relationships, provide encourage, and share God’s sacrificial love with the children of Caribe.
Tomorrow, we look forward to hosting a volleyball tournament with the local high schoolers. At various points this week we’ll use volleyball and other activities as a point of connection through which we can share the hope we have in Christ. When we’re not building relationships we are working hard cleaning, building, welding, and painting at the local church. As I type this, we are putting up beams as support for a ceiling!
Bottom line: Our ministry partners are incredible, love is being made manifest,
and the team is demonstrating a good, consistent attitude of positivity.