Costa Rica team begins the week with full days of camps and games May 27, 2010

We  finished up two great days of ministry with six clinics and two games over the last two days . Needless to say, we are tired as we wrap up the day .

On Tuesday we ran clinics at the Lomas del Rio school. The school is in one of the poorest areas of San Jose and in very poor condition. We literally run some parts of the clinic on stones and others on blacktop with broken glass. Despite very poor conditions we were able to communicate the love of Christ to over 240 5th grade kids. After the clinic we drove to the women’s prison for a 5 v 5 game on concrete. We got down 4-2 but were able to come back to win 6-4. After the game Amanda shared and the ladies in prison really seemed to connect with us and were very appreciative of us coming.

On Wednesday we made the long journey back to the Lomas school. The traffic here is unbelievable and every place takes a long time to get to. We ran one clinic for 3rd graders before the rain came and our 2nd clinic was cancelled.  We than drove an hour to Villas de Ayarco where we ran three clinics for 6th, 3rd and preschool kids. The school session was more like a group hug, even a controlled one at that, than a soccer session but fun none the less. The highlight was a teacher who played in high heels. After the sessions we crashed at AMCA where are staying before a girls’ game on turf. We won again and Rebecca shared her testimony after the game. It was another chance to do effective ministry through soccer. Well we are about to begin Team Time at 10pm so I must sign off .

Dave for the team

The Costa Rica team has arrived safely

After a short night’s sleep we met at Faith Church, parked our cars and left for Newark airport.  Our travel to the airport went smoothly as most slept the entire way.  We flew to Miami for a 2 hour layover. In Miami we had a little breakfast and then walked to our gate. A number of the team never bothered to look at the gate assignments and went to the wrong gate. Fortunately, a senior member of the team checked the board and saw that the gate had been changed. Our flight to San Jose was uneventful and we arrived safely. It was great to see our friends and fellow believers when we arrived!

We spent the day getting organized and ready for the ministry ahead. On Tuesday we travel to the Lomas del Rio School for two clinics and then to the women’s prison for a game.

Please pray for the team as we have a full schedule.

Dave for the team

Costa Rica team on their way! May 24, 2010

After spending a weekend of training and preparation for the trip, the team was bright-eyed and ready to go this morning. At 2:45 am, the team headed of to Newark airport, where they started their journey to San Jose via Miami. They are set to arrive in San Jose at 12:55 pm and will spend the rest of the evening with the church, in fellowship and prayer together as they prepare for the two weeks ahead of them. The team members are Dave, Julie, Andy, Rebecca, Eddie, Ian and Amanda.

Further updates will be posted on a regular basis (every couple of days), so please continue to check the website. This will allow you to know what is happening down there and how you can be praying for them. Thank you.

Host Families Needed

Each summer, Push The Rock brings in staff from various parts of the country.  Since we do not have our own facilities, we need families willing to house these students.  Housing consists of providing a bed, access to breakfast & dinner and a willingness to open your home.  If you are interested in housing a summer staff member, please contact Jason by email or call the office at 610-967-6861.