Costa Rica – Disc Golf Trip Update 3/14/17

Today the team got up early and headed out to the city right after breakfast.  With a lot of work to do the team split up with half going to the course site, and half going to a school near the course.  At the course the team was able to work together to create a great 9 hole layout.  The goal is for the layout to be beginner friendly, but also be challenging for the players who eventually take their game to the next level.  Tee pads and basket locations are marked out, and we are ready to start digging holes tomorrow!

In the afternoon the course crew finished up building the tee signs, and went out to buy some bricks and other supplies.  The decision was made that natural teepads are the way to go, so we are painting bricks for markers.  We also plan to install two sets of teepads on each hole.  The kids are so excited about disc golf at our clinics, so we are hopeful many of them will make it out to the course.  We are planning a course unveiling for Friday and are looking forward to a great turnout.

The other half of the team went to the school to lead clinics.  We worked with about 30 kids for their Phys. Ed. program during the morning, and in the afternoon we worked with another 30 kids who came as part of an after school program that is in place there.  The staff who typically run the program told us that normally if they try any other sports the kids just complain that they are not playing soccer, but today they did not mention soccer once!  We had the opportunity to share testimonies with them, and hope to see them all on Friday.

All in all it was a great day and we look forward to spending time worshiping and studying the Bible together this evening.  If you want to check out pictures and video from the trip check out our facebook page and be sure to like the page while you are there!

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Costa Rica – Disc Golf Trip Update 3/13/17

After a great day yesterday with the church, we switched gears and jumped into the work we came to do.  We got off to an early start boarding the bus after breakfast to head to a local school.  We were informed the space would be a challenge, and there may be some behavioral issues.  The space turned out to be a small parking, and a small enclosed grassy area on a hill.  While this presented a challenge, the group did a great job being flexible and working with the space available.  The kids were so incredibly enthusiastic, and the teachers and principal jumped right in.  We worked with 90 kids, grades 1-6, and it the kids had a blast.  It turned out to be an awesome clinic and a great start to the week.

In the afternoon we had the chance to walk the property where we will be installing the course.  Each of us came away excited about the prospect of the course that could be.  The property has much to offer with regards to potential holes, but presents some challenges we will have to work through as well.  We spent quite a bit of time talking about a potential layout, and look forward to diving in tomorrow to the actual design.

After the walk through we went to a local shop where the baskets were in the process of being made.  We started working on painting parts of the basket, building tee signs, and even helped with a bit of the welding.  In this project Push The Rock Costa Rica is partnering with another ministry, Students International, and it was a lot of fun to watch the two groups work side by side building the components of the course and sharing a common vision.  Tomorrow we plan to complete the tee signs, and hope to finalize the basket building as well.  We would ask that you would pray with us for the entire course building process as we have much to do before Friday!

The day concluded with a great meal, and a time of worship, testimonies, and Bible study.  Dave and Chad shared their testimonies with the group and did an excellent job sharing what God is doing in their lives.  As a team we have had some great honest discussion and times of worship, and it is clear that the Lord is creating an excellent sense of team unity.  Please be praying for the opportunities we have to share the Gospel tomorrow, and throughout the rest of the week with the students, the locals we encounter, and with our bus driver!

 

 

 

Costa Rica – Disc Golf Trip Update 3/12/17

Well, our team has finally settled in to our home away from home in San Jose, Costa Rica! It was a long day of traveling and we encountered a few bumps along the way but we are excited to start our ministry here. There is much on the agenda for the week, including clinics at local schools, installing the disc golf course, and an afternoon of prison ministry. We got to meet the local staff, including our team leader Nattie, and we can’t wait to get started.

The trip began with a round of disc golf at Jordan Creek State Park to give the team a chance to bond. It was a neat experience, as we played through the course during a lovely snow shower.  We nearly lost a phone and several discs, but thankfully, almost all was recovered. We followed up our team training day with dinner and a thorough briefing of what we could expect out of the trip and how to respectfully approach the culture. We ended early so that we could get up for our 4am trek to JFK international.

We almost didn’t make it here with all of our equipment. There was a little mix-up with the baggage situation and our portable baskets needed to fly stand-by. We were all concerned that they wouldn’t arrive until days after we’d need them, but our fears were stilled when a team member spotted them being loaded onto our plane.  The rest of the trip was pretty seamless, aside from a lengthy wait through customs. Arriving in San Jose around 7pm, we met our host, ate a delicious supper, and met together to study 1 John and pray.

Waking up this morning, we had delicious pastries for breakfast from the bakery right across the street and then we joined Nattie at her home church. The service was very moving. The worship was spirit led and the pastor spoke with a translator just for us! We all really connected to the message and the whole team was sweetly received by members of the congregation.

After church, we ate lunch at the local mall with members of the church.  We enjoyed interacting with the locals, and laughing at ourselves trying to order lunch. One team member nearly ordered 8 coffees, having meant, 8 oz. coffee! The team had the opportunity to spend some time at a local park throwing discs, and talking to people about the week to come.  The day ended with a testimony, devotional and some worship before heading to bed to get some rest before a busy day.   Tomorrow we get our first look at the property where we will build the course, and will be in a school teaching disc golf.

Please be keeping us in prayer as we participate in ministry, as we learn to work together as a team, and as we face new opportunities.

Pura Vida!

-Eagles Wings Disc Golf Team, Costa Rica 2017