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.
-Eagles Wings Disc Golf Team, Costa Rica 2017
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