Costa Rica update 1/9/11

Hard to believe the trip is coming to a close. After months of preparations, we close out our time here. It is always so bittersweet! Praise the Lord for a fantastic time of ministry!

Today we were up early again to get breakfast by 6:30 am and then be on the road by 7 am. It was a 1.5 hour drive through the mountains to a University, where the ladies played their games at 9 am and the guys played afterwards at 11 am. It was a blast to play with the other teams and to share with them our love for the Lord. The team members have done a great job of sharing a bit about God’s work in their lives at the clinics and games. Today was no different.

After the games we went to a restaurant up on the mountainside to enjoy the typical “casado” dish, consisting of a meat (chicken, pork or beef), rice, salad, black beans and plantains. It does not get much better than that! We went from lunch straight to the center of Costa Rica where we shopped for 1.5 hours. Many people are uncomfortable with bartering but it is an art that several team members picked up quickly and well.

From the local market we went to a sports store where the team cleaned house on soccer jerseys and shorts. They purchased items from the two main teams in the area and have been proudly wearing their new purchases with great pride tonight. From the sports store we went to the mall for dinner. It was great to have the food court there, giving the team a chance to actually choose what they wanted for dinner. After dinner we headed home, but enjoyed a pit stop at a grocery store where everyone purchased the coffee they needed. We are keeping the coffee farmers in business these days!

Once we got home we had our debriefing session. It is always a blast to reflect over our time here and praise the Lord for all that has done and for all that He is doing! As usual, it is another late night and since we need to be up in 2 hours to get ready for the airport, it is time to sign off. Several people are still up getting ready to leave tomorrow morning at 5 am.

Thank you again for praying for us and for following our trip from the comforts of your own homes:). We would appreciate your prayers for our travel time as we all head our separate ways tomorrow. May we have an opportunity to share Christ on the plane or in the airports tomorrow.

May the Lord receive all the glory and honor!

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