Costa Rica Update #5 March 22, 2010

Buenas noches!
Hard to believe we leave tomorrow morning (Saturday). On some levels, it feels like we just arrived here, but at the same time, feels like we have been here for months. Either way, we leave in the morning and are headed home after a tremendous week of ministry here! We praise the Lord for His faithfulness to us throughout the week.
The last night is always bittersweet as we say “Good-bye” to newly found, yet close friends. The Lord richly blessed us the relationships that were formed this week. We served with different churches and ministries, each of which is being used mightily of the Lord. It was so much fun to be together and serve the Lord together. It was the body of Christ at work.
We did go to Puntarenas and to the beach today. San Jose is located in the mountains, whereas Puntarenas is on the coast. We left in the morning under cloud cover and cooler weather, only to arrive at the beach in the scorching sun. The water was very warm, but the sand was crazy hot! Unfortunately, some ladies burned the bottoms of their feet so badly they could hardly walk. Others got away with just “redder arms and legs.” We had a great time just hanging out and being refreshed from an intense week.
We stopped at the local “WalMart” to pick up some last-minute items for the ride home. We arrived back at our place for dinner around 9 pm and have spent the last few hours debriefing and rehashing the trip. We could never sum up all that the Lord has done, but we can give Him the glory! Thanks for standing with us in prayer throughout this trip. It is not completely over but we do leave Costa Rica in the morning. We are trusting the Lord for our travel home and our entrance back into life at home. Please pray that the things we learned and were challenged with will stick and that the Lord will give us a passion for Him and His Kingdom.
As an FYI, the Messiah team will probably not get back to Messiah until 1 am on Saturday night / Sunday morning, so we are trusting the Lord to watch over them as they make the extended journey all the way back to Central PA.

Blessings in Christ,

Chico Schlonecker

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