Costa Rica update #5 May 23, 2011

Time is flying by … hard to believe we arrived here in beautiful Costa Rica a week ago. Praise the Lord for a great, yet busy, weekend. We spent all of Saturday morning at a local prison interacting with young men ages 13-17. In addition to playing lots of soccer together we had the opportunity to share our stories with them. It is so encouraging to see the impact the weekly Bibles studies and soccer training times are having on each young man! Those weekly times together really helped us to build a quick and strong bond with these young men Saturday morning.

After lunch we went to the outdoor market, where we haggled with the local vendors to get some great deals!!! We have not had much down time to speak of, so having Saturday afternoon and evening to shop and just hang out as a team was very needed and refreshing. Not to be left out are our multiple visits to POPS, quite possibly the greatest ice cream place ever! Not much else says Costa Rica like “Pops.”

Sunday morning our host church put out a wonderful breakfast spread for us before the service. In addition to breakfast we heard a presentation from the board of Push The Rock Costa Rica. It was great to hear how the Lord is using Push The Rock in the schools and prisons and what the plans are moving forward. It helped the team better understand how we fit into the “bigger picture” of what God is doing in Costa Rica.

The worship services on our trips are always a highlight, and our worship time together at CED was no different. The team had the privilege of singing two songs during the service. We were accompanied by the worship band, which made it sound extra beautiful. Additional time was carved out in the service for one of our team members to share his heart with the congregation.

Another wonderful tradition we have with the church is Sunday lunch. A very large percentage of the church joined us at a local mall for lunch. Full of authentic eateries, we could still choose Subway, Quiznos, McDonald’s, KFC, etc., at the food court. It was a great opportunity to mingle with others in the church that we do not spend much time with throughout the week. It certainly helps to give the trip more of a “partnership” feel with the church when we are able to do things like this together!

We had another game Sunday night, which went well, before heading back to our house for dinner and Team Time. The team continues to do extremely well with everything … the Lord knew what He was doing when He put this team together:)!

Monday is our “day off” and we will head to the Volcano for the day. We are all looking forward to hitting the bakery in the morning and then spending the rest of the day walking the goodies off around the volcano. We have been blessed with great weather for the clinics and games and look forward to enjoying God’s creation rain or shine.

Tomorrow (Tuesday) we are doing a service project at a local prison. We will spend most of the day painting and cleaning. We are excited to be a blessing in this way. The weekly soccer has been a tremendous testimony to the young men and the administration, but we pray that our time painting will also clearly demonstrate God’s love to them!

Thanks again for standing with us in ministry and for getting on your knees on our behalf. We could not do it without you!

The team

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