Costa Rica update #5 March 15, 2013

Up and at ’em again today at 6:45. Tough to believe today was the last day of clinics. The week has flown by, but it has been a tremendous week of ministry. Today was a great way to end this part of the trip. We spent and hour and a half at a local prison where Push The Rock Costa Rica has been serving for the past 3 years. This ministry has proven to be one of the most effective and fulfilling. We praise the Lord for the opportunity to interact with the young men and women of this prison. We spent time with 8 ladies this morning, all ranging in age from 18-21. We spent the first hour playing volleyball, teaching them the basic skills and then putting them in game situations. The last 30 minutes we had together were 30 minutes that will not soon be forgotten. One of our coaches shared her testimony before 6 of the 8 girls stood up and shared bits and pieces from their lives. It was very encouraging to gain their trust as they shared openly and honestly about how they arrived at the prison, how long they needed to stay, and how difficult things have been. However, it was also heartbreaking to hear their stories. Praise the Lord they recognize their need for Him! They are each working through what that means, but at least they recognize their need for a Savior!

We had lunch at a park before arriving at our afternoon clinic destination. We had 45 kids in the gym together and it was what we would call “organized chaos.” Not a whole lot to move around, but plenty of opportunity to love on these kids at the after school volleyball club program. We partnered with another sports ministry that has been ministering at this school for 5 years. Volleyball, testimony, and snacks filled our afternoon with these kids. It was great to spend some time with them as it is amazing how connected you can get to kids in such a short amount of time.

There was still some shopping to be done, so we hit up the supermarket for coffee, candies, and other gifts to take home. Then it was back in the bus so we could get back to our place and get changed for dinner. Dinner was fantastic even though it was an hour away. The food was excellent as we enjoyed a very traditional “casado” (rice, beans, salad, meat, black beans, and plantains). Praise the Lord for the great food we have had on this trip!

It is midnight and we are headed up to Arenal to enjoy the Hot Springs and a Canopy Tour at 6 am. The team is looking forward to this time together, but we also know that our week has been made possible, in large part, to your faithful prayers. Thanks for praying and please keep it up! It is crucial we finish strong!

Buenas noches:)!

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