Costa Rica update…7.28.15

The girls heading to the preschool.
The girls heading to the preschool.

After a delicious home-cooked meal in one of the church member’s homes, and a good night’s sleep, we woke up refreshed. We first visited a preschool where we worked with two groups of children. We played some well-known favorites (duck, duck, goose and “Simón dice”) in the small outdoor space with the two-four year old group. Next we played a running game called “banana split” and a tag game with the four-six year old group. All of the kids listened well, were very cooperative, and participated actively in the games. With each group I shared a short testimony followed by a message from the local Push The Rock director about the creation story and a reminder that God made us in His image. The girls jumped right in playing with the kids, encouraging them in the games, and always offering to help with whatever they could. We went to the church for lunch before heading out to the foster home. This was mentioned by all of the girls as one of the highlights of their day. We started with some free time to play with the kids as they gathered at the outdoor court. Dodge balls, soccer balls, and a basketball flew back and forth, bouncing off the roof of one of the homes in the complex. Then we divided the group into two teams for a game of kickball. After the game one of the girls shared a testimony. Her description of meeting a friend who loved her so much that he died for her intrigued one of the boys and he asked if it was true. The director elaborated, presenting the gospel to the group. It was amazing for me to see how much these kids have grown in a year and that a few even recognized me from last summer when I first came to the homes. We are all glad that we will have the chance to go back next Tuesday as well. We took the long way back to avoid traffic, were home long enough a quick dinner, and then went back to the church for Bible study. Finally we wrapped up the night with our Team Time devotions. We had a wonderful first day! Pura vida!

Some of the views from our drives around San José.
Some of the views from our drives around San José.

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