Costa Rica volleyball trip update #8 January 7, 2012

Friday January 6th, 2012

Back to the update!  So Tuesday was our second day of clinics in Los Chiles, definitely another busy day.  We were at the same places as the day before, and we really enjoyed getting to see most of the same kids again.  In the morning we were at La Virgen.  We got to play more games this time, and the more advanced players did really well.  Some of us had fun doing relay races with the younger kids, and we all got very muddy.  We shared testimonies and talked about the Bible again, and then we shared a snack.  Afterwards, it was hard to say goodbye to these kids because we had gotten to know them better and we took a lot of pictures with them.  The clinic at El Amparo in the afternoon was similar, and we may have gotten even muddier then.  Once again, we had trouble saying goodbye and took lots of pictures.  But after both camps, both groups of kids showed an interest in starting a volleyball club in their areas, which is exciting because that could be a great ministry opportunity there.  The day before, the bus had gotten stuck on the way back since it was a long dirt road to the farm, so we had to have Don T tow it and some people walked back.  Sure enough, once again we couldn’t make it all the way, so we parked the bus at a neighbor’s house (like a half mile away), and we walked back.  That night, we once again enjoyed cold showers (we were so muddy that we actually did enjoy them) and a great meal from Dona R.  We had devotions together, played some more games, and went to bed so we would be ready for our work day.

Wednesday was our work day at the Resplandecer Farm so that we could help Don T and Dona R.  It was another early morning, and we started working a little after 8.  Don T explained that we would be moving a trough, carrying wood from one place to another, and moving dirt in wheelbarrows.  What we didn’t realize was that the trough really weighed 600 lbs., we had to carry wood out of the jungle up an intense muddy slope, and that we had to move an awful lot of dirt and dig some pretty large holes.  So, we started by moving the extremely heavy trough into his truck.  It was pretty tough, but we got it in.  Then, Don T drove the truck into his yard and got it stuck.  So we pushed for a while, and it kept getting stuck.  Don T decided we should move on to the wood.  So we started carrying wood up out of the jungle.  This took most of the morning, and we were all very tired afterwards.  Then we went back to get DonT’s truck out of the mud.  This time we were more successful and were able to get through and drop the trough off where he wanted it.  We took a break for lunch and to get some energy back then.  After lunch, we went out to the classroom they’re building and started moving dirt.  Some of us were digging holes, while others filled wheelbarrows, and others dumped the wheelbarrows.  It was tough work and took all of the afternoon.  I think I can say we were all exhausted after this and appreciated the showers even more than the day before.  We had fun together though and were glad to help Don T and Dona R out.  We enjoyed dinner again, and Don T made us a bonfire afterwards.  We had a great time talking around the fire and enjoying each other’s company.  Looking back on Los Chiles, we agreed that talking to Don T and Dona R had been a great experience and that we really enjoyed being able to spend more time with our Costa Rican friends who had come along with us.  They did a great job translating and were great to have with us.

This brings us to Thursday, our day to enjoy each other’s fellowship and get prepared for the last few days of our trip.  It was sad to say goodbye to Don T and Dona R, but we left after enjoying another breakfast prepared by Dona R.  Our first stop on Thursday was at the Baldi Hot Springs in Arenal.  There we enjoyed relaxing in the different pools and waterfalls that they had.  It felt great, especially since we were so sore from the day before.  We ended the morning by going on the water slides they had there and eating at the buffet beside it.  We then got back in the bus and kept going towards San Jose.  Our next stop was for the canopy tour that we were all anticipating.  We had an awesome time swinging through the trees on a bunch of different zip lines and a jungle swing.  Most of the zip lines went right through the woods and were lots of fun.  The last one was 820 feet long and went out over the canyon, where we had a beautiful view.  It was awesome!  Afterwards, we packed up again and headed back to the AMCA house.  Arriving back in San Jose, we had dinner and then did devotions together.  We were all pretty tired and were glad to go to bed early.

This morning, Friday, we had breakfast at 8 and then got ready for our morning clinic.  This was our last clinic at the Roble Alto foster home.  There were only 7 kids there because all of the other kids had gone home for Christmas break, so we were glad to be able to play with them.  We had fun teaching them volleyball skills and then playing a game with them.  We learned a lot about the Roble Alto foster home, and we were glad to be able to help out a little with that ministry.  After the clinic, we headed back to the AMCA house and enjoyed lunch.  Now, some of us are sleeping, and soon we’ll all be getting ready for a little shopping and our night match with the Alajuela team.  The girls are all excited to play another match, since it’s been a while.  The team appreciates your continued prayers as we finish out our trip in the next few days and get ready to travel back to the U.S.


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