Costa Rica Volleyball update #8

Tuesday 1/1/13

Last night we were treated like kings and queens at the church and had a wonderful time worshipping the Lord and bringing in the New Year! There was praise and worship, a message, lots of raised hands, and lots of prayer from the Pastor. New experiences for a lot of people! After the service there was a delicious meal and a celebration with hats and noise-makers for the New Years countdown.

Today we are traveling to Los Chiles! We are currently on our 4-5 hour bus ride, weaving up, down, and around the green hills of Costa Rica. The hills aren’t just any regular mound of dirt covered with trees; these hills have character. You can look out of either side of the bus and see the same thing; different streaks of brown marking the lopsided rectangles of farmland, dark patches of trees with dirt roads cutting through ever-changing elevation of the terrain, small communities of colorful one-story houses grouped together while the farms stand alone complete with cattle, goats, and raggedy makeshift fences. At one point, we found ourselves driving through the clouds. Soon after, a light mist of rain fell on us, followed by a double rainbow that appeared to land no more than a stones-throw away.

We stopped at a place known for its large population of iguanas and saw around 30 iguanas, some 5 foot in length! When we were nearing the farm in Los Chiles, our bus got stuck going up a steep and wet hill. After reversing and making numerous attempts at conquering the hill, we receded and walked the last 30 minutes. We were greeted at the farm by Don Tony and Dona Rosa, treated to a wonderful soup and rice dinner, and settled in.

Wednesday 1/2/13

Today in Lose Chiles we ran two camps in two different areas. In the morning, we ate rice with tomatoes and what is known as “squeaky cheese” because of the sound it makes against your teeth. At both the camps, we shared the gospel with the children and had two testimonies. And at both camps, the kids were eager to learn volleyball and just as willing to listen about Christ and the story of the gospel. Another exciting part of both camps was that a local pastor was in attendance. We were able to direct the children to a local support network where they will be able to be discipled!

It was the hottest day yet and we are currently seeing who has the best farmer’s tan, the best wrist ban tan, and the best sock tan. Internet is all but impossible to get here on the farm so updates might be sparse the next couple days. Thank you for all of your prayers!

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