Cost Rica Volleyball trip update #1

December 29th 2011

Philippians 4:4  “Rejoice in the Lord always.  I will say it again: Rejoice!”

Travel days aren’t always the most fun.  Full of drowsy 5 minute naps on the plane ride and waiting in lines, it’s easy to get grouchy.  But as Paul reminds us, we can always rejoice in the Lord.   Today, the Costa Rica Volleyball 2011-2012 team met up at 5 am, after an 11 hour training day yesterday.  We then had a 2 hour ride to the airport, a 2 hour wait, and a 5 hour flight.  A short drive later, we arrived at our destination, the AMCA house, located in San Jose, Costa Rica!!!!  Through all of this traveling, everyone on the team had a great attitude and seemed to be able to enjoy the first day of the trip!

Of course once we arrived, the beautiful, summer weather helped.  We settled into the AMCA house and met Nattie Gomez who works for Push The Rock here.  We took a short walk around the area and saw a few of the shops and nearby parks.  The parks were full of people playing a number of sports.  The houses are crowded right next to each other and are almost all guarded by a tall fence and barbed wire.  Although we enjoyed seeing the mountainous landscape and the nice weather, it’s sad to see such a large area riddled with poverty.  I think it’s going to be a great experience for us to be here and have this opportunity to love those less fortunate than us.

After just meeting each other for the first time yesterday the team is quickly coming together.  While there does not seem to be a lot of outgoing personalities, that perception will probably change quickly!  We all get along well together and already are growing closer to each other.  We’re excited to see how God’s going to use us as his humble servants here in Costa Rica!

Thank you so much for your prayers! We are excited about what the Lord has in store for us!


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