Friday, March 23, 2012

We spent all of yesterday preparing for our first day of VBS (Vacation Bible School) yet, nothing could have prepared us for today. The first site we visited did not have many kids. We were discouraged because of the small numbers. Nonetheless, we knew that even if we could minister to three kids at that site, it was worth it. The positive side to having an undersized group is that we had the opportunity to connect with the children. We sang songs, played games, gave a testimony and made a crafts. The children seemed to enjoy it.

After leaving the site we went to lunch. We traveled to a nearby waterfall. The view there was amazing. We had a chance to see God's creation in a different way. The terrain of Costa Rica is completely different; Florida has no mountains, waterfalls, and the weather is hot, all the time.

After a few hours of relaxing, we went to the second site. The bareness of this site was astonishing. The children live in small shacks surrounded by red dry clay. Nevertheless, they greeted us with smiles and hugs. Our first opening minutes we played with the kids. We played soccer and ninja. The children looked so happy even though they have next to nothing. After playing games, we started our crafts. We had each child make a prayer journal. We then gathered together and collectively prayed. One child's prayer request struck us all. She prayed for more food in the home. It made us think. We as Boca kids are so used to wanting this, and wanting that. She taught us all a very important lesson, to be content. SOmthing that was later reiterated by our director, Albert.

We are tired but look forward to meeting the smae kids again. Please pray for us here.

PS - Casey says hello to everyone

- Lauren Harper says hello to everyone


Anonymous Ellen and Lou said...

You all are doing great work there! Even though the turn out was small in numbers, God knows who He needs to bring to you and you to them. Continue to have faith that everything God does is for a reason and He will have His hand on you all throughout this mission trip. God Bless you all for the sacrifices you all are making to help others! All of your family and friends are very proud of you all and the work you are doing!

Much Love,
Ellen and Lou Hadden

3/24/2012 9:39 AM  
Blogger Trudi said...

I am praying for all of you. Often the best mission work is what happens in the heart of the missionaries themselves. You will gain as many blessings as you give. Hugs to you all and the young people you are ministering to.

Trudi Waldbillig

3/24/2012 11:42 AM  
Blogger Eileen Kunmann said...

What a blessing you are to those children, and don't let your hearts be discouraged, for God brings exactly the right numbers and those who are meant to be with you in that time. Give them all the love you can!
It sounds like you are really getting the idea of how blessed you are here at home, and how little others have. Hopefully this will be just the beginning of a desire to make mission trips like this a part of your life's work! To God be the Glory! SO proud of you all.
I am praying every day. Hope you can take some video clips so we can hear those precious voices..?
Lots of love....Hi Casey! Miss you tonsxo
Ms. K

3/24/2012 12:55 PM  
Blogger Greg Motte said...

Hey Casey and Pamela,
Sounds like God is really using you on your trip. Continue being the hands and feet of Jesus to the people you meet down there. Praying 4 you guys and the senior class.

3/24/2012 9:24 PM  

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