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