Friday, March 15, 2013

¡Bienvenidos a Costa Rica!

Posted by: Erika Wiese

Today the senior class began its daily ministry routine with Pura Vida Missions:

·      Breakfast at 7:30 Costa Rican time
·      TAG (Time Alone with God)
·      First ministry site
·      Lunch
·      Second ministry site
·      Return to Pura Vida
·      Dinner promptly at 6:30
·      Worship/Message from Pastor Albert
·      Lights out at 10:30

The class is split into two groups. There are four ministry sites around San Ramon: Pastoral, Los Jardines, Calle Zamora, and Linda Vista. In the morning, Group 1 goes to Pastoral and Group 2 goes to Los Jardines. In the afternoon, the groups go to Calle Zamora and Linda Vista, respectively.

Children from each of these areas come to a plaza for about two and a half hours, during which we play games such as soccer or baseball, share a Bible message, put on a skit, and sing worship songs.

Many children came out to learn about God, and those who knew even a little bit of Spanish used it a lot. Benji brought his guitar to lead worship, and at Pastoral, all the children signed it. Being on top of the mountain at Linda Vista was very dry, windy, dusty, and hot, and there was absolutely no shade. Needless to say, there is hardly anyone without a sunburn. Caleb is as red as a tomato. The weather conditions didn’t hinder the children’s activities, though, and we all had a great time.

This afternoon during our lunch break, we took a trip to Las Musas, Costa Rica’s version of a waterpark. There was one winding slide that emptied into a (large but very shallow) pool and one small kiddie pool. However, what made Las Musas so spectacular was the fact that part of it was a huge waterfall. The water was very cold, but standing underneath the powerful torrent of water falling hundreds of feet was worth the chill!

In other news, Heber lost his glasses (again) at the waterfall and last night Ms. Fabara won a game of Settlers of Catan against several of the guys who prefer to remain unnamed.


Blogger Eileen Kunmann said...

Hello Hope and Ben and all those other Boca Christian Seniors...
Glad you made it safe and sound. Looks like your good work has begun.:)
Let your light shine! That they may see the good that you do and give glory to God.
We miss you, Hope xoxoxo
Hey Benji :)) , you too!

P.S. Casey says hi to Albert.

3/15/2013 9:13 PM  
Anonymous Mrs. Poole said...

Erika, thank you for being the faithful blogger for the class of 2013 for four years now! I can't wait to read all that goes on during your last mission trip as Blazers. Praying for you guys, that you would grow during your TAG time, be culturally sensitive, and see God's work in the world!

3/15/2013 10:35 PM  
Anonymous Mrs. Lisa Higgins said...

Hello! Glad that you all made it there safely. We are really enjoying all of the pictures!
Praying for you and all of those cute little kids!
We miss you Amanda!! Love, Mom

3/16/2013 12:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Show yourself A.J. Where are you? Are you really there or are you hiding somewhere in Delray? We are praying for all. Tus tíos keko y keka. Martha Jiménez

3/16/2013 12:19 AM  
Anonymous Kendra Reed said...

LOVE that your blog is so detailed! Thanks for the update and for the GREAT photos! I'm proud of you guys! (Hubert, REALLY with the glasses????)

3/16/2013 7:54 AM  
Anonymous Mr. and Mrs. Arnesano said...

Hi Seniors,
Sounds like your off to a great start of an amazing week. Water park looked like fun. Such beautiful natural surroundings. Was that you Bergen on the slide? I think so. We are praying for you all and that God would reveal himself to you in new and amazing ways and allow you to minister to the needs of the people who surround you there. Have a great nights sleep and we'll look forward to more blog tomorrow.
Mr. and Mrs. Arnesano

3/16/2013 6:48 PM  
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3/16/2013 8:25 PM  
Blogger Seniors said...

Yes, that is Bergen on the slide!

3/18/2013 8:51 AM  

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