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.