Friday, March 16, 2018

Seniors Day #2 in Costa Rica

Posted by: Emily Smith and Stephanie Casting

The class of 2018 was welcomed with open arms into the beautiful city of San Ramon, Costa Rica. After a three-hour plane ride, another hour on a bus, in addition to adjusting to a two-hour time difference and the loss of an hour from Sunday’s Daylight Savings time change the class was exhausted. The staff here at Pura Vida Missions encouraged us to go serve the community wholeheartedly. One of the first things that we did was go out on a prayer walk to the six different VBS sites that we served today. Taking the time to explore the communities and acknowledging the power of the presence of the Lord really ignited us to serve this community. Immediately, we were reminded of how blessed we are back home in the states.

The worship service following our time in the community was powerful. Pastor Albert’s message on Legacy set the atmosphere for our class to prepare their hearts for transformation. His ending was resonant as he asked, “What change do you want God to do in your life?” He prompted us to pray over the change that God has in store for us.

The next morning began with a scrumptious breakfast and a peaceful time alone with the Lord. We divided into three groups under the leadership of Mrs. Sanoja, Dr. Gutierrez, and Mr. Smith and went to three separate sites for VBS. We shared a the story of Noah, a memory verse, worship songs, arts/crafts, and testimonies with the topic being that although God punishes a sinful world he is faithful and forgives those who repent and turn to him. We repeated the morning schedule in the afternoon at three different sites.

This evening we will have a great time playing soccer and a late-night snack of American wings!

Shouts Outs:

Missing you and your hugs right now. Dad and I have talked a lot about how you should be here with us. We miss your sweet smile and loving self. I can’t wait for our first family night when we get back and it has only been a day.  Your presence is missed and your duo lingo is receiving appreciation in these moments. Love you more than words could say. Keep being the best teacher ever for your kids back at school! – Emmydoodle <3

Hi mom and dad! Love, Lindsey

Hi mom! Hi dad! Hi sisters! I love you! Love, Sarah

Hey Mamma and Pappa! How’s it having an empty nest? ;) No worries I love you and miss you deeply. See you soon!!! Thanks for all the prayers  - Marlena 

Shout out to my mom and my pops! And Kien and Kylie. Not Jensen. I love you guys. Love, Maika

I love you guys. Answer the phone on Whats App! – Love, Abby

Olivia painting nails at a VBS site.

Kyle playing soccer at a VBS site.


Marlena braiding hair at a VBS site.

Playing under the parachute.

Cole teaching the children the weekly Bible verse. The teenagers on bikes hang around and listen also.

Mr. Smith's VBS team.

Sarah leading the kids in a game.

The ladies preparing the craft for VBS.
Kendall writing a note to a classmate for their B-mail bag.

Exhausted after a long day.
Hanging out in the Pura Vida Missions courthouse.

Another view of the courtyard.


Blogger Unknown said...

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3/16/2018 1:59 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

“And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.”
Mark 16:15

Love u Phill 💙

3/16/2018 2:14 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Great blog post and pictures, Class of 2018! Thank you for sharing!

Hello Elise! Pray this trip exceeds your expectations! Love and miss you much! ❌⭕️

3/16/2018 11:30 PM  
Blogger Michelle van bavel said...

Love to you all ❤️❤️❤️ and praying that you’re a huge BLESSING to everyone you encounter this week. You know how special you are to me ❤️❤️❤️ 😇😇😇🙏🙏🙏 .

3/17/2018 9:50 AM  
Blogger Ruth Leon said...

My heart ❤️ is full of joy as I read how the Lord is working in you and through you all. I pray you will be transformed in His Spirit. Blessings to all, thank you Mr. Smith, Mrs. Sajona, and Mrs. Gutierrez. Tell Sebby his brothers miss him a lot, besitos from Mami y Papi. Te amamos Sebby!! ❤️��

3/17/2018 10:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

These pictures and your blog fill me with such joy! Undoubtedly all of us here at home in the U.S. are feeling as I do: absolutely bubbling over with pride and joy at the work you're doing, the bonds you're forming, and the love you're sharing! I sure hope you all can feel our prayers and our love all the way from here to there and back again. Seeing you grow from one trip to the next has been amazing. You all are ready to sojourn through this world--your waists girded with Truth, your hearts protected by God's righteousness, your feet shod with the Gospel, and your hands carrying the great shield of faith! How you have all grown!!!!

Shout out to the lass! <3 Love you sweet girl! SO proud of you!!!

Ephesians 6:10-18 New King James Version (NKJV)
The Whole Armor of God
10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age,[a] against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—

3/17/2018 6:50 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Hi everyone, I see you guys having fun. Abby we miss you, I have not see any picture of you doing craft with the kids. I hope all the craft you guys are doing are good. We are praying for you guys.

3/17/2018 8:45 PM  

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