Monday, July 8, 2013:
So, we’ve had our first work day here in Costa Rica…
After breakfast we started our walk (uphill both ways, literally) to our work site at the Methodist Church here in Carrillos de Bajo. We were greeted by the foreman and his crew and given a tour of the property by the Strong Mission interns. We then broke into 3 groups to work on 3 different projects which will all contribute to a massive community garden to help the children’s feeding program there at the church.
Group #1 was in charge of digging a hole (to China, according to Billy) and building a wooden box to be used as a concrete form to help deter water away from the church building which will help with erosion. Group #2 was given the task of creating and stabilizing the pathway and steep steps to where the garden will be. Pick axes, wheel barrows, rocks, oh my! Group #3, on the other hand, required a little more acrobatic skill. We’re not just saying that because it was our group. Ok, maybe we are. We (and when I say ‘we’ I mean 4 women, the foreman, and the interpreting intern) were to build a barbed wire fence around the church property. Yes, I said barbed wire. The funny thing was that Wilber, the foreman, kept asking in Spanish if we were REALLY the team he had to work with on the fence. Little did he know that we all possessed hidden fencing skills. We had no idea either! We put up fencing up AND down 40 foot embankments. We’ve decided to call ourselves the “Barbies.” Needless to say, we’re very proud of ourselves.
For lunch, we were treated to the real deal meal. No PB&J’s here! It was wonderful. Actually, every meal is really good. Charlie Strong, founder of Strong Mission, talked with us about the purpose, calling, and vision of Strong Mission. He expressed his sincerest gratitude for our new partnership with them.
After lunch, one team stayed at the work site while the rest of us went to another church to do VBS. The group that stayed behind ended up getting a little wet in a thunderstorm. Luckily, there was plenty of work to do inside the church. They installed a ceiling in the future feeding center there at the church. We left to do VBS and absolutely LOVED seeing all the kids eagerly waiting for us in front of the church. There were bubbles, balloons, Play-Doh, and crayons. They loved it! Laura and Kathy, our resident VBS experts, planned a wonderful lesson about Jesus making fishers of men out of Peter and Andrew. It was difficult acting out that story while KC was reading it to the kids in Spanish. Our Spanish is not really up to par. Luckily, she gave us director’s cues of what to do. We ended up having about 25 kids today, but I’m sure we’ll have many more tomorrow once the word gets out to the other kids in the neighborhood.
Home for shower, dinner, devotional, singing, and sleep. Can’t wait to do it all again tomorrow to see how God will have us serve Him.
In His Blessings,
Kim McDonald and Lisa Longacre