The first full day in Costa Rica was exciting and very eventful! Daylight came really early and most of us were eager to begin the day. First order of the day was breakfast, awesome pancakes (banana pancakes). Once breakfast was done we gathered for a prayer to begin our day.
Our project for the day was working on the Pentecostal church in the area. They are adding addition space for a feeding program. Once we arrived at the church, we enthusiastically got to work sanding and installing dry wall. Time flew by so quickly.
Before we knew it, lunchtime was here. After lunch, we continued to work on the dry wall. Apparently they had a surprise for us later after our work, so we anxiously awaited and couldn’t wait to finish. After work, we had the privilege of meeting and talking with a local family to hear their testimony about how God has truly been in the midst of their lives, even through temptation and struggle. Oscar, as he is known, and his family, were living in a house that he could not repair but Strong Missions assisted in rebuilding it. At the same time, his wife was struggling with some addictions. We heard their testimony about how God has helped them even at their lowest. This served as a reminder that there’s nothing too big or small that God cannot handle.
After their tearful testimonies and encouraging stories of hope, we had coffee together! We laughed with them and made new memories. Oscar and his family are now our lifelong friends and say, “We’re welcome anytime we are in Costa Rica.”
After dinner, we had devotion and learned about the importance of doing things to please Christ as well as doing it with a grateful heart. To wind down such a long hard day, we did yoga, yes, yoga! A member of our team teaches yoga and volunteered to give a session. After such a rigorous day of climbing up steep hills, we sure did feel relaxed. It made for a great night’s sleep! Rest now and on to day two of work in Costa Rica. Cypress UMC is ready to serve!
Written by Krishan Saunders, Cypress UMC member