|Coffee Fields of Costa Rica|
This has been a very busy week. Mostly wonderful, but one particularly very unfortunate event...
Work on the church has continued and is pluggin' right along. We find ourselves out at that site 4-5 days a week lately. While the last group was here (they left on Tuesday morning) we accomplished the completion of the concrete floor, the plingaring of multiple walls (a process of flinging concrete on the walls), new walls installed, and the moving of many piles of sand, rock, and concrete bags. Why are we doing all of this...so that there can be a church in the middle of Alajualita, a fairly rough neighborhood in need of some TLC.
We were finally able to be a part of the candle making ministry at La Guacima. This ministry is run by Mylinda Baits, with minimal leadership, in hopes that the ladies there will take it on as their own. That area is a target area for sex trade prostitute recruits, and a thing such as a candle business can be enough to keep some from that terrible outcome. It gives purpose and a new skill. The candles are then sold for a minimum donation of $10 and the proceeds are split: 1/3 to the ladies, 1/3 to the supplies, and 1/3 to the church where they make the candles. I continued on with my puppet house building project and will finish the next time we go out there.
|Jenn helping to make the candles|
|Congratulations Caryn (and thanks to Gary and Mylinda for officiating (is that the right word?))!!|
|Poas Volcano, Costa Rica|
|At the butterfly gardens!|
|Two three toed sloths...seriously lazy creatures!|
|I LOVE THE TROPICS...yes, I was this close.|
|This is our new friend, Lt. Snottlenose|
|Yes, these frogs actually exist.|
New things we've learned:
1. Noise pollution laws in the States are actually in place for a reason.
2. Carpet is not something they do here.
3. Going on jogs = always running huge hills.
4. Many times greetings include God: Como esta? Bien, gracias a Dios. or: Hasta manana! Si Dios quiere.
(How are you? Good, thanks be to God) (See you tomorrow. Lord willing)
5. KEEP LUGGAGE IN YOUR LAP.
6. Everyone goes to the beach in the late afternoon, because it is too hot in the middle of the day.
7. Gary Baits loves playing games...ESPECIALLY when he wins.
8. Vendors sell things everywhere, on sidewalks, walking around on beaches, at stoplights between lanes. And, most of the time they are things that make sense, like food items, or touristy stuff. But, they also sell weird things like socks, remote controls, pens, and coloring books.
Our plan is still to move over to the Limon area (we have our eye on a little town called Cahuita). This weekend we'll be meeting the pastor of the church that we'd work with over there. Maybe then we'll have a bit of an idea of what we may do there. But for now, we continue to help out the Baits with their ministries whenever we can. Thank you to all for your support in this trip. It is amazing to see God working in and through us.
Until next time,