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Day Four in Costa Rica

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Lori switched teams to do the hygiene talk with the other sites. Kira, Hanah & Jillian let the kids paint their entire faces with face paint! Darien gave his testimony which was awesome. It rained a little more today but we were thankful for God providing people in the community that allowed our groups to […]

Day Three in Costa Rica

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We had a great time playing indoor soccer last night while Costa Rica won their soccer game! Today’s sites were great. It was a little rainy for part of the day so groups of kids were smaller but Zach & Nick gave a great testimony to their faith & everyone on the team shared God’s […]

Day 6: Final Day in Costa Rica

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Submitted by Mason Norris, Youth Intern Sunday, June 19 After one final stop at our morning VBS site in Volio on Friday, we packed up and headed up into the mountains to our hotel for the weekend, directly at the base of the Arenal volcano. After attempting to keep up with a dozen or more […]

Day 4 & 5: Costa Rica

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Submitted by Mason Norris, Youth Intern: Wednesday and Thursday, June 15 & 16 A group from the other church at Pura Vida (First United Methodist of Lakeland) has been working on a construction project building a new home for a local family. Their team leader has kept us updated by telling their stories (quite animatedly, […]

Day 4: Costa Rica

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Submitted by Kim Lawler, chaperone: Tonight is our emotional night (not that the whole week isn’t emotional). This is the night where we gather as a group to share how our experience has been and how God has been working through us. As usual, lots of tears were shed, and there were amazing stories of […]

Day 3: Costa Rica Team

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Submitted by Mason Norris, Youth Intern: Apologies are in order that this blog comes in late today, as I am writing it Wednesday morning rather than Tuesday night. Last night was the group outing to the soccer fields, a fun journey for 5/6 of the mission and just more of the same for our group. […]

Day 2: Costa Rica Team

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Monday, June 13¬† Submitted by Mason Norris, Youth Intern In describing the location of the sites we will be visiting, it is hard to decipher precisely the distances and relative locations. The categorized geography we are accustomed to fails me in a country where “up the hill past the abandoned factory” could very well be […]

6/12/16 Costa Rica Youth: Adjusting to the Cultural Divide

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June 12, 2016 I considered writing a full itinerary of our morning, but I scrapped that idea after how much of the agenda was collecting and distributing the team’s passports, moving luggage, and filling out forms.¬†Needless to say the process of flying in large groups is not for the bureaucratically challenged. After being stuffed into […]

Crafting, Buying, Borrowing & Packing

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Saturday, June 11 Today is the day. It seems like just last week when we were still in the planning stages of this trip, when June 11th was a far-off date to look forward to rather than a part of the very real present. But finally, tonight we will leave on the first leg of […]