Finca San Juan
It was another Fincan awesome day at Finca San Juan. As soon as we walked through the gates, a chorus of “gringos!” echoed from the kindergarten classrooms! This week we’ve been learning to embrace our gringo-ness and accept the awkward misunderstandings and deer-in-headlights looks while trying to connect to these loving children. Today the maintenance crew was able to completely finish our originally assigned task and moved onto to another a hallway that we are going to be able to finish by the end of tomorrow. While a big group is daunting and can be a hinderance, God worked through our crew to do more than what was asked, allowing us to show His love even further to this wonderful school. I had the opportunity to work in the classrooms with kindergarteners and first graders, coloring and talking about princesses and animal noises (like every 5-7 year old loves to). Watching our classroom team connect with these adorable little kids and making them smile from ear-to-ear, filled with me such joy. These kids experience conditions that are beyond anything us privileged, American teenagers ever will have to face and to be able to be able to bring them a moment of laughter and sunshine (from strange gringos no less) is a true blessing from God. Several of the kids, of all ages, told us how much it means to them that strangers are willing to come better their school when their government and community is not. I am so thankful to be here in this beautiful country and with this amazing team! We can’t wait for our last Fincan awesome day of service tomorrow. Hasta mañana!
(Hi mom and dad!! Don’t worry, Sam and I getting along swimmingly. Love you!)
By: Hannah Glass
Lomas del Rio
Words cannot begin to describe the events that occurred today in our beloved center. Work began shortly after a high five from Juan (Papa Smurf). Great progress was achieved in painting the facility and doing everything we could to help. However, the physical labor was not the most rewarding kind of work done today. It was the emotional labor that was felt as the most rewarding. The relationships every member of our team has formed with these kids is filled with the most genuine kind of love; the kind of love where you would sacrifice everything you have just to see them smile, and lemme tell ya… the Costa Rican smiles were all pure, every one was unique, and every one touched a heart. Isn’t that beautiful? This environment has truly wrapped its hands around each individuals heart. An environment filled with contagious smiles, spine-breaking hugs, and a love that dives into your heart and inspires change. The children and staff at Lomas del Rio are the type of people that I ,and this whole team, aspire to be: genuine. They truly love like no other; God radiates through them in SO many ways. Sidenote: Austin just choked on a Tums tablet. Tomorrow is going to truly rock our hearts. For many of us, this is our last time seeing these children as students and for some of us it may be forever. Pray for our strength, but more importantly, pray for theirs. We may leave them, but our hearts will always be connected. Through God relationships never die.
By: Austin Ingram and Tessa Carley
Finca San Juan