Day two is upon us! Today most of us were up when the sun was, which happened to be around 5:30am. We made our way to breakfast, which was delicious as always with some famous Costa Rican coffee to wake us up. Once we were all full and ready to go, we hopped onto our busses and traveled over Los Guitos, which is a day care center provided from the church for young children from at-risk families. Although the center is not yet open, we were educated by the director of the center, Pam, on the journey they have taken with Los Guitos while fundraising, purchasing land, working on construction, and staying in a constant state of prayer. It was the furious love and dedication that was put into the center that has it set for an opening date for later this year. After our educational presentation, we were able to explore the center and see for ourselves what the Lord has provided for these children. We then gathered in their cafeteria to pray over the center and its continuing progress and engaged in a session of worship led by some talented team members. Chandler was able to share the story of Elijah with us and encouraged us to put passion into our work over the next week. It was an emotional moment as we felt the presence of the Lord in the room with us as we took communion and entered into a time of personal prayer. Once it was time to leave, Pam presented us with a small gift. Each of us was able to leave the center with our hearts full and a verse in hand of a promise from God.
We travelled to a farmer’s market outside of San José where we were presented with a new challenge: speak to vendors in full Spanish and fulfill a shopping list of fruits that most of us have never seen before. We split up into our small groups and we were on our way! The market was overflowing with inspiring culture and brand new foods to try. In no time, we were full of delicious fruits and juices and ready to leave to our next location.
We were in for an hour long bus ride up some windy uphill roads that left a twist in some of our stomachs. We arrived at a coffee plantation for lunch and an in-depth tour of how Costa Rican coffee is grown, harvested, and roasted. We were also educated in the immense work forced required to make a coffee plantation function. We left hours later jittering with coffee, ready to be back at the hotel for the night.
The most special part of the day came next: ball pumping. As a team, we were able to make it to Costa Rica with roughly 1,300 soccer balls to donate to the children of Lomas Elementary school. After we returned from our busy day, we all gathered with our duffle bags full of soccer balls and donation items and began pumping. In total, we were able to pump up about half of the soccer balls that we brought and left the rest for later donations. It was a miracle that we were able to tote all of those through customs in the first place, but to see their purpose tomorrow when they’re donated will be truly humbling. It really is incredible to see how a small effort in donation and work can make such a huge impact and difference in a child’s life.
So we’re ending our day on a high note! Stay constant in prayer along with us as we enter our different centers to work tomorrow and the next few days. We will check in tomorrow!