Quince de Setiembre:
We were beyond words excited to head to the centers for the first day at Quince de Setiembre. We split into two groups – one to start the preparations for painting the babies’ classroom, and the other group to play with the precious ticos! We helped the kids eat, helped put their pjs on and rubbed their backs to get a nap. So sweet. It is clear to the team that God is at work at Quince de Setiembre and that, although the children are in very dark and vulnerable places, God’s love is being shown to the kids to let them know that they are special, they are loved, and God does have a purpose for each one of them. We are so excited for what God has planned for the rest of the week at Quince. Thank you for the prayers!
As we walked off the bus and entered El Manatial, we were welcomed with “los visitas” from twenty different directions. We were split into two teams and were each assigned two different tasks. Team A was assigned to painting the walls surrounding the playground. Team B was put into the classrooms with children ages 2-7 years old. We are called to love on everyone and that is what we got to do today with the children at el manatial. It was only day one at this center and I already saw God working in such a big way. We cannot wait to see how God works throughout the rest of the week.
Lomas Kindergarten is nothing short of the Lord’s handiwork. The Holy Spirit is so evident there. The teachers, as well as the children, are so incredible and so full of joy. We were welcomed by the children dressed in traditional Costa Rican outfits, they sang their national anthem, and performed a few traditional dances. After these cultural festivities, our group split in two – half of us worked in the classroom and the other half sanded/painted a wall. The students who worked in the classroom taught the children memory verses and spent quality time getting to know the kids. The group of us outside got to sand an entire wall by hand, paint windows into a beautiful turquoise color, and listen to Tim sing Amazing Grace the entire time. While these tasks seem small, they are very much needed in the Lomas Kindergarten community. We are so excited to continue this week of being the hands and feet of Christ while getting to know these precious children even more!
When we arrived at Lomas elementary we were welcomed with open arms and plenty of smiles. Some of the students had prepared a dance for us. Then, our team was split into two groups. Each group painted for half the day, then spent time in the classroom for the other half. In the classroom we are talking about gratitude, so today we focused on getting to know the children better while developing trust with them. The painting team will be focusing on painting a classroom and a large mural wall all week. Thanks to Nick and Miller for working in the hot sun all day and prepping our mural wall for tomorrow! We are looking forward to being with the kids at lomas for the rest of the week. They are so loving and happy that it brings us a lot of joy to be around them!
-Zoe and Kelsey