Are Costa Rica team for the January 2013 DTS is hard at work. Here is a glimpse into their exciting adventures.
One of the main projects we have worked on as a group is to do maintenance work at a school. This has included cleaning up trash from the grounds, scrubbing walls and windows, and making it safer for the kids in general.We get a little time to play with the kids during their class breaks, which makes this opportunity unique because we get to see another glimpse of God’s children. This week the kids will be coming to our base to play games and build relationships. We will have the opportunity to reenact Bible stories and share testimonies. It is so great to know that we can do the kinds of work that will continue to impact these kids as they grow up.
A Bible in Every Home
For over 30 years, Loren Cunningham (founder of YWAM) has been encouraging and challenging YWAMers to put a Bible in every home in their communities…and even in entire nations! The YWAM bases in Costa Rica have accepted the challenge. About a year and a half ago, YWAM Heredia, the base where we are staying, started handing out Bibles around their community. Each of the three bases have certain provinces that they are in charge of distributing to.
While we are here, we have the privilege of helping with this Bible distribution project. What this looks like is first, praying for those we are going to meet and that they will receive the Bibles well. Then we split into groups, go to the streets, and go house to house. We talk with an adult owner of the house and explain who we are and what we are doing; we also explain that the Bible is a gift. Not every house answers the door, so in those situations we put a pamphlet explaining our mission in the Bible, put the Bible in a plastic bag, and then leave it by the door.
One day while giving out Bibles we had cool experiences. At one house, we were invited in and fed sandwiches, juice, apples, and oranges from their own yard! We had a long chance to chat with the whole family and got to pray with them! We shared some testimonies and they shared a testimony from their family as well. At another house, the other group was invited in and got to pray for an expecting mother who was due very soon.
King’s Kids is a ministry here at the YWAM Heredia base that has touched my heart; they are taking kids from the ages 8-15 and teaching them to be faithful and devoted to Christ at a young age. It is only held once a month, but I believe the impact that is happening in these children’s lives will then pour out and impact others in the world. The kids get a chance to do a Bible study and worship before they go out and do ministries in the area. What happened during this month’s outing was feeding the homeless. We were blessed to be able to take part in the adventure as well. We made a rice dish that would be handed out in down town San Jose along with juice. The thing that really stood out to me was even though these kids were petrified and nervous they were faithful. It was so encouraging to see young believers doing the work of God. It inspired us to push through the hard times and remain focused on why we are here.
Rolling for Jesus
We had been trying to get into a local nursing home and it just was not working out. We heard about a bake sale that they were having which was open to the public and we decided to seize the opportunity. We showed up and it was not anything that we expected. There was no baked goods; instead, there was different performers and musical acts. We started out by going throughout the buildings and finding people who wanted to come to the fiesta. One lady stood out; her name was Lillian. I was walking her to the party when all of a sudden she started making car noises and took off running with her walker! She had the biggest smile on her face. Even with the language barrier we still attempted communication, and without understanding much I knew she had so much joy in her heart. Probably the spunkiest elderly lady I have ever met with a reverence for life! At the fiesta the residents got an opportunity to be free, let loose, and dance. We went out on the dance floor with them and learned some awesome moves! After a few songs we all got tuckered out, but the seniors just kept going! They inspired us to look at the positives in life, and to keep the joy even in hard times.
-January 2013 Leadership DTS Costa Rica Outreach Team