The outreach that I am currently taking place in, headed down to Costa Rica from Belize about a week ago. It was crazy, fantastic, and stretched my patience to a new level. I have nine other teammates including my amazing leaders Heather and Jeremy. It’s so cool to me that God called all of us here to serve Him wholeheartedly for two months in a culture that is not our own and that he has a unique plan for us. In the Bible it states, “We all belong to the body of Christ” (1 Corinthians 12:27) and it is extremely evident with my team. Although we all have different attributes that we have to offer, we still use them together like a well working machine.
It took us a week to travel through Central America, but we made it! We said our painful good byes to the staff at YWAM DP and the other students that went across the seas to the Solomon Islands. We took water taxis, mini power boats in the middle of the sea, sketchy “city buses” that were technically school buses and a taxi van that had dents and a smashed wind-shield. We got the pleasure and opportunity to experience sleeping in hostels and hotel rooms that could hold six people. The coolest thing of all is that we were able to see a lot of God’s creations, nature and people. The fun thing about traveling is it gives you so much down time to contemplate and allow God to open your eyes to new things. Something He placed heavily on my heart is all the people we come across and every organization we get to help God already knows about them. God already has a crazy, fantastic plan for their life, and we get the privilege to meet them. I like to think of it as a loop, no one is a head of the other but our actions affect them. The people that drove the buses they got us here, the places that we stayed at cared and sheltered us. Everything is pre-thought by God. He knows everything, and we serve such a powerful and almighty God! So, if we only get to see people for a couple of hours or a couple of weeks, we need to pour all of God’s love onto them. We need to serve them in anyways possible. They are all God’s children and creations, and that alone is a blessing and a miracle in itself.
After traveling through Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua, we made it to the YWAM base in Heredia, Costa Rica. We are now rooming with 10 cowboys and girls from Wyoming. On the base they collect water by means of rain and wells. They grow veggies and fruits in their huge gardens and have horses, goats, and chickens that we get to feed and maintain! It is a unique way of living, and I considerate it an honor to be taught everything. Thank you so much for taking time to hear about our adventures so far. Please keep our team and the organizations we will be working with in your prayers as we continue to do God’s work here in Costa Rica.
Shelby Moore- Leadership DTS January 2013