During my time serving in Costa Rica, I had the opportunity to meet up with a team in Nicaragua from Community Bible Church (my home church). We had the opportunity to partner with Pastor Santiago who I met during the summer of 2010 in Costa Rica while I was visiting. It was a great privilege to serve alongside our brothers and sisters in Christ of Nicaragua and the indigenous Misquito people, despite language barriers and cultural differences. I would encourage you to check out the GO 2011 Nicaragua link for pictures and posts as individuals from the team shared their personal experience of what God did in and through them over the course of the 10 days.
After an awesome experience in Nicaragua I have made it back to Costa Rica in one piece with just a few more days until I leave for the States. Nevertheless, when I returned to Costa Rica I hit the ground running after a days rest.
After settliing back in Friday, we did a few things around the mission house to prepare for the garage sale the New Life Church of Los Guido held yesterday (Saturday) at La Finca. There must have been 15 large trash bags full of shoes, clothes, and other miscellaneous items that visiting teams have donated or left behind over the last few months. In addition, there were also 5+ storage bins packed with various items to be sold. Starting at 9:00 a.m., people showed up at 7:30 a.m. to beet the rush and get the best deals they could. After everything was set up we let a limited amount of people in at a time to avoid those anxious shoppers from getting too excited. It reminded me of people in Wal-Mart... the day after Thanksgiving. They rushed in and gathered shoes and clothing items in two arms to disperse to a remote portion of the small building and decide what they actually wanted to purchase. It was a great success and a different garage sale experience than that which I have seen.
Scott and Teresa Wall, a couple visiting from the New Spring Church of South Carolina, also did a fantastic job helping out arounnd the Finca. Scott helped install a permanent pinata system with a pully in the new Multiuse building, while Teresa cut hair for those interested during the garage sale. They both did a great job!
As the day progressed, Bible Club also took place. This time of fellowship amongst the youth consisted of games, a giant slip n' slide, candy, God's Word, a raffle, and a scavenger hunt. All in all it was another busy day in Los Guido.
Today we celebrate the aniversary of the New Life Church of Los Guido. Check back for some pictures!