A bittersweet of completing tasks, seeing a change from the beginning of the week to today, and knowing our time was coming to an end.
Before we embark on our trips to Iglesia Cristiana (Discipulos de Cristo) en la Capri, I remind the group that our tasks are two fold, to complete meaningful work and to build life long relationships with our brothers and sisters here in San Jose, Costa Rica.
We begin the week being a little unsure of one another, feeling each other out, and building trust between us. Through work and conversation we grow to love one another, reminding each other that we are brought together by our Creator. Rather than our differences separating us, we acknowledge that they make us stronger and we compliment one another.
Maria Luisa, one of the women of the church, took us on a walk in the neighborhood this afternoon. We saw where the church began (now a Pentecostal church), bought drinks at a local soda, played in a neighborhood park, and enjoyed local popscicles called bolis.
When we returned, the women had pastries ready for us and then served us corn on the cob.
Then the bittersweet time began. We joined hands and prayed. Praying with Costa Ricans is much different than for us central United States people, here they PRAY. I mean they pray fervently and you feel the holy washing down upon you.
We ended our time with lots of pictures and tears. We assured our Costa Rican family that while we may be separated by miles, a part of our hearts remain with here with them. In the pictures, you will note the prayer shawl we gave them draped over their pulpit. A physical piece of us will reain regardless of our distance.
This evening, we walked to the mall where we looked around and ate at the food court. Taco Bell for the win! Ah, Costa Rica!
Tomorrow morning is an early beginning with our ride arriving at 5am to take us to the airport. We will arrive back in Kansas City tomorrow evening.
See you Sunday morning OPCC!