Today we began our work at the church. We painted the inside of the church as well as their covered outdoor space that they use for additional meeting space, meal space, and a pathway for the restrooms. Since we were here five years ago they have made some wonderful changes to their space. They moved the pastor's office to the back of the building giving them additional space at their entrance, they also moved the restroom (and added a second) near their classroom space. We will need to do a second coat of paint on some of the walls tomorrow. I believe we will also be taking apart some chairs and painting the frames.
Costa Ricans are very sensible. What I mean by this is they are not wasteful. Where we as Americans tend to throw things out when they are broken or when they have been used up in our eyes, Costa Ricans find other uses for them or they find ways to fix them. Every time I come to spend time with these beautiful people I am made more aware of how our society does harm to the earth by our carelessness.
Our partners in Christ here in Costa Rica are so loving. We have built a relationship and bond with them that has withstood ten years now. We are family. We presented a prayer shawl to them on Sunday during worship. We told them how we prayed over it and blessed it and when they see this prayer shawl we hope they remember that we are with them always regardless of the placement of our physical bodies.
They fed us an amazing meal of corn tortillas, black beans, and a mixture of meat, potatoes and vegetables. So delicious! They also made some fresh fruit juice made out of bananas pineapple, and papaya.
After returning to the hostel we rested for a few minutes then headed up the street to the grocery store to pick up some snacks, followed by some pizza and empanadas at a local eatery.
Tomorrow is another full day so rest is needed tonight. Prayers for our family and friends in the states as well as our church family Siganing off for now. More news tomorrow!