Monday, August 5th

Today we had the awesome privilege of going back to the orphanage that we visited earlier in the week.  We stopped by the grocery store and picked up enough rice and tuna to feed them for a month.  Once we got there we started in on organizing and cleaning the laundry room we mentioned earlier.  We built four shelving units for them to use in organizing clothes by gender and age.  Who knew so many kids meant so much laundry. I think we are done with laundry for a lifetime.  Parents it may be nice to have a little help in the laundry department when we get back.  :) Por favor y gracias! 

We played the Costa Rician u20 National team tonight. We won in fourand had a great devotion and sharing of testimony at the end.  

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Sunday, August 4

Today we experienced a full blown Sunday school and church service in Spanish. It was about 3 hours total which we are definitely not used to. We only had partial translation  which was interesting since hardly any of us speak Spanish. It is cool how even though we didn’t understand much, we were still able to learn something from the service.

Then we ate at “Fresas” (Strawberries) with all three teams that are here with SCORE. It was delicious food no matter what we ordered and everyone seemed to like it even the pickiest of our team.  

After lunch we traveled to Athens, Greece (Well maybe not Greece, but close) to play.  We were accompanied by SWU to cheer us on.  We played a high school club team and won in four games.  Contrary to popular belief (one of our teammates) a urinal is not a good place to fill your water bottle up and proceed to drink it.  Eh… God made dirt and dirt don’t hurt.  

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Team After Devotions this Evening

Team After Devotions this Evening

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Saturday, August 3rd

This morning we had to get up at 7:30am to get breakfast, do team devotions, then morning quiet time before we left for a volleyball clinic at 8:30am.  We went to a place much like a YMCA in the US.  There were kids everywhere, some playing soccer, practicing wrestling, playing ping pong, watching the clinic, and the 20 girls doing the volleyball clinic.  I had asked Hannah, Alix and Annie to run the clinic that morning; however, they were to try their hardest to do it in Spanish.  They did an excellent job.  I think the kids respected the fact that we were really trying to dialogue in their language, and it broke down barriers for what we were going to share after the clinic. Highlight of the clinic itself was during hitting lines, when Kaitlin decked a kid in the head, and Dana rocked a kid in the back!  They are okay…as far as we know. J

Immediately following the game, Annie shared her testimony and it was very well thought threw and communicated well.  The girls could really relate to what she has been to in her life and the Lord is working because they asked to have weekly devotions with SCORE missionaries to come back and meet with them.

Then we played a club team called “San Jose”  they were girls from 15-19 approximately.  It was very fun to play with all the people watching like it was a huge game.  We won in 3 and after the game were able to trade jerseys with them, and share the gospel again.  Jessica Scherb shared her testimony and again, it has been awesome seeing how this team is opening up so much in front of one another, yet to the Costa Ricans and help draw them closer to the Lord.

After lunch the team got a half an hour on the internet to communicate through facebook, email, or whatever they had available to them.  I hope that was a blessing to you all back at home, I know it was a really neat opportunity for them here!

Later we went to Salvo (Salvador’s) youth group in a place called Las Guidos.  It was a poorer part of San Jose and there were probably at least 30-40 kids there to hear about God. This place really struck our hearts as a team.  We played so many fun games with them, and laughed really hard.  We studied God’s word, and many kids were learning about Christ in such a poor neighborhood. 

One of the games was were Alix and Katie had to try to find the whistle.  However, the guy had it hidden in his pants behind himself.  Katie found it in 45 seconds.  However, it took Alix 3:54, it was so much fun!!!

That evening we did our team devotions to talked about the day, and Hannah lead us in devotions on “LOVE.”  We really opened up as a team, and had a break through with who we are individually.  Very neat moment, that is a pivotal part of our team/season already!  Very excited to see what the Lord does with us this year. 

Blessings from San Jose, Costa Rica!

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Friday, August 2nd

“La Virgen Maria” translates to “The Virgin Mary”  This is the biggest holiday in Costa Rica, as most of the country is catholic, this is their national holiday where all catholics will walk up to 20 miles or more to visit a holy cathedral where they can drink the holy water to wash away their sins, and touch a statue called the “Black Virgin” to cleanse them from unrighteousness.  Needless to say, with 2 million some people coming into the area for this, there was nothing allowed to be done ministry wise today.  Everyone was shut down.

So Score set it up for us to go on our free day for all teams.  So Campbellsville, Southern Wesleyan and Grace volleyball, all went white water rafting!!! Yes, we went to a place that has been used for the World races involving white water rafting just two years ago!  It was awesome.  The guide scared all of the girls before we even got off the bus, telling them what to do “WHEN” they fall in the water. :)

In rafting, they rank the rapids on a scale of 1 to 5.  Here we did several 1-4′s.  It was great team building, the girls all had a lot of fun, many memories were built and a lot of good pictures to show for it!

We cannot believe how wonderful this country is, the people are very welcoming, friendly, and listen when we present the gospel.

Tonight is SCORE night.  All teams will get together and do worship, devotions, and here from a SCORE missionary!

Phrase of the Day “Pora Vida”  This translates literally to “Pure Life” however, this is Costa Rica’s saying they use for everything.  Basically it means to them, “Good job”, “Nice Team Work”, and “Praise the Lord we made it through that rapid!”  Since we put our paddles together after each rapid, and yelled “Pora Vida”

Until tomorrow, Blessings from Costa Rica!

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Thursday, August 1st

This morning we had the privilege of going to an amazing orphanage.  We met Melba the mother of 43 amazing children.  She has a genuine heart and an incredible story.  What her and her husband are doing is only possible through God’s grace and with His strength.  Taking care of 43 children seems hard enough but most of these orphans have a disability of some form which makes this feat incomprehensible.  

The children were eager and excited to just have us there.  Even though there was a major language barrier the kids just enjoyed having quality time with someone who is willing to sit down with them.  We were educated in Spanish by little kids and showed how to really do makeup.  

Also, as you can imagine the laundry is astronomical with this many people under one roof and there is only one part time volunteer to help Melba with laundry.  Therefore half of us helped fold and organize the laundry hut. We came up with the plan to build shelves for them so that all the clothes are not just piled up on tables. So, we plan on going back later this trip to finish organizing and aiding in making this a smoother process for her.  She was “Muy Gracias!” (Very thankful? :) )

We played the UNED team in five games.  This was very competitive and they had some very good players.  This team had very good attitudes and were willing to listen to Dana’s testimony and Sarah (One of Score’s missionaries) explain the gospel to them at the end. It’s amazing how you can use a sport as a tool to show God’s love to others.  

As we say it is all “For Him”.  Para él Senor 

Buenas Noche Everyone!

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Game 1 vs. UNED

Both teams after the game (Thursday, August 1st)

Game 1 vs. UNED

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