The month of August has been filled with adventure and excitement it has been wonderful to be part of God’s work in Costa Rica. Time after time God shows me why He keeps bringing me back to the Bribri reservation. I truly feel like I have a family among the indigenous people of Costa Rica, from the community in Watsi at the entrance of the reservation all the way to Alto Coen, one of the remote villages in the Talamaca mountain range.
The week of the 5th - 13th I was in Coroma, Talamanca. Experience Mission has been working in this community for the last few years partnering with the community to build a high school. Currently there are about fifty-five students attending the Coroma High School. A couple of years ago when the high school was started there was only twelve students and there was only a couple of standing building, currently there are four functioning classrooms, and one kitchen with a small dining room.
Our project this week was to help continue building a two-story classroom at the local high school. The First level will be used as a classroom, the second level will be used for dormitories since the three teachers that are currently teaching have to walk about an hour and a half to teach in Coroma everyday.
There was a couple of highlights of this trip, one of the main highlights of this mission trip was that the local church in Coroma received 2 proclaimers. The Proclaimer is a digital player dedicated to playing God’s Word in the local language which in this case is the Bribri language.
Here’s the way it works:
- An installed microchip contains Scriptures in the Bribri language; the chip will not erase or wear out from frequent playing.
- The battery will play for 15 hours and can be recharged enough times to play the entire New Testament more than 1,000 times.
- The Proclaimer has a built-in generator and solar panel to charge the battery.
- The solar panel, in addition to charging the battery, will run the Proclaimer even without battery power as long as there is sunlight.
- The sound is digital quality and loud enough to be heard clearly by groups as large as 300.
This device is perfect for the Talamanca area since there is no electricity in the coroma area. This will be a great tool to share the gospel in the reservation. I felt so excited and privileged to be part of this project to take this playback device to people who may not have any other source to hear God’s Word.
August 31, 2010