Greetings! This week has gotten off to a great start with an energetic team from Jupiter First Church (Florida). The team arrived in San Jose on Sunday afternoon and after our 5+ hour bus ride, we arrived on the Bribri reservation.
This week we have chosen four different sites within the Watsi community: doing Kids Club, building a house, building a porch, and repairing a community center. Though many this week are feeling the struggle of communicating in a foreign language, so far the teams have accomplished a great deal and seem to be having a lot of fun.
The house that we are working on this week is being built for a woman named Karen and her family. Since Karen is currently studying English in school the group is doing a great job conversing, partly in Spanish and partly in English, in order to get to know each other. It has been wonderful to watch the relationship grow between the team and Karen’s family. Karen’s four-year-old son, now being more comfortable with the team, brings smiles to everyone’s faces as he runs and chases them around their home.
Karen has been very hospitable and has offered many refreshments to the team, including a native sweet and sour fruit called the guanabana. The team has been appreciative of her gratefulness and is noting the love and hard work that emanates from each member of her family. The bond that has been forming within this group of people is just one of the many ways in which we can see God working in our lives this week.
Team Costa Rica
June 8, 2010
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