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Costa Rica, 2014, Day Three

May 14, 2014

Today will be a work day around the Church Campus. In Ephesians 2:10 the Bible tells us,  “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”  So after breakfast and devotions we were off to put our God given skills to work to help build His church there.

The team split up into several groups, each with their own tasks to perform with the guidance of some of the local people. We were led by a missionary couple, Patrick and Kim with their three boys James, Aidan and Liam. They had  given up their life in the U.S.  to follow God’s call to Costa Rica to serve the Lord.

Missionaries Patrick, Kim, James, Aidan, Liam

Missionaries Patrick, Kim, James, Aidan, Liam

The project that we worked on was cleaning some steel beams, which will be used to complete the Church, with solvent to remove oil, let them dry and then paint them with a rust inhibitor paint.

Panting the beams

Panting the beams

The local workers showing us how to clean the beams

The local workers showing us how to clean the beams

Another part of the team was asked to dig a hole for a septic tank. The hole needed to be two meters square and two meters deep. It was a hot day and a small working area so they split up in shifts with two working while the other two rested.

Digging a septic tank hole

Digging a septic tank hole

Another part of the team worked on electrical installation in the church office part of the building. Conduit needed to be put in and electrical boxes installed for plugs and switches. The electrical panel needed to be moved to make room for a door.

measuring conduit for the electrical wireing

Measuring conduit for the electrical wireing

In the afternoon after we were finished working we were asked if we would like to take the bus to the nearby  town of San Perdo da Poas a short distance away. We all agreed and climbed on the local bus and it was off to town. Kim and Patrick the local missionaries explained that almost all of the smell towns have a Catholic Church in the center of town with a public park across from the church. The Bus stop where we departed from the bus was next to the park.

The Catholic Church of San Perdo da Poas

The Catholic Church of San Perdo da Poas

We wandered around the town seeing some of the shops, grocery store, and enjoyed the sunshine in the park.

A local supermarket

A local supermarket

We rode the bus back to the Church just in time for school to be out. The bus was full of students so most of us had to stand in the aisle but it was a fun ride with the children.

The ride back to the Church

The ride back to the Church

After returning to the Church we were served a evening meal and enjoyed a beautiful sunset and some fellowshipping with the rest of the team before turning in for the night.

A fitting end to the day

A fitting end to the day

Genesis 1:17-19

New International Version (NIV)

God set them in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth, to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the fourth day.

 

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