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Costa Rica 2014, Day Five & Six

August 19, 2014

It’s up on the morning with a great breakfast to start the day. We have fresh pineapple, mangoes, fried plantains, cereal, rice & beans and sweet rolls. After breakfast we have a bible study with pastor Casey from the Pierpont church. Then we attended the regular service in the new church building where we had been working. The service started with some great music from a large praise team.

The praise team

The praise team


The music was accompanied with some interpretative dancers. The fluid movements that were choreographed with the music were a sight to see.



The service was led by the District Superintendent, unfortunately for us it was in Spanish. We still enjoyed the service as we could tell by the participation of the people in the service that there was a definite connection with the lord in their hearts. After the service were treated to our last meal at La Finca before we left for some sightseeing through the countryside for the rest of the afternoon.

We follow many winding roads through the mountains were we saw many farms and tropical forest. We ended up at a resort called Los Lagos. It was at the base of an active volcano called Mt. Arenal near the town of Fortuna in central Costa Rica. Arenal Volcano, in Spanish Volcán Arenal, is an active andesitic stratovolcano in north-western Costa Rica around 90 km northwest of San José, in the province of Alajuela, canton of San Carlos, and district of La Fortuna. The mountain elevation is 5,479 feet high (1,670 m) and its last eruption was in 2010.


Mt. Arenal

Mt. Arenal

We had a nice dinner with the team and then it was off to bed for the night.

Dinner at Los Lagos

Dinner at Los Lagos

In the morning we had a few hours to spend at the resort before we went back to San Jose to continue our work. There were many things to do here including several hot spring pools you could soak in, horse back riding, zip line, butterfly house, crocodile farm and a swimming pool. It was a rainy morning but we still enjoyed all of the activities.

We left shortly after noon for the five and one half hour trip back to San Jose. We took one short break on the way back in the town of Zarcero. Zarcero is the capital city of the canton of Zarcero in the province of Alajuela in Costa Rica. Here as in most small towns in Costa Rica there was a beautiful Catholic church in the town with a wonderful park across from the church.

Iglesia de San Rafael: Zarcero's pink and blue church was constructed in 1895.

Iglesia de San Rafael: Zarcero’s pink and blue church was constructed in 1895.

Parque Francisco Alvarado: The park sits in front of the church at the town center. It is noted for its topiary garden produced and maintained by Evangelisto Blanco since the 1960s. Shrubs in the park have been trimmed into the shapes of various animals, including some that are quite abstract and bizarre.

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After a long treck through San Jose in afternoon traffic we arrived at the Nazarene Seminary of the Americas where we enjoyed a great evening meal and were housed in some of the student housing for the night.


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