Friday was our last day of work here in Costa Rica. Half of us continued to serve by working at the Methodist Church, Pentacostal church, and the home we are helping to build for Yorleni. Though our team is exhausted from the extremely strenuous work, they got a lot done. The people we have worked for are extremely grateful and it is eveident that God is at work here in Carillos, Costa Rica. Yorleni, whose home we are building, wrote us this note, translated from Spanish:
"I want to thank you with all my heart for the blessing you have given my family. You havef all taught me that big dreams don't need bigh wings to life them but rather they need a train to groound them until they are achieved. Every one of you has left a mark on us that is impossible to erase. witha ll my heart I wish you success in every facet of your life and a path that takes you to a beautiful tomorrow. Thank you to all of you who have mad emy dream a reality. You are all very special. May God bless you always."
The other half of the group went to Los Guido like the first half of the group did on Thursday. We were able to present Pastor Eugene with the money our students had put together to pay their utility bill for the month. They were extremely grateful. Our students were able to serve the children there lunch and play games with them. God's work is so evident in all of the work being done here and in our students. This group has been absolutley incredbile. Everyone has had a servant's attitude and focused only on getting the work done that God has set before us.
Today, Saturday, we got up at 4:30am to travel to the Pacuare river to go white water rafting! We arrived about 8am and were on the river just before 9am. This was my first time white water rafting and it was awesome! Everyone on the team loved it. We went through Class 1, 2, 3 and 4 rapids with 6 of us in a boat. We have great pictures to show when we get home. The river cut through an amazing rain forest that looked pristine. A true tropical paradise, minus the spiders and snakes of course. I was able to see a monkey and some amazing birds. We stopped for lunch on the river bank and went back at it afterwards, finishing about 2pm in the afternoon. We boarded to bus to head back and it wasn't 10 minutes before all were asleep. Tonight we work on packing up to leave for Manuel Antonio at 7am tomorrow morning. We will arrive about 10:30am, eat lunch, and hit the beach in Manuel Antonio national park. We will stay at a hotel tomorrow and Monday night. Please continue the prayers.
Until next time...