The food here is delicious! While I wouldn't typically request scrambled eggs with beans and rice to start my day, none of us were complaining. As if that wasn’t enough, there was also a buffet of fresh fruit, cereal, and a variety of bakery items. (Braxton loved his donut!)
Before heading to church in El Camino, we dropped all of our luggage off at the Coronado Complex where we will be staying for the rest of the week.
While the church we attended didn't look much like a church, God was certainly present as people from the area gathered to grow in their faith. The church service started with song and continued with one LONG, Spanish sermon. (Like, it was easily an hour…) There were two translators that stood near us to translate the Pastor’s message of humility, maturity, love, and forgiveness in Matthew 18.
“For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.” Matthew 18:20The service continued with a closing song, announcements, and, lucky for Chris and Alex, a celebration of July birthdays!! They both ended up at the front of the church while the congregation sang Felix Cumpleanos!
I think it took less than two minutes after climbing off the bus for the children to come running. Many of the boys joined a soccer game. (…and got destroyed… Now we know why USA doesn’t win many soccer games.) We played football, catch, frisbee, and eventually taught some of them how to play basketball. We also enjoyed sidewalk chalk, bubbles, face paint and crafts.
Although the language barrier made it difficult to communicate, it was easy to fall in love with their smiles and excitement. While we weren’t necessarily able to explain the reason we were there, or the hope that we have in Christ, we were able to share our love of Jesus through our actions. “Christo te Ama” was written all over the sidewalks, each child received a bracelet with pictures that told the story of their salvation, and there were many hugs.
With the help of Emmanuel, our translator, even the boys playing basketball were able to take a break, gather around center court, and share the LOVE of Jesus. My heart was full when I noticed them bow their heads in prayer. God is good!!
After leaving the orphanage, it was time for a little sightseeing. …during our rides from place to place, Raymond, our host for the week, made sure to stop and buy us a variety of authentic Costa Rican treats; mamones and galletas. yum.