Como Se Dice, Life’s Good?!
I am alive! I have been in Costa Rica for about 11 days now! I want to catch you guys up on what its like here, what we have been doing, what the God has been doing, where I am living, teach you what I have learned about the culture, and just some great times here so far!
We first arrived in Costa Rica on the 12th. We pulled up to our new crib for the next 3 months! (Moncho’s MTV cribs videos coming out soon) Our house has 7 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms! It sounds pretty luxurious, but there is about 53 of us living in this house we call home in Costa Rica Baby! I think we have all realized that we will not be getting as much privacy as we did back in the states but we all knew that before we got here. It isn’t as bad as it seems, but there are some things that I have had to learn to get used to like waiting in long lines to get breakfast or dinner, or waiting to take showers, sleeping with 10 other guys in my bedroom, going to bed early, not having access to wifi everyday, and not being able to flush toilet paper. You would think that not being able to flush you own toilet paper would be easy but let me tell you. I have had some close calls boiii. This living in community is something that I think is really cool because it is bringing us closer as a squad.
Our current house in the front and back yard.
Pura Vida! Pura Vida is a big part of the Costa Rican culture. You see it and hear it everywhere. Pura Vida means “Pure Life” in Spanish. People in Costa Rica like to be called Ticos and Ticas. Another thing is here in Costa Rica they speak Spanish, and a lot of it. So I have been having to hop on my Spanish even though I can’t really speak it. Believe it or not they do not use US dollars. The Ticos use Kholones, which is weird because I thought the whole world used American money lol. The exchange rate is something like 570 kholones to 1 USD. Clean floors are a super big thing here in Costa Rica. I see at least 5 people everyday moping their house. They say Chow instead of Goodbye. OHHH and don’t even get me started on the rice and beans. They love to eat rice and beans with like every meal. And it isn’t the rice and beans that I’m used to. They don’t really like spicy food like we do down in Texas, but they love them some cilantro on everything they eat( Even Icecream). It is disrespectful not to give women kisses one the cheek ( but I’m not complaining lol) jk it is actually weird if you never even met them before. The mountains here are so beautiful. Everything here is so beautiful actually, it is very very very green. I love it.
We started our ministry last week at Proyecto Abraham. It is a place where kids go if they do not have a home or they are waiting to be adopted. The age groups range from 6 months old to 12 years old. Every morning my team walks 30 minutes to ministry. It is actually pretty fun. But let me tell you by the end of Costa Rica I think my legs are going to be rocks. It is very hilly here. At ministry so far we have been playing with kids who LOVE to play soccer. They kids are cold. We put on skits for our kids everyday then after we either do construction work building apartment for single mothers. The construction consists of moving cinder blocks A LOT of cinder blocks, or cutting and tying rebar. Crazy right they are trusting us to help build the foundation of the whole building. But it is an awesome privilege. Some other things we do other than work at the construction site is work in the garden with the groundskeeper named Luis. He teaches us Spanish and we teach him English. Luis is the coolest guy ever. He lets us scrub some rocks to make the garden look pretty, or sweep but I’m sure he will have some more cool stuff for us this week.
Every Saturday we get to go out into the streets and evangelize by playing soccer with kids, walk door to door, or cell groups. Cell groups are so cool man! We get to meet some awesome translators and some awesome local people. And all we do is just go to someone’s house and praise Jesus through worship, sharing testimonies, praying together or just having coffee and cookies with other Ticos! God has really been showing out during these times. There is a language barrier but even though we have to have the translator repeat everything we can really pour Jesus’ love and joy into these local people and they do the same to us. People from different nations just coming together to serve God is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen.
I want to say thank you to everyone who has been praying for me and my squad as we are going out into the world to spread the Good News.
Que Tenga Un bien dia y Dios te bendiga! Spanish for Have a good day and God Bless You!
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