Costa Rica - We're Home!


The last two days were bitter sweet.  We went to service Sunday morning and John Beverly did a fine job preaching.  Henry, our new friend in Costa Rica, interpreted for him and did very well.  The service, like most, lasted almost 2 hours.  There was a lot of singing and praying and we thoroughly enjoyed it.  It was difficult saying goodbye to our new friends and tears were not a few. I think Tabitha was taking it the hardest - wanting to be home with family but wanting to stay with her new friends. We all felt the same way.

We spent the rest of the day vacationing at the beach.  John, Diego and Henry showed their athleticism at the volleyball court.  Of course, John was at least 12 inches taller than everyone there and the net. Some played in the water and some sat in the shade and read a book.  We all had a good time.

We finished the day buy splitting up and going to our two favorite eateries. Some went to Piccolina Pizza. You would not believe how awesome their calzone's were.  And the price - very reasonable.  The rest went to La Tertulia, a hamburger joint.  Pablo says they are the best hamburgers in the world. In Costa Rica, they actually put ham on their hamburgers.  We watched the Steelers beat the Ravens while we ate.

Sunday was a travel day and that's saying it mildly.  We got up at 5:30 a.m. (except Jerry & Dwayne who went to the bakery at 5 a.m.) to load the bus. Edwin, our driver, and Mario, the owner, drove us the 4 hour trip up the Costa Rican mountains to San Jose to board the plane.  All in all, the trip was good except for a large amount of turbulence coming into Huston.  Needless to say, we were not looking forward to leaving 85-90 degree temperatures for 12!  Especially Don who didn't have long pants and had to wear shorts.   

The mission trip was highly successful.  We made new friends and have memories that will last a lifetime.  We were able to feed people who had literally nothing and clothed many who had very little. We worked hard putting a roof on the church and enjoyed doing Bible school and playing games with the children.  James 1:27 says it best: "Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world."

We will never forget the names Carlos, Henry, Anna, Luis, Pablo, Diego and many, many more.  God has blessed us and we can't wait to see what more HE has planned for us and Impulse International Mission Trips!  Thanks to all of you who helped make this trip a reality and a huge success.

Check-out the pictures in the "PHOTOS" section of the web-site!'


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