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     On Thursday the 12th of March we packed up all of our tools and supplies and left Changuena, where we'd been working since early January.  After seven teams (28 days on the work site) we left the new sanctuary ready to be used.  Pastor Humberto is now having worship services there on Wednesday and Sunday nights.  I will never complain about spending part of the year in that area!  Being up in the mountains, in a small rural community is so refreshing.  We're already looking forward to going back next January to finish the church kitchen and bathrooms and build the new parsonage.  The friends that Yolanda and I, and the teams who have worked in Changuena over the past 5 years, have made there are some of the best friends we have.  It is such a special place that you really have to experience it to understand.

      On Monday, March 16th, the first of three teams from Myers Park United Methodist Church form Charlotte NC, started work on the new parsonage in San Buenaventura.  As always with a new project things are a little slow going at first, but everyone fell in to a rhythm and by the end of the week we had all 60 or so of the columns in place.  We usually gets lots of curious looks for a while when we start work in a new community, but a bunch of the kids from the elementary school next door have been coming by to play with the young folks on the work team, and hopefully it won't be long before the rest of the community feels as comfortable around us as they do.

     This project is particularly special to Yolanda as the Methodist church in San Buenaventura is where she first began to understood what it means to have a personal relationship with Christ some 15 years ago.  I'm thankful that the path that God has lead this ministry on has, for a season at least, brought us to San Buenaventura. 

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Will! I'm back in Costa Rica, but up in the north. Can't make it down south this trip. I'm scouting a high school biology trip for next June. My blog has where we have been thus far: http://pdsblogs.org/apes509/

Thanks again for your hospitality in March. My family and I enjoyed living and working in San Buenaventura. Say hi to all!

God Bless!

May 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDerrick Willard

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