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Thursday, July 8th

Back home in San Isidro after two weeks of overlapping teams, as many as 60 missioners at once!  Marysville UMC from Washington state (our first west coast team ever) was here the last week of June.  Salem in Ladue UMC from outside of St. Louis was here from last Tuesday until this Tuesday, and A 48 person team from Christ Church UMC and Discovery UMC in Birmingham, Alabama arrived last Saturday and head home this weekend.  As you can imagine its been a very productive 15 days!  We've gotten most of the metal work on all three cabins sanded and primed and a portion of one of the cabins has its first of two final coats.  We've poured the concrete front porch on the Bathroom building next to the gym.  We've framed up and back filled the 50 foot long wheel chair ramp that connects the cabin with the gymnasium.  The walls of the bathroom have been plastered and sanded and are ready for sealant and paint.  The exterior walls of the cabins have been scrubbed and washed with bleach.  I was afraid they were going to need to be repainted, but the team has them looking like new!  To top it all off, this weeks team dug the 6 foot deep hole for the septic tanks and the 50 foot long drainage field, bailed water out of said hole and drainage field, and today installed the tanks, assembled the cinder block drainage and shoveled the same dirt/mud that they dug out two days ago, back into the hole.

At the sanctuary in Piedras Blancas we've finished 90% of the electrical installation (enough for a well lit worship service there last night), plastered and sanded the walls and all of the bars for the windows have been welded and are ready to be installed next week.  Like I said, it's been a pretty productive 15 days.  

The Birmingham team, in addition to helping out on the work site all week long, also sent out teams to evangelize and do home visitations in Piedras Blancas.  They visited around 200 homes in 3 days.  By the second day they had close to a hundred kids following them from house to house!  At each house they visited they invited the families to a worship service at the church in Piedras Blancas on Wednesday night.  It was a full house and their hard work paid off as 6 of the people they had met this week accepted Jesus during worship!  Another very humbling and very proud moment for Costa Rica Mission Projects.

We head back to the camp on SUnday with FUMC Rocky Mount (my home church) and a new team from Hominy Valley in Western North Carolina.  Please continue to be in prayer for Yolanda and I as well as the  rest of the CRMP team.


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