Friday
Aug062010

Friday, August 6th

I'm posting this from the very middle from the United States.  Our team of 16 from Costa Rica arrived safely yesterday afternoon in Blue Springs, Missouri.  Everyone is very excited to be here.  Don Felix, the 92 year old we brought with us (and the founder of the church in San Isidro) had his face stuck to the window from take off to landing on both flights!  We are looking forward to a week full of different service opportunities and time to strengthen the relationships we have with our church family here.  We'll be in Blue Springs until Thursday and then we're off to Fort Lauderdale to spend three days with Christ Church, another congregation that has supported CRMP since day one.

One of the coolest things that happened so far (besides one of the most amazing sunsets I've ever seen! see picture below) happened as we were leaving San Isidro for San Jose on Wednesday afternoon.  There is a team from South Carolina and North Carolina that has been working with us in San Isidro this week and they all gathered together to see us off.  I think it's an awesome testimony to what the church's call to mission is really about, that there was a team of brothers and sisters from the United States working on our church, as our team was departing to come to the United States to work here.  It's not about WHO does WHAT and WHERE, it's about ALL of us doing SOMETHING and SOMEWHERE!

Thanks to all of you who prayed with us about this trip.  From the visa interviews to raising money to safe travel yesterday.  Please continue to be in prayer for us as we continue to serve in whatever ways God has planned for us this week.

Peace,

Wil

Monday
Aug022010

Monday, August 2nd

The Past few weeks down at K37 have been really good and really productive. We have gotten about 95% of the sidewalk covered, which is really good and will help with it being wet all the time. Glad to say that all of the metal work on all of the cabins has been sanded and painted. That was one of the main projects that we needed to get finished, so when that was done we were pretty happy. Also a fresh coat of paint has been added to the cabins so they look really good. The camp is pretty much done, at least all the work that teams can do.

It’s really cool when three or four churches come as one team, and bond like they do. New friendships are made, and they are sharing communion, which is awesome to watch.

At the sanctuary in Piedras Blancas we have finished about 98% of it. The whole sanctuary is painted, and the bathrooms have been plastered and painted. We got all the windows painted and installed. The last thing to do was to put the doors on, and we finished that last week. So its good to say that the sanctuary is pretty much done. There are just a few little things that need to be finished and it will be done.

As Wil said I am volunteering for the summer with CRMP. On Wednesday I will be heading back to San Jose, then off to the States on Thursday. My time here has been amazing and I’m really glad I have had the opportunity to experience what I have experienced. God has blessed me with new life-long friendships with some amazing people. This will not be my last time in Costa Rica, I plan on coming with my church until I find were God want me to be.

Please continue to be in prayer for Yolanda and Wil as well as the rest of the CRMP team.

 

God Bless

Colby



Thursday
Jul082010

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.

Peace.

Friday
Jun252010

Friday, June 25th

As Wil said in the last blog my name is Colby Ray and I am a member at Asbury UMC in Birmingham, AL. This is my third time to come to Costa Rica and work with Costa Rica Mission Projects, but this is my first time to spend my summer here doing volunteer work.

New Albany UMC, a group of nine just finished working at K37. While they were here they spent their time sanding, painting, and moving rocks. The team finished sanding one of the cabins and started to pain it. We should have the rest of the cabins finished soon. In front of the new shower house we are getting ready to pour a sidewalk to connect to the gym. Some of the team members pushed wheelbarrows full of rocks and dirt all day, to start the foundation for the sidewalk. It’s about half way full so that is one of the projects that the team this week will have.

Throughout the week there was a lot of time building relationships and making new friends. It is always exciting to meet new people and hear their story, hear what God is doing in their lives.

There is one new addition to the camp. A very long piece of bamboo with a TV antenna mounted on the top, so we can watch the World Cup games. Sometimes the signal isn’t that good so someone has to run outside and turn the bamboo until the TV is clear. Its funny because everyone yells once the signal is good. Well Wil told me that I am going to be doing some of the blogs, so I will be back on here soon.

 

In Him,

Colby

 

Monday
Jun072010

Sunday, June 6th

It's been a busy week so I'll start at the beginning.... Asbury UMC got to K37 on Sunday night and we spent the next three days working there and at the sanctuary in Piedras Blancas.  They worked on the gym, sanded and painted the metalwork on one of the cabins, and started covering the sidewalks.  This task will serve a triple purpose: a) keeping people dry b) keeping the sidewalks from getting covered in slippery moss c) looking really cool when all of the buildings at the camp are connected by covered sidewalks.  In Piedras they poured 3/4 of the sidewalks around the sanctuary.  Not bad for three days work!

On Thursday we followed Asbury to another camp about half way between San Isidro and San Jose.  We were met there by 30 children from La Carpio, one of the toughest and most impoverished areas of San Jose.  We spent the next two and a half days rock climbing, rappeling, free falling, swimming in an ice cold river and most importantly smothering those kids with as much of God's love as humanly possible.

This morning Don Hugo and I drove back to K37 for the official inauguration of the camp.  I got a lump in my throat when we walked up to the gym and saw about 600 people worshipping there.  After four years of hard work by hundreds of missioners, God is using that place for exactly what we have hoped for...to draw people closer to Him.  I only wish that all the teams who have worked so hard there over the last four years could have been there to see it.  We'll be working there through the summer to finish the gym and bathrooms, re-paint everything and leave it like new in August.  

Finally, when we got back to San Isidro I swung by the church and picked up Colby, a volunteer who will be working with us until August.  Colby is a member of Asbury UMC and has come for the past three years with the teams they send to work with us.  We're looking forward to seeing how his understanding of missions grows and watching him communicate that with the other teams coming down this summer.  Colby will also be contributing to this blog from time to time.

No team this week but we already have a long list of things to do...please pray for the CRMP team as we head into this busy Summer season...

Peace On Earth

Wil Bailey

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