Costa Rica Mission Trip
Well this is Sunday! We had a prayer meeting tonight and went well!
We had a lot of concerns. Steve went to see the doctor, we pray for his recovery!
We pray for the health of all! We will leave at approx. 8:00am for the airport.
We are looking forward to serving the people of Costa Rica!
We will hit the road running when we get there. We will get their late monday.
Tuesday we will help with building a couple of rooms in the church for the youth.
We will meet in the evening with small groups and share our faith with them.
Each couple will meet with a different group. Pray for all of us!!!!
We will build on the rooms each morning for about the first week.
We will leave for Bribri on friday morning, go to the beach for half a day then go
to a sister church for the rest of the weekend.
We will be incharge of the sunday school for the kids and women. Steve will preach the message.
Thats all for now!!!! Pray for our safe trip!!!!!
Dios Lo Bendiga!!!!! God Bless You!!!
Bribri Mother and child
Bribri senior citizen
Costa Rican cuisine is simple but heavy on oil and some species. Comida tipica or native dishes, rely heavily on rice and beans, the basis of many Costa Rican meals. Home-style cooking predominates. But meals are generally wholesome and reasonably priced. Gallo Pinto, the national dish of fried rice and black beans is particularly served as a breakfast. Notable is the famed Rice n' Beans of the Caribbean, a Gallo Pinto made in coconut milk, worth trying. Many meals are derivatives, including arroz con pollo or arroz con atun. At lunch Gallo Pinto becomes Casado : rice and beans supplemented with cabbage and tomato salad, fried platains, and meat. Vegetables do not form a large part of the diet. Costa Rica home cuisine has an inordinately ammount of fried foods so keep that in mind when you receive and invitation for dinner.
Food staples include beef, chicken, fish and despite of the 1.000+ kilometers of coastline, seafood like shrimp or lobster, is expensive because Costa Rica exports most of its seafood. Travelers with low budget should stick with the casado on lunch time menus, or 'plato del dia' which is a close cousin of the casado with a common denominator of low price and varied ingredients.
Eating in Costa Rica doesn't present the health problems that plague the unwary traveler elsewhere in Central America, but you need to be aware that some of the pesticides used in Costa Rica are forbidden elsewhere. Something I should say is that you may eat where the locals eat, usually that means tasty and trustworthy food. Beware of black beans and chicharrones, which might prove to be too much for some foreign stomachs.
Costa Rica has no national drink, but very popular in the cultural tradition of drinks are Horchata, a cinnamon flavored cornmeal drink, Chan, a slimy drink made of seeds, Linaza, which is popularly used to cure indigestion, and Fresco de Frutas, which is basically a fruit salad floating on a base of kola and water, delicious!! And, of course, guaro, the campesino’s nearly-tasteless yet potent alcoholic drink of choice. And coffee of course, Costa Rica’s grain of gold. Most of the best coffee is exported, so don't expect the best coffee everywhere you go. Coffee is traditionally served very strong and mixed with hot milk.
Typical San Jose Market
Getting the fields ready for Planting