¡Hola! This morning, the boys began their daily fruit testing at the preschool with some juicy clementines. Then, Carlos took us back to the base. ¡Gracias, Carlos! For breakfast we had some delicious eggs and gallopinto.
After our breakfast, we took the shortest bus ride of the trip to a local coffee farm (check out the website BestCoffeeTour.com). On the trip we learned about the ins and outs of coffee and coffee production. Gabrielle, our guide for the coffee tour, was surprisingly honest about the moral nuances of coffee production. Essentially, he attempted to explain the balance required between capitalism and environmentalism for farming.
We then began our tour through his farm. We had many tropical fruits and plants on the tour, such as, cacao, turmeric, cinnamon, ginger, mimon, tangerine, and passion fruit. Afterwards, we sampled different coffee roasts produced by the farm. We attempted to determine a favorite roast of coffee according to our pallet by tasting three different roasts alongside pastries. We then returned to base for lunch, where Bernarda made us alfredo pasta (delicious as always)!
After redecorating for the next baby dedication happening on Thursday, we did a run through in preparing for the youth event as the students would be arriving any minute. We welcomed them into the base and spoke the best in Spanish that we could. When we could not communicate well, we would use hand gestures until something finally clicked. When something clicked, we would celebrate and hug each other. It was a beautiful thing to be able to communicate without even being able to speak the same language.
Two of our students used their gift of dancing to bless us once again with a beautiful expression of worship. Our team also prepared two songs in Spanish and one in English to sing with the youth who came. Kyle preached a meaningful message about hope. We then began to lay hands on one another and pray over individuals who shared about their current struggles. It was amazing to see our team and the youth from the community come together to pray for one another. It was a night filled with vulnerability and authenticity. It was emotional and powerful. Our team was greatly impacted by their passion for Jesus which influenced our group tremendously. We saw the Holy Spirit move in ways that we had never imagined before!
It was then time to say "adios" to our new friends and we finished our night off with an amazing chicken, vegetable, and potato dinner made by the master chef herself, Bernarda. (Oh! and ice cream :) )
For more photos and video insights from our partners, head to their Facebook Page Mission To Costa Rica - PreEscolar Pescaditos del Salvador and check out their website at missiontocostarica.com!