While the 2017 OCC mission team was in Costa Rica, we attended a church on Sunday where we had distributed Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes on the previous Friday afternoon. The church, Centro Familiar Cristiano Olivo Verde, is a main building with concrete walls and a corrugated roof (much like the other suburban and country churches we saw there) with a vacant lot next door. The people were warm and friendly and very welcoming. We had a wonderful time worshiping with them and there were lots of wonderful group pictures taken while we were there.
They own the vacant lot and it is where they hold their Sunday school class and where some of the church women come twice a week to bake bread — 400 small loaves in a rather primitive looking oven — which they then sell within the community to raise money for the church. We learned they were trying to put a roof over the Sunday school/bakery area before the approaching rainy season comes which occurs in May. Touched by their devotion, persistence, and lack of wherewithal, our group took up a love offering raising enough money to purchase the 20 pieces of corrugated roofing.
Last week, our team leader, Gil, received the following pictures of the new roof that has been raised over part of the vacant lot. I’m including a before picture with our team.
Amazing to have been part of this and to know that Sunday school and bread baking will continue in a dry setting and that the Lord saw fit to use us to help make it happen. I wonder how many loaves of bread it would have taken to fund the roof and what they will put that money toward now that the roof is done. Do we really appreciate all we have? Things like this must make us stop and think!