Today was our last day of Operation Christmas Child shoebox distribution. We went to a school in Bagaces where the school principal had invited us to give shoeboxes to the whole school community. (Samaritan’s Purse can’t go into a school without being invited.). The deputy mayor of the community and the director of social services were there and after the morning distribution to about 150 – 200 students, we were given a tour of the local library (free use to all residents), the beautiful park across the street, the outside of city hall, and the Catholic church across the street.
At both the morning and afternoon distributions, there was a ministry group with Movideo Esperanzes that gave an amazing performance of dance and mime that had a gospel message. There were two clowns who must of have been boiling in their costumes but did a fabulous job. (Today was another scorcher of a day — 36 degrees and 89% humidity.)
We distributed approximately another 200 boxes, loaded the remaining boxes of materials on ME’s truck and helped them unload them and the left-over Tom’s Shoes at their district office. Then everyone — OCC & ME — was driven to a nearby waterfall for a bit of cooling down and relaxation.
A long but satisfying final day of work for us volunteers as tomorrow is a free day and we are heading to the beach and shopping. Oh, and we collected a love offering for the church we attended Sunday and came up with enough money for them to put a roof over the area next to the church where they hold their Sunday School classes and where ladies bake bread twice a week to raise money for the church. Now they will be able to continue to do this, during the approaching rainy season. I hope you’ve enjoyed following this mission to Costa Rica and having a glimpse into the way that Samaritan’s Purse touches lives. Thanks to all of you who donated to my trip enabling me to take part in this adventure.