Today was a chance to celebrate all the new friendships, amazing experiences, and so many blessed families, and to see a bit more of the country and culture. And what a day it was! To begin with, we went to Olivos Verdes church to give Pastor Luis the money for the new roof that we donated as a team.
Pastor Luis and his wife and other members of the congregation were so excited that they will be able to continue using the adjacent land for baking bread and holding Sunday School.
Then, it was off to the beach. We went to Playo Carrillo where we had the beach almost entirely to ourselves. The surf was fun, the water was warm, the sun was shining, and the camaraderie was unbeatable. It is going to be soooo hard to say goodbye tomorrow.
We had lunch at a beautiful nearby restaurant right on the beach where we had, of all things, pizza. After a rather leisurely lunch, we walked into the town of Samara and picked up souvenirs of our wonderful experience serving the Lord in Costa Rica. All that fresh air really took it out of us and we were content to have some leisure (some began their packing for tomorrow) before getting dressed for a special dinner out.
We went to a restaurant we’d been to before with the beautiful laquered wooden tables and they had a long table reserved for us as they had the previous visit. But being evening, they had musical entertainment. Two men playing wonderful music on a xylophone began the entertainment. Once we were almost finished eating, a group of children from one of the schools we’d done a distribution at gave at least a half hour of traditional dances in beautiful costumes. It was amazing. I’ll finish this with pictures of the little dancers. Tomorrow we’re on our way home!