No pain no gain, and, This is the life!

Trip Start Jun 24, 2011
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Trip End Jul 16, 2011


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Where I stayed
Los Ojos Azules
What I did
Spanish language school, lounged at Playa Brasilito y Playa Conchal

Flag of Costa Rica  , Province of Guanacaste,
Wednesday, June 29, 2011

I havenīt been able to write more so let me recap on the past few days since I left JUCUM. My foot was hurting so I decided to upgrade early (monday) to the Hotel Doral in downtown San Jose.  This little corner joint is awesome, definitely a tico hotel and the people that worked there were very kind.  I spent two nights there...the highlight of my trip so far was definitely on Monday, when I had the opportunity to meet up with Elizabeth Gilroy and this precious gal Anna (and her crew).  Elizabeth (JUCUM) and Anna (fuerza de luz) are both working diligently behind the scenes in the heavenlies and on the forefront in this world of the anti-human trafficking movement that is birthing in Costa Rica.  What an incredibly tremendous blessing to sit with both of these women for a few hours over almuerzo y la cena and hear all about how God is working in and through them to accomplish such great and might things.  Their creativity is abundant.  And the grace of God is overflowing.  I was amazed at how things that might take years in the states to come to fruition are happening so quickly here.  I have already learned so much and been given much responsibility to amp up my efforts to pray for this nation.  I still donīt fully know why my heart feels knit to these places (CR and Nicaragua), and so often my heart feels bound to nothing but the desire for closer intimacy with Jesus, but hearing the stories of these women and the leaders at the ywam base has definitely been an edifying experience.  I donīt know how to say this, but I have realized here how much i yearn to love the body of Christ...as much as I long to love the :one: as Heidi would say, I have this strong desire to build up the body.  Which may be a clue as to why there seems to be so many obstacles to that in SF.  But moving on....

Tuesday I enjoyed a leisurely morning in downtown San Jose.  I went to the gym for the first time in 6 weeks!  And took off my post-op shoe!  I still have a limp, which everyone has been asking me about, but oh well.  Costa Rica definitely feels different this time around, more like a friend, more real, more genuine.  After a quick stop at the cafe I took the bus to meet up with a new friend Johan.  I accompanied him and his girlfriend to Las Palmeras...and on the way enjoyed some of the beautiful CR countryside, and got some great pictures of different iglesias.  Later that evening, I made it back to the city just in time to enjoy Daniela Navarroīs concert performance a El Teatro Nacional.  She is a 15 yr old child prodigy who plays piano ...what a perfect ending to the day. 

God is so good!  I needed a reminder of his presence on Wednesday morning as I tried to figure out how to get to Guanacaste.  What a blessing, right as I was checking out, another couple came downstairs to checkout who spoke english, and just happened to be headed to playa brasilito via bus!  I was able to taxi with them to the bus station and catch a 1030 bus directly to Brasilito, which probably saved me an hour from the bus route I was preparing to take.  A very nice gal and her father here visiting family...we ended up finding Ojos Azules and lodging there for the past couple nights (after a 5 hour, hair rising bus ride - geez these ticoīs drive fast!).  Playa Brasilito is small, humid, and muy tranquilo.   My first night in my cabina I woke up to use the restroom, and to my suprise there was pretty good sized frog chilling about a foot away from me on the wall!  He was kind enough to wait to jump into the shower after I quickly left to get back in bed.  He was just a friendly little guy, but I have been informed that the black frogs are not so kind.  AND, they have pica caballo spiders here as well!  And I thought I was safe until I got to Nicaragua... ;-)  Needless to say, I make sure all the windows are shut when I go to bed at night... Speaking of night, last night was the first powerful thunder-lightning-rainstorm since I arrived in this country.  The downpour only lasted about half an hour and it was magnificent.  The rain fell so hard I felt the whole building shudder against the weight of it.

And finally, this morning I got some sun at the beautiful Playa Conchal...true to its name, there are thousands of shell bits instead of sand, and the gorgeous crystal blue water I was hoping to encounter on this trip.  The owner of Ojos Azules has one of the most extensive and beautiful shell collections from this beach...collected over 2 hours a day for 15 years!  But it didnīt take me that long to find a conch...a friend at the soda where I had dinner last night gifted me one he had scored recenlty!  Guau!  Okay I am starving so I have to go...sorry this blog is a bit disorganized!  I seem to have no patience for writing anymore - I have to pray that God takes that away someday soon! 
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JVF on

Wow! Playa Conchal looks like paradiso! Hope you get to spend some good relaxing time there and that the sun comes out soon! What's a "tico" chica?

Mommo on

So glad to hear from you, Darling. Keeping you in my daily prayers. Your trip sounds fantastic so far! What an incredible journey! Can't wait to hear more and see the pics. Went to the Bible Study at Capo Calvary on Thursday. It was amazing! I know you would enjoy. Jon Courson's son, Peter John, teaches and he does a great job just like his Dad! =) I miss you and am so glad you were able to write. I was getting all Momsy and starting to worry. =) I love you. Take Good Card of yourself. I know the Lord has his angels protecting you. XOXOXO

G. Young on

Wow; very exciting! Don't worry too much about your foot--it'll get better. And as to your writing skills--I know a few people who could learn from you!

grandmama on

Buenos Dios, mi amor! Just read your blog & loved it! I haven't been on-line for a while or I wouldn't have missed so much. Bad granny! so, you are lapping up all the CR culture that you can find. Hasn't God given us some beautiful country down there? I know I thought Guatemala was breath-taking once we were outside the over-crowded city. May God give you one of the many memorable trips of a life-time that I believe He has in store for you. Hold Him close to your heart & lets blog again soon. The 4th of July is tomorrow & mom & I will be at the parade;et al.but you will be in our thoughts & especially our prayers as we lift our country before the Lord for guidance in the coming days. Love you as much as is humanly possibly! Afterall, you're my favorite!!!!!

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