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A Liberty Christian School 8th Grader Falls in Love with Costa Rica

Posted on Mar 18, 2014 6:30:00 AM by Anna Petenbrink

Falling in Love With Costa Rica and The People of La Carpio

                       By Anna Petenbrink 8th Grader

Liberty 8th Grader with child

I fell in love...Costa Rica was MAGNIFICENT!  All the flowers there and the landscape took my breath away time and time again.  There were blue and red and yellow flowers everywhere you looked!  The beach was beautiful and the palm trees were everywhere, until you got into La Carpio.  As soon as you got into the town, all the plant life seemed to disappear and was replaced by trash.  Even with the trash, though, the town took my breath away.  The kids may not have anything, but they still had smiles on their faces when they saw us.  They aren’t used to people like us coming into their village, but when they find out we are coming, they get excited.  They know that people are coming to teach them how to read English or play games with them.  Some of the kids didn’t even know how to read or write in their own language.  They want to learn, but some can’t because they can’t afford to buy a uniform top or supplies.  We were able to give some of them that.  Now they will be able to learn.    

 Liberty Costa Rica 2014 Ana with group of Children

I fell in love...The kids there were so sweet.  The first one was a little boy, age 7, named Enydy.  He had a little brother that was in the VBS.  He had dark hair and one of the biggest smiles I have ever seen.  The second child was 6 and was named Camila and she had a beautiful personality.  She had short dark hair in a bob hairstyle and a mischievous smile.  She tested me several times to see if I would still love her, she pulled my hair and ran away, but I guess I passed because on the last day she gave me a big hug and sat with me.  On the last day, I met two little girls around the age 6 or 7, named Isis and Xoshi.  They had beautiful smiles and they, along with Camila and Enydy, sat with me on the last day of ministry.  It broke my heart when they all gave me a hug and I had to let them leave, knowing that I may never be able to see them again.  But I also know that God sent me there with a purpose to work in those children’s lives, but his purpose was not for me to stay with them.  Every night, I look out my window and pray for each child in turn, that they will learn to love God, that they will be able to learn more English, that they will never forget what our 8th grade class did for them, and that they will never forget the time I spent with them, because I know that I never will.

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I fell in love with the kids in La Carpio...I hope you will take the chance to go and fall in love with them, too.

 

 

How to Stay Connected During Liberty Christian School's 8th Grade Costa Rica Mission Trip

Posted on Feb 14, 2014 10:44:52 PM by Kim Schlauch

After months of planning, praying and preparing, the moment the Liberty Christian School class of 2014 has been waiting for has finally arrived!  This Sunday, 27 students along with parent and faculty chaperones will embark upon the adventure of a lifetime… the 13th annual LCS 8th grade mission trip to Costa Rica.

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The mission team will work with a local church and serve residents of La Carpio, a marginalized community of Nicaraguan refugees.  Their ministry efforts will be carried out through various activities, including English classes, a carnival and VBS for younger children, and construction projects.  Their involvement in these activities will offer team members the chance to connect with residents and share the love of Jesus with them.

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While there, the mission team will also have the opportunity to take in the wonders of Costa Rica.  They will trek to the crater of the Poas Volcano, explore nature by way of a jungle zip line tour by day and participate in a biodiversity tour of INBioparque an ecological park, by night. The team will also embark on a catamaran cruise to Tortuga Island where they will enjoy water activities off the coast of the island’s white sandy beaches and experience an authentic Costa Rican BBQ.  To round out their adventures, the team will get a taste of local culture through their visits to local towns and markets.

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If you have not already done so, be sure to visit Liberty Christian School’s Facebook page here and “Like” us to see trip photos and updates.

We ask you to join us in praying for our mission team.  May they have safe travels and may the trip be a fruitful and meaningful one for all involved.