Guys…I’M HERE! In Costa Rica. Not in Michigan. It’s actually happening. Week one is in the books!
It has been a pretty busy and overwhelming week as I adjust to life in a new country. I have not been here very long, but in this short time I’ve had so many experiences!
So here is a quick look into my life in Costa Rica:
I live with a Tico (Costa Ricans call themselves Ticos and Ticas) family in Escazu; Padres Mayra & Marcos, and my brother Brandon. I also have a sister, Angie, but she lives down the road. I also have a dog named Keen. My family is very loving and I am so grateful for their willingness to let me live with them and put up with the small amount of Spanish I speak! It is definitely hard to communicate, but little by little I am picking up on the language. Playing charades is helping me survive as well.
The food is usually pretty good. I eat rice and beans for almost every meal, and it is delicious. I’ve only had a couple things I’m not very fond of. I don’t think I’ll ever go hungry: we have breakfast, lunch, café, and dinner. Café is kind of like a coffee hour snack time. And by snack time I mean it’s practically a full meal: bread, meat, cheese, tortillas, ect. So far my favorite thing to eat is Patacones. Patacones are fried plantain slices. The plantain is unripe, so it is not sweet yet. You top your patacone with beans, guacamole, pico, and cheese. ¡Muy rico!
Some differences between Michigan and Costa Rica:
– Earthquakes! My second night here I woke up in the middle of the night to the entire house shaking. My first thought was “A tornado?!” as I waited for the roof to fly off and my window to shatter. My second thought was, “Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.” But it’s all good. The house stopped shaking, no one else woke up, so I went back to sleep.
– The shower. On the shower head is this electrical heating device that heats the water as it comes out. The lower the water pressure, the longer it has to heat and you have warmer water. The higher the water pressure, the colder the water. When your skin is as white as mine and you’re 10 degrees from the equator, a cold shower does the sunburned skin well. No complaints here! (But when I go to turn the water off, the knob shocks me a bit – it just helps me wake up a bit. Who needs coffee when you have an electric shower knob! :))
– Security. The biggest crime around here is theft. The way to protect your home from theft is to have more security than your neighbor. All the homes are gated; the porch, the front door, all of the windows. Almost every family has a dog for protection as well. It’s not what we’re used to in the USA, but once you get beyond the bars the homes are very beautiful.
– We always wear shoes in the house.
– I’m the only one at the table who eats with a fork and knife (Mom you’d be so proud!), everyone else uses a spoon for everything
Language school started on Monday. So that keeps me busy from 7:30 to 3:30 every day. I am so excited to learn the language and actually communicate well with my host family! 🙂
Our first Wyld Life club is next Friday. I am beyond excited to meet kids and share Jesus! I can’t say this enough: it truly is an honor to be a part of what God is doing down here in Costa Rica. Big things, people, BIG THINGS!
Every day I am faced with challenges, and am reminded that The Lord has called me here, He is going to use me, He is going to work through me. I cannot do it on my own strength.
– My health: I’ve been feeling pretty sick for the past few days. Adjusting to the food hasn’t been easy.
– My new friends at Country Day and Lighthouse International middle schools that I get to meet next Friday!
– My host family.
THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT. I wouldn’t be here without y’all.
“For those who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” Romans 8:14-15