The Southern Florida Work & Witness Team #1 to Costa Rica arrived there to find an amazingly beautifully constructed church already touching the lives in its community of Quebrada Grande.
The team traveled all day on Monday, July 24 from Miami to Quebrada Grande (in the north part of Costa Rica). The team flew to San Juan, Costa Rica and then took a bus 5 hours north to their destination.
Work began promptly at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, July 24, with an orientation by Bruce Wilson (brother of our own Dr. Brian Wilson). Some of the team dug deep footers for a new Sunday School complex, others began painting the interior of a very modern looking sanctuary and others prepared for a special “Bible Adventure” to be presented in the nearby public school later in the week.
“It was a tough first day for those digging the footers, but everyone was excited to be part of something that is going to have such a huge impact on this community,” said Roy Shuck who is the Southern Florida Work & Witness Coordinator.
That evening, the team traveled a short distance to participate in a service at the Liberia First Church of the Nazarene. The team was hosted by the church with pizza from “Papa John’s.”
Through blustery light rain on Wednesday, July 26, the team cut and prepared steel for the footers to be poured. The interior painting of the church was completed and some exterior painting was begun between rain drops.
Bill Otis, from Lake Worth First, began work on assembling what will be a beautiful new pulpit constructed from rough cut cedar wood.
“We have thoroughly enjoyed working side-by-side with our brothers from the Quebrada Grande community,” said Shuck. “Even though we speak different languages, there has been an amazing spirit of unity.”
Team 1 of 29 will be joined on Saturday by our second Costa Rica team of 30. Both teams will be present for the dedication of the church on Sunday July 30. The first team will return to Miami on August 1, while the second team continues work at the church for an additional week.
This project was begin in April 2016. Our District Churches and individuals contributed $30,000 to add to the $15,000 that had already been contributed by the Moore Family Foundation for construction of this church.