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Pura Vida ~ Costa Rica Mission Trip 2017

March 28, 2017
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Reflections from Costa Rica…

We found a huge rock, painted it, and now the group will sign it. – Tessa McCavit

Lord, Thank you for the opportunities you dangle before us today. We pray for the wisdom to recognize them, to grab them, and to use them best in the ways you have taught us. – John

What an experience to hug in the Latina way, fill up on love for our group, get rid of worry and angst and let it all go. Glory be, thank you God. – Laura McCavit

This adventure always yields surprises, inspiration, connection and renewed purpose. I am reinvigorated spiritually and recharged emotionally. Again, I’ve relearned the purity and truth of faith and family: immediate, church and world. – Chris

Bookends have been on my mind a lot this week. They’re funny in that they represent the beginning and the end. This is a bookend trip for me – and for Linda especially. We began doing missions in 1996, so this is our 22nd year. Because she is leaving FUMC Dallas this summer, it is likely that this is the other bookend of our 22 years in missions. But like bookends, they don’t really end there – you just start a new one on another shelf. That’s what missions are supposed to be, anyway. A process. You never start at the beginning and your end is not the end. In His love – Frank Roby

Yesterday morning began with a time of prayer, blessing and healing hugs. As the rain fell onto the roof of the sanctuary, I felt God’s love raining down on us. A powerful moment and holy memory to hold in our hearts.

Today as we finish our work here, god’s work in this community continues to be a powerful presence in and through the Methodist Church. I thank God for this week and look forward with “holy expectation” to what the future holds for each and every one who is a part of this journey. – Rev. Linda Roby

This morning at A’gape, I loved to hear the rain pouring over the church – a sign that God does pour over us. In the words of Ivania, “He is real! He is here!” – Manny M.

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