Vamos a Costa Rica! (Let's go to Costa Rica!)

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6:30 am Saturday morning the 19 Mission Trip participants will arrive at the airport to fly to San Jose for our weeklong partnership trip with two Presbyterian Costa Rican congregations. We're excited! We'll be joining in on the mission on these churches, joining in their construction of new Sunday School classrooms, participating in one of their feeding ministries, spending time with their children, and sharing plenty of fellowship.

Sunday morning we will worship with our two partner congregations, Iglesia La Nueva Guacima and Iglesia Amor de Projimo. After some time in the afternoon at a nearby butterfly sanctuary we'll join in the evening worship of an English-speaking Costa Rican church.

From Monday to Thursday, our day will look like this:

7:30   Breakfast

8:30   Work with churches

10:00 Coffee and fellowship

12:00 Lunch

1:00  Work

2:00  Coffee and fellowship

4:30  Return to accomodations

6:00  Dinner

7:30  Group reflection


As for me, I think I'm looking forward most to the coffee breaks! More to come from Costa Rica!

From Matthew - At our mission trip meeting this Saturday (9:00am - 12:00 pm or so) we'll do more reflecting on and learning about missions and Costa Rica. We'll learn more of the specifics about the churches we'll work with and where we'll be staying. We'll attend to fund raising and travel preparation details and, as always, have fun along the way.

And from Mike - 

0900-0945 Opening Prayer and Bible reflection (Matt)

0945-1015 Costa Rican Music (Gretchen)

1015-1030 Break (Meg is bringing the snack)

1030-1100 Spanish language (A trip to El Mercado with Chris)

1100-1120 Social Justice Discussion (Access and quality of Education in Costa Rica with Amy)

1120-1145 Cultural Awareness (Concept of Time, Locus of Control)

1145-1215 Admin, logistics, medical, and fundraising update (Matt, Mich, Alan, Rick & Stan)

PPC-CR consolidated info.pdf

You may have received this a couple of days ago - I emailed this same file. Let me know if you have comments or questions...


Logistics subgroup meeting

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From Rick Heiniger:

We should have a meeting of our group prior to the next general meeting to discuss logistics for the trip.  I would like to propose Saturday morning, Feb 23 at 9:00 AM.  Does anyone have a conflict on that date and time?  

Let Rick know of your availability... Check your email for his message and "reply all"

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Most of the 22 people planning on  going on the church's June mission trip to Costa Rica gathered at the church Saturday morning, 2 February. After a brief introduction to the intent of the meetings we will be having, Matt led us in a reflection on God, God's mission, and our mission. He structured his discussion around three passages from the Gospel of John -

            1: 1-4  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people.

En el principio ya existia la Palabra; y aquel que es la Palabra estaba con Dios y era Dios. Él estaba en el principio con Dios. Pro medio de él, Dios hizo todas las cosas; nada de lo que existe fue echo sin él. En él estaba la vida, y la vida era la luz de la humanidad.

3: 16-17  For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. Indeed, god did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

Pues Dios amó tanto al mundo, que dio a su Hijo único, pare que todo aquel  que cree en él no muera, sino que tenga vida eterna. Porque Dios no envió a su Hijo al mundo para condenar al mundo, sino para salvarlo.

            1: 14  And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father's only son, full of grace and truth.

Aquel que es la Palabra se hizo hombre y vivió entre nosotros, lleno de amor y verdad. Y hemos visto su gloria, la Gloria que come Hijo único recibió del Padre.

We closed out our reflection with a look at some of the denomination's recent writings on the place and central meaning of mission in our church. 

The Good News of Jesus Christ is to be shared with the whole world. As disciples of 
Jesus Christ each of us in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is sent into the world to 
join God's mission. As individuals and as a church we are called to be faithful to this
discipleship. Our mission is centered in the triune God. Our mission is God-called, 
Christ-centered, and Spirit-led. Our mission is both proclamation and service. It is 
the reason the church exists.... 

The church is part of God's plan. We are called into the community of the church, 
and we call new disciples into that community. With Christ as our head, the church
community exists for the sake of God's mission. We learn to serve in mission in a 
way that is faithful to the triune God. We are to model the kind of community God 
intends for all humanity. To be the church is to be one large mission society.

Matt left us with two ideas to ponder: 

   How is my faith the story of God's mission to me?

   How is my participation in this trip a part of God's continuing mission to the world?

During the rest of the morning we were provided an introduction to some aspects of culture as they may be reflected in the behavior of people "different" from us, we had a short Spanish lesson, we had a chance to sample some tipico Tico food, discussed some of the

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social justice challenges in Costa Rica, and discussed how we would organize to get ready for the trip. There will be three on-going planning groups: fundraising, interpretation, and logistical planning. Following the meeting we adjourned downstairs to build the sub sandwiches to be sold the next day - our first fundraising event!

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