Costa Rica 2013: Sports Ministry Outreach
Trinity athletes who are members of the women’s soccer team wiill travel to Costa Rica for a time of ministry with an emphasis placed on sharing the gospel through sports. Trinity students should be prepared to spread the good news of Jesus Christ through street evangelism, worship, various labor activities, participation in
competitive sports matches, as well as serving at churches, orphanages and schools within the local communities. The group will remain open to the Lord’s leading throughout the trip
Jan. 17 - Last Night in Coronado
Today we woke up to another beautiful day in Costa Rica. This morning we drove about an hour to one of the poorest communities in Costa Rica. During our time there, we visited a single mothers ministry. We all sat in a small living room of the ministry, and learned about what they do. They have Bible studies, sewing classes, and other support groups for single mothers. They also have recently started a gym. For $4 a month, women can use the equipment and participate in a variety of classes (including pilates, dance, and cardio). After a tour of the gym, we spent some time playing with the kids of the single mothers at a daycare run by the ministry. We had a delicious lunch of rice and chips prepared by the director of the ministry; we said our goodbyes and headed to our game.
We were honored to play the U20 National team of Costa Rica. They showed a lot of skill, good footwork, and speed. After a long and tiring match, the result was in our favor, 3-1. Again another team mate shared her testimony, and the field director of SCORE shared the Gospel. After a long ride back to the Coronado complex, we had a good dinner of sausage, rice, and vegetables. The field director then led us in devotions, and we got to enjoy our last night in Coronado. Six games in six days is very tiring, and we are both excited and sad for our last game tomorrow.
Jan. 15 - Youth Clinic
In the morning we went to Los Guidos to do a clinic for the youth in the area. This part of Costa Rica is extremely poor, and recently the government has forbidden soccer on the fields in this location. Because we were there to do the clinic, they were allowed on the field to train with us. It was a great experience to witness the joy on the faces of these young people playing soccer. We split them into groups based off age and again provided different stations focusing on different soccer skills. We had the priviledge of playing the games with them and because of this we became like role-models to the youth, which made them more attentive when we gave our testimony.
After the clinic, we traveled back to the Corondo Complex for lunch and about an hour of relaxation time. We then packed up and departed to San Fransisco to play their local women's team. Though we won, this game was more physically and mentally challenging as we had to keep our cool in difficult playing situations. After the game, we again shared our testimony, and it was well recieved. A Score International missionary then spoke a few words about Christ and asked the girls to open their hearts to the Word, many decided to make this decision. They were very grateful to recieve our t-shirts, and we connected with one of the girls on the team. We then traveled back home and were served another great meal by the Score staff. It was truly a blessing to see God at work in mysterious ways. Even in the poor community, we could see Christ at work.
Jan. 14 - Fellowship with Children
Today we started off the day going to the GAP ministries house. We learned more about their ministry and got a tour of the Villa where they live. We enjoyed spending time fellowshipping with them. After a lunch of tostadas, we loaded up the bus and left for our clinic and game in San Jose. We were surprised to find a very large group of Costa Rican youths ranging from 3-22. Although we were not expecting this range of ages, we embraced the opportunity to teach these willing individuals more about the game of soccer. The groups were split based on age; the older group received a more intense training while the younger kids were split into groups and did stations that focused on passing, dribbling, and shooting. Afterwards, a teammate gave her testimony to the group, and then we prepared for our game against San Jose. They provided a good competition, but we beat them by a large margin. Again after this game, a teammate shared her testimony, and we were able to share the gospel and give them some Trinity Christian College t-shirts. They were excited for the t-shirts, listened intently to the testimony, and were glad we were there to play them.
We came back to Coronado to some rice, beans, and chips that our stomachs more than welcomed. We were treated with donuts for dessert, which everyone was excited for. After two more testimonies and devotions, we called it a night. All in all, we could definitely see God at work today and are very excited to see what the rest of the week will bring!
Jan. 12 - San Ramon
This was our first full day in Costa Rica. We began with a clinic for a local youth team in San Ramon. We worked with seven girls ages 9-12 and afterwards we presented the Gospel. We jumped back on the field to play a game against a San Ramon under 22 team. Though we lost 2-0, it was a great experience for us. After the game one of the girls on our team gave a testimony. We presented the San Ramon team with Trinity Christian College t-shirts and a Score International pamphlet with Bible verses; we presented the MVP of their team with a signed soccer ball.
We then had a lunch of rice, beans, salad and chips at a local restaurant. Afterwards, we traveled to the orphanage at Naranjo. We stayed for a few hours and got to know the children. We did crafts, played with them, and loved on them. Even though we didn't want to, we left and returned to our Coronado home. Overall, it was a very rewarding day. We feel blessed that we were able to love and to share the Gospel with a variety of different people.
Jan. 11 - Safe Arrival
We made it to Costa Rica! After leaving Trinity at 2 a.m., we arrived in Costa Rica at 2 p.m. and settled comfortably into our Coronado complex where we are staying. Thankfully, we left the cold weather back in Chicago and were pleasantly greeted by 80 degrees and sunshine. After exploring the area where we were staying, we took a trip to the local market. There we had some of our first experiences with the Costa Rican culture. We enjoyed a common Costa Rican dinner of rice, frijoles, carne, and plantains. Tomorrow we will have a full day of mission work and soccer.