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PURA VIDA

Thursday July 13th

This morning a few of us had the opportunity to chat with Roy, an influential part of Strong Missions. We were eating our breakfast for the last time at the mission base and having some small talk when Roy asked us what we consider the meaning of life is. Personally, I love these kind of deep convos. It opens peoples' hearts and souls to be revealed to those around them and you always walk away feeling a deeper sense of purpose.

Roy expressed his heart's desire for each person to know their own power in this world. To realize the change we have the power to make to positively impact the world around us. He said if only everyone realized they are gifted beautifully and individually, the world would be a much better place. He has a beautiful soul that longs to see a better world and I am so grateful to have met him.

We left for Cahuita, on the Caribbean, soon after breakfast. What was expected to be about a 4.5 hour bus ride ended up being almost 6 hours. We stopped at one rest stop on the way for some snacks and empanadas. YUM.

Once we arrived we had the chance to explore Cahuita, the national park, the beach, and continue our seemingly endless eating. I absolutely love the sound of the ocean waves so of course this captured my heart immediately.

Tonight we went out for smoothies and strawberry daiquiris followed by a night spent dancing with the locals. Almost 3 hours of dancing...in the humidity. We definitely fully immersed ourselves in each aspect of this mission and connected to our fellow Costa Rican friends as much as we could. If you want the most out of life, make the most of each little moment.

Friday July 14th

Today is summed up with salt, sand, canopy tours and FOOD. Bonnie, our group leader, quoted "Seems like every time I turn around you guys are eating again!" To which we all agreed and headed onto our next foodie spot.

I was up and at 'em about 5:30 every morning ready to take on the day. This morning I turned my Bible to Colossians 3 verses 15 and 16. The words fit so perfectly with what we had experienced this week.

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and counsel one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.

We went zip lining in the morning which fed my adventurous soul and left my abs aching from the constant tensing up when flying through the trees. We had awesome tour leaders and we even saw one of the most poisonous snakes in Costa Rica who casually crossed our path when hiking up to the next cable. We flew down 13 cables total and even did a Tarzan swing on one of them. Adrenaline rush for sure.

We spent the rest of the day exploring the festival area and shopping for souvenirs. The president of Costa Rica was in town this weekend so we saw a ton of security riding up and down the streets.

Saturday July 15th

Our last travel day...24 hours of traveling via buses, planes, and trucks we all arrived home safely. Also, no delays on the route home! It's a miracle. :)

My 4th time to Costa Rica has again transformed my heart. Each mission has a way of taking you outside of your comfort zone and imprints a new sense of being in this life. Although, my body is slightly exhausted, I returned with a longing to go onto my next adventure. I strongly encourage you to immerse yourself in serving above yourself, take yourself outside of your own comfort zone, conquer a fear that's been holding you back. I promise you won't regret it. Pura Vida.

To God be the glory.


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