The Bread of Life

After a special Sunday morning worship service in Cartago, our team headed out for some sightseeing. We witnessed God’s beautiful creation when we visited Mirador de Orosi. It was breathtaking to look around at the foliage covered mountains, and at all the new (for me anyways) and unique flowers and trees. After stopping at another stunning overlook, we made our way to Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles. Our SCORE leader, Jordon, told us about the different beliefs and views that many of the people of Costa Rica have. The main religion here in Costa Rica is Catholicism. He shared about how many believe that if they walk through a certain door of the basilica on August 2nd, their sins will be forgiven. In fact so many people believe this that 2-3 million people come to Basilica in Cartago every year just to “have their sins forgiven” by walking through the door. It’s heartbreaking to realize that so many are lost without Jesus, and don’t realize that He is our ONLY way to heaven. Many of them worship an image of a virgin, said to be sent from God. They also believe that a physical rock can save them, yet we know that only Jesus, our rock, can save us.This afternoon was a great reminder of why we are here. To share with the people of Costa Rica, who Jesus is and why he is the only one who can save us from our sins. After our sightseeing, we were able to go to a panaderia (bakery). A few of us girls and I shared a pineapple, marmalade, and raisin braided loaf of bread. It was AMAZING!! After the bakery we had a 40 minute bus ride to the Spanish Language Institute where we joined in a church service with many of the local SCORE missionaries. There we were able to hear testimonies of how the Lord is working in the lives of many of the missionaries serving down here in Costa Rica. After an all English and challenging sermon from Eric Champion, we headed out for pizza. We picked up our dinner at Monster Pizza, and ate it back at our hotel. After our delicious dinner, we were able to have our personal devotions and then have time as a group to review our day and plan for tomorrow. We praise the Lord for a great first full day here in beautiful Costa Rica. But as we begin our week, your prayers would be gratefully appreciated. Tomorrow I am teaching a lesson on Jesus calming the storm, and as I practice it’s a great reminder to me that if He has the power to calm a storm, than He has the power to help me teach a lesson in front of people who don’t speak the same language as me, and still bring Glory to His name.  Thank you for your prayers this far, God is good!
– Beka Hull

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