Wednesday, September 26th
We worked on the internet first thing this morning for a couple of hours and then started walking--not a cloud in the sky (We had to ask ourselves if we were still in
We were able to walk by the lake for about 3-
Again it was just about to rain, so we were praying for protection again from the rain! About 10 minutes after one of our breaks, Geiner and Denis (pronounced Denise) stopped to ask if we wanted a ride. We praised God for His provision and hopped in the back of their truck. About 15 minutes later, sure enough the rain started. I pulled out my poncho and we were doing our best to cover ourselves and the packs. Geiner stopped the truck, and Denis invited me to sit in the cab with them. (Chris did a wonderful job keeping the packs and himself dry under the poncho.) We chatted quite a bit...I learned that they are members of the
About 45 minutes later, Geiner and Denis were talking amongst themselves trying to decide if there was time for us to see the restaurant and the finca. (Geiner's family owns a farm.) They decided to show us, so the made a turn off the main road. As God would have it, the finca is partially a rain forest! And it is the home of The Arenal Hanging Bridges. Their restaurant overlooks the active Volcano Arenal!! Chris and I were in shock! They invited us to camp on the grounds so we could see the volcano at night (sometimes you can see the lava flowing) and the wildlife in the early morning! Then Denise fixed us a delicious meal!! We couldn't believe the wonderful gift that God had given us for our year anniversary of walking for Him!
Thursday, September 27th
When we woke up this morning, we chatted for a bit with the night guard! He loves the Lord so much!! He constantly reads the Bible!! This morning when Geiner and Denis arrived, she fixed us another tasty meal, and then she asked if she could take us through the rain forest. (Are you serious, God?!!!) We quickly agreed to take the tour. We saw a
Then Geiner and Denis invited us to stay the night with them at their cabin. The entire cabin was make from one tree...I guess it was pretty huge!! When we got out there, Geiner had one of the horses brought up to the cabin so that we could ride!! You can't see anything except for nature! You can't hear anything except for the creek that passes by behind the house. It was amazing! Our God will blow your mind if you will just follow Him!! What a relaxing day!!
We aren't posting this until Joe and Ginny get here, because this is where we are going to start. We want it to be a surprise for them! So this week Chris and I are walking and praying over the road we will take with them next week. We'll bring them back on Saturday on the bus and then walk back to the airport to drop them off again. That wasn't our initial plan, but as always God has a plan that is way better than anything that we could dream up! It's pretty much physically impossible to make it that distance in one week, so we are going to get to see God's hand not once, but twice along a similar route!! We are so excited that Geiner and Denis invited us to come back with Ginny and Joe. Isn't God amazing?!
Friday, September 28th
We said a temporary goodbye to Geiner, and Denis and Jinnethe (their daughter) took us down the mountain and dropped us off in
We waited out the rain and started walking...it was a beautiful hike!! The trees, the flowers, the wildlife, etc. it was awesome--mostly uphill, but worth it! We even finally got to see liches growing on a tree! In Chachaguas, we stopped for a break...we'd gone about
So off we went to find the cabins. Xinia was really nice and accomodating...she gave us the room for half price. Then she invited us to supper with their family. We were really surprised!! We met their daughters, Wendy, Karol, and Carla, as they came home from practice and work. Don Olman and Don Orlando stopped by for supper...they are working on a clinic in town on the weekends when there are no patients. Don Orlando is from
Saturday, September 29th--Happy Birthday, Grandma!!
We've been journeying for ONE YEAR today!!
Karol invited us to go to
This afternoon we had lunch and finished up our journalling. Tonight we went to church with Xinia and Carla!! It's a small Iglesia de Dios Evangelio Completo (Full-Gospel Church of God) Church. When we got there Xinia introduced us to several members of the church and to the pastor. We talked to the pastor about 5 minutes before the service, and he asked us to share testimony with the congregation--our first opportunity to share with a church since we arrived in
Sunday, September 30th
We woke up to pray and work on a lesson for the kids. By the time we finished up, it was time to head to lunch! Wow...what a sweet family. Marino and Nisia had 8 children...2 still live at home, but the rest are married and have kids. They didn't go far from home though...their houses are all along the same street. We met Mainor, Maria Isabel, Patricia and her daughters--Anayanci and Mayling, Katia and her daughter--Kenbli, Noylin and her daughter--Evoni, and one of the grandsons.
From there, we hurried back to Carlos and Xinia's house to go get our stuff for the Children's Day celebration. We walked over to the new church. (They are almost ready to start worshipping there.) We sang songs with the kids, taught a lesson, played games, and had cake and ice cream. Each child who was invited also recieved a gift! Everyone had a great time!!
From there, Fulbio, Olga, and Camila (a family from the church...dear friends of Xinia) invited the 4 of us to go to watch a soccer game at the Luna family's house. Chris was excited to see a soccer game!! We fellowshipped with them for awhile and had a snack...
Then they wanted us to visit the family who leads praise and worship. They are just getting ready to open a restaurant as well. It will be called Linda Vista (because there's a great view)! Chris and I smiled because we had seen the restuarant when we walked to Chachaguas. We really enjoyed the view of the country side and even thought about waiting the storm out in the restaurant...but then we realized that they hadn't opened yet. (Praise God that He held the rain!!) They fixed us a snack too--tortilla with cream,
It looks like we may stay one more day in Chachaguas, and then we'll head on a little further south! God bless you and keep you! We love y'all a ton! Seize every opportunity to be God's hands, feet, and mouth where God has planted you!
a) Lake Arenal b) one of the many rivers we crossed while walking to Chachaguas
Pictures from the Children's Day Celebration
Real live pineapples growing!!! Who knew?!
a) Xinia and RE working on a puzzle b) Denis showing us some of the clay that's found on their property...it's used for making pottery
Ahhhh....the flowers are gorgeous around these parts!!