Our time in language school has come to an end. Exploring Costa Rica as well as the boundaries of our new language, we begin to use and analyze what we have been studying in the classroom. It is both fun and frustrating. In a nutshell, it is generally our lack of vocabulary coupled with pronunciation deficiencies which confuse all who are within earshot of our conversation. Very humbling indeed!
The trip from Puerto Viejo, back in February, turned out to be a fortuitous one. We met a traveller from Portugal, Pedro, who spoke highly of his experience volunteering on a finca. Now, 2 months later, we find ourselves at the very spot! Meals, prepared from food grown locally, (Who knew vegetarian could be so good?), as well as teaching the kids the value of hard manual labor were highlights. We had the opportunity to practice our language skill while working alongside locals who made their living tending to livestock, managing gardens and compost, all in a symbiotic manner. To get the scoop on where we were and what we did, we encourage you to check out their website at www.la-flor.org/
Some of our final memories of CR are undoubtedly being spent in areas that will keep us smiling. The car alarms, loud buses and smells of the city are being replaced by rides across the country on those loud buses, howler monkeys and ultimately pounding surf along the country’s beautiful pacific coast. After 12 hours of buses, taxis and a ferry ride we find ourselves in the town of Santa Teresa. The combination of our improved language skills as well as some sense of familiarity with the transportation system allows the marathon to flow smoothly.
We can’t help to reflect on the past 4 months and what has happened to us as the Tichi family. We have survived moving to a foreign country, taken on different roles in our day to day and reduced our living expenses by more than 80%. Shortly we will be moving into a situation that will be like no other.
Our upcoming move to Roatan will not only give us new physical surroundings, it will bring a greater amount of responsibility. Your gifts of encouragement have done wonders for us. Once in Honduras, we will begin tapping into your financial gifts as well. The gift of money is something that can make a person feel a little awkward. We have had time to think and pray about what it means to live and work from these gifts.
Our faith to “take the plunge” is reinforced by the fact that each of you has the faith that we will use the resources given to us in an appropriate manner. Talk about a big responsibility! Take a second and think about a life where not only strangers, but your friends support you, financially and spiritually! Are we at all capable of such a task without being guided by deep thoughts,meditation and prayer?
In Isaiah 26:3, we have the promise that God “will keep in perfect peace” those “whose thoughts are fixed on (Him).” While focusing on oneself holds one captive to one’s own limited capacities, keeping one’s eyes turned toward God, gives the privilege of enjoying the unlimited power, unfailing love, and complete peace He offers. We will strive constantly to keep our eyes turned upward and show others the beauty we see.
May 8….. we arrive into Roatan. See you soon.