We were up early, a little cereal and fruit for breakfast, loaded up and off to Grecia, which is about 1 hour from the Score complex. Our driver was Santiago, Daniel and Javier joined us again, along with missionary Raymond and Marsola. The morning started out cool, but warmed up nicely. The landscape is beautiful. The main school system here runs February through November, so the students are out of school right now, but we were able to go into a public school system.
We were met by about 16 boys and our team conducted a clinic. They split up into 4 stations and rotated, sharing a verse from in each one. Romans 3:23, Romans 6:23, Romans 5:8, and Ephesians 2:9-10.
Following the clinic, it was the Saints versus Grecia High and I am happy to say that we one, 74-68. We rotated teams of 5 of our players in and out. It was a great game, everyone did well. There were several fans and parents that came to watch. Following the game, Asa shared about sin and separation from God.
Costa Rica is not too different from the US in many ways...
Tyler commented that he noticed they seemed to like to joke and hang out. Isaac felt like they were cool, wore stylish clothes, and that it reminded him of his friends. Catherine commented that it was interesting that some girls had come to watch, which was typical teenagers.
The greatest issue they are seeing here is that most Costa Ricans will tell you they are Christians. Even Catholicism here has become less of a separate religion and is blending with Christianity. The greatest challenge, just like we see in American is that many that call themselves Christians are truly not.
John 3:3 says, unless a man is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
Raymond did an outstanding job using painting and the game of basketball to communicate the truth of "head knowledge" versus "heart knowledge." Twelve of the people, players, parents, and spectators prayed to trust Christ as their Savior, to move from a head knowledge to a heart knowledge.
Nate commented that as he saw the hands go up, that it was a very powerful movement of God. Mason noticed that how those that paid attention were the ones that responded. Gabe noticed how many of them knew and acknowledged the verses that we shared.
God was as work today. Score is doing a great job getting information on those that made a decision and there is follow up that takes place.
They made us lunch at the gym, some rice, chicken, black beans and chips. It was good, we said goodbye and headed to a marketplace to souvenir shop and then Raymond took us to his favorite ice cream shop. We returned to Score for a little down time when we returned.
Dinner was pork chops, mash potatoes, and vegetables. Bible study was at 7, we started our study of the life of Daniel. A young man, taken from his home, Daniel purposes in his heart not to defile himself. The study was a meaningful time to reflect on their lives, their choices, and the impact that they can make on others.
They are working on their skits and program for tomorrow morning, I hear laughter, singing, doors slamming, and a glimpse of what heaven will be like, believers together purposed for worship. It is a joy to be with your sons.