Ten more teams came down to serve at the Abraham Project during March and April and as always, it was such a blessing to have them here! In the last post about teams, we mentioned how hard all the volunteers and local workers had labored to prepare the dirt floor for concrete to be poured in the to-be church building. Well, that hard work continued into March and early April too. The work was not in vain and we can proudly announce that the cancha is complete!
After countless hours of labor, the concrete was poured in early April. Now, children from the daycare and our teams can come and play futbol, and eventually we plan on installing a basketball hoop too! Thank you to everyone who dug, sweat, hauled dirt, and poured concrete!
Almost all the teams below contributed to finishing the cancha, so in order not to be redundant, we won’t mention that for every team. But along with this project being accomplished, teams contributed in many other exciting ways:
- A Pepperdine University team came in late Feb and organized activities for the Children’s Homes and daycare.
- A team from the CR Language Academy visited from Pennsylvania in early March and donated financially to the material costs for the cancha.
- Two Joshua Expedition teams came in early March, one from McKinney Christian Academy and another from Prestonwood Academy, and they both helped in a variety of ways including cleaning offices, working with the daycare and donating materials.
- A group from University of Georgia came and continued the hard work of prepping the cancha, as well as worked in the daycare and children’s homes.
- Bethany Community Church, the home church of missionaries Joe and Jennie Westfall, visited from Seattle in mid-March to explore the potential opportunity of a long-term partnership with the Abraham Project. They also purchased and installed brand new curtains in the Children’s Homes.
- Next, a team from Wesleyan Church came from Georgia to serve. They planned a date night for house parents, and also did an outreach in poor area called Rio Azul, where they handed out school supplies, taught Bible stories, and facilitated crafts with about 100 kids.
- Three families from First Presbyterian Church of Bellevue (WA) came the week of Easter. Along with their children, they organized an Easter egg hunt for the Children’s Homes, did crafts with the daycare, and helped to paint the metal fence that borders the property.
- Living Hope Baptist Church from Kentucky was here in early April and installed a ceiling, as well as telephone and internet lines in the Multipurpose offices. In addition they welded and installed a metal fence for Steve's house and donated funds to help install the concrete for the soccer field.
- On May 9 an Appleseed Expedition Team came from Ring Mountain Day School and donated 50 man-hours in one day's work doing various construction tasks.
This month, there was a little pause in teams visiting us before we hit the busy summer season. That’s great news for the team leaders Jason and Kerby Harpst because they just welcomed a beautiful baby daughter into their family on April 20th. Adaya Ruth Shirley Harpst. They are enjoying these first few weeks bonding with their newborn before a dozen more teams come join us at the Project this summer!
Thanks to every single person who took time out of his/her every day life to come serve the people of the Abraham Project, as well as the people of Costa Rica. We are blessed by your service.