NCCUMC Youth and Young Adults Mission Trip to Costa Rica
Since arriving in Costa Rica last Wednesday, our group of sixteen members of the North Carolina Methodist Conference has sanded, treated, and sealed more planks than can be counted. We have washed, primed, and cut steel beams into seemingly arbitrary lengths; all under the relative shade of massive banana leaves and a beautiful blue sky.
These labors are all in an effort to construct a new roof for a local parsonage, as well as beds for hurricane victims who have been displaced for a year due to severe flooding. Youth and adult staff have worked side by side the throughout the week toward a common goal, which is to be God’s hands (or at least his fingers) here in Costa Rica. We have all learned new skills, such as how to saw through metal, sand wood, and prevent termite damage. However, the work has been only part of the amazing experience, as we have also enjoyed the community of faith and the warmth of Costa Rica’s culture. Through a series of daily “debriefs” our group has been able to process the spiritual and physical journeys of each individual. Through fellowship, food, and physical labor, our little team has grown together in faith and helped our Methodist brothers and sisters down here in Costa Rica along the way!
Written by Caroline McCartney, NCCUMC Conference Youth President