When we saw the sun shine over the mountains on our early morning walk this morning, we knew it was going to be a special day. The past two mornings of Vacation Bible School have seen shy faces turn into big smiles, and folded arms turn into open hugs. Each day we discover different ways to make a special connection with these wonderful children. Today, it was through our daily music. While the language barrier is huge for some of us, we quickly discovered that music crosses all language, age and cultural boundaries, as we collectively belted out our daily songs (which are getting more boisterous and energetic each time we sing them). Today, we watched our 'band' increase with the addition of a few enthusiastic new musicians, eager to try out the instruments and stand in line to get instructions from our guitar and recorder players. They have built up quite a fan club!
This afternoon we turned our talents to painting the new Sunday School room and the Rector's office. Nothing says teamwork like ten people covered in paint working together to make a beautiful space for children to learn and grow in their faith.
This evening, the Bishop presided over a very special Holy Eucharist service and presented each of us with a cross pendent made from recycled Costa Rican wood. We were humbled by the gesture, which brought us even closer on this journey of service that we've been traveling together. The Bishop spoke of an African saying which we have seen in action many times this week, and which we will continue to reflect on long after our trip has ended - "If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together."