¡Pura vida! It’s our American CIG family in Costa Rica keeping you updated! In our second week in Costa Rica, our American Cheon Il Guk missionary coordinator, Kenzo Tanaka, arrived to be with us for one week in our mission country!
During the week, we also worked on growing our hearts for Costa Rica through interacting with the brothers and sisters here in CARP through various activities, as well as through our continued efforts to go out witnessing!
At the end of our third week in Costa Rica, the 21-Day Costa Rica Leadership Training Program reached its conclusion. Sr. Manho gave closing remarks to everyone, and participants, Bryan and Michelle, shared their testimonies about their personal experiences being a part of the workshop. Earlier in the week, Michelle’s father had wanted to pull Michelle out of the workshop after doing personal research about CARP at home. However, after arriving at the CARP Center to take Michelle home, Michelle’s father went through a transformative experience of having a negative perspective of CARP to one that is now positive and supportive after seeing all the brothers and sisters who came out to greet him and send Michelle off and experiencing the environment of love that CARP has. She was able to return after two days to finish the workshop, and her father even came to Sunday service the following week!
On Saturday morning, we were able to participate in a conference call with American, Japanese, and Korean missionaries who have helped CARP Costa Rica in the past couple years! It’s inspiring to know that former missionaries are continuing to be involved with Costa Rica and it’s various CARP activities!