Costa Rica - Clinica CEDCAS
Our partnership in Costa Rica includes regular visits to offer friendship and a helping hand. Read reflections from these experiences below. We invite you to consider joining our next trip scheduled for Spring 2014.
"We praise the Lord for work teams like RCCPC that come to work shoulder to shoulder with the people of Horquetas and in a very tangible way show the love of Jesus. As some say, "there goes Jesus". It is exciting to see people move out of these comfort zones and get personnally involved in the work of CEDCAS in Costa Rica which changes their lives completely, never being the same person again. I represent CEDCAS (which stands for in Spanish, Health Education and Health Care Center). We are committed to providing "whole person health care", meeting the physical, spiritual, emotional and economic needs of our patients. That is why we have the clinic but also work with rural, poor communities developing micro enterprises to help them care for their families." Lillian Solt, Missionary
Contributed by Dave Aument
I’ve been keeping it in my pocket ever since the trip. Lillian Solt, leader of the Costa Rican mission program we support, gave each of us one on our final day. She said it is a simple thing to remind us of the love that God has for us. I had expected to go to Costa Rica to help people in need. Yes, we mixed concrete and finished the kitchen floor. We painted the rusty fence. We repaired plumbing and lights. We gave out the soccer balls and tee shirts. And we interacted with the children and parents through crafts. I had expected to give and to work. But I did not expect to receive anything other than maybe a word of thanks. I did not expect to be so moved by the work God is doing through good Christian people living in Costa Rica. I did not expect to hear God’s word proclaimed with such power at the church of Santo Tomas. I did not expect the men of the Horquetas church to pray for our team every morning at 3AM before leaving for work. And I did not expect it to mean so much to the folks there that other people in the world care about them. Most of all, I did not expect to bring back more than I had brought with me. It’s a little wooden bead. It reminds me of the love God has for me.
Contributed by Michelle Byrnes
Before leaving for Costa Rica I wasn’t sure what to expect. I had heard stories from people who had previously been there, and had even seen pictures of the places we would be going, but seeing the pictures and actually seeing the places were two completely different experiences.
The first thing I really noticed was the contrast between the landscape of the country itself and the living conditions of some of the people. The country itself was beautiful but the homes some of the people were living in were far less than that. For me it was an eye opener. Hearing that there are people in the world who have far less than we do meant something to me but it never really registered until I saw it firsthand.
The other most memorable thing from the trip was the fact that when we arrived at the church, every person met us with kindness. It wasn’t just a typical thank-you; each person was genuinely grateful which was something I had never experienced. To me, being a youth on the trip really made no difference, age really made no difference when it came to helping the people. Overall, the trip had a great impact on me as I believe it would on anyone who goes.
Contributed by Matt Ralston
Costa Rica was a wonderful experience. It's interesting to see the contrast between our two nations. The extreme poverty, or "miseria" is a large problem in Costa Rica. Seeing the slums is humbling and makes one feel grateful for the benefits we have as Americans. I really enjoyed the company of our friend Don Carlos, the Jeffreys, and Lillian. The most moving thing was the fact that God's children can live in the most adverse conditions and find the will to survive and care for one another. That kind of attitude is enlightening, and makes the workers who went to Costa Rica stronger having witnessed it.