This is an update from Ben (University of Portland) from yesterday (Thursday) of their trip to Costa Rica
Hey friends and family!
This is Ben, the sole male on the team (except for Andy), writing from Costa Rica. Each day we have had a different student writing the update.
Today was our final day on campus at UCR. The day was a lot like the last two days, with the UP team and the Cru STINT team splitting off in pairs and initiating conversations with students. Some of us also tagged along with STINT team members as they discipled students that they have establised relationships with in their time here. Many of us from UP also had the opportunity to reconnect with students we met earlier in the week and talk over lunch.
This evening we spent some time debriefing as we concluded the majority of our time on campus at UCR. We talked about the amazing things God has done here, shared stories about the ways God is working in the lives of the individuals we met, and discussed things God has taught us and how these will translate to our lives back at UP. We compiled all of the contact info we received from students, and gave it to the STINT team so that they can follow up with them in the coming weeks. We also totaled up the number of students we talked with: 106 spiritual conversations initiated, and 77 of those were gospel conversations in which we were able to share about Jesus!
Tomorrow we have the opportunity for some team bonding as we go on a zip-lining tour in the morning. At 6:00pm we will head back to campus for a Cru event. We’ll meet with the STINT team and as many UCR students as possible at an amphitheater on campus for a time of fellowship. Then, at 7:00 it’s soccer time with our Tico friends!
Please pray for safety tomorrow, as well as for the attendance of the CRU event! We have been inviting the students we have been talking with all week, so we hope to see them tomorrow night! Also, praise the Lord for the work he has done here and has allowed us to be a part of!
Student doing Soularium to foster spiritual conversations
Ben on campus with some of the STINT team
Jody enjoying some time with the ladies on the team.