It was July of 2011, when I was on my way to a foreign country. I was headed to Costa Rica, volunteering my time to my Churches youth group by joining the 2011 Missions Trip team. I was very anxious about the adventures that were in store for me, and I was also nervous about the diverse culture. When we first arrived in San Jose, Costa Rica, I could hardly believe my eyes. I remember a warm and cozy feeling of home, and there was a sweet smelling and coll breeze blowing my hair. I could see a land rich with greens and the sunlight shone down upon the earth like a veil being laid over an enchanted face. I was completely in love with this land, and I had hardly set two feet into yet. We were picked up by our Missions coordinator, Fabian Campo, and he had two vans waiting for us. Our van driver's names were Sergio and Nikolas. My first impression was how strange their cultural style was from ours. After we got settled in at our Hotel, which was called Hotel El Maragato, that was right on the plaza we had lunch. The lunch was absolutely delicious. It was a warm and filling tomato soup that tasted like it was made fresh and the basil had just been picked. I felt a sense of pleasure as the warm soup slipped down my throat and into my almost empty stomach. Soon after our lunch we were sent straight to work practicing dramas, puppets, and spanish skills. We later use these skills to minister in the schools to children where we put on programs and gave out candy and prizes. We also visited the streets and ghettos of Costa Rica, and that is where we saw real poverty. I had never seen such happiness emerge out of such tragedy. I still pray for their souls to this day, in hopes that they will be given opportunities for better futures. One of the most breath taking and powerful experiences for me was our last day in Costa Rica when we went to visit one of their Volcanos. The Volcano's name was Irazu, and on that Volcano one of our missions leaders, Mrs. Sandy Study, said that our faith should be like a volcano. We should be overflowing and bursting to spread our message to others, and that we have the power to make a difference. It is with this that I realized that I can do anything I set my mind to. So this trip was more than just an awesome cultural experience but also an amazing realization of my abilities through my faith.
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