As our camp comes to a close very quickly, I wanted to write one last time here from Camp Tang where our internet connection was slow, but reliable. We don’t have much time because bags need to be packed, pictures need to be taken, and our goodbyes unfortunately must be made.

Here is a text highlight reel from camp yesterday afternoon up until this morning. During the boys activity class at the lake, they decided it would be a good idea to ride the tiny bike that we found earlier off of a dock, onto a log, and into the lake. It was super creative and SO funny to watch happen. Within that same activity class, the campers came up with the great idea of trying to push our camp leaders into the lake. The only one that they managed to get was Tyler. Ben put up an incredible fight, and most of the boys were a little too scared of TJ to attempt to push him in. Shortly after Tyler went in, he found Cassie and called her to the side of the lake for an “important conversation”, in which she was promptly pushed in, but she took Tyler down with her!

There was a small USA vs. Costa Rica soccer game that occurred and I was told that the US came out on top, but with questionable methods.

We had a lot of indoor activities due to rain, so many bracelets were created and pictures were drawn. There was also an activity class called Crown of Life, in which girls were told their true identities in the words that the Lord gives us, such as: princess, child of light, loved, chosen, worthy, etc. They then proceeded to write these words on construction paper which later formed crowns for them to wear.

We concluded the night with worship that was absolutely amazing. The Tiko team had some youth lead with a piano and a guitar. While they lightly played, cabins formed and prayed together while leaders and work crew members walked the room and prayed for those inside it. The worship picked up after about thirty minutes and we joined together to praise God with everything we had. The pastor helped lead worship with a megaphone and with his body while he sang and jumped around the chapel.

As for this morning, we have been super busy, so the time has gone by quickly. We have started to say our goodbyes to our campers and to this beautiful creation that the Lord has tucked away in Costa Rica. As a staff, we have started to reflect and figure out our personal themes for the trip.

I know that for our team, some themes that were very present came from Exodus 14:14 and 1 Corinthians 15:58

“The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be still.”

“Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the way of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.”

A lot of our staff had to come to grips with the fact that an international fight was not one that we could overcome alone. We had to fully rely on the Lord to break down language barriers and He was so faithful. There were times throughout camp where some counselors wanted to rip their hair out because they couldn’t speak their minds. Other times counselors wanted to cry because of the isolation they felt by being surrounded by people who don’t speak their language all day long.

We also had to understand that even if we spoke fluent Spanish, our words will never be good enough. Our staff learned that lesson in an abundance of ways during this trip. Our limited language left us no choice but to rely on the God of the Universe for our many, many needs. We are so blessed to have experienced the Lord in such an awesome way on this adventure and it is not even over yet! As a staff, what we do this afternoon is a surprise!

Prayer warriors: we are going to be tourists for a day and half, so we could use some prayers while we are in the city, and when we travel home Sunday morning.

As a team, we want to extend a HUGE thank you to everyone who has kept up with our blog, and helped us financially or with their prayers. You have helped us in ways that none will know until we enter the gates of Heaven and we are so grateful for you!

And just so you guys know, once we get an internet connection that will let us upload pictures and videos, you will be in for a treat! We have an abundance of awesome moments from camp that you will be able to feast your eyes on, so stay tuned!