Last summer was my second year visiting Agua Viva in Los Chiles. It was extra special because my Park Maitland sixth grade class raised the funds (through a car wash) to drill the well. It gave me a good feeling to know that, even at 12 years old, I could play a big role in bringing clean water to people who needed it. Even more, through our team and the local people, we experienced the body of Christ at work in a way that I will never forget.
Even though this was my third year going to Costa Rica, this time was life changing. I find it incredible how much God can work in my life in as little as 8 days. Knowing how someone else lives their life can impact yours majorly. Everything I do I think twice about; from turning on the faucet to brush my teeth, to my attitude about school. We are incredibly spoiled in the way we live our lives and the experiences I received from Agua Viva have truly grounded me. My worldview has changed drastically. Not only is my faith stronger than ever before but everything I do is affected by what my eyes saw in Los Chiles. You may ask what exactly I saw, even I wondered to myself what it was that affected my so majorly, but then I realized it wasn't what I saw, but the emotions I felt, the relationships that I built and the perspective that I gained. Costa Rica 2015 changed my life.
This past summer was my 4th trip with Agua Viva Serves. Each trip has brought about new experiences, but there is something that always stays constant: the presence of God's work and love. From being greeted every day by the hugs and smiles from children to gaining help and knowledge on the work site from the locals, Gods work and love is truly visible among the people of Costa Rica. I am so thankful for all the wonderful experiences I've had and all the relationships I've created. The people of Costa Rica have touched and impacted my life more than they will ever know.