My heart melts every time I recall this trip to Costa Rica. I went with my church group on my first overseas mission trip. We went into some very remote villages in Puriscal, San Antonio, and others to give out bibles to the people in the villages. We met some beautiful souls and got to share with them how awesome God is. And even when the rain poured down upon us and soaked us to the bone, God brought the people out of the homes and let us share with them. The people there are searching for God, and they loved the bibles we gave them. The landscaping and the views we saw while we walked knocked our socks off. The beautiful foliage and banana trees and the smell of coffee everywhere you go is so telling of how this much greatness in our universe can only be fashioned by two hands, the hands of God.
When visiting Costa Rica, if you just shop and look around, you will truly miss Costa Rica. Get to know the people; they are very receptive, and you learn so much from their culture. It's truly a simple but inspiring culture. Some of these people live in tin houses with dirt floors, but they live with 20 other family members in one house, and that is their wealth, their family. They highly regard family and friends and traditions. We could learn a lot from this culture.