We did the general orientation FEDICE video and powerpoint. And went to the Tocagon community to meet the people we will be working with. We were greeted as if we were family. We were told to treat the place as if it was our home. Everyone was introduced to one another and we were invited to a wedding on Sunday. While out, we grabbed some ice cream. Luis gave us all roses and a hug.
When we arrived back at the hotel we had dinner, and small church gathering for the evening. We also noted our reflections for the day:
Amber reflected on how beautiful the architecture is and how beautiful the flowers are, and how grateful she is that she got to come along.
Karla thought about how happy the people are and how much they smile.
Ken is excited that he gets to enjoy the carnaval and gets to go to a wedding.
Lindy says what she has seen so far makes her want to come back for another mission trip.
Jan loves traveling and says that no matter where she goes people are all the same and that we shouldn’t fight.
Marcy says that the people of Tocagon are all very blessed and how happy they are inspires her.
Curtis says that the children inspire him.
Rene said that Minga gives purpose to the trip.
Meghan likes to go to different cultures and experience new things.
Blanca stated that “we are all one in Christ. We do not have many resources but do the best we can. We are so happy that you are here to work with us. God is working in all of us. FEDICE team is not perfect but we do the best we can. Luis is happy that he could meet all of us and is thankful that we came. He is here to help you and answer our questions. He is so glad we came here. And says thank you and god bless.”
Muriel is glad that everyone is being so accomodating with her needs.
Lori likes to travel and going to different countries and different cultures. She says this is so much much more than she thought it could be.
Janel stated that when people hear about mission trips it is only about the amount of work getting done. And when we missed a day some of us thought about not getting enough done. This trip is much more. Things are not the same in every country. I am very appreciative of what the people have accomplished and I feel we will get more out of this trip than they will. We appreciate everything the hotel is doing to accommodate us.