Trip Start Jan 09, 2008
Trip End Feb 06, 2008

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Thursday, January 24, 2008

This week I finally managed to get together with the friends that attend the congregation of LESCO (Costa Rican Sign Language) in Liberia, which is a 2 hour bus ride from Nicoya.  I met up with a missionary couple and another couple that are serving as temporary special pioneers in that congregation this month.  We went on several Bible studies and it was a truly incredible experience.

Many of the deaf in these areas do not know LESCO, so first the friends teach them the alphabet and basic signs using the brochure "Apply yourself to reading and writing".  Something that impressed me so much is that before, they would do whatever they could to try to communicate with their families and friends, but now they are all learning how to sign to eachother, which in turn helps the family bonds.  In addition to the practical value of it all, they also are able to then learn the Bible.  At one house we went to, the sisters were explaining the Biblical hope of the resurrection.  The two girls had never heard about it before and the look on their faces was so beautiful.  Some things you never get tired of - seeing someone understand Jehovahs promises for the future is one of those things.

Yesterday, they invited me to come up to attend their bookstudy.  They're currently studying the Greatest Man book, so I went up and it was nice to reunite with all the friends in the congregation.  I was able to make a comment, although halfway through I completely forgot what I was doing!  But it was ok, they were kind enough to help me out :)

This weekend again is full of activity, tomorrow we're going in service in Nandayure, I may go to the meeting in Hojancha, then Saturday friends from San Jose are going in service with us in Barra Honda.  Sunday we're planning a little day trip to Chira Island - it's the 2nd largest island in Costa Rica, located in the Gulf of Nicoya.  I think there are around 2,000 inhabitants, but no congregation.  Despite that, the brothers have sent 4 temporary special pioneers there to the island to preach and try to get things started.  So we're going on Sunday to meet the friends and see the island.  Sounds like another adventure! 

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