Oh, how I wish I had a photo to show, but you will just have to use your imagination.

 

Yesterday, we had a medical clinic at a church that sits in the middle of the old City Dump.  The dump was used for 30 years and although it hasn't been used as a dump for the past 10 years, the community is still living in very poor conditions.  As much as I wanted to take a photo, I did not see an appropriate time to whip out my camera.  The people have been called "Divers", because they would dive in the garbage dump site for whatever they needed.  The pastor told me that someone broke into the church a couple days earlier and stole all their food- bags of rice, beans, sugar and coffee.

While I was putting my socks and shoes on and getting ready to head out the door, Bryan noticed that my socks had a big hole in the toe area.  He was semi-joking with me that I should change socks and throw the holey ones away.  I am very frugal (some would say cheap) and laughed it off while I continued getting ready.

At the medical fair, we had a trampoline set up for the children.  This offers a great release for any stress the children feel about seeing a doctor and is a good time for us to interact with the children.  I met a 13 year boy who is from Nicaragua and both his parents and his siblings are dead.  He lives with his grandmother and aunt, but we never saw them.  His clothes were tattered and he was extremely small for his age- he looked more like 9 or 10 years old.  He told me that he doesn't attend school anymore.  It broke my heart, but I was also so thankful that he was at the medical clinic, which was held in a Church.  The pastor had the opportunity to talk with him and hopefully this will be a place he will return.

Okay, back to the trampoline.  We only have a few rules and one is that the children cannot wear shoes while jumping.  This is somewhat uncomfortable for the Costa Ricans because to walk around barefoot is just not done.  Legend is that worms can crawl into your body through your feet.  So, most of the children wear socks and stand on their shoes while they wait.  Yesterday was a little different because many of the children did not have socks to wear and didn't mind jumping barefoot.

It was a blessing when two girls came up to me and asked if they could jump.  I told them yes, and the rule about no shoes.  They looked at each other and I could see terror in their eyes.  Then they giggled and started to walk away.  I stopped them and quietly asked them if they had holes in their socks and they replied yes.  I told them not to worry, that we had matching socks!  When I pulled my shoes off and showed them my painted big toe sticking out of my socks, their face turned from terror to delight.  After we all laughed for a few moments, they quickly torn off their shoes and socks and proceeded to jump until it was time for us to go.

Who would have guessed that morning that a barrier would be broken just because the Gringa (North American) didn't appear any better or richer than the community.  Thank you Jesus for orchestrating the day and giving us the opportunity to serve you by just being ourselves.  

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