On Friday, June 22nd, I arrived in Esterillos Oeste to visit current National Director, Dennis Leon. I met Dennis in Perú last summer at our regional conference and it was good to be able to visit him at his home in Costa Rica. We spent some time fishing, surfing, and I helped around the house as much as possible. Dennis is married with two kids and hosts visitors and local guys at his house nearly year round. God has greatly blessed his influence and ministry in this community. A group from CS Santa Barbara was in town and on Saturday we assisted Dennis' church in constructing a playground for their community. I was also able to visit Pura Vida Church on Sunday where Dennis pastors.
On Tuesday, I took off to the city of Jacó to meet the guys there. That night they were holding a leaders meeting and invited me to join. They will be beginning weekly bible studies this week and I am super excited for them. I was able to surf and do breakfast with Damián the chapter director the next morning. Christian Surfers has a long history in the city of Jacó and owns a christian hostel as well. A girl named April has been running it and was very kind in hosting me and talking to me about the vision and ministry that the hostel has been apart of.
On Wednesday night, I took a bus to the capital city of San Jose, where although there is no beach, there IS a Christian Surfers Chapter. I joined in on their weekly meeting and was hosted by a one of the leaders named Alain who originally is from Ecuador. It was a short visit to San Jose, but they treated me very well and was excited to meet their leadership team.
Early Thursday morning, I took a bus to Tamarindo in the northern part of the country called Guanacaste. I was met by Alvaro Marvez who was one of the founders of CS Tamarindo and he hosteed me for the couple days I was there. I was able to surf with him, do dinner with some of the leaders from their local church, and spend a lot of time with a guy named Pano and his family who is the local pastor and chapter director. I was very encouraged by these brothers in Christ. We spent time in prayer in more than a couple occasions and left them on Saturday refreshed for my trip to Nicaragua.
All in all, I fell in love with Costa Rica. The people, the food, and the potential for Christian Surfers to continue growing on their shores is outstanding. Living in the Dominican Republic where there is no wildlife, I appreciated Costa Rica even more. In one week alone I saw Sea Turtles, Crocodiles, Monkeys, Iguanas, Toucans, and a gorgeous (but loud) bird called a Macaw. Please be praying that new leaders continue growing in this country and that more and more surfers come to know Jesus personally.