By Alex Wilde
This is a blog about our life in Coopevega, Costa Rica.
Our house is small. There is no basement and no upper floor. We have no dishwasher. So in order to wash the dishes, we have to do it a special way. First, you have to take a sponge and put it into the soap. Then use your sponge and scrub the inside and outside of the plate, spoon or cup. Last, dry it with a towel. We have a washer, but we do not have a dryer. So we use a clothes line. There is a fruit in our backyard. It is named guanabana. There is also papaya and orange trees. The guanabana you don’t eat it. You squeeze it to make a juice. If there is no sugar, it tastes sour. But with sugar and milk, it tastes sweet.
Our friends the Geerlings, Mr. John, Mrs. Penny Mary, Teresa and Catherine, live across the street from us. The Brubachers, Mr. Phil, Mrs. Lacy, William, Annie, Miriam, Nora, Lily and Andrew, live ten minutes away by the church. We have a pavillion in our backyard. It is called a gazebo. We love to play there. Our friends the Geerlings and us made a house out of wood. Sometimes cows get into our backyard. Our friends play games like, Landa [means Tag], statues, landa con helado[ Freeze tag], hide-and-seek, Costa Rican hide and seek, ninja, talent show, soccer, 500, baseball, keep away, bouncing, football, doctor in the dark, monopoly, monopoly card game, extreme monopoly card game,chess, bike race, a really fun game, climbing, legos, kings and Queens, cops and Robbers, and “Town”.
The roads in Costa Rica are dirt roads. One day, we were on a bus. We were going up a hill with 20 mission trippers but the road was so muddy that we could not get up the hill. The bus got stuck! It does not sound so bad but we had to get off the bus and started walking back to Coopevega in the dark. We were stranded for 30 minutes. Then a car passed. They drove off to find people to save us! A car came and carried the Brubachers and us. Then they got a tractor and pulled the bus up the hill!!! We nicknamed it “DEATH HILL.”
On Saturday, we feed the poor. On this day, we go to Casa de Jesus and all the poor people get to eat food. And the adults have talks, so the kids can play games outside!
On Sunday we do Noche de los Ninos. On every Sunday, we go to the Casa de Jesus and invite all the Costa Rica kids and do an act and then watch a movie! And we also eat bean empanadas and refresco. One time we did acts about Jonah. It went good. I was Jonah. My sister, Brecklyn, was a sailor. My other sister, Grace, was the whale. Chi yu was God. Catherine read it and translated everything into Spanish.
I like living here!
by Jason and Jessica Wilde
This past week we hosted our second mission trip here in Coopevega. This group was from Bishop Lynch, a Catholic High School in Dallas.
On this trip, we focused our work projects on one small road in Coopevega. On Dona Mira’s house, we replaced a badly leaking roof and painted the exterior walls, while in another house we installed wood floors (they had only dirt floors before) and replaced an outhouse with a toilet and septic system. We ended the week in this community with an evangelization night, where we saw many new faces and were able to invite them to Mass. Philippe, one of the older sons of Dona Mira, stopped Jason on the road Saturday afternoon to tell him that he was attending Mass because of us bringing God’s love to their community. It was so encouraging to see many of the men attending our ministry nights and Mass this past weekend, which is unusual.
Jessica drove Father Salvador, Chi Yu, and some of the high school students to visit Dona Maria. Her husband passed away about a month after the missionaries installed a toilet in their house last year. She lives a good distance from Coopevega along a farm road and gets lonely. Like a usual home visit, we visited with her, prayed with her, shared a testimony, and gave her food to feed her family. We thought our home visit was winding to an end, but you never know what you will run into on a home visit. Out of the blue, she asked one of the high school girls if she would “kill a chicken” for her. It turns out that she sells chickens and eggs to feed her family. Within minutes, Father Sal was helping the squawking chicken into the bag and an hour later we were bringing home some fresh raw chicken to be fried up for an afternoon snack. Father also helped the girls cut down a cocoa fruit from a tree. He sliced it open with a machete and we chowed down on the cocoa seeds.
While it is essential for us as missionaries to feed the poor, it is equally as important to support their efforts to work and feed their families. So from now on, even though her farm is out of our way on a deserted dirt road, we will be getting our chicken and eggs from her instead of the supermarket.
Both of these are great examples of how missions provide so much more for the local community than just a new roof or a week of food - in both cases we are able to use the newly formed relationships to achieve our true purpose of walking with the poor and bringing them along with us on our journey to God’s Kingdom.
With love and prayers,
Jason and Jessica Wilde
On a Mission
Two passionate parents and their four children are excited to bring His Word to everyone in need while living a life of Gospel poverty as missionaries. They invite you to join them on a journey to encounter our global neighbors that Jesus commands us to love through works of charity and service.