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Azusa Pacific University Center for Student Action

Serving In Puerto Rico
March 3, 2018
Community: Arecibo
Partner: Iglesia Metodista El Calvario
Staff: Alissa Danielson, Gia Valdez

Bienvenidos a Puerto Rico!

by Alissa Danielson | March 3, 2018 6:44 PM

Welcome to Puerto Rico!

After a long night and day of travel from California, we landed in Puerto Rico at 1:30pm. We were greeted by our PPM staff at the airport, where we loaded the van with our luggage and headed to lunch. We stopped at an area known as Piñones for some pinchos (basically barbeque chicken shishkabobs)! After soaking in the beautiful view for a few moments, we prayed and started our 1.5 hour journey to Arecibo. 

Bienvenidos a Puerto Rico!

A Traditional Dinner

by Alissa Danielson | March 3, 2018 7:05 PM

Upon arriving at Iglesia Metodista So Calvario, our partner church for the week, we were greeted by two church members: Raphael and Nicole. They had a delicious meal for us prepare with love by Raphael's mother, Lissette. Our dinner was a traditional Puerto Rican meal: white rice, gandules (stewed brown beans) and stew chicken with carrots, potatoes, and squash. Delicioso! 

Raphael and Nicole introduced themselves and their church after the meal. We are so excited to be here in Puerto Rico serving alongside these wonderful people! Please pray for our week - that we would put God's will ahead of our own and trust in His perfect plan for our week. 

A Traditional Dinner

Getting Settled

by Alissa Danielson | March 3, 2018 7:08 PM

Nicole and Raphael coordinated an icebreaker game for us before we headed off to camp to settle in for the night. 

Once we were at Campamento del Cumbres and unloaded our things, we had a quick team meeting to share our expectations for the week. How amazing to finally be here in Puerto Rico! We can hardly wait to participate in a Puerto Rican church service tomorrow morning!

Getting Settled

Iglesia Metodista El Calvario

by Alissa Danielson | March 4, 2018 2:42 PM

What a beautiful morning of worship with our brothers and sisters at Iglesia Metodista El Calvario! We worshipped through songs, reading the Word, and praying. The church was so welcoming! Pastor Sergio's message was very applicable for the work we will be doing this week. Here's a quote to share with you: "God does not love us because we do good things for Him through service or giving, but He loves us simply because He is good."

Iglesia Metodista El Calvario

Being Prayed For

by Alissa Danielson | March 4, 2018 2:44 PM

We were introduced to the church, and then they prayed for us. 

Being Prayed For

Greetings!

by Alissa Danielson | March 4, 2018 2:48 PM

Our favorite part of the service was when the worship band played an upbeat song and all of the members greeted each other. 
Greetings!

Church Pic

by Alissa Danielson | March 4, 2018 2:52 PM

Since we were all dressed up, we decided it would be a great time for a group picture! 
Church Pic

Prayer Walk

by Alissa Danielson | March 4, 2018 2:55 PM

After church and lunch, we walked around the neighborhood of the church we are serving in. We walked along the ocean, through the historic district, observed some murals, and ended at the city plaza where we prayed for the people of Arecibo. 
Prayer Walk

The Methodist Camp

by Alissa Danielson | March 5, 2018 8:11 PM

This is the beautiful camp that we are staying at this week in Arecibo. It withstood Hurricane Maria, but not without a lot of damage. The buildings flooded, there were trees and debris everywhere, and the camp was inaccessible for 2 months after the storm. After a lot of work that has been done around the camp, we get the honor of putting a fresh coat of paint on two of the buildings to make the place look fresh and ready for visitors this spring and summer. 


Before (cafeteria)

by Alissa Danielson | March 6, 2018 9:19 AM

Here is a before shot of the cafeteria building that we will be painting this week. 

Before (cafeteria)

A Variety of Music

by Alissa Danielson | March 6, 2018 9:26 AM

Our first day of painting was long, but we sure worked hard! And we made a lot of progress! How fun to get to know each other more while we painted. Speaking of getting to know each other, we have a variety of music tastes! Depending on which wall of the building you were on, you could be listening to classic rock, Latino hits, or 2000s jams. 

A Variety of Music

Rewarded with Ice Cream

by Alissa Danielson | March 6, 2018 9:28 AM

And to celebrate our day of hard work, a trip to the ice cream shop! 

Rewarded with Ice Cream

Symbolism of Painting

by Alissa Danielson | March 8, 2018 8:05 PM

Painting this week was more than just an act of service. As we painted over old layers of paint that have covered these walls for 30 years, we realized we play just a small part in what this community has done before us and will continue to do after us. We also are grateful for a fresh coat of paint that represents a new beginning for this camp after the devastation it experienced after Hurricane Maria. 

Symbolism of Painting

Recess

by Alissa Danielson | March 8, 2018 8:12 PM

A local Christian school was using the camp's facilities for their chapel. We took a break from our painting project to play with the kids during their recess. 

Recess

Prayer Service

by Alissa Danielson | March 8, 2018 8:17 PM

On Wednesday evening we attended prayer service at Iglesia Metodista El Calvario. We prayed as a large group, in small groups, and individually. We even performed "This is Amazing Grace" in front of the church! 
Prayer Service

What a beautiful island!

by Alissa Danielson | March 8, 2018 8:23 PM

On our drive up into the mountains for our waterfall excursion, we HAD to stop and admire the beautiful view and thank God for creating it and allowing us to come and see it.

What a beautiful island!

Waterfalls

by Alissa Danielson | March 8, 2018 8:32 PM

We spent our morning swimming at the base of a waterfall! What a way to relax after a long week of painting!

Waterfalls

Reckless Love

by Alissa Danielson | March 8, 2018 8:38 PM

"Oh the overwhelming, never ending, reckless love of God..."

Getting to sing praise to the Lord, visit with the elderly, and pray for the sick was an excellent way to.finish our week of ministry.

Reckless Love

Farewell Dinner

by Alissa Danielson | March 8, 2018 8:46 PM

Iglesias Metodista El Calvario blessed us with a traditional Puerto Rican meal usually only served on special occasions such as Christmas. Then, the pastors and leaders we have met throughout the week blessed us with gifts - Puerto Rican sweets and a necklace!

We are so thankful to have met these brothers and sisters in Christ. 


Farewell Dinner

by Alissa Danielson | March 8, 2018 8:46 PM

Iglesias Metodista El Calvario blessed us with a traditional Puerto Rican meal usually only served on special occasions such as Christmas. Then, the pastors and leaders we have met throughout the week blessed us with gifts - Puerto Rican sweets and a necklace!

We are so thankful to have met these brothers and sisters in Christ. 

Farewell Dinner

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