OKLAHOMA CITY – For the first time in several years, Parkview Adventist Academy went on a multi-group mission trip with Maranatha to Costa Rica. Steve Case was the director of the trip. We were blessed to serve with four other academies, an adult team from Canada, and an adult team from the United States.
This specific trip was to build two classrooms for an Adventist elementary school, paint the inside and outside of two churches, and do child evangelism in the public schools and Adventist schools around those churches.
Our students were blessed in so many ways. The adults worked really well with the students from grades 7-12.They actually took the time to teach the young people, to gain a very important relationship with them and show Jesus to them.
The Parkview participants came home with a whole new outlook on life. They saw Jesus in the beauty of the land and the kindness of the Costa Ricans and the students from the other schools. The bonds that were created between the schools was a miracle of God’s love.
In short, the mission trip to Costa Rica was a wonderful opportunity for a few students to leave Oklahoma for the first time, to fly for the first time, to see the ocean for the first time, to see sea creatures for the first time and to see God’s other creations in birds, volcanoes and people. This mission trip gave the students opportunities to see other kids their own age working together from around the globe to make life better for the less fortunate. It was an opportunity for our young people to see the Lord alive in places outside of Parkview or home.
By Annette Park