Blessing and Being Blessed

The Madisonians, the Madison Academy choir under the direction of Waldemar Wensell, just returned from a musical mission trip to Costa Rica.  While on the trip, the choir travelled more than 1000 miles, performed 22 times for more than 4000 people at a variety of venues including an evangelistic series, a church plant in a tourist town, three libraries, city hall, the conference office, primary and secondary schools, two universities, and a soccer camp for at-risk teenagers sponsored by ADRA and the US Embassy.

They shared the gospel with lifetime Adventists and with non-Christians.  They ministered in cathedrals, in the halls of a geriatric hospital, in a Nicaraguan immigrant community, and even provided music at the last minute for the funeral of the bus driver’s brother-in-law.

Thanks to Frank and Rodrigo, our guide and driver, we experienced the culture and flavor of “pura vida” or “pure life”.   While there, the students tasted some of the best fruit in the world and ate many different South and Central American foods. They enjoyed zip-lining through the Costa Rican canopy and traveled to the rim of an active volcano.

This musical mission trip pushed the students to reach deep within themselves and sing, though their voices were fatigued.  It required them to rely on God for physical strength as sleep was at times fleeting.  They witnessed first-hand a people truly hungry for the gospel and eager for our Lord’s return,  as it provided them a front-row seat to experience the outpouring of the Holy Spirit as Christians and non-Christians alike acknowledged that the “Angels from heaven were singing.”

God’s providential leading and His intervention in the lives of His people was evident and the students not only blessed, but were blessed. How wonderful to get out of the classroom, out of the church pews, out of the comfort zone and experience “pura vida.”

—BY KRIS FUENTES