Healing Power of Service

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Earlier this month we had the privilege of hosting a group from Asheville, North Carolina, which is our U.S. hometown. 🙂
This group, led by Jeff Firewalker and Cat Matlock, took part in a half-day service project in San Rafael, a village many know that True Nature has been working in for many years. The mission of the project was to paint the home of a woman named Doña Ana. While seemingly a straight forward task, by the end of its duration, the power of service had really shined through. 

Lindsay Padilla, True Nature Village Representative, shared that "the group arrived, and after welcoming them we started painting, and at the end, it was like another house! The colors are beautiful. We have been painting many houses, but this group did an especially wonderful job. They were so dedicated to service. In the end, Doña Ana was so grateful she was moved to tears. She had a great reason for it."

In addition to the service project, the children from the community then invited the group to play soccer. They also enjoyed a cooking lesson, describing that they truly "felt the love from the Padilla Kitchen."
 
Jeff and Cat also offered their healing services to Lindsay's mother, who is in the process of healing from cancer. Lindsay shared that "not only did the group come to our village to help work, paint, and connect, they also came to help my mother heal which was so gracious and unexpected."
 
Each time a group joins us in Costa Rica, it is a unique experience. Every time we have the opportunity to serve together, a sense of growth and healing happens within ourselves and within those that we serve. This reciprocal process continues to inspire us at True Nature Education and keeps us going each day and each trip. The power of service is true and eminent. 
 
Pura Vida.
 
When was the last time you took time out of your life to be of service? Have you ever felt the power of service?
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