I (Josh) have had a great trip thus far. Yesterday, after finishing breakfast, the students led us on a beautiful hike through the forest. All around us, magnificent pines and palms towered, while the girls shared their stories as we walked. Along the way, we saw the new hydroelectric dam, which helped supply power to the area. At the end of the hike, we looked out on a massive waterfall, called Cascada de Angel, the Angel Falls. The sheer cliffs over which it poured were painted with mosses and lichens, with splashes of oranges, reds and blacks where various minerals had eroded. Shortly after returning to the Center, we embarked again for a picnic lunch. We ate beside a deep blue river, watching it dance around the old stones in its path. The girls proudly taught us the best place to jump in, and several of us gladly took advantage of it. In the afternoon, we helped the students with their homework; I worked with one of them to unpack Radical, a complex book about how Christ calls us away from materialism in the modern day. She returned the favor by teaching me how to make fried beans before dinner. As the sun set, Joseph led a profound service on the woman who washed Christ’s feet with her tears, and how, through love and faith, Jesus frees us from our sins. This has been a great trip and I am so thankful for all of the supporters of Arise for helping to make this possible. Thank you.