So I haven’t journaled the past couple days 😦 here is what we did..
Tuesday: taught on fruits of the Spirit (it went MUCH better!). Ate dinner at Julio’s internet cafe that he owns and had an amazing worship time with Giovani leading us. So fun!
Wednesday: I was sick in the morning from the breakfast, I think . But it was amazing, Vashii and some others prayed for me and about 5 minutes later, I was completely better! amazing! we stayed and painted the church, and that night we played worship again for the wednesday night service. a girl I met there named Jenny came up to me, gave me a note saying how much she loved me, and gave me bracelets. I felt so loved! she is the sweetest girl.
Thursday: last day with the kids in the nutrition center:( I will miss them! we painted some more at the church, and ate papusas for dinner….which made a couple people sick!
Friday: this was our “fun day”. we hiked a Volcano near the border of Guatemala (I think..), went to a mall in San Salvador, bought souvenirs (Karen got me a bracelet which was so sweet!) , we had a fun time bonding and playing games in the hour+ drive!
Saturday: we finished the house and finished painting the church. At night, we had a goodbye dinner and they has a special presentation for us. I don’t want to leave! I love it so much here. The people are so warm and loving. And even though it is so dangerous, I feel drawn to this place. I feel drawn to the people. Justin and I plan on sponsoring at least one of the kids from the nutrition center for $40/ month. We aren’t sure which kid particularly but we don’t care. Just as long as they get vitamins and good meals.
It is Sunday, the day we leave and I am so sad to go! We are having breakfast, taking pics at the finished house, and packing. Then we leave for the airport.
Later Sunday: Last flight from Miami–> Jacksonville. Evelin, Jose, Baristo, Eddie, and a few others drove us to the airport to say goodbye:( It was so funny how they always called is gringos lol. This morning we went to the finished house, took pictures, and sadi goodbye to the Ventura family. Jenny, who wrote me the letter and gave me the bracelets, was there and I got to see hre house and meet her family. SO humbling. They have dirt and mud for a yard, flea- infested wild dogs roaming everywhere, and no clean or running water. Yet just seeing us put the biggest smile on their faces. Just because we are there to help them. I am praying that they are saved and want to know God just by seeing our help and our actions. Rolando Ventura, the dad of the family, said he was so humble, thankful, and hoped God would bless us many times over. It is my prayer that this house we built for them would be a refuge for them…and in that refuge I pray that they would realize the God is their true refuge and salvation. I prayed that this house would be a blessing to them and a wonderful place for the kids to get nutrition and health. I will definitely miss everyone 😦 I want to go back next year so badly! This trip has really showed me humility, God’s power, His love, and simplicity. I think we are so spoiled in the U.S. It is easier not to believe in God since we can so easily live for ourselves. But in El Salvador, I sensed nothing but love and joy. Everyone, even the kids who didn’t know God, were so “others centered” and loving. In a sense, I kind of resented the ways of the U.S. …just how spoiled and selfish our culture as a whole can be…but that’s the world I guess. I can’t get over it. Thank you, God, for Your love. Thank you that you ar ealive and Your Spirit lives in us. Thank You and I praise You for You have the power to change the world:)
and that’s the last of my journal from my El Salvador mission trip. Hope you enjoyed it!