El Salvador: An Overview
"Smooth, challenging, stretching, fun, exhausting and exhilarating."
Those are just a few of the adjectives that come to mind after spending a week with this team in El Salvador. We saw God work in creative and miraculous ways meeting either the needs of our team or the needs within the church body there in El Salvador.
We had the privilege of spending October 12-19 in El Salvador with Lance Grush. Lance grew up at Christ Community Church and was called to missions during a CCC short term mission trip to Puerto Rico over 20 years ago.
We hit the proverbial floor running. Our flight came in Sunday afternoon and within an hour we were in hour host homes and then off to church. Then starting Monday and going all day Tuesday, Wednesday and then Thursday morning, we had the opportunity to teach ESL to students in 7th, 8th and 9th grade. In each of the 15+ classes we were able to give our testimony and then to have a college student from Lance's church present the Gospel and lead the class in prayer. We literally saw hundreds of students raise their hand indicating a decision to follow Christ and/or wanting to have a follow up conversation with somebody from the church.
Thursday afternoon found us going to the Remar orphanage outside of San Salvador.
Friday was a well deserved break with opportunity to debrief and evaluate the week.
Saturday had us preparing for an afternoon of us helping with "OWANSA" [AWANA for you gringos] by doing a puppet show for their opening program. Later that day we helped with the youth group meeting into the evening.
After a late dinner we packed and slept for a few hours until 3:00am Sunday. We then piled into the van and Fransisco [our driver for the week] drove us to the airport for our 6:45 flight to Houston.
I can say without hesitation that this was one of the smoothest trips with all of us having a great time together doing ministry. Thank you for your prayer and financial support. The only glitch I can think of was the inability to post a blog or two during the week either because of our full schedule and late nights or not having access to the internet at my host home.
I will post some thoughts and observations in the weeks to come.