Monday, we arrived safely and without any glitches. Linda and I were greeted at the airport by our dear friend Israel, who then drove us to the office in San Salvador. This office functions as the headquarters for Palabra de Vida El Salvador (Word of Life El Salvador), as well as the home for 4 missionaries- Camelia & Emannuel, Lucy, and Noemi. I really do feel at home here. My room, which Linda and I share, is great. The place God has given us to live for these 2 months is amazing. Gracias a Dios! Tuesday morning, I woke at 5 am, ate breakfast at 6, and then headed off to the camp in La Libertad around 7. We stayed at the camp and worked (I mostly painted) for Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. By 6 pm on Thursday, we headed back to San Salvador with the other missionaries. Piled in a 12 passanger van with 11 other people, I experienced rush hour in San Salvador for the first time. It wasn’t too bad because most of the time I was concentrating on practicing speaking spanish with Carlito. Painting at the camp was hard work, mostly due to the heat and humidity, but there were several down times when I got to watch soccer with the missionaries. Boy was that fun! Can you imagine walking down stairs at 5:30 in the morning to 10 wild, excited, and sometimes screaming Latin Americans watching the Argentina soccer game? Well, that’s what I experienced and it was awesome!
Not everyone who watched the game is in this picture, but you get the idea 🙂
The food I have eaten is incredible, the house I live in is great and the friends I have and am making are examples of the love of God. How is it that the Holy, Righteous God of Israel would look on me with such love and desire to bless me so much? How great is the Father’s love for us….How great. 1 Juan 3:1- ¡Fíjense qué gran amor nos ha dado el Padre, que se nos llame hijos de Dios! ¡Y lo somos! (How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.)
Finally, last night I had the pleasure of going to a youth meeting with my dear friend, Neto Flores. It was at his church, Comunión Cristiana. While there, I met many bright, shining, and young faces who love the Lord and showed His love to me. I thank God for the young people around the world that He is raising up to truly live for Jesus Christ. It was also great to see my friend who I haven’t seen in two years. When I came to El Salvador in 2008, he was my translator and God gave us the pleasure of sharing the Gospel with 2 teenagers who received Jesus as their Savior.
From San Salvador, El Savador, resting in the love of Jesus,