"However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me-the task of testifying to the good news of God's grace." -Acts 20:24
"This is one of my favorite verses that I believe really goes along with what we're doing in El Salvador. Today we went to a community village and finished building the house for the family and I stayed at the school in the village and spread God's word and played with the kids. These kids are so happy and I think that is something we should all take from this experience because we take so many things for granted and are often unhappy with the many things to have. These amazing people have very few things but God's love and you will almost always have a big smile on their face. I'm so blessed to experience this and realize just how much I truly have and make me so much more thankful. Hopefully I'll have many opportunities to come back."- Paige
Today was such a wonderful day. We went back into the community that we were at yesterday to celebrate children's day with the school and to finish building the house. As soon as we pulled into the community we were greeted with a huge welcome. Children were at the gates of the school with the biggest smiles. We had to split into two groups so that that house would get finished before dark, so we unloaded the truck and the group that was doing that took off to work.
The group that stayed back at the school started the day off with a major blessing. These children were such a joy to be around. Two of the translators played music and danced to get the kids excited for the day. It was fun and such a blessing to be apart of. The group then did the skit of Jesus feeding the five thousand, then asked the children questions about it when we were through to make sure they understood. We did some arts and crafts with the children. They were so respectful and listened so well as we explained the craft.
We grilled hot dogs for the community for lunch. Getting to feed these wonderful people was a very humbling experience. There were around 400 people fed. Praise God for allowing us, not only this experience, but also the ability to do this.
The group that went to finish the house worked pretty much all day. These men put in all the effort and strength they had to get the project finished. About the time the sun was started to set the finishing touches got put on the house. It was really awesome watching the house be put together piece by piece. Our team is very blessed to have some incredibly hard workers. After the house was completed, beds assembled, and finishing touches put on, we had the dedication ceremony. This ceremony presents the family receiving the house with the keys and deed. We also presented the family with two aprons, clothes, and other items.
Between working with the children in the village school today and presenting the family with a new house I can easily say that it was an amazing day. God provides and it has been more than obvious this week. We have seen hardships and needs but we have seen many needs be met. Praise God for the work that He has done and for everything that He counties to do.