Monday, March 12, 2018

Dream Home Sunday 

Today was the craziest, hardest and hottest day so far on this amazing experience yet. It was by far the best. We were blessed enough to build a house for a family in need and donate to the surrounding community.I bonded with the son of the family receiving the house so much; his smile, the way he looked at his new home was itself enough to make this entire trip worth it. In honor of my late boyfriend, and so beloved fellow student of our team, Cullen Gream, I was able to paint "CG8" on the front of the house, along with "MarshallStrong" and the symbol of the ministry Sus Hijos, who we are working with here. This was my favorite part of the trip because it stands so much for why I had such a passion for this trip.  It has changed my life similar to how he did. I know he would have been here with us today working harder than anyone, yet still smiling so hard and loving every second of what he was doing. I was also blessed to have the opportunity to hand over the keys to the family. No words can describe the feeling of being able to hand over something so great and something you and your team worked so hard on. After the ceremony, our team came together to chant our famous "Tilghman Party" chant. This was also a highlight of the trip for me because I know how hard we all worked together today and how happy we were to be able to bless this family and this moment truly showed this.

Ashley Rich

Sunday, March 11, 2018

A Saturday of Serving the least...

This afternoon we went to a community where they barely had anything. I have felt so many emotions today, probably more than I have in 2 weeks! I met a girl named Alejandra and she was basically glued to my hip and I loved it. She was so precious and beautiful I didn’t want to leave her. At the beginning of the day I tried my hardest not to think about the time we had to leave but as the time grew closer my heart broke faster. These children have almost literally nothing! I’m sure you can already guess that I cried like a baby, I literally lost it! I will never forget Alejandra and all of the joy that she brought to my life. God has truly allowed her to bless me in a way that only she could! I love you Alejandra!- Madison RobinsonWe started the morning off right with a little dose of goodwill. We made 36 bags with beans, rice, sugar, spaghetti, and flour and then distributed them in the community of Santa Ana. We met some incredibly kind people, young and old. We gave out treats and toys to all the children and clothes to all the adults. The look on their faces when they received what would be considered a very small gift in the States was humbling. We ask you to keep Santa Ana in your prayers. We ate lunch at Pollo Campero and everyone said the chicken was very similar to KFC’s. Then we went to Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos and spent several hours just playing with kids and having a great time. We played soccer, basketball, volleyball, and did lots of crafts, face-painting, and bracelet-making. It was a very fun and tiring day. The kids were amazed by Johntavia and Bryson’s hair. Tonight, we plan on going back out into the town and feeding the homeless. - Lara Shanon and Peyton Ford Kids in El Salvador will be able to keep food cool thanks to BBQ on the River!  

Thanks David and Susie!

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Oh what childlike fun...

Today when I woke up and began to get ready for the days activities, I was very nervous. Mainly because I had never really spent time with special needs children and adults. Of course I had seen them before back at home, but I had never taken the time to get to know them or spent time with them. So today, when we arrived at San Martin, I was not scared, but I was a little hesitant.  
The looks on their faces when they saw us was priceless. They yelled, gave hugs, shock hands, and introduced themselves more than once. We danced, painted nails, and sang together. Because they were happy, I was happy.  Their happiness was pure joy. It honestly reminded me of heaven.  Laughing, dancing, and smiling! - Maya Robinson
Last night, our assembly line worked flawlessly as we packed sandwich bags to give out to the homeless. We loaded into a truck and piled in the back. Giving out the food to the homeless throughout el salvador was a humbling experience. Some reacted differently than others though. Some cried and were emotional over it while others were happy and joyful to disperse the bags. It was a great way to kick off the trip and the team definitely enjoyed it.

What a day! We started the day off right with a good breakfast and a nice little workout! While it might have not been a traditional workout, we did some heavy lifting as we loaded up the house we plan to build on Sunday. 
After, we went to San Martin's home for special needs adults in San Salvador. This was an experience I don't think any of us could forget. 
We spent Friday afternoon at Guirola, a Special Needs Center for kids under 18. We played games, spun fidget spinners, a big hit among the kids, and danced. After all the fun the kids returned to their rooms. We split up as some of us helped feed the kids and others passed out treat bags to the kids. This concluded a wonderful day that we all greatly enjoyed. - Andrew Katz