There truly are no words to describe how today was. But so that you can have an idea I’ll use the only words I know to use. Today was a true blessing from God. With it being our last day here to a very busy and tiring week we spent the entire day at the beach with an orphanage that is for mentally handicap adults. From the moment we all got there it was nothing but smiles, laughter, and love from these children of God. We threw each other in the pool, had a dance party, made bracelets, and threw each other in the pool again. But eventually all things on this earth must end. After the orphanage left, we all went out for one last meal together with the Sus Hijos team, we had pupusas and tamales and drinks from El Salvador I can’t begin to pronounce or spell. Of course more laughter, smiles and Love. Goodbyes can be hard, you’re having to leave the ones you have come to Love and care for and not only call friend but you can call family because you know that if you ever needed something, these are the people who you can count on. But goodbyes can be a blessing as well, for with that good bye, you get to go wherever it is God intends to take you and make great things happen, make new friends who you can call family. And simply Love like God intended for us to Love. Thank you to everyone who made this week possible, whether it was a donation, a card you sent, driving us to the airport and back, or simply just a prayer to God. You were just as much a part of the team as everyone here. And whether you know it or not your action of love helped change lives for God this week. God bless Starfish, God bless Sus Hijos, just simply God bless you all!
Saturday, July 21, 2018
Thursday, July 19, 2018
When we were on the way to the volcano I was sitting in the bus next to one of the teen girls. She had my phone and was playing with it. When I looked down she was going through my pictures. She originally found a picture of my wife and used one of the translators to ask if I was married. She admired the picture of my wife and then found a picture of my family. She looked over to the girl that was sitting next to her and smiled. She then changed the background to that picture. I set in awe for a moment thinking about what she saw in my family, wondering if she saw something that she knew she did not have. It made my heart break and at the same time made me appreciate my family even more.
Wednesday, July 18, 2018
. others giving me something. Today we revisited the community where we built yesterday. We cleaned, furnished, and dedicated that house to the family. actually own something now. That house is always going to be theirs and it looked like they just won the lottery. It was so rewarding when the team looked at that house after completion because each and every one of us could look at a certain part and say “hey I helped with that.” ch time something I saw hit me hard. All the neighbors of the newly built house had come over and started celebrating with the family. They also toured the house. It was such a cool experience because every single child, adult, and all ages in between had taken their shoes off for the 30 seconds they were inside and then put them back on when they got outside. It was eye opening because back home we’re just so accustom to having an actual home that we couldn’t care less if we walk inside with shoes.ags of food we packed last night and broke up into groups of about 5 or 6 people. 3 from our team, 2 translators, and a local to guide us to homes in need. In each bag there were beans, rice, flour, sugar and a bible for the family. It was amazing talking to the families and praying with them about certain things they were struggling with as a family. It was everything from illness, praying for the children, praying for the community, or even praying for marriages. Experiencing that in person so close to the locals like that, words can’t explain the flood of feelings that took over each and every one of us today. It was an amazing day and he best birthday I could ever imagine. God bless you all.
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
banker, pharmacist, lifeguard, as well as many others, and expect to see a house be not only put together, but painted as well, with the future residents fed, all in approximately 5 hours. Tuesday, July 17th, 2018 we, Starfish Ministry representatives, accomplished this task with smiles on our faces.house is another story - imagine riding in a five-speed bus, with fellow gringos and others, an hour outside of the large city where you reside, and take the city life you grow accustomed to and trade that for single lane dirt roads, cows, and dirty water. We dug a foundation of cinder blocks to set the floor on, and later would line up the walls, to eventually take a lunch break and finish up with painting, door and window installation, and the roof with a gutter system on the back. I quickly explain this to let whomever may be interested in reading know, the house was a substantial upgrade to what was previously used, but the blessing didn’t entirely lie within the house – the blessing was in the family that introduced us into their gate from the start, let us gringos poorly communicate with their children, and the family within the community that was so interested in watching us they waited outside the entire time and was hesitant to take the water I offered, but the smiles on their faces let me know how grateful they truly were. It is apparent to many the bigger blessings in life, the ones that a blind man may be able to see, but I have found in my walk with Christ, to slow down and notice the small opportunities and blessings that God provides, and through the smaller blessings, one may find a peace in knowing God is present. Tuesday, July 17, 2018 God was present.
Just another Gringo,
Monday, July 16, 2018
our time at San Martin and Guirola. These two places are both orphanages for special needs children and adults. The love and affection that these people had for us was amazing. At San Martin we interacted with them in all sorts of ways through dancing, making necklaces, balloon animals, and running around with them doing whatever to put a smile on their face. At Guirola the children were in a rougher physical state so we interacted with them by loving on them and by doing whatever we could to bring them joy and happiness.ven just by pushing them in their wheelchairs you could see their faces glow up. Before we left Guirola we got the chance to feed the children because they were not able to do so on their own. My personal experience during this time was something I will never forget. I got to bring nourishment and provide support for an adorable less fortunate child. My heart ached for the condition he was in but was also filled with love and joy because of what I was providing. These less fortunate people bring such a positive attitude even with all of the struggles they go through everyday. Their laughter and smiles are contagious and it is something we will all remember forever.When we got back to the mission house we packaged food to give to the homeless for the second time. My first experience doing this was incredible, seeing how grateful they are for what we do for them is something special. we can make this world a better place a step at a time. This trip so far has been full of laughter, love, and memories. God has allowed us to impact so many individuals lives in such positive ways. We can’t wait to see what the rest of the week has in store for us! - Lucas F.