Monday, October 3, 2016

This is the First Day of the Rest of My Life!

Saturday night we arrived in El Salvador. We had great flights and our team got to spend time together and get to know each other.  God always does amazing things if we don't limit him. 
 John 14:13-14 (ESV)
      Whatever you ask in my name, this will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it. 
 This is what prayer and hard work can accomplish. There have been do many praying for this kind of success. Everyone that has taken a trip to El Salvador and eaten at States Diner has helped accomplish this. We got to spend time with the kids from the transition house. They were having a celebration/ going away party. Four kids left Sunday morning to work in the United States for a short time. The time spent in the transition house has helped teach the English, and teach them all aspects of having a job. States Diner plays a part in giving them an opportunity to build their skills. 

 We woke early and got ready for church.  We went and worshipped with brothers and sisters from here. We spoke a small message to the church, and ministered to the children.  

In the afternoon we went to an orphanage and had about 200 kids. We celebrated Day Of The Child!  We saw smiles that would not have been there if God, and others that supported us would not be on these precious faces.  We gave treat bags, stuffed animals, served snow cones and pop corn, face painting, balloon animals, had bouncy houses, piƱata, a DJ for music,  and played sports with them,  mostly Football, which in the United States is called soccer. 
 We came back to our home for a week, the "mission house ". We prepared meals to take to some people that God loves that don't have a " home". They live on the streets. We give cardboard boxes we put meals in to carry and they use these for shelter. It's raining as we begin to leave, someone asked if we were still going? Are these people still there? Does God still love them?
The rain stopped and the clouds gone. A silent night. No activity, so quiet as we drive the streets, calling that we have food. Seeing people crawling from under cardboard or plastic. They had struggled through the rain and now we're fighting the cold weather. We handed out all the food we had prepared. There were many people that came up that did not get fed. The thing that had most impact to our team was the moms that came up with small children. There looked to be about ten small children that we could not help besides the men & women. We felt helplessness, even though we fed so many. We pray God uses us the rest of the week. Our team has already been touched.

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