Thursday, July 29, 2021
Then it was back to the mission house for a little rest, worship, and celebration with the house missionaries, David and Valerie, before their return trip to the states.
Wednesday, July 28, 2021
Today was the most challenging day but it was also so rewarding. We started off the day by loading all the walls and supplies to build the house, which went pretty quickly this year. On the way to the site we got to stop at a gas station which made some team members super excited because the snacks here are so flavorful and tasty!
Once we got to the location we had to travel up and down muddy hills and rocks to get to where we needed to build the house which had its fair share of falls and struggles. Building the house(s) is always challenging but it feels so good to be doing something for those in need and testing our own strength.
Everyone in our group and the volunteers from Sus Hijos put in 110% today and never gave up even when it felt impossible to get the house finished. The group worked so well together and the whole time the family we were building the house for was watching us and smiling. For me personally I saw how strong I can be and I pushed myself harder than ever have and it felt amazing.
Monday, July 26, 2021
Today started early with everyone getting on the bus at 8:00am. We went to our first orphanage and started off with our skit. Afterwards, we all went outside and played soccer, basketball, and water balloons.
We finished at that orphanage by buying a table of art that they made. This helped support their art program.
Next we all went to the biggest of the States Dinners. We had all underestimated the size of the food! It was GINORMUS!
Once we all finished eating we went to the second orphanage. We brought them soccer balls, sidewalk chalk, and other crafts. The kids were so exited about all of these things especially when some of them got piggy back rides! When everyone was done playing we preformed the skit for the children.
Before leaving, we went to talk to the director about their hygiene. Finally we finished our evening by feeding the homeless.
We started our morning worshiping with the men and women of El Salvador. We had prepared a song to sing in Spanish and I am not going to lie, we sounded a little less than desirable at all 3 practice sessions. When we arrived they were already singing praise and worship hymns and most of us In the group were unable to sing along, yet somehow, I have never heard more beautiful singing in all my life. The passion, the praise, the authenticity of the moment. (Psalm 86:9) All the nations you have made will come and worship before you, Lord; they will bring glory to your name. Next it was our turn, we had our handouts with the words and we also had our nervous jitters until God worked it all out and not only did we sound decent, but they were able to sing along and raise their hands and close their eyes and somehow amidst our mediocre rendition, beautiful happened.
“Aqui estas Te venmos mover”
“You are here moving in this place”