Our first few days in El Salvador have been filled with fun, laughter and hard work. After a long day of travel on Thursday we were able to get out to the community on Friday. We helped to clean up the rock-filled soccer field with knee-high grass in some places. Amparo and Pastor Jose trusted us with their machetes and cumas, so the team worked along side the Salvadorians all day to make the field playable. We also built two soccer goals with the church members and fixed one that they already had.
Today we were able to put that work to good use with a community soccer tournament. The Salvadorians rolled up in soccer cleats and matching jerseys ready to play and (of course) took home the trophy for the tournament. While the soccer tournament was going on the kids were able to get their own little game in and play some other games with our team, too. It was amazing to see how quickly some of the most shy kids warmed up to us and the pure joy they had when they were playing. Dianne Dell says the parents seemed to have just as much fun as their kids simply because they were able to see them enjoy themselves.
So far it has been a joyful experience. We truly feel a part of the community when we are there and are so blessed to be able to spend a few more days here.