Sunday, August 7, 2016
by Tonya Lardarello
The story began bright and early, devotions and breakfast at 6:30, departure at 7:30. It was a profound day. As we arrived, community members were already there beginning to prepare us a Salvadorian lunch. We were blown away by their generosity. The team began working on water filters that the Pastor will give to community leaders that are promoting unity and commitment to making a change. The Pastor shared with Sandy that the filters are part of God's perfect timing, as the water delivery company just informed him that they were no longer going to deliver water and if they did, the cost would double.
As the service began, Pastor spoke briefly of God's love being immeasurable and how God wants to bless us. Pastor's passion for the people in the community is undeniable. Sandy spoke of the seed falling on all types of soil, and as it falls on good soil, it will be fruitful and despite circumstances, we can't let the troubles of life choke out the good seed. There is a watermelon growing at Pastor's house, that they look at as a miracle because no one planted it. (An example of seed falling on good soil!)
The afternoon was amazing. We began preparing a bathroom for Amparo and created a garden. Teamwork throughout the two projects was evident. Even though there was a language barrier, we were able to communicate through laughter, smiles, jesters and any other means we could! Little Ezekiel just loved the garden and it made my heart want to explode. He was a quick learner and could name every plant!
Monday, August 8, 2016
by Breanna Bennett and Dianne Dell
The day began for the team at 6:15 AM as we gathered for breakfast and a great devotion by Kevin Crawford from Acts 3 and the healing of the lame man at the Gate Beautiful. After the devotion and breakfast together at the Mission's House we set out for Amparo's house which is about 40 minutes away.
Most of the ladies began the day mixing concrete for Pastor Jose and his wife, Gloria to put in their new bathroom area at their house which is right beside the church. Unlike what we are used to in the United States, we mixed the concrete right outside of the entrance to the church in the dirt. We mixed, carried, poured, and finished the bathroom area that was approximately 4 X 5. The Into the Nations ladies ROCKED it today!
The men and a few of the ladies worked at Amparo's house to continue the brick and concrete work for her new outside bathroom area. They do not have most of the tools and materials we have in the United States to make a job easier but they work together as a team and everyone pitches in and gets the job done and with much joy!
Pastor Jose's son (along with Pastor Jose and Gloria) made an incredible lunch for the team at the church. They treated us like royalty as they cooked and served us. The team wanted to clean up after lunch and wash the dishes but Pastor Jose said that they wanted to complete the blessing and asked the team to allow him that privilege.
After lunch, work continued on Amparo's bathroom and will need to be finished up on Tuesday. A few of the team members played soccer in the dirt, along with Pastor Jose and some of the kids from the community. The Salvadorian teens and kids play soccer in the dirt with no shoes - they are so tough and hard to keep up with. They absolutely love to show off their skills.
The team left Amparo's community late afternoon and stopped for some infamous Salvadorian Papusas for dinner.
The team has approximately 13+ hour days but the Lord has given each member strength, health and great attitudes! In just a few short days this team has become a family!
Tuesday part of the team will finish the bathroom at Amparo's house and the rest of the team will go to a school in the morning and an orphanage in the afternoon. The team will feed them lunch and take them out to a park for a few hours.
Every day is a new day filled with excitement, joy, work, laughs, tears, and the blessing of the Lord!
Isaiah 6:8 “Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me."