Thursday dawned bright and early with the transformer providing power to our mission residence exploding, but hey that is part of life in El Salvador. This day saw rapid progress the house. the walls grew from about a foot tall when we ended on Wednesday to over seven feet tall when we left on Thursday. This house will be there for a very long time. The foundations are over 2 feet deep in the ground and the entire structure is tied together with rebar. This 400 square foot house will provide a home for a small growing family. Henry and wife, the folks getting the house are expecting their first child in November. On Thursday our youth on the trip really built some long-lasting relation ships with the children in Ahuachapán, El Salvador. It turns out that the “Ninja” Game is played their too. Thursday we attended the Munday Thursday Church Service at New Jerusalem Methodist Church. They were so happy we were there. The church really went above and beyond to make us feel welcome. We did foot washing and communion as we did this small recreation of The Last Supper.
Friday we finished our building project before noon. We had done all we could do that week. the house was ready for the next team to install the roof, doors, windows and floor. With all the work done, we took the youth to see the Pacific Ocean. This required a few hours on a bus but was well worth it as only one of them could remember ever seeing the Pacific before let alone getting a chance to swim in it. The beach where we went was black volcanic sand and the surf can be very rough. This Friday the surf was ok. We were at the Blue Merry Beach Hostel wish also has a restaurant. We had our dinner for the day there, and compared to prices in the United States we ate very inexpensively. I had grilled lobster for $12.00. Large Cokes cost $0.60. Really cannot beat it.
This was my first experience with a mission trip and volunteer travel and it was a positive experience. I got to watch our 12 youth and 6 adults grow in ways that would never happen in our hometown. It was a great experience to see God working on our lives and through us to improve the lives of others.
if you would like to help with Mission Projects or get more information here is the link to the Salvadoran Mission Projects Web site.
Here are some Pictures of the house we built: