Sunday, October 10, 2010

Welcome Home

From the moment our plane touched down I've felt a sense of homecoming that surprised me. The familiar landscape, the dormant volcano, and of course the bright smiles of the people, welcomed me and I was reminded, before I left the airport, why I came back. The hearts of the El Salvadorian people are beautiful.

We met the families we are building for today, and I've tried to act toward them the way I would anyone else, offering a smile, a hug and a mispronounced word in spanish (I've yet to master the language though my 'Ollah' is cheery). It's a new year with new families and new opportunities for the Lord to show his hand at work. God is good. God is at work.

You would all be so proud of your pastor had you heard him preach tonight. The Lord anointed him and his words were inspired and challenging. If God is gives us a full portion of himself and holds nothing from us, why do we keep so much from him? Somehow he managed to work his entire message around a charging cell phone we saw charging in a tree...honestly it worked.

Stan is's very funny to some people (Brenna). Don managed to evoke a violent response from our sweet Amanda that involved a soaking with a water bottle. Shocking. At one point no one knew where Brenna was when we were driving away on the truck, but it turned out she was standing in front of Pim. Coby completely understood my truck fears from last year. It's scary people! Only this year it's a new truck with strong welds... I had a colony of fire ants attacking my bare feet and Joe kindly watched me freak out, offering a few words encouragement along the way.

My heart is full as I contemplate what the Lord will use me for. I have no plans, no expectations, only the eager willingness to be used. May I see with the Lord's eyes, work with his hands extended and love with his heart.



  1. So excited for you that you are back in El Salvador and you are able to share this with your husband. I know God is going to do incredible things through the Sarnia team. Blessings. Praying for you and the team!

  2. Hope he is ot burnt bad. Oh mom, How all the kids will love you there. Your a joyful joy. You can make anyone happy id there sad. You can make anyone smile when they are frowning. Love Brenna. How is she? Love her for me and Leisha becuse we love her. I love you mom. PLease be safe. Make all the kids happy! I know you will.

  3. Thankyou for the details! I feel like I'm there with you. I can picture the beautiful country and all the not so beautiful sights as well and it reminds me how we need to pray for the ElSalvador people. I can't wait to hear what the week holds for all of you.

  4. I love you mommy. Give daddy a kiss for me. I love you daddy too.I am proud of you!

  5. Oh family, I love it! You guys are awesome! Can't wait to hear more! We'll miss you all! Church seemed so empty with all of you gone! :)

  6. your such a good writer Joy :)
    hope you're having a great time!