Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Whoever said that French is close to Spanish, they lied.

French and Spanish are not as similar as I was lead to believe, but the Lord has blessed us with the art of actions. haha A lot of times I catch myself saying the same thing over really slowly, then I realize that in reality, if someone came up to me and started speaking spanish to me in a really slow, loud would not allow me to understand it any better. haha
Today was a different day. A day where we all rethink our lives, situations and our decisions. Today, the Lord had some of us confused about reasons, but all well knowing that everything that happens is part of the Lord's undeniable puzzle that will forever keep us guessing.
This evening we went to church. I was so super stoked about all that I would feel while being there and all that I would learn. But I did not expect this. As soon as we arrived at the church, a car unfortunately struck a child from the village, who was excitedly running across the street to church. It all happened in a matter of a blink of an eye, but there were a few of us who happened to be looking in that direction. At first it was shock, but we had some awesome people on our team who were able to respond rapidly, alongside many bystanders on the street.
To say the least, I didn't feel like going to church anymore. But tonight at church was even more powerful than Sunday. This lady beside me who was also teary, laid her hand on me, and that made all of the difference. One God, one love.
It's hard because as humans we struggle so hard with the need to understand.
The miraculous part was that she survived, thank you Jesus that she survived. She is in the hospital, but after an accident like that, the fact of coming out of it with considerably minor injuries is a miracle and is none other then Jesus Christ putting this little girl on this earth for a purpose.
To our dismay, the driver has disappeared.
Please pray for the healing of this little girl, and the understanding of her parents. This gives Pastor Jorge and his church, our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ the ability to not only tell the story of Jesus, but live Jesus face to face with this family everyday, which is a blessing.
Also please pray for the driver, for only God knows their mind, thoughts and actions. Pray that God will be with them and work within them during this time.
A couple members of our team are down and out due to sickness, but we all know that the Lord is in control, and that He has the power of healing. Please pray that it will be put upon them.

Overall, considering the situation, the rest of the day was a good day. We finished the houses, and got to hang out with even more children, with even more energy then the day before!
Please pray for continued protection over our team, and God's work that is being done here.

Blessing and Love through Christ,



What a day. Today we finished the building portion and included in that two and a half day period the eye glass ministry was also completed. the Lord assembled an amazing team. I loved so much seeing Gabriel again today as we finished the last house. He is receiving the first house we built but chose to help us build the rest.

Yesterday we were so spent. The team was split into two (yuck!). Five went off to eyes glasses at 10am, while the rest of us continued the build. We had an incredible day. Ed our build leader is so awesome. He had us working like a well oiled El Salvador Texaco station (they are extremely efficient and provide yummy treats). At one point I asked Pastor Jorge if there were a lot of people at the eye glasses and his head dropped down to stare at the ground, then he rolled his eyes and nodded yes. We were scared for our counterparts. As we pulled into the drive to pick them up later, Brenna looked at us and pushed her cheeks up with her hands to force a smile.

At the end of a really hard day we did what any hard working, exhausted mission worker would do......climb to the top of a tower (146 steps up a tight spiral staircase, I actually counted them, therapy starts next Monday) to over look the town of San Vicente. It was so comical, Pastor Jorge called the Mayor when we got there and passed his phone to the armed guard who was told to let us in.

Joy has absolutely mastered the spanish language. If she could patent her system Stan would never have to work again. Don't tell her I'm revealing her system but all she does is add the ending: ito, io, or ica to any word, and you are now speaking spanish.

Let's try a lesson together: Guitario, Bananito, truckica, candito, lazyo etc....

Basilio has been incredible, he manages the material and tools, and also opens his home to us for whatever we need. please remember to pray for him and his wife Veronica and their son.

We did have the use of a really cool tool this year that we didn't have last year. It's called a P.I.M. (Personal Impact Machine). He stands 6'-3" tall, but can extend his arms to 11'-9" if he really has too. We brought the "Clint Eastwood" version instead of the "Arnold Schertinagger" version. We preferred the cowboy hat over the shirtless muscle man version. He was very useful in screwing those high, hard to reach areas and passing material up to the roof. We were really surprise at how affordable he was to operate, just 2 pb&j's and some fruit and he was good to go.
I'm seriously looking at getting the same model for my roofing company back home.

Hi to my kitkats, Dad loves you, and thinks of you all.

Time to get ready for church. Tonight we bag food for friday.

We're praying for you all back home, God Bless.