Today we head out to our first build sight, which was probably a 30-45 minute hike down the mountainside, after a two hour cattle truck ride from our hotel to the community. And those of you who know me, probably know that given the choice, I will take the easy way out. When we were getting ready to begin the hike, I was given the opportunity to ride a horse down the mountain side. Aside from being a really awesome experience, I did it because I didn't want to do the hike. So we made our way down the mountain side, Tiffany and Julia along with me. Finally we reached the build sight. I was so grateful for these horses, and the young men who walked beside us, because we made it there without breaking a sweat or physical strain.
As we finished building the house, I was once again offered to ride the horse back up the mountain. And knowing the struggle I had last year with the hike, I was very tempted to say yes. But something inside me changed. I don't know what, and I don't know why. Perhaps it was watching all the young men and women working so hard building the house, after many had already been up and down the mountain 3 or 4 times, and went to work in their field at the crack of dawn. I opted to hike back up the mountain, about an hour hike maybe a little longer. I even turned down the offer to have my back pack be carried up for me. If I was going to climb up the mountain, I was going to climb up the mountain on my own. Even if it meant taking extra stops and water breaks along the way.
I am proud of myself for pushing through, despite how exhausted I was afterward. It made the experience of building the houses so much richer. Giving my all in helping these families who spend weeks and months giving their all preparing their land is a very humbling experience.
God wanted to show me something while I am here in El Salvador, and here's what it is...
IT'S NOT ALL ABOUT ME!