|Castillo Del Rey Kings Castle|
So I had tried to go to a bunch of different places this summer, and those of you that know me or have been reading along, you know that my summer trips were just not working out. So after my 3rd attempt at trying to go for a trip out of the country I found out about a missions trip to El Salvador. It was not my original plan for a summer trip but just what God seem to want for me.
|One of our skits "The Box"|
I won't even try and pretend that I learned the dances, but I did learn to jump along with the rest of the group and smile and try and look like I kind-of knew what I should be doing. We spent the day working on what would be our programs and I spent that time trying to keep up as well as asking God what He was trying to teach me in the midst all my missed dance moves. I came to the conclusions that God was stretching me and also keeping my pride in check, trying to dance like our teacher Amanda was a pride crusher for me! After spending out first day getting at least an idea of what we would be doing for our programs it was time to get to work.
We were assigned some of the nationals and a team leader and we spent the rest of the week going out and doing what they call spectacle ministry. We would set up in a square of street and attract a lot of attention to our group with music, games, bubbles (I definitely felt a call and excelled in bubble ministry!!), juggling acts and just being a big group of Americans. We would then split up and some of us would then go up and down the streets inviting people to the program. It was so humbling to see how these people lived, it was also amazing to see a happiness that they had even with so little. We would then put on a program and then give an opportunity for salvation. I was so amazed to see the young children that would pray with such a fervency and desire for God. We would then spend time playing with the kids and inviting them to the local church. We did 4 programs a day and then would attend the local church for a service at night. It was hot, long days, but so worth it!!! We saw in 4 days 471 salvations, 5 miracles, and got to share the gospel with over 2000 people!!!!!!!!!!!!! That just blew me away!!!
Not only was God using me to reach others but He was also working in me as well. One of the ladies that I was praying for had stomach problems and she came to the alter for prayer for the pain. I
|Me and my friend Katherine|
|Ruth and I|
|Sitting with the kids at a school|
|Doing a skit at one of the schools|
|Where we slept|
|About to do a program|
So now I am on the hunt for more ipods! I would love to be able to send 9 or more. I know that a lot of people have old ones that are just laying around and that they could go to such good use with this ministry! It doesn't have to be just ipods, it can be mp3 players as long as they have the screen that says what song is playing and you can choose the next song. If you would like to help out let me know, there is a group from Crossroads that is going next month and we want to send them down with them.
As I was flying over to El Salvador I had just started reading "In the Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day," and wow was God ever trying to speak to me. He was using the book and the trip to point out some things that I really needed to see. One of my favorite Mark Batterson quotes from the book has to be, "Collect experiences and not possessions." I love that and aim to make it my life motto.
Well that of course is not all of the trip. I will have to post a 2nd part maybe tomorrow.
-Till Next Time