Friday, March 29, 2013

3 things Part 4 and no more?

1) For me seeing the conditions of the country for my own eyes instead of seeing it as an informational video segment really made it real. We all see the videos of the people in other countries and then there is a request for money, I think we can all agree that if we didn't know beyond a shadow of a doubt that this does exist beyond out backdoor we know now.

2) This was covered but I think it is a good reminder to us all that we just came from an area that has so little but is so grateful for what they have. I think about visiting Santiago de Maria and then think of how much our house is worth or how much our car is worth and then compare that to how much someone in El Salvador makes in a month.

3) For me it is important to be able to take away one other moment of time during the week and say yes I was on this trip and no matter happens in the future, if mission trips are in your future or not, we all made a difference for the time spent was well appreciated and accepted by many.

1.      Although Salvadorans are a poor people economically, in the important aspects of life – faith, family, love – they are very rich indeed. They are a happy, hard-working, content people who see their blessings in the simplest of things.
2.      Those who are not so concerned with having lots of material possessions are more in tune with their spirituality.
3.      Although some of us visualized ways to make the building process easier and more efficient, there was a certain symmetry and peacefulness in the rhythm of doing the labor by hand; mixing of chispa and mezcla by shovelful, the handing of blocks by human train, the slapping of the mezcla and placing of the blocks…

1.  We are all God's children no matter where we live.  My brothers and sisters live around the world - take care of them.
2.  It is harder for us to see God because we have so much.  Simplify your life and feel the presence of God.
3.  Seriously, how hard is it to raise $7,500!!!(This refers to how much it costs to build a house in El Salvador)

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