Yesterday was definitely the highlight of our time here in El Salvador so far. We were part of a group including missionaries, U.S. Marines with the Toys for Tots program, U.S. Embassy workers, and Salvadoran nationals who had a party for three poor communities on the coast of El Salvador. The party was at a beach house of a woman here and she’s been doing it for years, inviting three local communities to come and celebrate Jesus’ birth. We handed out snack bags, Bibles, coloring books, and individually wrapped gifts for each child ages 0-17. We also shared with them the reason we celebrate – Jesus! We played games and had contests and raffled out bags of groceries to fifty families. The kids and the adults both had a great time. […]
This morning I was reading a few chapters from the Bible and I was really struck by how often God’s thoughts about the poor came up in what I was reading. Here are a few examples of how God feels about the poor: Psalm 68: 5-6 – A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families, he leads forth the prisoners with singing; but the rebellious live in a dry and sun-scorched land. Psalm 68:10 – …from your bounty, O God, you provided for the poor. Psalm 69:32 – The poor will see and be glad – you who seek God, may your hearts live! Proverbs 14:31 – He who oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, […]
Today Jon had the opportunity to participate in the relief effort for Hurricane Ida. This was a storm that struck El Salvador in early November. It came at the end of the rainy season, and dumped tons of rain on the country. The hardest hit areas experienced flooding and mudslides. In some places, whole communities were wiped out by floodwaters, rocks, and mud. Jon was able to help distribute food to people in need. Thank you so much to all of you who have made it possible for us to come here and serve the people of El Salvador!