The last few days have been a whirlwind of collecting supplies, organizing donations, and distributing them to communities in need. Jon has come home exhausted every night from running all over the country! Our staff has been to Usulután, some devastated communities on the San Vicente volcano, out by the coast to La Libertad, and to a shelter in Illopango. Tonight we’ll be feeding the homeless in San Salvador who have had nowhere to go during this week and a half of rain. El Salvador is getting pounded today with a second storm, and the rain hasn’t let up. The newspaper is reporting 32 dead with up to 576 landslides around the country. Thousands are homeless and living in shelters where conditions are not great with many coming down with […]
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When we left the U.S. to move half a continent away to El Salvador, we had no idea whether our friends back home would really remember us or stay interested in what we were doing as time went on. But this past weekend proved that friends, family, supporting churches, and even complete strangers are very invested in what’s happening in El Salvador. The last few weekends many people spent time donating, and collecting, items for El Salvador. On Saturday all of the donations were brought to the shipping warehouse where D.T. Gruelle has so generously donated the costs of shipping the container to El Salvador. We want to give a special thanks to three Pittsburgh area churches which held donation drives to benefit El Salvador. Discovery Christian Church, Norwin Christian […]
I want to say thank you again to everyone who donated to the CISNA computer lab project! The boys love having computer class, and Jon loves teaching them. He worked in the information technology field for ten years before we moved to El Salvador. Now he has a great opportunity to use his computer skills to help these kids. We are also looking forward to the possibility of opening computer labs in other centers. Thanks so much for giving so generously to El Salvador!
Last Sunday Ian turned four! Every year of his life I am reminded of God’s care for both him and I during a difficult pregnancy with him. I thank God that He has blessed me with such a precious son! Happy Birthday Ian, I love you so much! On his birthday, April 10th, we spent the day with the Discovery team going to church, having pizza with the boys at CISNA, throwing an ice cream party for the La Casa de Mi Padre kids, and then ending the night with pupusas followed by a Superman cake for Ian! Later in the week we had a party for him with his friends at school. Ian was so happy that Tori got to come too because she started spring break. Loved celebrating […]
Since I am the “mom” portion of the Snyder mission team, a typical day in my life usually includes driving kids to school, packing lunches, making dinner, taking kids to dentist appointments…all the usual stuff. Sometimes I get a little jealous because a day in the life of Jon is anything but “usual”, “typical”, or “boring.” Recently, he had a “non-boring” day. He attended a presidential event, and then got to go to a Salvadoran national team soccer game. The presidential event was hosted, obviously, by the President and First Lady of El Salvador. It was a special event to commerate the lives of the children of El Salvador who disappeared during the civil war. Many children were “adopted” illegally, or kidnapped during the war. Some died during that conflict […]
We got some great news this weekend about our CISNA Computer Project! We have received an offer of a matching grant for the project. Our donor has said that if we can raise the funds for five computers at $350 each, they will match it by providing another five computers! This is great news!!!!! We are on our way to reaching the goal as we have already received several donations towards this project, but we currently need the funds to buy two more computers to make five for the matching grant. If you would like to donate towards the CISNA computer lab, there are several ways you can do that. Contact Jon at firstname.lastname@example.org and he will give you all the information you need. Thanks for your prayers and donations for the CISNA boys […]
Today we were privileged to take part in the grand opening of a community health clinic in the rural community of Ayutepeque, near Santa Ana. It used to be a makeshift clinic badly in need of replacement. Today it is a real building ready to serve 1,400 men, women, and children! A doctor from San Salvador will make the trip out to the clinic to see patients. We were so excited to be able to help with this event! We also will be using some of the donations we’ve collected to help this community. Next Sunday, clothes we’ve collected will be distributed and donated medical supplies will be used to help stock the clinic. Thank you to all of you who have donated! This project was funded by the Latin […]
Today is blissfully quiet around my house, and for that I am very grateful! The past few weeks have been so busy around here…particularly for Jon! He worked a lot at his job when we lived in the States, but being a missionary is a different kind of job and he ends up being “on call” all the time. We have learned that being “on call” tends to take it’s toll after awhile. I am proud of him for his dedication to El Salvador, but it doesn’t come without a cost so I’m glad we are relaxing today. Yesterday evening we decorated for Christmas, ate some homemade pizza, and watched movies all night. The kids loved it, and as bonus they slept in late this morning! This morning I actually slept in […]
This past week we celebrated another Salvadoran holiday – Independence Day! On September 15th, 1821 El Salvador, along with the other Central American republics, was freed from Spanish rule. Every September 15, El Salvador celebrates with parades in the streets and patriotic speeches. Children get the day off of school, and many businesses are closed. There are lots of fireworks set off, and bands playing in the streets in the days leading up to the holiday. Everywhere we looked this week, we saw the white and blue flag of El Salvador flying proudly! We were glad to see people safely celebrating in the streets after the fear that was felt in the city last week! On the day before Independence Day, children participate in patriotic marches at their schools. Bands […]