This past weekend we had a great experience as a family in the department of Usulutan. This is a rural area of El Salvador that was recently hit very hard by Tropical Storm Agatha. We headed out to Usulutan on Saturday morning with the students from the Night School, the YWAM staff, and a volunteer from the States who is helping us out for five weeks.
We definitely had an adventure sleeping on the floor of a church in a small community with no indoor plumbing…hello outhouse! But our kids took it like champs and all in all we had a great weekend doing a construction project at a church, delivering food to those who needed it, helping clean up an area that was destroyed by flooding, hosting a bonfire for the teenagers in the community, and a doing a program for the kids as well.
We also had the added adventure of taking a boat out to an island not accesible any other way to deliver food and supplies. We saw where the river ran straight into the ocean and took a little break to walk on the beach! Tori, our little bird lover, was in heaven as we saw all kinds of new birds we’ve never seen before. We spend a lot of time doing urban ministry in the city so it was a nice change of pace to be out in the rural areas doing different types of projects. It was eye-opening for our kids as well and a memorable experience for them.
This weekend reminded me that although things may not always go exactly the way we plan, life is always an adventure in El Salvador! I will try to post some pictures tomorrow. I tried to post some tonight but my internet is not cooperating…all part of the adventure, right?