We have an amazing team working with us. When we started building our programs, and dreaming about new projects and ministries we prayed that God would bring the right people to our team and He surely has. They all bring unique gifts, talents, and stories to the table and they are fun to work with.
Just before Easter, we had our annual staff retreat. All of us work in an urban environment everyday and the truth is that it can be exhausting after awhile. A change of scenery is great for everyone, so we packed up beach gear, food, and all of our staff and headed out to Punta Mango in the department of San Miguel. The trip took us about 3 hours but it was worth it to arrive at a beach with spectacular views and lots of peace and quiet.
Last year our staff retreat was really about getting to know one another, and to discuss what MTES is all about. This past year we have seen a ton of growth in our staff and so we focused more on our personal profiles…our personalities, conflict styles, and gifts. It was fun to learn about one another, and about how we can function better as a team. We also had individual reflection times to just take a breather and focus on what we are doing in our programs and ministries.
We came together and shared as a team and we were all reminded of how, just like the ocean, God is big, powerful, and fully able to bring change to San Salvador. He doesn’t need us, but He uses us anyway and that is an incredible privilege. My heart was impressed with the feeling that we are road builders…all of us. Our job is to clear the road, remove the obstacles, and be useful to God in whatever He wants to do. We are truly grateful to have a team that feels the same way working with us, in the trenches, to help prepare the way for God to do amazing things in our city.
This is what your truck looks like when you take your whole staff and their families to a beach house in the middle of nowhere!
El Salvador is so beautiful.
We blocked out a 30 minute time for each individual to reflect on their ministry and calling.