Our day started by being picked up at 8:00am. As we were getting picked up the President of El Salvador was coming and he was getting out of the car as we were pulling out. It was a neat experience to see the secret service and the bomb sniffing dogs and that stuff.
We went to Casa De Mi Padre (My Father’s House) and got a tour of the house. We got to meet the kids. The only kids at the orphanage in the morning were the toddlers- Daniel- one of the kids who’s dad was a witch doctor -and a couple of kids who are so far behind that they can’t find a school to take them.
We spent the morning painting rooms . It was amazing how much we got in the morning. The afternoon we spent playing with the kids. When they got home from school we gave out some of the soccer balls and footballs and the kids loved them. Everyone really connected with at least one or two kids.
I could tell you stories about Mirna who has 1/8 brain. She can’t eat or walk or communicate. She was told she couldn’t live past 8 months and she’s still going. Rachel spent a lot of the day caring for her, feeding her taking her out in her stroller. There’s also Salvador who they believe is autistic but aren’t sure. We could tell story after story about the kids.
There are a brother and sister who were given to the orphanage by their mother. She gave them because their father had sacrificed the other 2 children living in the house because he is a witch doctor. All of us were really affected by the children. The loved to be held and hugged and really didn’t like to be put down.
After the puppet show we made puppets out of brown bags with the kids and they loved decorating their puppets by coloring and putting stickers on. It really was an awesome day.
We topped it off by celebrating Sharlene’s Birthday at Pollo Compdraes (a typical El Salvadorian restaurant.
Everyone worked really hard today and we’re looking for to a great day tomorrow. we have to go to bed now because we’re getting picked up at 7am tomorrow so we can make sure we get all the painting done before the kids go to school. Please pray that we will be open to all that God is teaching us.