Incredible Day

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. 

Our Puppet Show went really well.  The kids seemed to really like it.  We also gave them all little troll dolls and the kids had lots of fun with that. 

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. 

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About bgratton

I'm the Pastor of Community Involvement at Discovery Christian Church www.discovertogether.com I have a beautiful wife, Kristen and two lovely boys Kai (2) and Kaden (1).
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7 Responses to Incredible Day

  1. Rachel says:

    So excited to hear that everyone is doing well . The team is in my prayers and I hope God is moving on each of your hearts. Remember to take very moment in..it will never be repeated again…Share God’s love…Love ya all and am praying for you..Cannot wait to hear more about the trip..

  2. Diane Snyder says:

    Praying for you!
    “Ask of my and I will give the nations as Thine inheritance.” Psalm 2:8

  3. Kent says:

    Praying for you this morning. So great to hear of all that you are doing. Have a safe and productive day!

  4. Greg Smedley says:

    I’m sure it was another long day today, but all for a great cause. Definitely in my thoughts throughout the day and specifically praying for your stamina and the kids you are investing in. Happy Birthday Sharlene!

  5. Janeen says:

    HEY B! I JUST WANT TO SAY THAT I JUST CRIED AFTER I READ YOUR UPDATE. THOSE CHILDREN ARE SO LUCK TO HAVE YOU ALL THERE EVEN IF IT IS ONLY A WEEK! I CANNOT IMAGINE HOW YOU ALL FEEL. IT HAS TO BE AN AMAZING FEELING!!! I JUST HAD ONE QUESTUION, IS THERE A MAJOR LANGUGE BARRIER OR CAN YOU COMMUNICATE WITH THE KIDS. JUST CURIOUIS. I CANNOT WAIT TO HEAR WHAT YOU GUYS DID TODAY!!!
    PRAYING FOR THE CHILDREN THEIR FAMILIES AND YOU ALL!

  6. Denis & Jill Goulet says:

    Hey Bryan-
    Que paaa. just wanted to let you know that we were thinking about you down there. You’re in our preyers. And just a little tip – if you point the fan at your head, it makes your whole body feel cooloer.

  7. Danielle says:

    Hey everyone! Thanks so much to each of you for taking a week away from your own families and jobs to love these kids! We all miss you and we are praying for you. Jon-Tori and I miss you and love you so much!

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