There is so much to write. THere’s 2 days worth of stuff to tell. Yesterday we finished painting casa de mi padre. Jon and Sharlene did an awesome job on the back toddler room. They painted numbers on the wall. it was awesome. In the afternoon we passed out teddy bears to the kids and troll dolls and other toys and candy. They loved it. During the afternoon. Jon and Victoria took a laptop to a kid from the mountains who is in a wheelchair. He is appearantly smart, but cannot access the computers because of his wheelchair.
We all became very attached to the kids at la casa de mi padre. Dayna was especially attached to Gabrielle and Victoria to “her daughter.” It was an emotional goodbye knowing that we wouldn’t see the kids again this week. We really had a great time playing with the kids and just showing them that God loves and cares for them.
Last night we went to Florence Mediate’s friends house Luciana and Balta. They treated us like royalty at their estate. They had an amazing view from their back porch. The dinner was a tradition El Salvadorian meal of Papusas, enchiladas, fried plantains. Many of us commented that because of the atmosphere and the service (they have 3 live in servants) it was probably the best meal we have ever eaten. They were amazing hosts. It boggled my mind that people who hardly knew us would do all of that for us.
Today we got up early again and went to La Cisna. It’s an all boys orphanage of about 140 boys 8-18. We completely redid a bathroom for them. Many times they don’t have toilet paper at this orphanage so they just use their hands and wipe it on the wall. Everyone got in and scrubbed and no one complained. We scrubbed the tile until our fingers were bleeding from the bleach. We repainted the whole bathroom, installed 5 new toilets, and 4 new faucets. Everyone did a great job working hard today and doing some really really dirty work. It was very rewarding also.
After we finished our work project around 2:30 we got a chace to hand out candy, balls, hats, and some toys to the boys. They were really excited especailly for the footballs (soccer balls). In fact in the morning while we were working and the kids were on break from school I asked them if they wanted to play soccer later on and they told me they didn’t have a soccer ball. By the time we left today they had 15 new soccer balls. It was a great experience. After we handed out the stuff we got to play with the kids. Some threw football with them. Jon and I got to play soccer with them. It was awesome!!!
As we were leaving walking past the boys dorm I heard a young boy crying and calling. I went in to see what the problem was. Here the 9 year old boy was locked in a prison cell. He probably had a pending court date and this little boy was literally under lock and key. He had a wooden board for a bed to sleep on and they passed his food through the holes in the bars of the cell. He told us he had been in there a few days. My heart absolutely broke for this young boy. He just cried and cried all he wanted was the little soccer pinnies and troll dolls that we had handed out to the other kids. The only thing i could do was hold him through the bars and hug him and prayed for him. We cried together there at that jail cell. I was able to give him a soccer pinnie and a troll doll before we left. He just kept saying thank you over and over again. He didn’t want to let go of me huggin him through the bars. It was a really emotional encounter.
Tonight we got to have pizza with Kurt’s (the local missionary) family. We made about 100 sandwiches and drove them around to pass out to homeless kids and adults. This was a great experience for us. At one place the homeles people were storming the truck and we ran out of food and had to get out of there. They wouldn’t let go of the empty boxes because they thought we had more food, but we didn’t. We almost ran a couple of them over.
I’m exhausted tonigt so no pictures. maybe tomorrow. We haven’t had internet access here for a couple days that’s why we didn’t post. I’ll try to keep you all up to date. Thank you for your prayers and words of encouragement.
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