Our day began as the rest… a great breakfast followed by a ‘refreshing’ ride in the back of Jon’s pick-up.
The boys at CISNA were anxiously awaiting our arrival and I think it is safe to say that we were just as anxious to see them again. The guys worked on repairing the roof over the auditorium while the girls gathered with the kids.
First up was taking pictures of each boy and helping them to decorate their picture frame. It was pretty cool to see the smiles on their faces when their project was complete. Afterwards we made beaded bracelets, drew pictures and threw frisbees with the boys.
After lunch, we went straight to work to finish the painting that had been started the day before. When we were finished, the outside of the auditorium was totally transformed. Because we are such efficient workers, we had the rest of the afternoon to continue hanging out with the boys.
Today was another emotional roller coaster day. The boys at CISNA can be devious, but they will also steal your heart. They truly love having us spend time with them. Most of them do not have real love and real attention on a regular basis. After reading today’s excerpt, I’d like to ask you to pray for these boys and what the future holds for them. As bad as it may be for them now, once they leave the walls of CISNA, the gangs may become their only family.
After we left CISNA, we treated Ernesto and Jenny (our translators) to ice cream at Pops. They have been such a blessing to us this week. For dinner, we were treated to an authentic Salvadorean meal… if I knew how to spell the names of the dishes I would be able to tell you what we ate : ) We then shared in a worship service with the other team that has been staying at the mission house. We sang songs, had a time of prayer, and broke bread together. It was a perfect ending to an incredible day.