This has been an exciting week for us! Our friend, Colleen, has come to stay with us for the next six weeks, and do mission work with us. She has been here the past two summers on mission trips, and could not wait until next July to come back! We have a bunch of things planned for the next few weeks, and we are certain that God will open doors for us that we never even imagined!
One thing that Adan and I worried about when we started our mission, was being able to find people to help us with the work we have started. Since it is only the two of us, we weren’t sure how it would work out, but God has provided! We’ve been blessed, not only with servants like Colleen, and the mission teams coming to help us, but God has brought two special helpers, Esther and Angel, into our lives. They have both been a huge blessing to our mission.
Esther and Angel are two friends of ours who have played a huge roll in starting, and running our mission. Both of them have spent some time in America, and are now back in El Salvador. Like myself, they are praying for the day that they will be able to go back and live in the United States, but we all agree, that God has brought us here for a reason. I personally believe that part of the reason that the three of us are here, is to help the needy around us, and carry out the mission work that we have been doing.
Having Esther and Angel, who are both bilingual, has been a huge blessing to us. I will be the first to admit that my spanish is not great, so having more than just Adan doing all the translating has been a big help to us.
In July, Esther helped us communicate, and share with the people that there is God who loves them, and that Jesus died for them. Without her help, we would not have been able to share this message with as many people as we did during the trip. She also translated for us in church twice, so the group could understand what was being said by the pastor.
During our July trip, Angel, was a big help during our soccer outreach, playing with the kids and helping to translate. He also worked side by side with the group as they painted at the church. (Which he attends.) He was excited to be able to give back to his church, and help the group.
In August, they both helped us out again. This time Esther and her husband, Stephen, helped the group hand out a bunch of clothes. With such a small group the extra sets of hands were a huge help to us. Angel helped us hand out food in a village, translating and explaining why we were there. For safety reasons, it was a real blessing to have another male helping out with the group of girls.
Esther, Angel, and I may not have planned to be in El Salvador at this point in our lives, but God is sure using us here. Adan and I, are so grateful for their willingness to help us serve. We know that God will continue to use us all while we are here. I am so thankful that God has placed these Christian friends in our lives!