It never ceases to amaze me how the creator of the heavens and earth reveals himself if you take the time to observe just how fortunate we are to serve a God that truly demonstrates his loving-kindness to us every day and today was certainly no different. With that said, sometimes its difficult to see God when the alarm calls for an early morning rise to beat the traffic to get to our daily jobs. Or, in our case, to divide and conquer by having the girls and Marty stay behind at Love and Hope Children’s Home to paint bunk beds and help clean the house while the rest of the men returned to the Medina’s house. With muscle and determination we relocated a stack of over 700 cinder blocks that was delivered this morning and then finished digging 'The Trench'. The Trench was a retaining wall foundation ditch about 20' long, by 2' wide by 5.5' deep...that we dominated with a pick axe and shovel.
Today was the third day of construction at the Medina house. It was a day of getting to know the local builders and some of the Medina family a bit more as each of us shared what are professions are. It was awesome being able to get to a more personal level than the previous days with a lot of laughs, smiles, pictures and hugs along the way. After lunch today we ventured to the local hardware store in Nejapa to buy the supplies to build wooden ramps to make the Medina house a little more wheelchair accessible. The wheelchair is truly a blessing as Rina has not had much time to interact with people outside of her bed for the 20 years she has graced this earth with her presence! Once again, we were reminded of the comforts we have in the USA to be able to run to a Home Depot where supplies are endless.
That night our ladies made a delicious dinner for us and everybody at Love & Hope and Rich graced the kids with one of their favorite desserts...tres leches. We continued building our relationships with the kids through conversations, futbol and games, followed by devotional on the Fruit of the Spirit - Kindness. We learned that being kind means leveraging one’s strength on behalf of another. When we’re kind, we put our strength, abilities, and resources on loan to someone who lacks them ultimately making kindness serve as love’s response to weakness. We can only imagine that if Rina could speak to us, she would say that our team has been immeasurably kind to her in her weakness. Like patience, kindness is a decision that we can make at a moments notice and the consequences of kindness are incalculable. This fruit of the spirit can ripple out to touch the lives of those far removed from the original act…like all of the people we've come to know here in El Salvador... the children of Love and Hope, the security guards protecting our guest house and people in the nearby park, the local grocery store clerk, the Medina family and their friends, the local contractors and on and on.
God’s mercy is His kind response towards us, and may we continue serving Him every day of our lives and the rest of our trip. May God’s glory shine around us and all those who so graciously gave out of the kindness of their hearts to support us on this trip.
El Salvador - Nov 2016