1 Thessalonians 5:16-17 states, "Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, GIVE THANKS in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."
I read that verse in a devotional when I woke up this morning. I immediately felt so much gratitude for so many things. But what stood out to me most on this day was the thankfulness, first to God for giving me a new life through my faith in Jesus and abundantly more than I could ever ask for in my life. Second was for my family, close friends, the nine others on this trip with me, and for everybody we've spent time with here in El Salvador. Simply put, this trip has been nothing short of amazing and we' still have two more days to go!
We took this morning to spend time with the kids of a nearby impoverished community whom Love & Hope supports and visits frequently. After a soccer shootout with the boys and some serious jump rope exhibitions by the girls, we prayed with the 75 kids and then gave them sandwiches we'd made, along with chips and juice boxes. Next we got to walk through the small community and handed out bags of rice to all the adults. It was a really special time as this entire community just permeated a sense of gratitude via the smiles on all the faces as well as the numerous bible verses painted on the walls all over the place. Enjoy these images below! I'm so thankful that we got to spend time here...I wish we could have stayed all day.
Spending time in this community made me realize, so much more, how grateful I am for the over abundance that I'm given. I was certainly served up a big ole plate of PERSPECTIVE today...and it was good...so so good!
Our Thanksgiving Day was not without our own delicious turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, corn and green beans. All prepared by Rachel, Mandy, Justin and the kids and staff at Love & Hope. We were so blessed to sit around in a circle and hear what all the kids and everybody else, including us, were most thankful for. I shared that I was so thankful that God and allowed me to connect with Love & Hope last December on a trip down here...without that divine connection our team would not have been here this week...called to do what we came here to do...and that was to love and serve others through the love and grace of the Name above all names...our savior Jesus Christ.
We're off to La Playa Costa Azul tomorrow for some fun in the sun, surf and sand with 20 kids! I can't possibly feel any more grateful than I do right now. I'll be falling asleep with a smile on my face for sure!
- Brett Gorney
El Salvador - Nov 2016