El Salvador Day 1

We made it! After 8 months of preparation we are finally here and we hit the ground running. 

Our first day of travel went so smoothly even though our first flight was delayed, the Lord orchestrated all of the details and we arrived safe in El Salvador in the evening. We are so thankful for how He is already teaching us to be flexible and trust Him.

We are staying at a lovely hotel with a mountain as our view on one side and a pool as our view on the other side...we aren't in Colorado anymore! 

For our first day we returned to El Tunco and Remar orphanage. We had a quick trip to the beach in between to eat lunch.

El Tunco is a beach village with a really bizarre mix of tourist attractions and extreme poverty. We had the honor and privilege of ministering at an elementary school in El Tunco. Amazing Love Missions has been serving at this school for 10 years including helping with purification of the water for the students so it was incredible to partner with their legacy. El Tunco will probably be one of the hottest sites we go to...yet the dancers did so incredible in committing to on the fly spacing changes and interactions with kiddos. 

“As soon as I saw a boy named Andres I knew we had a special connection. He was a very shy boy and seemed to drift between many groups. We bonded over playing catch with a little yellow ball. After a few minutes of playing his guardian told him to go inside. I was devastated with the fact that I wouldn’t get to say goodbye. But on our way out, I got to see him one last time. Both of our faces lit up at the sight of each other. He made leaving Remar incredibly difficult and I’ll never forget seeing him standing outside the orphanage watching us drive away.” -Emmy V.

After a quick trip to the beach, we headed to the Remar Orphanage also in El Tunco. This orphanage houses about 60 kids all from different backgrounds and stories. They were a very receptive audience and that plus the sizzling cement made for an incredible show. 

"There is a sweet 8 year old girl whose name was Fanny and we drew pictures that were yellow because that was her favorite color. It was cute how the kids wanted to share the English words that they knew with us." - Kerstin L.

None of us were ready to leave both the El Tunco elementary school and the Remar orphanage. We are so thankful for how the Lord is working through us, in us, and beyond us. What an honor it is to serve the Kingdom!