Showing posts from November, 2007

Freedom of the Mind

A little bird I am,
Shut from the fields of air;
And in my cage I sit and sing
To Him who placed me there;
Well pleased a prisoner to be,
Because, my God, it pleases Thee.

Naught have I else to do;
I sing the whole day long;
And He whom most I love to please
Doth listen to my song;
He caught and bound my wandering wing,
But still He bends to hear me sing.

My cage confines me round;
Abroad I cannot fly;
But though my wing is closely bound,
My heart's at liberty.
My prison walls cannot control
The flight, the freedom, of my soul.

O, it is good to soar
These bolts and bars above,
To Him whose purpose I adore,
Whose providence I love;
And in Thy mighty will to find
The joy, the freedom, of the mind.

-Madame Guyon

Teaching in Spanish

This past weekend I helped with level 3 and 4 Campemento for the Guardians. The group of girls I was over were all from San Miguel, which is about 3 1/2 hours Southwest of San Salvador. The girls were super sweet and I had a lot of fun but it was very difficult for me because their accents are so different and hard for me to understand. This campemento was the first time I actually led a Biblestudy and discussion. I was a little intimidated, at first, but the Lord helped me through. It really just amazes me at how the Lord is able to use me eventhough I feel that my lack of Spanish is a hindrence. But that does not matter to Jesus. He is able to use us more in our inadequacies and receives all the glory.

Thanksgiving in El Salvador

It is a bit odd celebrating an American holiday in a different country. First of all, no one knows or cares that you are celebrating Thanksgiving. Secondly, you are far away from family and friends. Honestly, if all the missionary's were not gathering together today I would have forgotten that today was Thanksgiving. But all the A/G missionary's gathered together and we had a good time with each other, great food, and lots of fun.

A Good Thanksgiving Story

It never ceases to amaze me how God takes care of each and every one of us. It doesn't seem fair that I have been blessed to be born in the US and never "needing" anything. El Salvador does not celebrate Thanksgiving, obviously, but I felt this story was a perfect example of how much we have to be thankful for. One of the girl's from Master's Commission came into our part of the house and was crying last night, almost weeping. She said that her free day was tomorrow and she didn't have any money to ride the bus and go home to see her mom. But someone gave her $3.00, only $3.00. She was so thankful she was crying and said, "I am so blessed. God always takes care of my needs."

Six Month Anniversary

Today is my Six month anniversary of being in El Salvador. I cannot believe it has been six months. I cannot believe Thanksgiving is this week. The time is just flying past me. I hope the next six months do not go by as fast as the previous ones have.
Yesterday I was able to do something I have never done before. We went to "Puerta del Diablo" which is a a hiking place. It was absolutely beautiful. We hiked up to the very top and if you look one way you can see the San Salvador Volcano and the city of San Salvador. The other way you can so Lake Illopango, and the volcano that is by San Miguel. It was absolutely glorious, you truly felt like you were on top of the world. The best part of the whole thing was doing a zipline across the mountains. It was so much fun and the view was amazing.

4th Annual Mission's Banquet

Yesterday I was honored to attend the 4th Annual Mission's Banquet. The Adolescent group were all dressed up in traditional Salvadoran clothing and did a traditional dance which was really neat to watch. The purpose of the banquet was to help raise money for mission's and to support those who are from El Salvador but want to be missionary's in other country's. The part that blessed me was when everyone started coming up to us, American missionary's, and thanking us for coming and working in their country.

Los Planos

This week has been fun. One of Janelle's friends from the states has come down to visit her. So along with doing our normal stuff we have been trying to show her around and take her to some places. Thursday we took her to the beach and Friday she came out with us to the lake to teach English. Last night we went to Los Planos which is about 20 minutes outside of the city but up in the Mountains. We ate at the famous Los Planos Pupuseria and went to a neat little musuem and lookout. Which is wear this picture was taken. It was so beautiful seeing all the city lights.

Ever Increasing Patience

Patience is a virtue and one that I am getting a good lesson in. Patience is defined as the quality of being patient, as the bearing of provocation, annoyance, misfortune, or pain, without complaint, loss of temper, irritation, or the like. It is also described as an ability or willingness to suppress restlessness or annoyance when confronted with delay. So I teach English at the lake which is in Santa Ana, about 55 kilometers from San Salvador. I go every Monday and Friday. This past Monday I drove my truck and on the way back, in a not so safe area, have a blowout. Thank God His hand was upon me because I didn't lose control or anything and I was able to pull over on the side. However, it was not a good situation to be in because by this time it was night and it was only me and another girl. So we called a friend and he and his brother were able to come within the hour and change the tire for me. So the next day I went to buy four new tires and it is an all day venture.…

Day with the Guardians

Every Saturday I work with the Guardians of the Vision. This Saturday was a little different because all the Guardians from across the nation came together for the day. We played games and presented the new logo for the t-shirts and had worship and went to the park. I had a great time and especially enjoyed my time at the park. The weather here is wonderful and everyday I wish I could go to a park and read. But it isn't safe as an single, female American to go to the parks. Usually, they are infested with gangs. But this park is close to the church and safe. So I had a great time, with the kids and enjoying the beautiful weather.

Driving in El Salvador

I have been in El Salvador for almost six months and I just now found a vehicle to purchase. Partly, because of my budget and partly because I was a slightly afraid to drive here. People in this country drive crazy. Plus, you have to be aware, at all times, of busses constantly stopping and pulling out in front of you and pedestrians everywhere. Yesterday, I finally bought a vehicle. It is a Mazda truck and is nice, good vehicle to have here. In the city it doesn't matter what you drive but I go out to the lake three times a week to teach English and you need a truck or SUV to drive out there. So, for the first time, I drove out to the lake by myself which is about 80-90 kilometers...which I think is like 45 or 50 miles. I haven't quite mastered the metric system yet. I was nervous, at first, but I quickly felt comfortable behind the wheel again. As I was driving, with all the Mountains surrounding me and all the beautiful scenery I was just thinking to myself, "…

Everyday Danger

Today our Madre, the lady who cleans the International House, came in late. I was outside washing my clothes and she looked upset. She told me that on the bus some "guys" were going down the isle with a knife asking everyone for a dollar. That is a typical thing the gangs do on the busses here and is one of the reasons we are not allowed to ride on the busses. It is a danger that many people in this country have to face everyday. She started crying as she was telling me the story because she said that she didn't have a dollar to give all she had was her Bible, but because of the blood of Jesus nothing happened to her.

Passing On My Skills

Yesterday, I attempted to teach one of the girl's in Master's Commission how to crochet. Thank goodness she is a smart girl and already crafty because she picked up on it very quickly despite my attempts to teach her in Spanish. Most of the girls here don't know how to crochet and they all think it is so neat.

The weather here has been amazing. From what I hear typical weather from October to February is cool and very windy. It is so nice; especially since everyone has decorated for Christmas so it feels like holiday time.

En Concierto

Last night a few of us girls from church went to see Jesus Adrian Romero. He is one of the most popular Spanish worship leaders. His music is amazing and very annointed. He was very laid back and just sat on a stool and sang and ministered. He preached quite a bit. Many times everyone was singing and worshipping so loud that he completely stopped singing and all you could hear were 2,000 people singing at the top of their lungs. It was awsome.