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My Barday Celebration

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The reason for using "barday" in the title is that one of my students gave me a birthday card that said, "Happy Barday Mrs. Kristal."  It made me laugh so hard because I thought it was so cute.  Ruben took me to the National Theatre downtown to see the National Symphony of El Salvador.  The National Theatre in El Salvador is the oldest in Central America.  It is so beautiful inside and out.  Definitely a very memorable birthday.



Peace Run for Boston

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Salvadoran runners also wanted to show their support to the victims and all those affected in the Boston bombings.  All the different run clubs and running associations came together for a peace run, Cruzada por la Paz.  There was somewhere between 150 and 200 runners that came out all in white shirts and black ribbons.  Karen and I were the only North Americans participating and we both thought it was really cool that El Salvador wanted to show their support and it was something we could do as well.  It was a 3k protest run against violence in general at sporting events.  It started at 7:00 and their were police escorts along the way blocking traffic as we trotted along.  It was not a race but we finished within the first 25 and it left me with a desire to actually run a real race, which I have never done before.

                                     (Pictures were taken by Runners El Salvador and Running4Help El Salvador)


Back to School Bash

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Last Friday we had a "Back to School Bash" because it was our first meeting after vacation.  We didn't call it that because it doesn't sound as cool in Spanish but essentially that is what it was.  We had people from all over contributing to the service and showcasing their talents to give glory to God.


The first band was from Christian Surfers of Acajutla called Christian Surfer Band.  They played reggae worship music and everyone loved it.


These two young men came from about 45 minutes away.  Ruben and I met them at a youth conference that had invited Ruben to come preach and one of them did beatbox and was really good.  When this kid found out that we were having the group Metamorffosis come to our youth group he and his friends were all stoked and said they were coming.  So we gave them a spot between bands to show their beat boxing skills.

We also have a friend,who was one of the best break dancers in El Salvador but he gave up dancing full time and competing t…

Camp 180º

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During Spring Break, which is the actual week before Easter aka Holy Week, the Assembly of God National Youth Department always has its camps.  Each zone has their own camp.  This was our last zone camp as camp director's because we are now working on the National Staff and that requires us working with not only our zone but all the zones.  This camp really was made possible by various people from the States who donated to help us buy the food for the camp.  Because of these donors some 300 Salvadoran youth were blessed with great food.  The site was a beautiful campground way up in the mountains in a little town called San Ignacio and it was cold; you can see in the pictures we are all using jackets and sweatshirts.

For me, one of the most rewarding things about the camp was that a few students from our youth group, Conexion, went and were really touched by the Lord in a way they have never experienced before.


I also had an experience I will never forget.  Our students introduc…

Whale Watching

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On February 18 Ruben and I celebrated our 1 year anniversary.  It was so much fun to get away and celebrate our first year.  We decided to go to a beach called Los Cobanos so that we could snorkel.  Definitely off the beaten path but that is the kind of places we like.  The first day we snorkeled all we could and just relaxed on the beach.  We also saw a spectacular sunset.

The next morning we were offered a really good deal through Cobonos Tours, we also stayed in their hostel, to go whale watching and snorkel at a 100 year old sunken cargo ship.  We decided it was to good of a deal to pass up and went.  I am so glad we did because it was an amazing experience that I will never forget.  We were so close to two humpback whales, a mom and her baby.  We also saw a giant sea turtle.



After the whale watching we went snorkeling in the middle of the ocean at a sunken cargo ship.  It was really neat because normally snorkeling you don't get to see ships and such. Usually that is for scuba …