For anyone who has followed my blog they know that during my time as a Missionary Associate for King's Castle, in El Salvador, I worked with the World Warriors for those six years. World Warriors is a six week intense program for students from the States ages 16-23 to come and do extreme missions; in various countries in Central America. Oscar and Sulma are leading it this year as I am not a missionary with King's Castle any longer and as much as I loved what I did that was for a season and now I am in a whole different season; married, youth pastor, English Teacher, National Camp Director (All of this except the English teaching part alongside my husband). While I was a missionary associate I worked alongside of Oscar and Sulma in the children's discipleship program called Club Castillo. They asked me if I would be able to come out to the lake and lead a session of team building exercises. Not just anyone can do these activities unless you have been trained specifically by CCI/AL in which I have. So I gladly went out to help last Sunday. It is so exciting to be part of even a small part of what these young people will be doing. We even asked them to come minister to our youth group, Conexion, this past Friday. It was their first day of doing evangelism programs in the streets. Then they came and did a service for our youth and as soon as it finished rushed away to an all night prayer service in which they had a drama prepared and would be ministering and praying for people. Sound like a busy schedule? It is, but that is the six week life of a World Warrior.
I have lived outside of the United States for over 10 years now. I studied Spanish at a language school in Costa Rica for 8 months. My husband only speaks Spanish, so I speak it all the time. However, I despise speaking in Spanish in front of a large group of people. I stress, I panic, I freak out. Give me a group of kids and I'm good. Give a small group and I'll do it but don't ever ask me to preach in Spanish. I have lived in complete fear for over 10 years. Fear of man! Fear of being judged and made fun of (which happens all the time). For 10 years I literally have been saying no to God. I can't and won't do it. I won't be made to look like a fool. I can count the number of times I've preached or spoken to a group of adults on one hand.....in the last 10 years. Why? Because I said no. I can't do it. Even with my husband encouraging me," Kristal, you CAN do it. God uses you. You have a word." I'd say, "No, no, and no!"
It has been a whirlwind of a month. We hosted a missions team from El Salvador, classes started back (back to work), we had to move, raise funds for our residency, and Ruben and a team of youth leaders raised all their funds and are in Panama for a international leadership conference. All of that in one month people! I'd like to say things will calm down but that never happens.
So to summarize......
-We hosted a team from El Salvador the first week of August. It was awesome! God did so much.
-Classes started back. I am teaching 3rd grade and Ruben is the new Chaplin.
=We were basically told we had to leave the place we were renting, by the owners, we prayed and God provided us a slightly larger home in the same area we were living in
(with a huge yard; good for the kids and the dog).
-We raised $1,000 for our Honduran Residency. So now we are in the application process. Once we have our residency we will not have to take visa renewal trips every three months.
I found lots of cute little ideas on pinterest and the knot and with the creativity of my mom I was able to have many neat, little details that made my wedding unique. Here are some of the things we did.
The flower girl basket a normal basket and my mom and grandmother made fabric yo-yo's and put them all over the basket.
My colors were purple and orange because my favorite flowers are Birds of Paradise and that is what we were using to decorate and my bouquet was made out of them. We bought purple napkins from a party store, bought a fleur de lis stamp, and had a personalized stamp made with our names and the date. It is important to buy an ink that is waterproof.
This was the ring bearers pillow. My mom made it from the extra material cut off of my wedding gown, material from her wedding gown, and the broach was from my Grandmother's wedding gown.
Typically, Salvadorans don't have piñatas at weddings. I read that is something that is done in Mexico however, I tho…