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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Our last day of service as our trip draws to a cloes...

Good evening! Our last day of service has drawn to a close, and it has been a long, fruitful day. All of the teams put in a full day of service. Everyone was full of energy for their last opportunities to minister to the people of El Salvador. I will leave it for the students to describe their experiences - its much more meaningful hearing it first-hand.

Tomorrow is our R&R day so people will have time to post individual comments then. In the meantime please pray than our trips ends as well as it began, with the students not losing focus on why we are here, even as they take a day to relax and (hopefully) enjoy one last sunny day in El Salvador. It was beautiful today, with lots of sun and blue skies. It started clouding up as evening came on, and by the time we were in our worship time there was a tremendous thunderstorm outside the church. But by the time we were done with the service and a late dinner of pupusas (a Salvadoran specialty) the rain had reduced to a light sprinkle so everyone was able to get to their homestays without getting too wet.

Tomorrow we get up early so we can leave by 7:30. Our goal is to get to the hotel we will be staying at tomorrow night before 10 in the morning so that we can partake of their buffet for breakfast. Then the teams will have the day to swim and lounge and talk through their experiences. Then it is one more day and we will be home. It is hard to believe we are at the end of our adventure. It has been a great trip, with lots of different opportunities to see God's mercy and grace in action. Hundreds of people were exposed to that grace through the efforts of your children and many more people have been added to the Kingdom of God as a result.

So we are thanking God tonight for His care and provision and praising Him for what He has one for us and all the people we have served. Thanks again for all your prayers - we could not have accomplished anything without them.

Hasta manana!

16 Comments:

  • At 6:31 AM , Anonymous Kerry Fox said...

    Fabulous entry. Tim, you should be a writer. I'm proud of the team. It sounds like they have run the race well. Praying for safety, patience with each other and a time of reflection of what God has done in each of their lives. Encourage them to write it down so they can look at the spiritual landmarks from this trip (Joshua 4) and cement those in their mind to be recalled whenever discouraged in the future. Looking forward to seeing you soon!

     
  • At 7:21 AM , Anonymous Deb Paulson said...

    Megan and Deb,

    We have been praying that this has been a time in your life that will be forever marked by Gods grace and provision. I am sure you are both exhausted and exhilarated.We are praying for rest, health and joy as you experience these last few days!

    We love you and miss you like crazy!

    Love, MOM

     
  • At 7:58 AM , Blogger The Emersons said...

    Thank you again, Tim, for the great updates. What a blessing to be able to follow along! We are praying for strength and perseverance for all to complete the journey (both physical and spiritual). We can't wait to see you, Abby and to hear your stories. P.S. We did that thing for you and Michelle. Love you and see you soon!!!!
    Pa, Ma and Ria

     
  • At 8:05 AM , Anonymous Gail Meyer said...

    Wow! Praise the Lord! Thank you to everyone on the team for their faithfulness to our great God. Enjoy your day of rest.

     
  • At 8:13 AM , Anonymous Kassie said...

    Sweet Malia,
    For me the 2 weeks has been an eternity eventhough I've been really busy with projects! For you, I'm sure the time has flown by. I miss you and am SO excited to hear all about your trip. You will return changed, no doubt. I am excited for you to be able to teach us about life and people in another culture, but most of all, I'm anxious to hear about what God has done in your life and the lives of others. Enjoy your final few days of R&R--sounds like you could use some down time! I can't wait to see your sweet smile at the airport on Saturday night-ready for a fun summer! I love you & God bless! XXOO Mom

     
  • At 8:41 AM , Blogger Sheri said...

    Praise God for all He has done! It is faith-building for all of us to hear of His action in and through you during this trip. Enjoy looking back the next couple days to see, notice and recall, giving all glory to Him. Emily, I am so excited to have you home. I have missed you so much! I can't wait to hug you, hear your laugh and your stories, to sit on your bed and chat about all that has happened the past 2 weeks. SO EXCITED! I love you and can't wait for Saturday night!! xoxo, Mom

     
  • At 10:28 AM , Blogger Mark and Sara Solfelt said...

    Thank you so much, Tim, for your great entries and for you, wonderful, faithful leaders. We are very thankful for your servant's heart and your love and care for our children. We continue to pray for everyone in this last day of rest and reflection and as you travel home......Elisabeth, we love and are praying for you. Can't wait to hear all your stories of how the Lord worked in and through the team. We will see you tomorrow night and, yes, your sheets are clean. :) love you!!!!

     
  • At 2:00 PM , Anonymous Laurie Dunn said...

    Hi John,
    So glad to hear the trip has been going well. I've been praying for all of you each and every day. Can't wait for you to get home!!

     
  • At 2:34 PM , Blogger DanaO said...

    Monica -- Dad and I have been anxiously reading the blog daily eager to hear about the trip and how God has worked in your life and to those in Guatemala and El Salvador. Wow! Each team member should feel so good about how God used each of you to make a difference in the lives of so many people! What a celebration there will be on Sunday!! We have both missed you so much(Chipper has too!). I can't wait to give you a huge hug at the airport and hear about the trip. Love you!!

     
  • At 3:14 PM , Blogger bectar said...

    Sarah - I miss you! Can't wait to see you - love, Mom xo

     
  • At 3:23 PM , Anonymous The Books said...

    Miles! Wow! It sounds like your Mime team has been on fire. Can't believe you could preform FOUR presentations in one day :))Your team is awesome! It's been raining here every day just like it has been there. It's like quicksand in the backyard! Fabulous blog writing :)) Can't wait to see you on Saturday! MISS YOU! Love, Mom

     
  • At 6:03 PM , Blogger Karen said...

    Summer is coming just in time for the OCA ministry students to return. 4th of July weekend looks like it is going to be in the 90's. Thanks for bringing the good weather home with you. Can't wait to hear in person the amazing and life changing stories that you have to share. Make these next 48 hours or so significant and impactful, not only for any ministry opportunities, (ministry is not just in your teams, but with anyone you come in contact with) but with each other. I challange you to speak into each others lives so that you can say that you now have friends who you can be honest with and hold you accountable when you come back to reality of living in suburbia.

    Hugs and kisses to Taylor Hansen

     
  • At 9:16 PM , Anonymous Grant Paulson said...

    Hi Megan Elizabeth,

    I am smiling while I write this because I know you will be home soon and because of the Joy you are bringing me as a Child of God who has not only professed your faith but have spent the last two weeks living your faith as the hands, feet and heart of Christ. Mom and I are praying for a safe trip back for All of you! Also know that your comfy bed is waiting for you, I know you will need some well deserved rest and reflection. Love You, Dad

     
  • At 1:53 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Michelle B.
    I have been reading the blog. I am happy you are having an excellent experience. If you really like “las Pupusas “, let me know… I know more than one places in the Twin Cities you can take your family.
    Have a safe trip back, Sincerely, Cecilia H. Your Salvadorian neighbor.

     
  • At 7:55 AM , Blogger marcia said...

    Hey troop - hope you are enjoying your last days on this wonderful journey. Take time to reflect on all that you have seen and done and try to pin point those AH HA moments where God was revealed, and write them down so that you will always remember! I am sure there are many. I expect that each of you will come back changed forever by this experience. I continue to pray for your health, safety and good attitudes as you wind down. Jared, we are anxious to see you and hear all about it. We miss you much! Mom

     
  • At 10:56 AM , Anonymous Jan Barrett said...

    Praise the Lord for this wonderful report. Thank you Tim for these posts thanks to all the leaders for their support and encouragement. Katie we can't wait to see you tomorrow and hear firsthand of how the Lord has been working in and through you these last two weeks. And we praise God for eternal fruit reaped in the lives of the people the teams have touched. We have exciting news for you about dad too. Love and hugs!! -mom

     

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