A kind man probably in his early 70s was taking photos as we enjoyed sunset over the Grand Canyon. I was sitting on a rock with my notebook, we began chatting, and he asked if he could take my picture. I said sure, and after he captured the moment, he said “It’s nice, you just enjoying the world.” That’s what we did for a week, to celebrate marriage and God’s creation gifts.
A few days back in the USA and my mind often drifts to last week in El Salvador.
It was a rich week — rich in laughter, diligent work, challenges, and leaning into God minute by minute.
It was truly a joy to work alongside my husband serving the El Salvadorian people. He was familiar comfort when I dealt with some difficult things, an energizing spirit when we were tired, and a voice of love and encouragement every single day. I still thank God we were able to travel, serve, worship, and experience together. I also enjoyed, with God, listening to J preach in our partnering church the first Sunday we were there.
The church we connected and served with radiated faith and joy in God.
Our translators were high school students from a local Christian school, and getting to know them was a highlight of my week. I hope to stay connected with some of my closest El Salvadorian friends for a long time. They were passionate about God and helping us communicate. They were so diligent in their help, and a joy to be around. We laughed and joked and sweated and were stretched in new ways. I pray they were as blessed by us as we were by them.
We prayed and spent time with the men and women of our partner church, and I was reminded we are all the same. We are all followers of Jesus, loved and known by Him, walking through uncertainties and challenges of life, keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus. How sweet it was to put Gospel-sharing, and God worshipping, in El Salvador on particular faces and names. Our God is good.