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El Salvador: Day 1

Greetings from the tropical (and sometimes rainy) paradise of San Salvador, the capital city of El Salvador. Our team of 14 arrived on time on Saturday and settled in to our  accommodations at the Sus Hijos (spanish for "His Children") mission house.

Not sitting down for long, we made 144 bag lunches that evening to give out to the homeless on the streets of downtown San Salvador, a city of approximately one million. This was accomplished by putting on our rain gear and loading into the back of a pickup truck with Mission founder Kurt "Dale Earnhart" Ackerman at the wheel. Fortunately all meals were delivered and no one fell off the truck.

Today we started with a local church service where the group sang in English and Spanish led by our translator in front of the congregation. Our Spanish was likely a little challenging for our audience, but they clapped along anyway. Later "Momma" Botts and the Not-exactly-like-the-bible Players gave an inspiring presentation to the children's group reminding them that God makes everyone special.

The afternoon was spent visiting the CIPI center for at-risk children and also for teen moms and their babies. We were able to share time with these children doing crafts and supplying donated clothing and infant supplies. Heavy rain cancelled the kickball game we had planned. We also visited the transition homes Sus Hijos has for the children from the local orphanages who would otherwise be turned out on to the street at age 18. This allows the young adults to acquire job skills over 2 years while working and staying away from the gang culture that is prevalent here.

Stay tuned for more pictures and adventure as we start our home building project on Tuesday.

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