Mission and Service in El Salvador

This is a sermon I preached at Emmanuel United Church, Waterloo on May 5, 2013 for their annual service which is run by the M&S Committee – they asked me to be the guest speaker that week. I’ve finally had some time to reflect on the trip and I think this starts to explain some …

Day 10 – Metallo

Today was our last official day here in El Salvador. It was probably the closest to the itinerary as well. ESNA has been so flexible when it has come to our needs through this trip that it’s been rare that we’ve followed the original plan. Still, though, we’ve done 95% of the activities that we …

Day 9 – Sonsonate, Caluco, and Izalco

The day started early today, and we took the short drive over to Caluco where I got to see the lovely town square, then we went down a couple of roads to reach the local elementary school where we would spend the morning painting, playing with, and teaching the children. I went straight to work …

Day 8 – Sonsonate

Today I did almost nothing. One of the participants was not feeling up to working in Caluco so I volunteered to stay behind and keep an eye on him in case he became more sick and to make sure he was getting lots of fluids and stuff. It was nice to have a day with …

Day 6 & 7 – El Mozote and off to Sonsonate

Following or first day in Perquin and the visit to the war museum, or group (minus a couple of sickies) went out for the day to visit a local school which was founded by the owner of the hotel we stayed at (the Perquin Lenka hotel), then we continued on to the village of El …

Day 5 – Perquin and swimming

Today was a bit of a lighter day given the amount of energy that we expended yesterday. We started off the morning with pancakes for breakfast, then a 2 km walk into the town of Perquin (all uphill) and a visit to the Museum of the Revolution.   The museum was fascinating and was very …

Day 4 – Santa Marta and the drive to Perquin

Today we visited the site of another village which was persecuted during the war. Around 8:30, the bus arrived in Suchitoto to pick me up from the hotel I was staying at. From the we made a brief stop to pick up more water then we drove for an hour or two picking up the …

Day 3 – La Mora

Today began with a drive to the northern-central part of El Salvador, to a tiny village know as La Mora. The village is located in a flat area just to the south of a small tree-covered mountain and is surrounded by fields of various crops, including sugar cane and bananas. When we arrived at the …

Diving Deep

The brief amount of reading which I did about El Salvador before this trip encompassed half a dozen Wiki articles and some travel websites which recommended caution due to high crime rates in the country. Today, our first full day in the country, my knowledge has increased exponentially, alongside the heartbreak I feel about the …

El Salvador

Tomorrow morning I will be on a plane to Miami, then on to San Salvador, El Salvador to spend 10 days leading 18 youth in a service-learning adventure. I’m nervous, excited, and ready to escape the everyday life that I have been living. I’m going to try to write out some reflections while I’m there …