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Thoughts on our June 2009 Trip--Pastors

First--I apologize for not blogging daily in El Salvador.  We just didn't have as easy access to computers/internet, and we arrived home late each night.  So...here are some reflections on this past trip.  I will organize my entries in this order:  Pastors, Antiguo Cuscatlan, Cuidad Obrera, Tori's Sports Crusader Experiences and plans for our next trip.  So check back...this is just my first entry of five in the next week or so: One of the main purposes of my trip was to help Rolando encourage pastors.  We did a 2 and 1/2 hour conference for pastors.  There were 23 or so pastors who came and we looked at the book, "Ordering Your Private World."  The pastors were very receptive and we ended with 45 minutes of questions about family and maintaining a pastor's spiritual life!  I was amazed at the number of questions and the eagerness of the pastors.  It was a good experience all around!  The pastors are in a Bible Institute class this week for credit...

El Salvador 2008 Trip

Dear FCC Mission Partners, Tuesday, June 9, Tori (my daughter) and I are leaving for El Salvador.  We are both very excited!  We will both be in our partner churches in Santa Tecla, Antiguo Cuscatlan, and Cuidad Obrera.  It will be awesome to see each of these churches again.  Santa Tecla is the mother church of Antiguo Cuscatlan, and Antiguo Cuscatlan is the mother church of Cuidad Obrera.  Three generation of churches!!!  Originally, I was going to do a one day retreat for the pastors...now I will be doing four different meetings for pastors in different regions.  I'm excited, because this could mean meeting and encouraging more pastors!!  Tori will be joining a Sports Crusader Basketball Team leading a clinic for kids.  What a great way to share Jesus!  And she's excited about seeing her El Salvador friends!! Please pray for us as we travel.  I return on the 15th, and Tori on the 19th.  We will try and update this blog regularly if you want to check back on how our week is going...

Leaving for El Salvador!!

Dear FCC Mission Partners, Tuesday, June 9, Tori (my daughter) and I are leaving for El Salvador.  We are both very excited!  We will both be in our partner churches in Santa Tecla, Antiguo Cuscatlan, and Cuidad Obrera.  It will be awesome to see each of these churches again.  Santa Tecla is the mother church of Antiguo Cuscatlan, and Antiguo Cuscatlan is the mother church of Cuidad Obrera.  Three generation of churches!!!  Originally, I was going to do a one day retreat for the pastors...now I will be doing four different meetings for pastors in different regions.  I'm excited, because this could mean meeting and encouraging more pastors!!  Tori will be joining a Sports Crusader Basketball Team leading a clinic for kids.  What a great way to share Jesus!  And she's excited about seeing her El Salvador friends!! Please pray for us as we travel.  I return on the 15th, and Tori on the 19th.  We will try and update this blog regularly if you want to check back on how our week is going...

Pastor's Retreat

I have been invited to return to El Salvador, June 9 -15, and Lord willing, my daughter Tori will be going with me.  I'm writing to ask you to pray for this trip...We are still planning the actual ministry for that week, but so far this is what I understand our ministry will be: Encouraging Rolando and Alexandra.  This has been a tough few months for them personally and professionally.  The funding for the Pastor's Institute dried up, which not only affected the pastor's institute, but also Rolando's salary.  I'm looking forward to being with Rolando and Alexandra!! Strengthening our partnership with our 1st mission in Antiguo Cuscatlan...Lord willing we will be with our first mission.  It is hard to believe that we are in our 4th year of our partnership with them!  Please pray that God will continue to raise up leadership that they can constitute and become a church! Seeing the outreach at our 2nd mission at Cuidad Obrera.  All reports are that this mission is growing...

Highlight of the week

Just thought I would give a thread to our team to post their highlight(s)...here ya go

7th Day - Heading Home

Wow. After staying up all night, we are leaving the hotel between 5 and 5:30 am. Our flight leaves for Houston at 8:00. We arrive in St. Louis around 3:00 pm. We'll be exhaused...it will also be hard to say goodbye at the airport. Blog more when we get home!

6th Day - Shopping, VBS, New Year 180 party!

It's hard to believe that this is the last full day in El Salvador. The plan right now is to go shopping, go door to door evangelism, VBS, New Year´s Eve Service at Santa Tecla, and then a New Year´s Eve party at Rolando and Alexandra´s house. It will be a fun day...it´s hard to believe we are going to bring in the New Year in El Salvador! :)

Day 5 - Prayer Walking, the Beach, VBS, New Year 180 Celebration

Today we are starting early...I have to get off here soon so I can have breakfast and go. We are going to have our devotion on the top of a volcano this morning. How awesome is that! Then we are going to prayer walk in the area for the new church plant: Cuidad Obrera. Then we will go to the beach for lunch (okay there are perks to missions!). Then VBS and a New Year´s Celebration at Antiguo Cuscatlan. Our folks are getting attached to our brothers and sisters at Antiguo Cuscatlan!! Should be a great day in the Lord.

Day 4 - Prayer walking, Visits, and VBS

Today is going to be filled with prayer walking in Cuidad Obrera, visits in Antiguo Cuscatlan, and VBS in Antiguo Cuscatlan. Look forward to sharing with you tonight how it went!! Thanks for praying!!

3rd Day - Sunday in three different church settings!

What an interesting day this is shaping up to be. Lord willing, we will be in worship at the mother church at Santa Tecla in the morning singing a song, preaching, and leading in children´s church. We will be at a brand new mission point of our church at Ciudad Obrera--we will be doing a children´s outreach event with a pinata, outdoor movie, ballon animals, and a time of gifts for the children. This is the first outreach event in this community for a new possible church plant!! Then in the evening we will be at our partner church at Antiguo Cuscatlan for music, testimony, and preaching! It will be a full day in the Lord!! We will be in three different ministry settings on Sunday!! Thank you for your prayers!
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