Greetings once again from El Salvador! An update on our adventures: The prayer vigil Friday night was very beautiful. It began with a rosary, a simple dinner, and then we went to the church for a presentation of sacred dance by a professional artist. He chose the theme of St. Clare since it was her feast day. His dance was very impressive, and we sure wished Sr. Cecilia (and all the sisters) were with us to see it. The music he danced to was very inspiring, and afterwards he gave us the CD (we gave him one of ours in return). After that we led the worship during the time of Exposition until about 11 pm.
The youth of the Agape choir stayed overnight, and we gave a retreat to them on Saturday (about 25 youth). The asked me to lead praise and worship and talk to them about using music to bring people into worship and the presence of God. They really liked "Tenemos tanto, tanto...para estar agradecidos!" Sr. Clara gave her testimony, and Maria Luisa and her helpers also gave talks. Soon after the retreat ended, we attended the charismatic prayer group that meets now at Agape. They asked us to lead the praise and worship this coming Saturday.
On Sunday we took a break and went to a house owned by Maria Luisa´s brother, which is on an island in a lake in the mountains. Her whole family was there because they were celebrating a birthday. The lake was gorgeous and we even got to go on a boat ride.
From there we went to San Salvador to stay overnight because Maria Luisa´s radio program is Monday morning at 8 am. We all spoke on the radio and many people said the program was excellent. Maria Luisa is a very anointed speaker and great with the radio. She was inspired to ask Sr. Catherine to pray the Our Father in Tagalog, and many people later told us that it impressed them deeply.
We also got a tour of the TV station which is in the same place as the radio, and then returned to Agape in Sonsonate yesterday afternoon. Today we visited the home for the elderly, the children at the nutritional hospital and the soup kitchen.
Our next big adventure is a 4-hour trip to eastern El Salvador to several very remote villages where the priest comes infrequently. We will travel there on Wednesday, then on Thursday minister to the adults and children during the day and the youth at night, and return on Friday. Please pray for our ministry and also for safety on the road. The people drive pretty crazy here, and cars, trucks, people, and animals always seem to be going in front of the car as you are driving.
Our last major ministry will be Sunday as we go to the mountain village of Atalco (where Sister Mary Thomas and I were last year) to give an afternoon retreat with the youth there. Oh yes, and we will be on Radio Paz again Monday morning 8-9 am.
We are thinking of you all today as we celebrate the solemnity of the Assumption. May Mother Mary intercede for all of us, and especially the most poor and needy.
Thanks for your love and prayers!