Hola from El Salvador! This will be my last update, as we leave tomorrow morning for our return flight.
We have been busy every day: from Wednesday to Friday last week we went to eastern El Salvador, and ministered in several very poor villages by the ocean. We arrived Wednesday afternoon --thanks for your prayers for the safe travel. I even helped to drive and it was a very prayerful experience!!! On Thursday morning we took a boat to a Milagro de Dios, where we sang and prayed with women and children. In the evening we met at the main church in Tamarindo with the youth and then with the rest of the people who are Catholic -- the evangelical churches are making a lot of "converts" because the people do not know their faith well. On Friday morning met with a youth group and also the elderly in another village called Playas Negras. All the people we met were welcoming and beautiful; however, it was very, very hot. We did have the opportunity to stay in a very nice house and to swim in the pool and the ocean, which helped us a lot to cool off.
We drove to San Salvador Friday evening, and Saturday morning had the treat of visiting the Cathedral and praying at the tomb of Archbishop Romero, as well as visiting the church where he was shot during Mass, and the small house he lived in which is now a museum. It was impressive and all of us were very moved. Oh yes, and in God´s providence the day we visited the Cathedral was also the day that the relics of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque were there (they were at a different church every day). So we had a very blessed morning. After lunch with Maria Luisa´s family at her mother´s house, we returned to Agape in Sonsonate.
We went to the 9 am Sunday Mass and then left for a youth retreat at Ataco, the town in the mountains which SMT and I also were last year. Unfortunately, there was a huge rainstorm and only a few youth were able to make it because they live far from the church and need to walk up to an hour to get there. But we did have a small group for an inspiring time of praise and worship and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. We also met the Franciscan priest who is the pastor in Ataco and a brother from the US who is there for a few months. They were very friendly and hospitable, and it was a graced encounter with our brothers in the Franciscan family. We also enjoyed the cooler weather in the mountains and the beauty of the little town and its people.
We had to go to San Salvador again that very night, to be ready for Maria Luisa´s radio program on Monday morning at 8 am. It went very well, and after praying with Maria Luisa´s mother and grandmother we said goodbye and then drove to the gorgeous lake where her family has a cabin, to take a little rest. We stayed there yesterday and overnight, and returned today to pack and say farewell to all of those who have become our dear friends at Agape.
Thanks again for all of your support and prayers. We will see you tomorrow evening!
Much love in Jesus,