We have been in El Salvador only four days, but they have been so full of activity that it seems like a week or more!
Yesterday (Thursday) we had a full-day retreat (8am-5pm) with the entire tenth grade of the local Catholic school -- about 100 students. It was amazingly powerful! We were assisted by 7 members of the charismatic young adult group we had met Monday evening, who drove here from San Salvador especially to help with the retreat. They led the youth in dynamic music and excellent skits and testimonies. The three of us and Maria Luisa gave short talks and prayed with the youth. The aim was to lead each of them into a personal relationship with Jesus. The last hour was adoration and it was evident that the Lord was touching their hearts deeply -- many were prostrate before the Lord in the Blessed Sacrament, some were weeping, etc. At the end the youth gave testimonies of forgiveness, of greater love and respect for their parents, and many marvellous conversions. Praise the Lord!!!!
Today (Friday) we spent the morning planning for our next two events: a prayer vigil which will start at 6 this evening until 10pm, for all of the people who volunteer to assist with the spiritual ministries here at
Agape: the youth choir, altar servers, and adults who are involved in sacristy, liturgy, and the prayer line (telephone). There will be about 100 people. We will be leading the worship music during the time of adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.
The youth from the choir will stay overnight, and then all day Saturday we will be giving them a retreat. Saturday evening the charismatic prayer group meets here at Agape, and they have asked us to attend and participate.
In between events we also met and spent some time sharing with Fr. Flavian, the Franciscan founder of Agape, as well as visited the after-school program for street children who are at risk of getting involved in drugs, gangs, etc.
Sunday after 10am Mass here (it will be televised on Agape TV) we are planning to take a little break and go to the lake in the mountains where Maria Luisa took SMT and me last year. We will be going to a different area, an island where her family has a house and we will celebrate her brother´s birthday.
We have been united with you in prayer the whole day on this feast of St. Clare. This afternoon we celebrated the feast by attending a special Mass with all the high school students at the Catholic school. The tenth grade students that just had the retreat were there and greeted us warmly. A little pun there, as it was very, very, hot as it is every afternoon until the rain cools it down around 5-6 pm.
I will have to go as I need to get the music ready for this evening´s vigil and tomorrow´s retreat.
We thank everyone for your prayers as the Lord is anoninting us and touching many hearts through our ministry, and we know it is because of your prayer support. Keep them coming!
With much love, in Jesus our Lord,