July 14, 2023
El Salvador Update #2
August 1, 2017 | Kristy Camacho
Hola from all the way down in El Salvador! This morning many of us felt much more rested than the previous morning. We are settling in very nicely and enjoying the breakfast buffet our hotel provides. Our first stop of the day was to the market where we purchased some much-needed water. It gets pretty toasty around noon so we definitely needed the hydration. Then, we headed to La Vina.At La Vina, we were given a choice as to whether we wanted to go on a prayer walk into the local community of Guaymango or we could work on the roofs of houses. Both were great opportunities to show God’s love, but I chose the prayer walk.
At La Vina, we were given a choice as to whether we wanted to go on a prayer walk into the local community of Guaymango or we could work on the roofs of houses. Both were great opportunities to show God’s love, but I chose the prayer walk. I am yet again reminded of the openness of the people of El Salvador. They are so hungry for more of God and to hear what we have to share with them. They are so open to having us pray and in fact, seek us to pray for them. Many of the prayers are health related or for struggles with alcohol. One thing I have noticed is that a lot of the locals request prayer for others rather than themselves. So selfless!
I am yet again reminded of the openness of the people of El Salvador. They are so hungry for more of God and to hear what we have to share with them. They are so open to having us pray and in fact, seek us to pray for them. Many of the prayers are health related or for struggles with alcohol. One thing I have noticed is that a lot of the locals request prayer for others rather than themselves. So selfless!
There are so many stories I can share but I should probably narrow it down to just a few. First, let me tell you about Fernando, a Christian man who welcomed us into his house. He was so full of joy that he hugged each once of us who came in. He was especially fond of Joan. She has a special touch of compassion for others, and he certainly noticed it.
We also prayed for a family of three sisters and their mother. The mother of the three women had taken a pretty nasty fall. The bottom of her foot was very bruised and painful. Byron (one of the team members from Costa Rica) prayed for the pain. He asked her how the pain was after he prayed and it was significantly less. Praise Jesus!
Finally, we got to pray for a complete household. We prayed for a mother who had her leg amputated due to diabetes. She was also a Christian but needed some encouragement. The amputation was two months ago and she is in a wheelchair. Later, my group noticed her son in the corner. God was stirring something inside and he shared that he struggled with alcohol. We then shared the Gospel with him and……he accepted Christ!!! We were able to leave a Bible for him to read. We got to pray for his sister as well who had accepted Christ but had fallen away. She reconciled her life because she wanted to be an example for her son. Finally, we prayed for her son. He was not ready to accept but we could see God was preparing and calling him.
As some us went on the prayer walks, the rest of the group headed to a couple of houses which needed roof repairs. The team replaced a roof over a bedroom at one house and at a second house they replaced the roof over a kitchen and laundry room. Around noon, we headed to lunch. After lunch, those who were going to star in the
The service tonight started with amazing worship led by Rayner. Clint started by asking the church if anyone had received healing that day from the prayer walks. The first person to share was a woman named Elsa (yes like Frozen as we like to say.) She shared that her breathing had improved, and well, she could talk! The previous day she could barely speak because she suffered from serious asthma. She said she was healed and felt a coldness in her chest. It was so awesome! Then, Clint taught a message on Salvation and the team put on the play which displayed a perfect example of the Gospel. Everyone in the play did such a wonderful job. Shout out to Julie who took the lead! She was amazing. There were many tears as we were reminded that God gave us his son to forgive our sins. The service ended with an invitation to receive Christ. A young girl came up and received Christ. She was so bold and courageous in front of everyone. Later, Clint called for anyone who needed a healing during ministry time. Now this time, almost the whole church came up and asked for prayer. I was so amazed and we made our rounds to pray for individuals. God really showed up in a big way! We ended the night with dinner at the church and made our way back to the hotel for the night.
Tomorrow we plan to work on the local church building and continue to build relationships with the locals, thank-you all for your prayers!