I’ve been here since Friday. The flights were uneventful, and we got easily through customs. We’re staying at the Iglesia Gran Comision en San Salvador. When we got here there was a problem with the water, so we went to a church member’s house to shower. What an interesting experience. I bathed with a sink full of water and a bowl. Outside.
Today we went to church in a village about an hour away. On the way we saw a landslide site where a huge part of a mountain had just fallen off and slid into a subdivision wiping out 20 houses and killing 40 people.
After church, half our team went into the neighborhood to take personal care kits (soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste) to the people, listen to their stories,and share the gospel.
The other part of our group did a presentation for children in the park. We did puppets, illusions, and John Drage (our pastor from Columbia) presented the gospel. Then we gave out some snacks, stickers, and tracts.
Tonight, we watched a few videos about the earthquake. It was a real eye-opener. People were frantically trying to dig through landslides in hopes of finding their family members, even though there was no hope they had survived. One of the deacons at the Iglesia here was buried in a landslide with his whole family.
Victor, the pastor here, was supposed to have been at the deacons house that morning for a Bible study. Instead, he ended up spending the whole night digging to recover the deacon’s body along with his 18 month old daughter.
These people have lost so much. They have no hope for the future. People whose homes were destroyed live in houses constructed from sticks and cardboard because they have no money to rebuild.
Tomorrow we start building temporary shelters given by Bolsa Samaritana (Samaritan’s Purse). We will probably also have the oppurtunity to talk to lots of people. Pray for us as we hear stories of trauma beyond our imagination. Pray for God to give us the words to bring some peace, hope, healing, and comfort.
I don’t know when, or if I’ll be able to email again this week. There will be a ful report when I get back.