Good Friday

It’s Friday evening and we are finished with VBS and construction. As I said before our two construction sites consist of building a house and fixing up another. Today we put up two walls in the house we are fixing up. It was a hot day of mixing cement, heaving buckets of concrete, and stacking bricks, but we all cherished each moment of today knowing it was our last day of work.

Due to the wide age range of kids at VBS the bible lesson team had to come up with some new skits.  Surprisingly we managed not only to throw together three new bible stories, but we aslo found scripture memory verses to go with them. The crafts team did a great job of creating crafts that relate to the bible lesson.  After crafts the kids always come running into the church sanctuary wanting to show us and explain what they did. We ended up with about 40 to 50 kids, which was great.

Good Friday is a big day in El Salvador. After construction work today, a few of us were able to walk along the streets and look at the tapestries.  People decorate the streets with flowers and sand, paints, leaves and anything colorful.  Their creation tells the story of Christ’s work on this earth, and his death.  A large crowd of people mobbed the streets silently walking.  At the front they carried statues of Jesus, Mary, and other figures. It was a mournful but beautiful sight.

Fireworks burst in the distance like loud cannons in the night.  The people are celebrating. Our team sits out in the courtyard porch journaling.  We have really come together like a family.  For dinner today the Hawks took us up to a beautiful garden on a hill.  The picnic area gave a gorgeous view of the surrounding mountains. Here we ate and talked and had a good time of fellowship.  God has been so good to us throughout our week here. We are all excited for the next two days to celebrate Easter here.  Thank you for praying. IMG_2450

fun pictures after working  hard!

fun pictures after working hard

Here is the team that helped build the house

Here is the team that helped build the house

Bre's birthday crystal rock from the family

Bre’s birthday crystal rock from the family

Baby Stephen

Baby Stephen

Hungry Bre

Hungry Bre

Julia and Timmy carrying bread

Julia and Timmy carrying bread

Celeste Bre and Jazmin at the garden dinner .

Celeste Bre and Jazmin at the garden dinner .

Crystal and Kika

Crystal and Kika

Jazmin and little Johnny

Jazmin and little Johnny

Djamina and Casey sifting sand.

Djamina and Casey sifting sand.

Street tapestry for Good Friday

Street tapestry for Good Friday

David Lew and his boys

David Lew and his boys

David Neel and little Johnny

David Neel and little Johnny

Julia playing hand games

Julia playing hand games

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David Neel and Crystal doing cement.

David Neel and Crystal doing cement.

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Here is the team who helped fix up a house

Here is the team who helped fix up a house

worship with VBS

worship with VBS

Breakfast!

Breakfast!

Elizabeth and Gabby

Elizabeth and Gabby

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Playing soccer

Playing soccer

Singing with the kids

Singing with the kids

Casey and the baby

Casey and the baby

Jazmin and Wendy

Jazmin and Wendy

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Dinner in the garden

Dinner in the garden

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