Hola! It's 8:30 pm here and we just finished supper about 20 mins ago. Yet another full day : ) This morning, we went to a village area (poor area) not too far out of the city. The YWAM staff run a weekly children's program there on Saturdays...so, we tagged along to offer our assistance. (We also brought along a few of our donated items -- a bar of soap and toothbrush for each child).
Saturday, March 31, 2012
Friday, March 30, 2012
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Yet another full and rewarding day. We returned to the school and house build site and split into two groups. The boys stayed and finished up the house build and got the BBQ's fired up for a BIG school BBQ (we fed 200 kids plus some mom's and siblings) The girls picked up the mom and kids (of the family we're building for) and took them to a nearby mall to buy them some clothes and shoes -- we let them choose for themselves!
Monday, March 26, 2012
Sunday, March 25, 2012
Saturday, March 24, 2012
Friday, March 23, 2012
Sometimes you need to go "big" or "go home". It is not about flash...it is about impact. These guys here at YWAM in El Salvador do tons of events at orphanages and such and Kelly and I thought it might be good to buy them an "event" grill! I want to thank all the everyday philanthropists in Espanola and across North America who believe in what we do here at PI. This baby is paid for, assembled, and ready to grill!
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Oh my! Phil is already poolside and it is just the first day! He tells me that he is going to take it easy until the students get here. However, Kelly and I do not have that luxury as yesterday, we began checking out the projects and opportunities for impact while the students are here....
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Kelly Deschamps (my travelling partner...and also a person that can sleep on a plane...I hate these kind of people...lol) and I (Sam Welten) are in the air as I write this headed to El Salvador to take care of last minute details for the group from Brampton Christian School of 17 students and two teachers (also Wendy Pauls) that will be joining us on Saturday.
Saturday, March 10, 2012
Thursday, March 8, 2012
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Wayne Lipski, Darryl Price, George Passmore and Jonnie Brubacher sorting 1000lbs of clothes this morning for food/clothing distribution tomorrow in Alotenango. We are making good headway apart from Darryl modeling certain articles of clothing.
Monday, March 5, 2012
I know there are those of you waiting to read about what has been happening with the medical team. That will be coming tomorrow! Today is another build team update.
This update is long overdue, but well worth the wait...When Dream Agent Sherry Peters came home this past Fall, she had recently visited a cured leprosy village in a placed called Ho. She was deeply moved by these people -- 60 adults and 90 children -- outcasts of society tucked away in a remote village.
Sunday, March 4, 2012
It has been completely 'loco' down here in the sunny south!!
Let me fill you in. The team from Napanee left Wednesday :( We will miss them greatly. This team was incredible!! They really came to pour into the people. They built a laundry room at the orphanage, finished painting the front wall of the orphanage, brought mattress covers for all of out mattresses, and brought TONS of donations and fun things for the orphanage and the kids in the community. One of the days that they were with us, we went to visit the children at Bethany orphanage. It was so cool to see how another orphanage is run and be able to play and enjoy the kids.
Saturday, March 3, 2012
After a very early morning start (4:30am departure from Freedom Church), we arrived in Guatemala close to midnight local time. We were all exhausted, but a sense of excitement and anticipation was in the air. We cleared customs with no real problems, and with our luggage in tow, we were ready.
We were up early this morning, excited and looking forward to the day. I was sent out with the build team today and it was incredible, the pictures will never do justice to what was experienced there by the team. To see the kids running towards the van as all the "gringos" piled out ready to start building homes, it was priceless. The kids of the area were everywhere, laughing, watching, wide eyed with happiness and joy.