The past six days in El Salvador have been indescribable. When the week started off, I was extremely nervous and didn’t know what to expect. As Sunday rolled around and I started to meet the team from El Salvador, I felt an instant connection that made me feel so comfortable being somewhere completely new to me. As the week went on I enjoyed contributing to the house builds and doing kids ministry. I made so many friends in the villages and other workers helping within the build.
|Key Giving Ceremony|
Today, Friday, was extremely special. I got to experience the culture here through the market, I got to go to the key giving ceremony and see many families I got to meet and interview throughout the week, and enjoy an amazing night with the team that feels like family to me after this week.
At the end of the night it was very special because the whole team got together on the bell tower and sung some of our favourite Christian songs. Everyone joined in and it was a beautiful time when half of us were singing in English and the other half in Spanish. After that we all went to the gas station Texaco and we got ice-cream, talked, and said some goodbyes.
It was extremely emotional tonight when we arrived back at the hotel to say goodbye. Ely and Donald prayed for our team and it was very powerful. After we prayed we had to say goodbye to our friends from the Shelter team in El Salvador, which was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done in my life. Throughout this week I have created a second family, not only with the Canadian group, but with the El Salvador team as well. The Godly spirit within these people is incredible and like nothing I’ve ever experienced.
It will be extremely difficult to go back to Canada after this life changing trip, but I am excited to share my story with everyone and have a new love for God that could only be created through a trip like this. Overall, I am extremely grateful for everyone I have met and the life long relationships I have built. I am grateful for helping 18 families create a home they will live in forever. Finally, I am grateful for my team that has become a second family to me. I am so excited to see what is in store for me next.
by Julie Engel