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From a SHIP Tripper, Janie
This past week for spring break I spent all my time in El Salvador on a mission trip with Shelter the Homeless International Project. My Bible study leader, Courtney, had been multiple times and was excited to finally take a trip with the senior girls. I went with six of my friends and I can honestly say it changed all of our lives.
While we were down there, we built a house for two sweet sweet girls, Isela and Michel.
My plan before the trip was to help out on the job site one day and do VBS because I have no idea how to do construction work. However, Jesus had some fun.
We only had three guys go on the trip and twelve girls. So every single day they needed a ton of help digging ditches, nailing boards, and basically building an entire house. I laughed every day because I knew Jesus was reminding me that even when I try to plan something he switches it all around. I ended up with blistered hands, clothes covered in dirt, and my face drenched in sweat.
But it was so worth it. I loved being able to work with some of the guys from the community to build this house for the girls that I loved by the end of the week.
The other major part of my trip was the relationships I formed with all the people. I met some of the most wonderful souls down there. I went into the trip thinking I would spend majority of my time with the little ones but once again Jesus had his own plan.
I definitely did spend time with the younger kids but I found myself drawn to the ones my age. Isela, Kathy, and Ana were three girls from the community that came by almost every day. They were very intelligent and understood a lot of English (thank God) because my Spanish was very shaky to say the least.
Isela was beautiful and yet so humble because every time I told her she was beautiful, she would disagree with me. She was smart, independent, and was living life to the fullest. I knew she would make a lasting impression on me from the minute I met her.
Kathy was funny. She knew how to make me laugh and was always lighting up the room.
Ana was quiet and sweet. She was so smart and had the most kind soul.
All of these girls had different things that made my heart swell with love for them as sisters in Christ. I’ll never forget the sound of Isela’s voice saying “Janie! Hola!” every time she saw me. These girls will never know how much they mean to me.
While I was on this trip the Lord so sweetly brought to light some parts of me that weren’t so pretty.
I learned so much about loving people fiercely because while I was there I quickly realized how much I had been slacking on that. I had so much pride because I thought that I was loving people here in America well. But oh was I wrong.
While I was in El Salvador I saw what it looked like to put others first 100%. I saw how people were excited to listen to others, not speak about themselves. I saw how people threw time out the window when it came to investing into relationships. It didn’t even matter if they had a meeting that started fifteen minutes ago, they would still sit and talk with you because they cared. And I began to do the same.
Jesus pointed out to me that lesson because it was something I desperately needed to take home with me. He made it very evident that I could love people so much better than how I was. I had so many names written on my heart to make a big change towards once I got home and I’m excited to see that play out this week.
The last thing I learned was how powerful Jesus is.
A song I kept hearing before and during my trip was “Healer” by: Kari Jobe sung in Spanish. This song has a phrase that says “Nada es imposible para ti, mi mundo en tus manos esta”. This means “nothing is impossible for you, you hold my world in your hands”.
I fell in love with this line because it so boldly states this truth. NOTHING is impossible for Jesus.
No language barrier.
No physical land barrier.
Nothing, can stand in the way of His power.
I was reminded that my struggles are so similar to the girls there. And that the way Jesus loves me is the exact same way he loves them.
My world is their world and He holds us all the same.
And in worth.
We are fierce children of the Lord on fire for his love, no matter if we come from a middle class white family in America or an orphanage in El Salvador. He is so powerful and that was extremely present in the testimonies of the people in El Salvador. He is changing lives everywhere across the globe and to be a part of that was overwhelming.
All in all, El Salvador now holds a sweet place in my heart. God is good all the time and everywhere.
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