After several hours of travel, I landed in El Salvador Saturday morning. I had a fast food lunch, and then got some quiet time to settle in and unpack. Some of the girls here were going for papusas, and invited me along. It was so nice to meet new people and get to spend an evening talking with new friends over dinner.
I found out that I will not be staying in the mission house. Instead of spending time with short term teams, I will be living in the transition house. I am can't wait to move in there. I will be living with girls that have aged out of the orphan system, and helping lead and encourage them. They go to school and work, so they are very busy. I won't be moving for a couple of weeks, but I am ready to go!
I was invited to church Sunday morning here. The best part of the invite was that it included a ride. I do not have transportation here, so being driven around is a blessing. Church was good, and everyone there was very welcoming. It was in Spanish, of course, so I had a little trouble following along. After church, I got a ride to the grocery. The house I am living in now does not have a working stove or microwave. I was only able to buy bread and things that do not need to be cooked. I am really excited to try and find someone to teach me to make traditional El Salvador food.
Today, we went to Cipi. We taught bible classes and English classes. I wasn't sure how to help, so I mostly just sat there and watched. I learned some new words, and gave and received a lot of hugs from the kids. As I get better acquainted with the progarms, I will be able to help more. Tomorrow is a team meeting, then we are going back to Cipi for a movie night.
Today, I learned a lot of new words. I am trying to learn Spanish so I can communicate better. I feel so blessed because everyone here is SO HELPFUL with teaching me and patient with my questions. Even strangers in customer service! I do keep getting frustrated when I have to ask for help, though. I want to be better at speaking with people, especially the girls in the transition house.
That's all for now. I hope to find to time update everyone at least once a week. Thanks for your prayers, love, and support.