El Salvador: Day One

img_1209Saturday was a blast. Thank you all for your prayers. I arrived in El Salvador around 11:30 local time. On the way to San Salvador we ate fried chicken at Pollo Campero, affirming that some Baptist customs transverse cultural barriers. Pastor Ed, Rosmery, and Stephanie picked me up at the airport. Rosmery is Pastor Ed’s assistant and my translator. Stephanie is training to be a translator.

El Salvador is a beautiful country. There are mountains and volcanoes everywhere you look. It is like an odd mix of Americanized culture and traditional Central American culture. I am convinced of one thing for sure, there are no traffic laws. The roads are a free for all.

We traveled to the community of Trinidad to Iglesias Bautista Trinidad (Trinity Baptist Church). There were about thirty people there to attend a Marriage Seminar. Teaching this seminar was my first experience teaching with a translator. There was a learning curve for sure. I am thankful that the people and my translator were patient and kind. They had many questions and I enjoyed our time together very much. I will be preaching at the same church in the morning (Sunday) and I will be teaching them each evening through the New Testament.

After the marriage seminar we came back to Pastor Ed’s house (Where I am staying). His wife Martha and his daughter had prepared a wonderful meal for us of braised pork with rice, homemade salsa, and tortillas. It was delicious.

Sunday is going to be a busy day. I will be preaching at Trinity at 9:00 AM and then at the Baptist Tabernacle Sunday evening. Please pray for God’s guidance during both of these services. Also please pray for Pastor Ed’s brother-in-law Kiki. He was rushed to the hospital Saturday night with Kidney failure and it has been very hard for Pastor Ed and his wife Martha.

I look forward to seeing what God has in store for the day to come.

Dios te Bendiga – God’s blessings on you all.