Our trip started out bright and early...
Chari Kruse and Laura Avitt drove us and all of our luggage to Omaha for a 9:45 am flight on Thursday morning. We left Trinity at 5:00 am with 7 of us. Nick Van Dam, Leighia Van Dam, Rae Pooley, Mike Paxson, Kim Grissom, Maurice & me.
We drove to the south side of Des Moines & picked up Joyce Rash & Leslie Mettler. Upon arrival in Omaha we were only missing one bag. Rae's bag didn't make it. It couldn't have been one of the 8 footlockers or suitcases full of donated stuff, it had to be her actual suitcase. In Houston two of us had full-scale pat downs and then we got to sit for 6 hours to wait for our next flight.
LeAnn Hewitt & Kate Scaief joined us from San Benito, TX. We finally had our entire delegation together. We were all in one place for the first time. We left Houston at 6 pm and landed in San Salvador at 9 pm without further incident. Kathy Bassett was there to pick us up and we made it to bed around midnight. Needless to say, we didn't get any blogging done last night.
This morning at the guest house, the wifi wouldn't cooperate, so no blogging was done. Sorry! The wifi can be iffy here, so if our posts don't show up, it may not be our problem.
Today we visited the National Memorial of Remembrance. It's always so overwhelming to see the 35,000 names knowing that there are at least 40,000 others that belong on it who were also killed in the civil war.
We visited the Divina Providencia but there were so many visitors there that we weren't able to go in either Monsenior Oscar Romero's home or the chapel where he was assasinated on this visit. However since we had extra time, we squeezed in a visit to the National Catheral of El Salvador to see where Monsenior Romero is entombed. It's all very overwhelming to think about the recent history of his murder. We visited the University of Central America to also learn about the murders that took place there in 1989. We visited the artisan market and purchased some fun items before we headed to Berlin. Tonight we have settled in at the Pastoral House and already worked on putting together the gifts for our families.
The upper dorm is calling me due to an early wake up call at 5:30 in the morning...
The pictures won't load so I'll have to add them tomorrow night..
Stay tuned for more adventures....and thanks for your patience.