Mi llamo Christina Porretta. I am a senior at Benedictine, currently studying psychology, and attending the El Salvador mission trip for the first time. I can't even begin to describe the beauty and impact of the work being done by the CFCA members here. They all tell us that they think we are crazy Americans because we should be somewhere in Florida for spring break but instead we are here "working in the hot sun, sleeping on so-so beds, taking cold showers and, on top of it, paying to do so!" However, they said this to us, not to discourage us, but in a genuine attempt to convey just how important and meaningful our efforts and presence are to this community and to the country. According to Henry, here in El Salvador, we are the face of America.
We really want for all of you back home to know that we are doing our best to represent you well and to be a daily example if God's presence in their lives. We are here building these homes because of your monetary and prayerful support. You are all every bit as much of a missionary for El Salvador this week as each of us.
Although we have been thanked countless times for the work and changes that we are doing here, what they don't know is that they are really the ones helping us; they are all changing our lives. Everything from the simplistic manner in which they live, to the genuine kindness and joy with which they treat their neighbors and our group, they are slowly teaching us what and who to place our values in. This is truly an experience we will never forget.
Thanks for reading and we miss you all very much!
P.S. Here's a few pictures for you all to share in the work, prayers, and fun of the trip so far!
Jake hitting it off well with all the ladies.
End of the day mass.