Posted by: bartandannie | October 24, 2008

Our El Salvador Experience…

From October 11th through the 18th we participated in another Mission Awareness Trip, this time to El Salvador. There were 20 people in our group and we had a fantastic time getting to know each of them. Of course, it was wonderful to meet more CFCA staff members and to interact on a daily basis with sponsored children and elderly. Please enjoy the following photo diary of some of our favorite sights and moments on the trip.

There are more palm trees in El Salvador since most of the country sits at a lower elevation than Ocotepeque.

There are more palm trees in El Salvador since most of the country sits at a lower elevation than Ocotepeque. All of the trees were full of coconuts.

 

Bart enjoys a few moments of rest before sponsors arrive at the airport.

Bart enjoys a few moments of rest before sponsors arrive at the airport.

Annie follows Bart's lead.

Annie enjoys a hammock, too.

We saw this sad monkey in a park near the airport while we waited for sponsors to arrive.

We saw this sad monkey in a park near the airport while we waited for sponsors to arrive.

Bart speaks with Santiago, a community organizer and father of a sponsored family in La Realidad.

Bart speaks with Santiago, a community organizer and father of a sponsored family in La Realidad.

Annie shows off the bag given to her by a sponsored mother in the community of La Realidad. The mothers there learn to sew and then sell their products to help support their families.

Annie shows off the bag given to her by a sponsored mother in the community of La Realidad. The mothers there learn to sew and then sell their products to help support their families.

We attended Mass with hundreds of sponsored children and their parents at this beautiful church in Tacuba.

We attended Mass with hundreds of sponsored children and their parents at this beautiful church in Tacuba.

A bunch of bananas hangs from a tree. Once again, there are more banana trees in El Salvador than in our area of Honduras due to the lower elevation and warmer climate.

A bunch of bananas hangs from a tree. Once again, there are more banana trees in El Salvador than in our area of Honduras due to the lower elevation and warmer climate.

The band that welcomed us to the community of Tacuba.

The band that welcomed us to the community of Tacuba.

A few dancers pose for a picture before taking the stage in Tacuba.

A few dancers pose for a picture before taking the stage in Tacuba.

A typical rural home in El Salvador and Honduras.

A typical rural home in El Salvador and Honduras.

Sponsors applaud as Tacuba dancers exit the stage.

Sponsors applaud as Tacuba dancers exit the stage.

Sponsored children perform the dance of the viejitos, or little old men, in Tacuba.

Sponsored children perform the dance of the viejitos, or little old men, in Tacuba.

Annie and Alma, a little sponsored girl in San Jacinto. She's only four and she can already write her name. She said that her and Annie had the same color hair.

Annie and Alma, a little sponsored girl in San Jacinto. She said that Annie and her had the same hair color.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Caninus Latin Americanus

Caninus Latin Americanus

Volcan Izalco as seen from Cerro Verde Park.

Volcan Izalco as seen from Cerro Verde Park.

 

A perfect calla lily grows in the forests of Cerro Verde Park.

A perfect calla lily grows in the forests of Cerro Verde Park.

At the foot of a Mayan pyramid at the Tazumal ruins.

At the foot of a Mayan pyramid at the Tazumal ruins.

We enjoy a few drinks towards the end of the MAT.

We enjoy a few drinks towards the end of the MAT.

The altar where Archbishop Oscar Romero was killed while celebrating Mass.

The altar where Archbishop Oscar Romero was killed while celebrating Mass.

We had the chance to visit the beach on the last day of the MAT. A rainstorm was blowing in from the ocean.

We had the chance to visit the beach on the last day of the MAT. A rainstorm was blowing in from the ocean.

Early morning clouds over the Pacific Ocean.

Early morning clouds over the Pacific Ocean.

A beautiful Ocotepeque sunset.

A beautiful Ocotepeque sunset.

 

From October 26th through November 11th, we will be in the States to celebrate the wedding of Annie’s sister, Emily, and her fiance Steven. We are excited to spend a week with each of our families and can’t wait to eat some Kansas City BBQ and Sioux City pizza. We will begin blogging again upon our return. Thanks for all your prayers and support!

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  1. Bartand Annie, A friend of ours,Larry Rosebaugh,was at the altar with Romero and you can see him in newsclips. He also had been jailed and was allowed to speak with Rosalyn Carter when she visited the area. It takes us back when we see you and others do what you are doing. Continue to serve with Romero’s spirit guiding you! Also liked the monkey, dog and hammocks. Claudia Wertin

  2. Annie Bart
    Aren’t the people of El Salvador amazing. They inspire me. Always love to see the photos. The Ocotepeque sunset is amazing….looks like it should be a painting someday. I know you’re just hours away from traveling back to KC for Emily’s wedding. We can’t wait to see you. We’ll be praying you home safely
    Love, Mom.

  3. Hi Bart and Annie,
    It is good to see your smiling faces on your blog. We had such a good time with you and the rest of the group in El Salvador. Elaine and I miss you!!!!! Thanks for your wonderful translating for all of us on the MAT. You were great!!!!!Hope you are having fun at the wedding and seeing your family. I have some pictures to send you, the most notable being Annie holding one of the critters from the bowl of her last supper. We will also send you pictures of the prairie. You two are an inspiration to all of us. We wish you all the best in your travels and your time in Honduras. God bless. Paula

  4. Bart and Annie
    The pictures are excellent. You both are having an amazing experience. I hope you have a great trip back to the US and congratulations to Emily.


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