Beginnings require a starting place. All great beginnings also have an end in mind. Today we began our journey, most of us from Dallas. A small group (14 students and one one professor, Dr. H. Recinos). We ended today’s journey with our safe arrival in El Salvador. The flight was approximately 3.5 hours. After clearing customs, collecting luggage, and about a 20 minute ride to the hotel we were finally here. Upon arriving at the hotel we found our rooms,briefly unpacked and headed for our dinner and a meeting. The meeting reminded us of the rich history born out of struggle. Our meeting facilitor and host for the week Edwin, spoke of the high infant mortality rate, gang violence. He told us how we would visit sites this week that are steeped in history and struggle. Wisely he encouraged us not to judge the people or the situations they find themselves in. Edwin shared that unless one understands the essence of this struggle then we fail to see opportunities to begin again. We will spend this week working at understanding and honoring the historical and current struggles of El Salvador.



  1. Thank you so much for modeling for all of us how to follow Christ! Love you madly, Ran

  2. What a powerful metaphor…climbing the mountain to be closer to Christ…then descending from the mountain to do his will.Love you madly Ran.

  3. Wow! You certainly have a way with words Mom. That indeed was a powerful metaphor about climbing the mountain and also a compelling story about the Bishop. Enjoy this opportunity and continue to inspire others

  4. Say it loud… IM BLACK AND IM PROUD!!! How old was he when he was kidnapped? What did torture consist of?

  5. Wow Lael, climbing a mountain to be closer to Christ. Thank you for sharing your journey. Looking forward to your next post. Be we’ll my friend.

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