Beginnings require a starting place. All great beginnings also have an end in mind. Today (March 8, 2014) we began our journey, most of us from Dallas. A small group of 15 students and one professor, Dr. H. Recinos, completed the travel team. We ended today’s journey with our safe arrival in San Salvador. The flight was approximately 3.5 hours. After clearing customs, collecting luggage, and a 20-minute ride to the hotel, we were finally at our destination for the evening. Upon arriving at the hotel we found our rooms, briefly unpacked and headed for our dinner and a meeting. During our orientation meeting we were reminded us of the rich history born out of struggle. Our meeting facilitator and native host for the week Edwin Pineda, spoke of the high infant mortality rate, gang violence and other challenges that are relevant to San Salvador. He told us how we would visit sites this week that are steeped in history and struggle. Wisely he encouraged us not to focus on our end thinking. That thinking should not judge the people or the situations that they find themselves in. Edwin shared that unless one understands the essence of their 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 the people of San Salvador.
(Perkin’s School Of Theology Spring 2014 Immersion To San Salvador-Arrival Photo (Ginger, Shelly, Jenna, David, Cynthia, Billy, Lynne, Todd, Jennifer, Lael (not shown: Dale Willbanks and Dr. Harold Recinos)
Following The Passion Of The Cross To San Salvador