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Hi friends! Sydney here. I’m taking over the blog for a few minutes to address the question of the week: what in the world are we learning here in El Salvador?

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The best I can do for now is give you a small summary of the large (grande, if you will) amount of lessons and truths that The Lord has been revealing to me.
Purpose is the first word that pops into my mind when I think of what I’ve been learning. At first here in El Salvador it was difficult for me to feel purposeful in day-to-day things. It felt as though most of the Salvadorian staff knew the general idea of how camp runs. My immediate selfish thought was “But God, isn’t it ME that is supposed to be teaching them?”

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But over the days of living life here, weaving in and out of the language barrier, my definition of purpose began to transform.

It became evident to me that purpose here in El Salvador, and life in general, is to be obedient to The Lord. Whether that is through simply being silly and energetic through cheers and songs, striving to communicate through broken English and Spanish or interceding on behalf these campers and staffers in prayer.

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Get this: God is so sovereign in our lives that He doesn’t even need our expectations of ourselves. What He asks of us He will equip us to do. Even when that doesn’t look like what we think its supposed to.

The amount of joy, humility and grace I’ve seen and experienced here in El Salvador is proof that the Lord’s purpose is far greater than my own.

He has graciously told me this: “But Sydney, it is ME that’s teaching you.”

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“Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common.” Acts 4:32

Thanks for reading and thank you for your faithful prayers, friends!

¡Hasta luego!