(Part Two) Some thoughts on El Salvador

If you have never been to Central America, you need to go. Take out your bucket list and put a trip to Central America on it right now. (I’ll wait. Go ahead… Ok? Good.)

In the middle of my short-term mission trip to the United States I took a quick short-term mission trip to El Salvador. Free The Girls is partnering with a local safe house in El Salvador to bring our job creation program to the sex trafficking survivors of that country.

I was hosted by our friends and partners in the project, Jon and Danielle Snyder. They, along with their two amazing kids, were great hosts and tour guides. I was able to spend some time at their center for homeless ministry. I also got to visit some officials in the Salvadorian government and two of the women in our pilot program.

I have a favorite question to ask women who are new in the program. “If you end up selling a lot of bras and making a lot of money, what are you going to do with the money?” Everyone always says something like “Buy a house.” “Buy land.” “Fix up my house.” But it the answer after that which is always my favorite. One of the ladies I spoke with in El Salvador told me quite simply. “I will buy bikes for my children.”

How cool is that? What a perfectly normal thing for a mother to do for her kids. To buy them a couple of bikes. I have no doubt she will buy them a couple of bikes one day through money she earns in the program. When she does, I’ll snap a picture for you.

***Excursus*** (Some quick thoughts on Spanish and Portuguese)

The national language in Mozambique, where I live, is Portuguese. The national language in El Salvador is Spanish. They are very similar languages. However, their similarity seems to only work in one direction. In other words, I could understand almost everything that was said in my presence during my visit. However, I couldn’t say anything. I embarrassed myself seemingly hundreds of times in just a couple of days trying to speak Spanish. It was awesome. If you haven’t embarrassed yourself trying to speak another language recently, you should get on it. It’s worth the fun.


About daveterpstra

Beggar, Abolitionist, Man of God
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