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El Salvador

On a plane ready to go to el sal. I have automatic posts coming but I will post pics and info about the trip when I come back! “See” you soon!

Con Azucar

El Salvadorian sugar for my coffee

It might be considered sacrilege to have a coffee picture posted on this site but if you think so then you don’t know me. It is possible to be both a tea and a coffee snob. Ok, I am not really a snob when it comes to coffee but I do like myself a good cuppa every now and then.

This picture shows some of the most amazing sugar ever…or at least its better than what I normally buy at the regular grocery store. Its sugar from El Salvador. I bought a couple pounds of it for about $1.

In El Salvador, in spite of the fact that it was ridiculously hot, we would still have coffee every morning. I am allergic to milk so I usually drink mine black when I do not have a non-dairy creamer on hand. I am not a huge fan of black coffee with sugar, I prefer either cream and sugar or simply black. But in El Salvador all that changes. I drink coffee with sugar every morning. In spite of the heat. I sweat through it because its that good. Some days they would have ice, then I would make and iced coffee which was heavenly.

Pastor Pat making coffee in El Salvador

This kettle is the largest I have ever seen. We used this for our coffee. We would pour the grounds right into that kettle full of boiling water and let it steep for 4 minutes then we would simply pour ourselves a cup. The grounds would settle nicely at the bottom. Well…mostly settle. You always had a little bit of sludge at the bottom of your mug when you were finished.

The bag of sugar was one of my best souvenirs that I ever bought there. In fact I plan to buy more when I return, I might even buy some as Christmas presents. I was very proud of myself for thinking of this idea on my previous trip. I could not wait to come home and have some of my El Salvador style sugar in black coffee. I was feeling so nostalgic, missing all my family in El Salvador. I brewed the coffee, I put the sugar in, I took that excited first sip…

It wasn’t the same.

I haven’t quite put my finger on the difference but there is a difference. The sugar itself is great. I think my brand of coffee is different. Perhaps its the fact that I am not drinking it out of a giant kettle with the grounds still loosely floating around. Or maybe I need to run hot water in the bathroom for ten minutes and take my cup in there and sweat while I drink it. That must be it. I am missing the heat and the humidity.

Excuse me, I have to go put some coffee grounds in my mug and turn on the shower.

My “Children”

He maketh the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children. Praise ye the LORD. Psalm 113:9

In previous years I read this verse and thought of it more as a consolation prize. I try to trust God’s plans even when they don’t make sense to me and His plan of keeping me single with no kids of my own is a real challenge in trust at times. I would read this verse and think, “thats nice, but I hope that is not God’s plan for me.”

God has changed my views on this altogether.

Over the past five years I have had the opportunity to visit an orphanage in El Salvador named Remar 4 times. Over these 4 trips God has revealed more meaning to this verse than I ever could have imagined. The children at this orphanage have become so near and dear to my heart. I love them all, I care for them all. In addition to that every trip adds a couple of kids that truly feel like my own. I can’t explain the connection that, in spite of language barriers, in spite of distance and time, continues to grow and flourish with each visit. These are my children. These are children of my heart.


Joselin is more of a sister than a daughter to me simply because of our ages. But her and I have many heart to heart talks when we are together. She speaks English and usually helps interpret for our group when we are there.


Nazareth (left) is a precious young girl who had sat with me for hours helping me with my spanish and practicing her english. She and I were very close and had a lot of little jokes between us. Minor (middle) is an awesome young man who is growing into a man of God. He is very sweet and sincere. Monica (right) I have known since the first trip and have always loved her dearly, though she has been more shy and took a little more time to be comfortable with us. She is very sweet and a beautiful young woman of God. These three are siblings.


I apologize for not recalling the name of the girl on the left (there are nearly 100 people there), I am in the middle and the girl on the right is Livia. Livia and I really hit it off this year. She was calling me her mom by the end of our trip. She truly is one of those kids who will forever be a child of my heart.


Pamela and Reina…Pamela is another one that I have known since the first trip and she has grown up so quickly. She is very responsible and is in charge of many things at the orphanage. She is very dear to my heart. Reina is another sister type for me and has grown closer each trip. She is very shy and quiet so it has taken some time for her to start opening up with me but once she did it was a rare gift.


This is Alex. As you can see from the picture he is quite a character. His mother, Nuvia, is another daughter of my heart. Last year she was new to the orphanage and had endeared herself to me. She was emotionally not very healthy at that point but over the past year has grown and healed so much. It was a huge joy to see how well she is doing and how happy her son it, which is a testament to the wonderful place that he and his mother are in, both physically and emotionally.

These are just a few of my family in El Salvador. I wish I could introduce you to them all. Perhaps in November, when I go back, I will post an update. Until then, adios!

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