May 9, 2012

Day 2 in El Salvador with Compassion International

Y’all, this has been a ‘never could I have dreamed’ such an amazing day. First, if I say it once, I’ll say it a hundred times: our team of 6 is kind, humble, gentle, professional, incredibly talented and just plain fun! Thankful for them. Second,  more than one knock-my-socks off surprises greeted me today!

Plus, our day started and stayed at a comfortable temp, with overcast skies and a cool breeze until after lunch. It warmed up, but was still very pleasant! Thank you for praying!!

Here’s a few snapshots of our day:

I didn’t realize we’d be filming at the same house I visited 2 years ago. The house where this trip started: where I was given my bracelet. Oh my heavens! What a joy to see this most precious family again!! Our crew, translators, family and neighbors hanging out while a few shots are taken and locations are picked.

And to top that off . . . my sweet sponsored child, Diego, is their neighbor. Yes, their neighbor!! Ya’ll, it was like a movie (ironic, no?). I didn’t have a clue he lived there!!! He stepped out of his front door. I was a ways down the street. Our translator told both of us we were there and we just ran to hug each other. Words can not express… Diego stuck with us the rest of the day. Check him out hanging with Marc and Luke. Adorable!

How much do you love these two? Since the kids who gave me their bracelet are older now, we had these sweetie pies stand in. Her smile is contagious!

After a very full morning filming, we hopped over to Pollo Campero for a delish lunch!

We swung by one of Compassion’s projects and I saw the same little girls I played with two years ago! Joy joy joy!!!

Back to the “set” with my new ride! Smiles. Carson is adjusting the mirror for Luke for my ‘drive-away’ scene.

My drive-away scene. I was supposed to be ‘pensive’ and thinking. . .  seriously, I had the worst giggles though! Cue awkward trying-not-to-smile face. Ha! The sunlight was absolutely gorgeous and the crew and Tim (CI) made me feel perfectly natural.

And my most favorite hour of the year: meeting both my sponsored kids, Michelle and Diego {added bonus, both their moms came!} My heart’s wings flapped higher than ever. They made this amazing sign {that’s their hands}, had balloons blown up around the hotel lobby {where we met} and gave me presents. And hugs and kisses and smiles and oh my… y’all if you don’t sponsor a child, please consider it. One of the most life-giving investments I make.

I’ll be posting a lot more on this trip, and our time together, but there’s a quick snapshot of Day 2.

Thank you a bushel and a peck for your prayers and love! We’re up and at ’em, on the road by 3:45 AM so I’m off to bed! Sleep tight and I pray as you abide in Christ you are restored, refreshed and know His peace.

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xoxo,
Sam

Comments

  1. Sam… this post made me cry. i just came alive reading it thinking of this trip and how it is making you come alive. You are such an amazing woman of God and I am so glad the Lord blessed you to go! praying for you as you drink it up!

    Jenn Hand

  2. My heart is OVERFLOWING right now for you Sam. I’m sitting at my desk at P31 smiling and crying at the same time! Oh girl, I love this and I love that are so many repeat circumstances. Like seeing the same kids and going to the same house. And the fact that Diego lives right there????? Oh my! God, thank you for all you are giving Samantha on this trip!

    Michelle and Diego are precious! I know you want to bring those cuties home with you!

    Continuing to pray for you. Oh and btw….love your “pensive and thinking” look!

    Love and miss you tons!

  3. Girl, I just LOVE you! I love that you have this amazing opportunity with CI. Praying that the rest of your trip is just as amazing as the start. Love you!

    <3 Heather

  4. My eyes are leaking! Tears of joy for you, for them and for the lives that will be changed through you.

  5. Carol Bruntlett says:

    Your post made smile isn’t just like our God to meet you in a way you would have never thought of and all the circumstances and Deigo in the same place wow Go God continue to bless Sam as she walks this road and give her peace and joy unspeakable.
    We love you Sam thank you for living for the Lord and serving Him well
    Love u Carol
    :)))))))

  6. Smiling and full of joy after reading your post this morning! What an amazing opportunity…thank you for sharing your journey with us! Continuing to pray for you and excited about what treasures today holds.

    xoxo
    Shelly

  7. Darlene says:

    Beautiful Sam. Isn’t it amazing that God does truly prepare the paths before us? So glad you are blessed, but also being a blessing to everyone. This has lifted so many hearts with joy. Continuing to pray for the plans God has for you.

  8. Sam `~ I am so proud of you. Truly. I know God has beautifully brought all the details together and I give Him the glory. Yet I am so proud of you. Hugs, my friend! Love you!
    Sharon

  9. Beautiful Sam! It’s pretty cool when you return and see familiar faces, isn’t it?! I think that is one of the most special parts about going back. Loving your pictures and your updates.

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