As the travelers from Unbound’s first blogger trip to El Salvador settle back home, they are already starting to share their experiences on their own blogs. We’re excited to share excerpts from what they’ve posted so far.
Heading Home on Testosterhome by Rachel Balducci
What I heard from each and every person I encountered this week was gratitude. A heart grateful to God for the ways he does provide, and grateful for people with “more” who are willing to share. There was no talk of abandonment and woe; only an attitude of where do we go from here, and how can I make things better for my children.
10 Things I Learned In El Salvador on Gimme Some Oven by Ali Ebright
We didn’t build houses. We didn’t give out food. We sure as heck didn’t try to convert people. We were simply invited into the homes of many everyday people, and we shared stories. And then we came home and talked each evening and morning with the Unbound staff about what they see happening with the overall story of the country and social justice. It was simple, and it was good.
Igniting Communities on Big Green Pen by Paula Kiger
I am convinced if I could by some feat of time travel drop the entire congregation into an Unbound project in El Salvador (or any of the 20 other countries served by Unbound) for just 15 minutes, they would come away with new sparks of understanding and interest in Unbound’s work. This is not to take away from the priests’ work; it’s just different when you look these people in the eyes. Unbound is not about handouts; it is about people who have the dedication and desire to improve their lives who need resources and support to do so.