Dirt and Jesus’ Seat of Love

[NOTE: This was supposed to have posted on Monday, February 18, 2013, but the wifi where we are is selective at best. We hope this works today. :)]

Submitted by team member Andrea Sagsveen from Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Bismarck ND.

Today was a tiring and exhilarating day all in one. We rose early and spent a full day at the Habitat homes. The heat got to a lot of us and I wondered if I could make it past lunch without a nap. Thankfully we all perked up after a lunch of fish, vegetables, rice, and tortillas. Our tasks today included moving a lot of dirt, helping the masons with mezcla, sanding, and taking care of each other in the heat.

The week before I left I heard a radio commentary on Klove about a man who gave up his first class seat to another since he felt she needed it more. Even though he was entitled to that seat, he gave it up for her. The commentator said that that’s what Jesus did for us – he sacrificed his first class seat to save us. I’ve thought about that a lot since I flew down here (unfortunately, not in first class :)). I thought about how I would give up my “first class seat” of having a comfortable life back home for only a week. What I have already found is that I can spot many people on our team, on our journey, and here in El Salvador who are continually giving up their “seats” to help others. When I can see the sacrifices of others I feel empowered to sacrifice more myself. What a blessing to spend a week with these wonderful people and hear and experience more opportunities to give up my “first class seat” this week.


Final framing our of the window before installing.


One of the many children in the Child Care Center at Villa Esperanza – the first Thrivent Builds and Habitat for Humanity El Salvador. 135 families now live in this community.


Outside of the clinic at Villa Esperanza.


One of the homes in Villa Esperanza.


The ruins of Tuzamel in Santa Ane, El Salvador.


The market outside the ruins site.


About Pastor Craig Schweitzer

I like to think of myself as a pretty easy going person who seeks to daily discover anew how God is present in my life and in the world in which I live and serve. I am a husband, father, brother, son, friend, pastor, and maybe most significantly – a child of God! My beautiful spouse Wendy and I live in Bismarck, ND with our twin daughters, Ilia and Taegan and our crazy dogs Henri & Sadie. I’ve serve on the staff of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Bismarck, ND since July 2001. I was first called to serve as Music & Worship Minister, in 2010 was called to serve as Pastor of Worship and Youth Education, and in January 2014 was called to serve as Senior Pastor. My professional background is a diverse collection of musical and educational experiences that ranges from live concert production and promotion to recording studios, and live performance to music education. Prior to joining Good Shepherd, I was an Instructor of Music at Bismarck State College and owned and operated a successful teaching studio called 6x6 Guitar Studio. I am a graduate of the University of Mary in Bismarck and Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, CA and was ordained to the Ministry of Word and Sacrament in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in September 2010. Outside of Good Shepherd, I enjoy hanging out with my family and friends, reading, listening or playing any and all music, a relaxing round of golf, or spending some quiet time with God. View all posts by Pastor Craig Schweitzer

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