El Salvador Day 3: February 4, 2014

Post submitted by Sandy Lakey

Yesterday was our team’s first work day, and, interestingly, the days leading up to today were in some ways more challenging than the work itself. So, in the spirit of “awards season”, here are some team members who truly deserve a medal or trophy or something shiny for their dedication to the cause:

The “Every Journey Begins with A Single Step” Award goes to Mark, who tried to leave Bismarck on Friday, and had more travel trials than anyone should have to endure, finally arriving in San Salvador on Sunday night. The trip would not be the same without hard working Marco, so we were all glad to see him this morning.

The “Give The Lady A Hand” Award goes to Ginger, who broke her hand in several places two weeks ago, yet still came on the trip and is working as hard as anyone.

The “You Can Have The Clothes Off My Back” Award goes to Sandy B, whose luggage was misplaced in Denver, and has yet to be found. She has borrowed as needed from other team members, and carried on with incredible grace.

The “Here We Go Again” Award goes to the 13 teammates who have been on multiple Thrivent Builds trips to El Salvador, especially our fearless leaders, Rita and Kai.

The “There’s A First Time for Everything” Award goes to the four teammates who are making their first Thrivent Builds trip to El Salvador, all of whom have jumped in with open hands and open hearts.

Our work today included all the things that are done on the first day at a new build site in El Salvador; clearing the site, digging the foundation, wiring rebar together, and moving tons of dirt, sand and rock one bucket at a time. Tomorrow we will break into two teams so we can work on another house. The Habitat El Salvador staff are, as usual, taking wonderful care of us.

We send all of our love to our families and friends back home!


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

2 responses to “El Salvador Day 3: February 4, 2014

  • Michelle Butterfass

    Buenos días mis amigos,

    Deseo que podría haber venido a lo largo, quizás la próxima vez.

    Sigue haciendo un gran trabajo!

    Bendiciones para un día maravilloso

    ~Michelle Butterfass : )


  • Ken Moenck

    The best “shiny” reward for you challenged travelers is the beautiful sun which you all so deserve! May the Lord “shine” on you all and your beautiful Salvadoran friends–just use sunscreen & hats! May you be blessed w/ lasting friendships & memories. K&D Moenck


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