It all started two years ago when I was a freshman. We had a Living Water chapel one Friday calling people to go on a mission. However, I was too young at the time. Last year, as soon as the team left for their trip, and registry was open for 2018, I signed up.
I enjoyed getting to know the Living Water staff in El Salvador. Our drillers became friends and our hygiene coordinator became family. The children in the village were tentative with us at first. By the last day though, we had handshakes, jokes and nicknames. Getting to know them was a blessing.
The thing that challenged me the most was communication. I'm the type of person who likes to be in-the-know. As someone who is not fluent in Spanish, it was very difficult for me at first to be comfortable in the community. However, by the end of the week, God had given me confidence and I trusted that he would provide for me (He did!). Now, I understand that love is not expressed through words, it is shown through example and actions.
I will never forget the day of the dedication. The ceremony held was so full of love and appreciation, from us and from the community. That day was so full of tears, hugs and gratitude (not to mention approximately 1,000 photos).