The trip back from Las Mercedes took around one hour. After reaching the dorm we began the process of unloading and putting the tools away. We had a short time to relax before we would head out again.

Before going into Malacatan for dinner, and hopefully find our friends who labor on the streets there, we stopped by Ely’s grave site. It was an emotional visit.

Though we know our brother and friend is now with God his passing is still very fresh. He is greatly missed by many but none more than by Rosa and family.

Donna and I with Ely and Rosa at Palo Gordo 2, San Marcos in 2006.

Ely, a poor boy from Piedra Partida, barely a spot on the map, got his first pair of shoes when he was fourteen. Though his education was limited he was the wisest person that I have ever known. Like all of us, Ely wasn’t perfect, but the presence of God was so very evident in his life. God used Ely to reach many because Ely surrendered all to God. It was more than just singing the words of a great old hymn, or a repeated phrase. It was his life! A life totally yielded to the Lord. May I possess such a great treasure one day.

We arrived in Malacatan around 6p at out favorite Taco stand. Soon we were joined by Ronnie and a few friends who also work on the streets shining shoes and selling cookies.

Catching them with their mouths full wasn’t very hard. It was evident they were hungry.

Ronnie has grown a foot but still has his sweet boyish disposition.

Many of you have offered to help and some have given money for us to help Ronnie. He told me that he was going to school again and working afterwards into the night.

Our plan now is to meet his family in two weeks when I return with the Mars Hill team. I am praying that a local Christian business owner will allow him to work there for a few hours after school each day and we will pay his wage. This will give him a positive environment to work in and still be earning support for his family. Please continue praying for Ronnie as we seek this out.

Someone asked “what about the others?” All I can say is our hearts go out to all of them and we are going to look at this one by one on an individual basis and see where the Lord leads.

Also please pray for David, the shoe shine boy. Something is wrong in his life. He came by, but his humility was gone. I could tell the smaller boys guarded their words on his presence. I want to pry further into exactly what is going on in his life.

Tomorrow we’ll get on the road early making the long drive back to the city. We fly home on Saturday.

Thank you again and again and again for your prayers and support.


Lord bless you,



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