Top 10 List from El Salvador

[NOTE: This is a post from Mission Team members Katie Swanson from Chicago and her sister Kristi Mueller from OshKosh, Wisconsin]

In lieu of Letterman’s Top Ten Things…I bring you Katie and Kristi’s Top Ten Things We Love About Our Habitat El Salvador Trip

10. Chowing down on Pizza Hut after 8 days straight of beans and rice
9. Building muscles, no need to go to the gym.
8. Enjoying a “Type A” organized trip – Habitat El Salvador is one well-oiled machine!
7. Eating pupusas (stuffed tortillas)!
6. Loving our masons and their assistants Roy, Omar, Jamie, Rafael, who are not only wonderful builders but wonderful people!
5. Basking in radiant smiles from the adorable El Salvadorian children (kidnapping seems rational…for a second).
4. Building homes not for just these homeowners but impacting generations to come.
3. Meeting Pastor Carlos at Cristo Rey Lutheran Church in Santa Ana and being inspired by his church’s mission to help the most disenfranchised of his community.
2. Seeing the immense poverty firsthand and thinking twice about wanting a bigger home or anything else materialistic for that matter when many are living in dilapidated tin shanties.
1. Feeling God’s love exude over all of our work and knowing we are fulfilling His mission for us to serve the poor, love one another and glorify Him in doing so.

“If there is a poor man among your brothers in any of the towns of the land that the LORD your God is giving you, do not be hardhearted or tightfisted toward your poor brother.” Deuteronomy 15:7

“Love one another as yourself.” Luke 10:27

“All the people’s on the earth will see that you are called by the name of the Lord.” Deuteronomy 28:10

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About Bishop Craig Schweitzer

The Rev. Craig Schweitzer, of Bismarck, was elected as bishop of the Western North Dakota Synod on July 17, 2020, in the first-ever digital Synod Assembly. A historic event, Schweitzer is the first bishop in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) to be elected in an online assembly. Bishop Craig Schweitzer began serving the Western North Dakota Synod-ELCA on September 1, 2020. He has always seen himself as an easy-going person who seeks to daily discover anew how God is present in his life and the world in which he lives and serves. Prior to service in the Office of Bishop of the Western North Dakota Synod, Bishop Craig served at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Bismarck, ND as Music and Worship Minister (lay staff from 2002-2010), Associate Pastor (2010-2014), and Senior Pastor (2014-2020). Beyond his service in the church, he has an eclectic background that is a diverse collection of musical, educational, and business experiences ranging from live concert production and promotion to recording studios and live performance to music education. Throughout all of his professional and personal experiences, the Apostle Paul’s words to the church in Rome have been a guiding light that has kept him grounded in whatever work God was calling him into – “Welcome one another, therefore, just as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.” (Romans 15:7) Bishop Craig is a graduate of the University of Mary in Bismarck with a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education and a Master of Science in Strategic Leadership. He also holds a certificate degree in Theological Education for Emerging Ministries (TEEM) from Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, CA. He was ordained as a Minister of Word and Sacrament on September 16, 2010. Outside of his life as Bishop, Bishop Craig enjoys reading, all music, a little golf, a cold beverage with friends, and intentional times of quiet. And, of course, spending time with his wife Wendy and their adult twin daughters Ilia and Taegan. View all posts by Bishop Craig Schweitzer

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