Sunday was a bit of a slower day. We started the day with a trip to the market. It's wonderful and overwhelming and there are so many different things. The main market days are Sundays and Thursdays as there is more transportation from the rural communities into town on those days - especially Sundays because of Catholic mass and other worship services. From the market we headed up the road to the cross that sits atop a hill just on the edge of Berlin. The views from there were spectacular. Enjoy the photos below and then I will continue telling you about the day.
After visiting the cross we came back to the Pastoral House for lunch and then left to visit the community of El Rescate. This is the partner community for the First United Presbyterian Church located in Atlantic, Iowa. They haven't been able to send a delegation recently due to RAGBRAI and their 150th anniversary celebrations. So, our visit out there today was on their behalf. It's an interesting community with a very different feel to it from Alejandria. They have a different history and different struggles. Alejandria has a functioning water system and running water. El Rescate has very little water. It was a good opportunity to talk with some more people about their life here in El Salvador. We presented gifts from the Atlantic congregation, they offered us a snack (which was basically an additional lunch), and then a tour of a community. I have a few pictures from the visit which are included below. I'll add more once I'm back in the States (I forgot the USB Apple adapter in my office so can't load the photos off of my camera. Oops.) :-)
After El Rescate we came back to the Pastoral House for a little rest before heading out to 5 o'clock mass at the church on the square, supper, reflections, and then bed.
And that was Sunday.