Everything in L.A. went wonderfully! It was a true week of encouragement spent with friends, and I came home with all of the documents I needed. Praise God! Shortly after my return to El Salvador, the first team from the U.S. arrived. They were from Vineyard Christian Church in Pataskala, Ohio. I spent the week with them in San Jacinto, a small community near Santa Ana with a population of 3,773. They participated in one of the community’s current initiatives to build a retaining wall along one of the area’s main roads to prevent the road from being destroyed by mudslides. This is not an easy task. It is back breaking work which involves digging ditches, hauling dirt, mixing in dry concrete, stuffing old tires with more dirt than seems physically possible, compacting the dirt by repeatedly pounding it with a large stick, and then rinse and repeat. Drenched in sweat, muscles sore and a bit shaky, I thanked God for the opportunity to participate in the building of this wall, the completion of which will probably take another 3 months--that is, 3 more months of volunteers from the area, dedicating their days to labor-intensive work on behalf of bettering their community.