Dara DeSoto

1. What was your favorite part about living in El Salvador? 

To be honest, at the time I was living there it was very hard for me to have a favorite part.  I was so engrossed in the reality of being a young mother of four, that it was  hard to walk in gratefulness for the opportunity we had to be over there. In reflection, my favorite part was the people that I was able to befriend -- that our family grew to love and share time with -- as well as the adventure of living  in faith everyday. 

2. What was most challenging about living there? 

For me, everything! From the language barrier, to cooking and cleaning our many different places of residence (we moved five times in five years!), to driving, to mothering, to going to the grocery store, to making friends, homeschooling in isolation, then trying international school and being a part of the PTA in Spanish, to choosing faith rather than fear when I would be faced with the reality of armed guards at every grocery store or gas station, my kids getting super sick, my husband being attacked, getting robbed or witnessing robberies or harmful assaults.

 It was the most challenging five years of my life, and even though it may sound strange, I would not trade them for the world!  The day I stood in the customs line at Los Angeles Airport to depart for our red-eye flight to San Salvador, with baby Kaya strapped around me, Hannah wrestling beneath my care, and my boys bravely standing with duffle bags in their hands and backpacks on their backs, was the day the Lord took the veil down between Him and me.  I truly met Jesus that day when I was invited to walk in faith! 

3. Are there any Bible verses that got you through the time when Peter was shot? Can you share one or two with us and why they were significant? 

"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in times of trouble.  Therefore, I will not fear, though the earth gives way and the mountains fall into the heart of the see." Psalm 46:1-2
I lived by this passage and still do! 
When We arrived to El Salvador, I was still homeschooling our boys.  On our white board was a scripture passage that we were attempting to memorize.  It was from the book of James, chapter 1.  I had no idea how real that book would become to me over the next season of my life.  
"Count it all joy when you face trials of many kinds, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect way, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing." James 1:2-4

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