My name is Sarah and I’m a BACC missionary serving in San Salvador, El Salvador. I’m the Missions Coordinator and the assistant for our college ministry for our church in El Salvador. My “typical days” can look very different if you look at a day when mission groups are with us in El Salvador (or a week before a mission group comes in fact) and when they are not. I would like to share a “typical day” when mission groups are not with us. If you want to know about a “typical day” with mission groups, well then, you will just have to come and see for yourself because we would love to have you! You can "Make the Trade" this summer!
So, in sharing my "typical day," I must say that each day is very different. There are different activities going on throughout the week at the Center, with the college ministry and with missions planning. Most of the time my schedule is absolutely crazy and need to be on my feet to be flexible to whatever God has in store each day. Like Isaiah says in Isaiah 55, “His plans and thoughts are higher than ours.” So here’s a “typical” peaceful day…
I’m an early riser to begin with and I wake up around 5:30-6:00 am. I like this time because no one is up yet and I can literally have quiet time with the Lord. I make a cup of strong coffee and eat a little snack then sit at our kitchen table with my Bible and some sort of study or daily reading that I’m going through. I spend time in prayer and study the Word.
Then the kiddos start to wake up. Our 2 year-old daughter Sophie usually gets up around 6:30-7:00 am. I make her breakfast and we sit down together. I haven’t gone back to El Salvador since we’ve had our son, Jorgito, so I assume that I’ll just be nursing him as needed as he is only 1 month old. Then I make breakfast for my husband and depending on his schedule, he’ll sit down to eat or he’ll take it with him if he has an early meeting. Sometimes I can start to make some preparations for lunch depending on what we plan on having that day.
I love to stay active, so I do exercise videos on my computer almost every day for about a half-an-hour while Sophie plays with her toys. Sometimes she likes to exercise a little with me. After exercising, I make breakfast for myself and it’s about 9am by this time. I give Sophie a bath and I take a shower also. Then I’m ready for work.
I have the blessing of working from home, so I open my laptop and I usually have tons of emails lined up to answer for local ministry and mission team coordination. I can spend hours straight just coordinating and planning just for all the missions trips. I keep a log of each team’s details. While I'm working, I multitask by doing laundry and cleaning the house. Then depending on what day it is, I may have a skype call with our head pastor and mission group leaders to talk about details of their trip. So I connect online with them for an hour or two. I like to take sporatic 15-minute breaks every once in a while to be able to interact and play with Sophie and Jorgito. (And of course, I’ll be available for Jorgito as he needs me. I have mastered multitask nursing and use of my laptop by the way!)
Then around 11:30 am or so, I start to cook lunch and finish any of the early preparations I had done. My husband, Jorge comes home to share a meal with his family. We enjoy the meal and just catch up on our days and what is going on.
Jorge then leaves around 1:30 pm or so, I can continue with the workday. Sophie goes down for her afternoon nap after lunch. Then I continue to work on mission team coordination and planning for our women’s college ministry. We have a fellowship dinner at my house once a week with a core group of nine women from our college ministry. So if it's a Tuesday, then I plan to have a time with some women from our college ministry where we pray, plan for evangelistic events, and just do life together.
When Sophie gets up from her nap, I take the kids to our neighborhood park where they can play on the swing sets and with other neighborhood children.
After the park, I start to make dinner for our women’s group (or for our family if its not a Tuesday). Depending on Jorge’s schedule if he doesn’t have a night meeting-he watches the kids during our women’s time, if not the kiddos are with us and the girls love up on them as we share and fellowship with one another.
Anywhere from 8:30 -9:00 pm we do our bedtime routine with our kids by brushing teeth, praying as a family, and reading stories, then put them to bed. Then Jorge and I have some downtime together and we talk, we watch TV and pray together.
Living for and by Him,
Sarah Meehan de Solorzano
Romans 11:36 / Colossians 1:16