It has obviously been a hot minute since I blogged, so I have loads to update y'all on!
Let's start with El Salvador!
I was able to travel to San Salvador, El Salvador with the Diocese of Panama to attend the yearly synod for IARCA. IARCA is the Central American Region of the Anglican Church. This region includes Nicaragua, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Panama, and Guatemala. Basically, synod is a time for the dioceses to come together and talk about what has been happening in their dioceses as well as their future resolutions and goals for the next year. Also, this year marked the year that they were supposed to elect a new primate bishop of IARCA, but they ultimately decided to elect the primate in two more years.
While in El Salvador, got to see our fellow friend and YASCer Hannah Perls, who is currently serving in San Salvador, El Salvador. We got to see a little piece of her life in San Salvador and even got to see where she works!
|Joseph and I with Hannah|
|Hanging out with the boss, Elizabeth Boe|
Here are a few other pictures pictures from Synod:
|Some of the clergy that attended synod|
|Where all the magic happened|
|The current Primate - Bishop Armando Guerra|
However, I do have some pretty great pictures. May 30th is Dia de la Etnia Negra - Black Ethnicity Day. But, many people in Panama have made it into a whole month of celebrating. Extra celebrating - big surprise there! So, Patricia held a party at our house to celebrate the holiday. I have this really cool video of some traditional dancing and singing, but I shockingly can't figure out how to upload the video successfully. I guess pictures will have to do!
|Oh yes, the fact that the party was at my house meant that I had to go all out. Outfit specially designed by Patricia de Lewis|
|With the Queen herself|
Dia de la Etnia Negra was also celebrated at school! The students were looking super cute so here are some pictures from school:
|7th Grade and Prof. Joseph|
|High School teachers|
|The best picture|
|Girls from Elementary|
|Who knew the zoo could be so pretty?|
|Really attractive clay masks at the hot springs|
|Panama has the only square trees in the world!|
Thanks for keeping up! I will be blogging soon - I PROMISE this time!