I'm dedicating this post to David, Shayla, and Shaylita.
David is the brother above with Shelina. He is an El Salvadorian brother serving in English. He very generously picked us up upon our arrival to El Salvador and offered us a tour of the city. From the moment we met him, he and his family showed us extraordinary love. He showed us where the grocery store was to get our lunch, where the assembly was being held, the mall, and the famous Wal-Mart we heard about. He carried our suitcases up to the room and made sure we got checked in ok. The next night, we got to meet his beautiful wife Shayla and daughter Shaylita when they took us out for pupusas.
Saturday night, this family went out to eat with the family they had generously offered housing for during the convention. When they arrived back at their home, they discovered thieves had broken in during the convention and stolen everything of value from both them and the family they were hosting. All of this while they're also busy (financially and emotionally) supporting a close family member with cancer.
The next day at the convention when we heard the news, we immediately rushed over to comfort them. Their reaction was amazing. They told us that when their 5-year old daughter saw everyone upset she said, "Don't be sad. We need to pray." And that's exactly what they did. And their viewpoint? "Maybe this is just the push we need to simplify and serve Jehovah more fully." They expressed their appreciation for the assembly program--there was so much information about how our trials don't come from Jehovah and don't express his displeasure with us or show that we're doing something wrong.
What an example to imitate!