From August 16-23, a team from St. Andrew’s traveled to El Salvador, Central America to encourage our church partner and contribute to Christian Community Development efforts. In addition to improving community health by working on six latrines, the team’s presence gave our partner, Pastor Miguel, lots of opportunity to engage with non-churchgoing Salvadorians. Throughout the weeklong trip, people asked him, “Who pays these people to work here?” or “Why are these people working so hard?” He used each opportunity to enter into an excited conversation about the model of service and love that Jesus gave us to follow.
The trip was about much more than a construction project. The team worshipped with Pastor Miguel’s 30-member church on Sunday and visited families in their homes throughout the week. Team members provided families with a supply of basic needs: oil, flour, rice and beans, and lots of prayer. They also had an international friendly soccer match – not to be missed!
One highlight of the week was on Thursday afternoon, during the dedication of the latrine building effort. Folks came from nearby towns and churches, some dressed in their Sunday best, to see the completed work and to hear Pastor Miguel and community leaders share about their desire to work together to improve public health. They also highlighted the blessing that comes when people form community and serve one another.
Team members got to see another side of El Salvador as well. On Friday, they travele into the mountains to stay the night on a lovely coffee plantation resort. It was a cool 72 degrees and everyone enjoyed the zip line adventure and the shopping trip into the picturesque little town of Ataco.
Said Team Leader Kerri Kumar, “It was evident that God was in every interaction. The week was truly blessed. We are already planning our fundraising efforts for our next trip, slated for the February ski week break. We hope to take another team to Las Delicias for more work and fun, and to contribute to what God is doing through ENLACE!”