El Salvador Partnership

El Salvador Partnership

Next Steps El Salvador 1Ascension members have been visiting El Salvador annually since 2009. Beginning in 2010, we became partners with the Agroferreteria (hardware store) ministry in Usulutan. Ascension was one of three groups that helped the hardware store raise the funds necessary to obtain the property and the initial inventory. Since the store opened, Ascension has become the sole partners with Agroferreteria, allowing the store to increase in size and to increase the variety of their inventory.This ministry provides jobs for men and boys in the area, funding for church activities, and low cost hardware and farming supplies to families in need.

In addition to our work with the hardware store, Ascension participates in ministries in the Usulutan area, such as the Mission of Healing and assistance with natural disaster relief. Ascension is currently in contemplation about increasing our partnership by becoming sister parishes with San Jorge, also in the Usulutan area.

Ascension regularly participates in the activities of the Greater Milwaukee Synod El Salvador committee and sponsors scholarships for the university students from Rutilio Grande. To learn more about partnerships with El Salvador visit http://www.partnerswithelsalvador.org/index.php.

Sarah and Edwin Aparicio are the chairs of Ascension’s El Salvador committee.

San Jorge Partner Church

Next Steps El Salvador 2During the Imagine Ascension campaign, Ascension committed to partner with the Agroferreteríain Usulután. Through our involvement, the Agroferreteria has become successful and is growing. It now provides more jobs and items for families to shop for at a fair price. While we will continue to be a resource for the hardware store, we are now ready to take the next step in establishing a partnership with San Jorge, a congregation in the area where the volcano hit. This will give Ascension more ways to learn about our brothers and sisters of the Salvadoran Lutheran Church, by being directly involved with the people of the church. Watch future newsletters for articles on San Jorge and what we, as an entire congregation, can do as a part of this partnership.

 

Upcoming El Salvador Events & Current News

 

Pr. Blanca continues to keep us updated with news from the Church of the Miracle of God in San Jorge. They are working on updating their building by asking families to donate $2 a week to help with the costs. Families who have so little, give from their hearts for their church. They recently welcomed Bishop Gomez for a special event and were able to have him participate in baptisms and first communions. They are excited for our visit in April.

Visit the Mission Outreach Facebook page, www.facebook.com/Ascension.ELCA.MO/, to see more photos from our recent visit.

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Spring Break Partnership Trip – Are you looking for a warm place to go for spring break of 2017? Join us for a mission trip to El Salvador. Read more…