Share God’s love with the people of El Salvador where civil peace has been established since 1992, amidst natural volcanic activity and hurricanes. Today, 40% of the population lives below the poverty line, and there are many powerful, violent criminal gangs [maras]. Share with children and teens alongside the local church, mentor and share practical skills to benefit communities. Reveal God’s heart for His world, both within and outside El Salvador.
El Salvador’s six and a half million people are a nation of great diversity and challenge. 20 per cent of its nationals live abroad and send money home to help alleviate the country’s poverty. Over 60 per cent of this small, but densely populated nation work in service industries. Income inequality has led to vast differences between rich and poor, affecting levels of education. Over one quarter of the population is under 15, with high unemployment for the under 25s. This has brought an increasing problem with young people forming gangs and taking drugs.
“Many people in El Salvador have heard about God,” a team member said. “But that doesn’t always mean they know who Jesus is. Or help them in life choices. God knows when to bring people together and help them understand His goodness. Some people bring awareness, others work alongside to demonstrate His love in action, then God puts it all together.”
Officially, there is religious freedom in the country. Figures state that 94 per cent of the nation are Christian, historically mainly Roman Catholic, with hundreds of people having yet to hear the Good News of Jesus for the first time. There are actively thriving churches in all but one of the 10 people groups, encouraging other indigenous churches to grow and mature. Followers of Jesus aim to disciple young believers in a deep personal relationship with God and reach out to others who do not yet know Him, even to send workers into other parts of the world as visible expressions of God’s love.
Come to the capital city, San Salvador, teeming with more than one million relational people. The majority language is Spanish, and its people would love to talk to you and learn more about you as a foreigner! If you would like to make an impact in people's lives locally and practically, we would love to welcome you. Any international worker can live alongside national Jesus followers and share your personal journey of faith: you do not need specialist skills.
Whether you come for a long, or short time, or join us remotely; or whether you pray, or invest in lives through financial support, there are many ways for you to share God’s love with the people in El Salvador.