El Salvador

 

August 2015

 

 

 

“Not looking everyone to his private good, but keeping in mind the things of other.  Let this mind be in you which was in Christ Jesus…”  Phil 2:4-5 BBE)

 

During the first week of August we took a 10 member team from Trinity Bible Church to bless a rural Pastor Couple in El Salvador.  Our dream is that the blessing will produce fruit.  First, that the couple will pass it on by encouraging their leadership in personal ways (blessing the individual as well as the person’s ministry) and secondly that the leadership team of the group of churches this Pastor belongs to will develop a strategy to encourage their rural Pastors by blessing their home, marriage, family, etc.

 

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PK Day 2015

 

But, the construction crew that did the prep work finished up and the makeover is now complete.  The team served cheerfully with humility; sharing the Word through their lives.  And the joy on Pastor Luis’, Sister Sonia’s and their two daughters’ faces and the tears in their eyes said how loved they felt.  Their joy was only surpassed by the delight that we (the team) felt.  When we give, He truly does give back “in good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over!”

Thank you to all those from Raven Ministries and Trinity Bible Church who gave in prayer and financial support to make this possible.

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Our team came alongside Pastor Sarceño and his Church by providing funds and assisting their 15 member team with a foVBS - WorshipVBS - Worshipur day Vacation Bible School (VBS), in which more than 100 children attended.  The Pastor’s daughter (Damaris) is amazingly creative, with the gift of administration.  She and her team did a phenomenal job planning and executing the VBS.  She developed the curriculum to Introduce Jesus as Savior and together with her team designed classroom decorationsVBS CraftsVBS Crafts, crafts and games that all reinforced that day’s lesson.  Each day began with praise and worship and ended with a hot snack.  Our team led the music time and taught the children to use flags in worship.  On the final afternoon several of the parents, many of whom don’t attend church, came to the closing ceremony where each student was given a certificate of completion and Ron shared the gospel.  VBS CraftsVBS Crafts

Every morning, before VBS, our team met at the Pastor & Sister Sarceño’s home to do a mini-makeover.  We painted the exterior of the house as well as the kitchen and living room.  And, did a complete remodel of the Kitchen.  You can see in the “Before Pictures” that Sister Sonia used a “laVBS GamesVBS Gamesvadero” to wash dishes and laundry, and used the surface to prepare food.  Her dishes, pots, pans and pantry items were on shelves with a sheet hung over them to keep them clean.  This was all removed and replaced with upper and lower cabinets, a sink and new stove with an oven.  We also bought them a small kitchenette set (After Pictures).  Given the difference in available tools and shortage of time we fell just short of finishing everything.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of the greatest blessings of our ministry is to honor and encourage the children of Pastors in who they are and the calling God has on their lives.   During our visit to El Salvador earlier this year, we hosted a day for the teenage and young adult children of a group of Pastors we've worked with for the past 15 years.  It was amazing to reflect back on the PD Day we had in 2002 for some of these same kids; and they remembered it!  They are not only the Church of today, but the leaders of tomorrow and we are grateful for the opportunity to provide the opportunity for fun, food and fellowship; that they may be encouraged to "stir up the gift of God that is in them....(that they) be not ashamed of the testimony of our Lord...but be a partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God."  2 Timothy 1:6-8

 

Check out pictures of the Day on our Gallery

 

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