July 14, 2023
El Salvador Update #1
July 31, 2017
It is my privilege to once again lead our Vineyard Missions team to Central America, and this year I’m super excited about partnering with the Vineyard Palmares (from Costa Rica) to do missions work with a small Vineyard church in El Salvador. It’s the first time either of us has done missions work in El Salvador, so this will be pretty exciting!
There are 13 of us from the United States, and 8 from the Vineyard in Costa Rica to make our team a team of 21. We arrived in El Salvador with little problems (always a good thing) on Sunday evening, and as we were walking through the airport trying to find our way to baggage claim, the Costa Rica group walked right up behind us and lead the way! Their flight was delayed, which made it perfect timing for us to all go through customs together.
After customs, we spent a good 2-3 hours at the rental car counter trying to get some vehicles and ended up with 3 cars and a truck, 20 seats in all (you do remember that there are 21 of us on this trip, right?). It was a tight squeeze in the truck, but we made it work. After a brief stop at burger king, we drove just over 2 hours to our hotel and arrived shortly after midnight.
It was a short night as we had breakfast at
After lunch, we went back to the church and began painting a water tank and some walls around the school and in the kitchen. The local officials had notified them that they needed this done, so we were more than willing to be the hands to do it. We also fixed a mosquito screen in the large kitchen window, which ended up taking more effort than it should have but we did it!
While the last team was finishing painting the kitchen, several of us decided to go on a “prayer walk” through the local community while we waited. It is always so nice to see the openness to prayer in the countries we do missions. It’s such a stark contrast to the reactions we get in the United States that it almost feels refreshing. Most every house we offered prayer to was willing to accept it. My favorite stop was a lady named
After dinner, we drove back up the mountain to our hotel and took showers. We ended the evening with a much-needed time of worship lead by one of my favorite worship leaders, Rayner. If you have seen Rayner lead worship before, you know what I am talking about. If you haven’t, I hope someday you will!
Tomorrow our plan is to fix the roofs of some of the families of the local Vineyard church as well as take the time to do some more prayer walks in the community. In the evening we will be leading a worship and teaching service in the church, which should be pretty exciting! Please continue to pray for the physical protection of our team and some have had a few bumps and bruises. Also, please pray that God’s miraculous power continues to bring help to the local community through our team. Thank-you for your prayers!