“Members of Grace with El Salvador scholarship recipients during 2015 synod Agape delegation.”
Scholarship recipients are assumed to have money in El Salvador, and putting names to faces can put them at risk with the gangs.
Grace’s sister church in El Salvador, Mi Buen Jesús (My good Jesus), is located in Puerto Parada, near the Pacific coast in the eastern zone of the country, south of Usulután. Members of Grace were part of the first synod delegations to El Salvador in the ‘90s, following their civil war. We celebrate El Salvador Sunday in November on Christ the King Sunday, which is widely celebrated in Latin America. Grace participates in synod accompaniment delegations as well as Missions of Holistic Healing. Missions of Holistic Healing are held annually in multiple locations in El Salvador during the month of February. Synod accompaniment delegations occur throughout the year, with delegations to the eastern zone generally occurring the week after Easter.
Members of Grace on 2015 Agape delegation to El Salvador, in front of the hardware store that was born as a project of the church in Usulután
Grace initiated the first sister church university-level scholarship program in the eastern zone of El Salvador in 2011. In 2015, Grace provided university scholarships to 7 youth pursuing degrees in English and Public Accounting. In its relatively short existence, two recipients have already graduated, one in Nursing and another in Port Management. Tuition costs in El Salvador continue to rise, just as they do here, but a year’s tuition is still only about $1,500. A special collection is held on El Salvador Sunday to raise funds for the program, which has also received considerable support from Grace’s Endowment Fund.
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