Things We Take For Granted
There are many things in our lives that we take for granted: electricity, running water, reliable transportation, technology that makes our lives easier, and education that is available to all people – in fact that is required for all people.
In our trips to El Salvador, we see what a precious gift going to school is for children and young people there. They do not take education for granted – they sacrifice to get it. In 2013, the Nuevo Jerusalem Methodist Church opened a school for young children – our mission team painted the walls of the classrooms. When we returned this year, we got to visit the school and see children learning and playing. What a joy to be a part of this ministry! We also learned of the need to increase the size of the school so that more children and youth could receive an education. Rev. Juan de Dios Pena shared a plan that would allow the church to expand their ministry by purchasing two small lots of land that adjoin the church, each costing $10,000. Once the property is secured, then a three-story building housing more classrooms can be built. Their three-year plan is to build one floor a year, with mission teams providing the materials and some of the labor.
Our district is taking on this project of raising $20,000 for the purchase of this property. I hope that every church will contribute and help us make this happen. Think of the lives that will be touched and changed because more children and youth will be able to receive a safe, faith-based education. $20,000 divided by the 97 churches in our district comes out to $206.19 per church. Please prayerfully consider how your church can participate. Maybe you could plan a special fund raiser in you church for this project. We would really like to present the money to Rev. Pena when our next team goes back to Ahuachapan in February, 2016. Make your check out to the LaGrange District and mark it for “El Salvador Property.”
We can do so much more together than we can separately!
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