For several reasons, I was not able to visit El Salvador this past year: I hope to be able to do so in the first quarter of 2018. I have been in not totally regular contact with the pastors there, and with Hugo Aguilar, the Santa Tecla church member who coordinates the Word and Deed Project. Monies for that ($8,000/yr) have been sent on a regular quarterly basis.
ARMA (Association for Reformed Ministry Abroad) in Michigan is the non-profit funding channel that assists by receiving and disbursing donations, issuing tax-deductible receipts. Reporting from the Project committee is expected on a quarterly basis, corresponding to the funds sent the previous quarter and triggering the release of additional funds for the next period. While at times the reporting is uneven, I keep in touch and see satisfactory advances in the field.
A very interesting development the last couple of years is the presence of the Multiplication Network, which is our son John’s ministry out of Michigan. It trains leaders and encourages the planting of new churches, using methods and materials; both churches in El Salvador are participating. Joaquin in Huizucar has a small network of some 5 satelite groups in the outlying coffee growing areas Just recently 9 new converts were added to the church.
Pastor Joaquin’s energies are largely going into these efforts, leading to a decision to put the Vocational School project on hold. There just is not, apart from the economics of it, administrative capability at this time to proceed.
Disappointing to some, but realistic until the Lord points the way to being able to develop that adjacent lot that was purchased last year.
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Thank you. – Pastor Lou