A very dear friend of ENLACE, Ben Louis, passed away on Tuesday, February 5th. Ben was diagnosed with a very aggressive form of brain cancer last week and underwent an unsuccessful surgery on Monday to try and remove the tumor. Ben was a dear friend of ENLACE U.S. president Larry Kasper and made multiple trips to El Salvador and was a wonderful friend of ENLACE for many years. Join Ben's faith community, the ENLACE team and Salvadoran churches in prayer for Ben's wife, Judy, for Larry Kasper, as he officiates the funeral this week and for all of Ben's family and friends.
The Today’s Pentecostal Evangel magazine has recently featured ENLACE in its February 3rd issue. The sixteen-page spread includes an in-depth article covering ENLACE’s history, mission and future and is accompanied by beautiful, full-color photos.
Coming soon to a mailbox near you!
If you attend an Assemblies of God church in the United States, you can pick up a copy at your church. If not, never fear! An issue will be in your mailbox soon. ENLACE will send the issue to everyone on our mailing list in mid-February. Click here to sign up for our regular mailing list.
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The first mission team of 2008, nine folks from the Colorado Springs area, went to our most remote community, Abelines, January 4-12 to provide medical, pediatric, optical and dental care to hundreds of community members. The dentist pulled 180 rotten teeth! This is important because in an area that lacks immediate medical care, an infected molar can lead to serious illness, even death. So, what might seem like basic care in the states, can actually be life-sustaining here.
Seven of the nine team members were return visitors—some were on their 4th trip since 2002. All were impressed to see how one small church continues to serve and transform their community. They have seen first-hand great changes in the health and lifestyles of the people, not to mention improved roads, clean water, latrines and healthier stoves (in many homes). The Abelines Health Committee and the local church helped organize the visit.
You can hear about some of the changes in Abelines directly from Blanca and Elena, original members of the Abelines health committee. In this interview, they share how the changes have impacted them personally, and what they have seen in their community thanks to God’s hand through their local church, the ENLACE staff and through mission teams like our nine friends from Colorado. This year the leaders at the Abelines Assembly of God will work with the ENLACE community advisors to train two other local churches along with all the initiatives they have planned. Click here to see the interview.
Click Here to see a complete slideshow from the three day conference for Salvadoran pastors and spouses: "Renewing Your Passion for Christ."
From November 29 until December 1, 2007, world renowned evangelist, author, pastor and founder of Teen Challenge Ministries, David Wilkerson, along with his son Gary, will host a conference for Salvadoran pastors and their spouses. The event is free for the pastors and promises to be an amazing opportunity for prayer, worship and developing unity and shared vision among the churches of El Salvador. Ron Bueno is directing an interdenominational team of Salvadoran leaders who are organizing the event and the ENLACE office has served as the logistical base for the conference planning. So far, there are more than 2,500 Salvadoran pastors and spouses signed-up for the event from nearly every Christian denomination in El Salvador!
“I've been an evangelist for many, many years,” said Daivd Wilkerson, speaking about the conferences which have been held all over the world. “Now after 15 years of pastoring, sharing the hurts and the pains, difficulties of the ministry as a pastor, I felt the Lord finally released me that I might have something to say. I've been preaching for 50 years and I've come to learn as well as to share. In all of our meetings to pastors, we've seen great encouragement, [in] many [pastors] who are hurting, many ready to quit the ministry, leave the pastorate. We've been praying that God would bring unity and this has been happening in the meetings. Pastors are getting together, real genuine Holy Ghost led unity… …See I'm in my seventies. I don't have anything to prove to anybody. I've had all the honors a man can stand. I've been blessed, the Lord has preserved a good name for the ministry He has given to us. He has truly given me a heart and burden for pastors. And this has been birthed in prayers…”
photos from uruguay conference, june 2007
October 27 - November 3 a group of 18 came from Meadowbrook Community Church. This was the fifth trip for the Church from Champaign , Illinois. Part of this year's group painted water tanks, built infrastructure at the well site and did cement work for the water project in Las Delicias. The group also collaborated with three area churches near Las Delicias to bring medical attention to more than 550 community members, of which 65% were children.
Thank you for your prayers during our recent Pastor & Church Leader retreat. Once again this 3-day retreat was a blessed time! Eleven Salvadoran churches (39 pastors and church leaders) and the ENLACE staff enjoyed a wonderful time in Biblical teaching, prayer, worship as well as plenty of time for games and friendly soccer matches. Time was also spent on Biblical training of servant leadership, practical discussions about specific experiences & best practices shared, as well as regional strategic planning for the coming year.
The deep desire for and dialogue about community transformation was particularly exciting. And it was amazing to see that very transformation at work in the discussions and interactions of the event. As the different church leaders described challenges and blessings, prayed for one another, discussed the opportunities for transformation in their shared regions and listened to one another, the sense of community among the leadership present was strengthened. This sense of unity combined with their joined commitments to serve their individual communities with sacrificial love, promises healthy and sustainable efforts that will bring hope and healing throughout communities in El Salvador.
Check back over the next week to check out videos and photo slideshows from the event.
We are so excited to announce that we will have eleven churches represented at our annual pastor and church leader’s retreat. This event is always the highlight of the year for ENLACE. We spend three days seeking God together in prayer, sharing specific experiences from different contexts, Biblical training on servant leadership, and design new regional strategies for each church . This year, we have invited pastors and leaders from our 3 most committed churches and have included 8 new churches working with ENLACE. Please pray that God’s presence will renew each leader’s heart and commitment for their communities and that they might develop deep friendships with each other leaders to help and encourage them in their work.
click here to see video testimonials from last year’s event
click here to see the photo gallery from last year’s event
TESTIMONIALS FROM LAST YEAR’S EVENT
“We are now actively fulfilling the integral mission of the church… our goal is that there will be restored relationships between the church and community; relationships of friendship, confidence and trust.” -Marcos Melara. pastor, san jose el naranjo
“I learned how to be organized in my church and community. With what we have learned here, we will increase the work of the lord in our community.” -Victorio paz. pastor, community of Abelines
“My leaders and I are now thinking how to expand and promote the integral mission in other churches while getting more involved with our community.” -Miguel Duran. pastor. las delicias
“I have learned how to be better united with my community and how to be a better leader through service.” -Marleni Gonzalez de Mendez. Church leader, el tinteral
“The church and community program provides the core inspiration and training for all the church and community initiatives to happen.” -Alfredo Vargas. director of operations, ENLACE
In the July issue of The Pentecostal Evangel John Bueno, the executive director of the Assemblies of God World Missions, shares four scriptural aspects of reaching out to the poor: God and the poor, the Church and the poor, and the gospel and the poor. With each aspect, he shows how scripture addresses the responsibility of Christians to minister to and defend the poor who live among us.
John and Lois Bueno were missionaries to El Salvador for over 25 years (CLICK HERE TO READ ABOUT THEIR MINISTRY IN EL SALVADOR). Their four sons were born and raised in El Salvador. Two of their sons, Ron and David, returned to El Salvador in 1993 to start the ministry of ENLACE.