The ENLACE staff in El Salvador surprised the Bueno Family with a video of appreciation during the 20th Anniversary Gala. The Buenos were incredibly moved by this and especially loved the soccer-cheer at the end! Ole!
Celebrating 20 Years of Equipping Churches to Transform Communities ENLACE began in 1993 and is celebrating its 20th Anniversary this year.
Join the Momentum: Two New Local Church Partners Two small, rural churches in El Salvador are making a huge impact in their communities.
Remembering Friend and Advocate, Bill ManwarrenOur long-time friend and advocate, Bill Manwarren, was one of the first supporters of ENLACE.
International Friendships Create Miracles The roots of poverty are found in broken relationships. When the Church understands that its mission is to restore relationships to each other and to its community, miracles happen--homes are built, health is renewed, clean water flows, hearts are forever changed
Strong Relationships Pave the Way to Transformation This summer, Nueva Jerusalen Church in San Jose el Naranjo welcomed SeaCoast Grace Church from Cypress, California for the 6th time.
Beyond a Gift, Beyond a Loan: Lasting Regional Change The success of micro-enterprise programs has become well-known in recent recent years. They've become a viable way to provide a way out of poverty for ambitous entreprenuers around the world. In El Salvador, after 12 years of successfully circulating over 1,200 loans at a 99% repayment rate, ENLACE continues to expand the impact of our Economic Development Programs.
A Mother's Dream of a New Home: Rosa Estrada Vineyard Christian Church from Pataskala, Ohio has worked alongside Zurisadai Church in San Jacinto since 2006. During during their fifth visit to the region, they supported the work of the church in its effort to give shelter to one of the most vulnerable families identified by the church and community. Through this housing project, the church has further strengthened relationships with the community and also ties of friendship with the Vineyard Church who collaborated in the building of a home for Rosa Estrada, her daughter and six grandchildren.
Church Partnership Through the Eyes of an Iowan Church: The Gateway Church is a vibrant young church in downtown Des Moines Iowa that is dedicated to "join God in the renewal of all things." As part of living out this mission in Des Moines the church committed to join in the renewal of the San Martin region of El Salvador through a church partnership with ENLACE.
Visualizing Partnership: Video from CrossWay Christian Church : The centerpiece of ENLACE’s mission is to help and support local churches in El Salvador as they engage effectively in service with their impoverished communities. Building and renewing relationships between each other and God, therefore, is at the heart of what we do.
Pastor Felix Bringing Change Through Home Gardens :Amazing things are happening through home gardens in El Salvador. In 2011, more than 1,200 people increased their income and nutritional intake through home gardens. For 2012, we have more than 3,000 people ready and waiting to start their gardens, but we need your help to make it happen!
Church Partnership: ENLACE IS YOUR CHURCH'S LINK TO TRANSFORMATION IN EL SALVADOR
Lacking Nothing: A Thank You to Kim Frederick: Kim’s arrival in 2010 to help in the areas of Communications, Public Health and Mission Team Management was another example that ENLACE will not lack anything it needs.
Making Things New in Her Mother's Native Land: A Thank You to Michelle Zuniga - Michelle Zuniga is a passionate young woman who truly impacted El Salvador through her service with ENLACE in 2010 and 2011.
Living "Without Troubles:" Local Pastor Uses Credit Wisely - Like tools in a tool box, micro loans and business training are necessary tools in community transformation
The Gift of a Secure Home: The Story of Pablo Moran - Despite his best efforts to provide for his wife and four children, Pablo never had the opportunity to afford adequate housing for his family
A New Home for Olga Medrano: "We will come out of this poverty" - Olga Melani Medrano has lived in conditions of extreme poverty for years while raising her seven children, and the rainy season always came with much stress because their home was leaking and the walls falling apart.
A New Home for Miriam Paz: "With God's Help, this has Become a Reality" - Miriam Paz is a young widow with three small children. When a church member visited to help fix the roof of her old home, he saw that her house, on the verge of collapsing, was a danger to her and her children.
GivFood: Dina Velasquez "I know that what my son is eating is healthy" - When the Home Gardens Project first began in El Espino, Dina Velasquez had no desire to cultivate her own garden.
GivFood: Mercedes Portillo "We are no longer isolated from one another" - Mercedes Portillo is a leader in his community who has been cultivating vegetables for years.
GivFood: Azucena Fuentes "It's a way that I can help sustain my family" - Azucena and her family are new to the area of La Loma, and she is excited to have the opportunity to grow tomatoes at her home.
GivFood: Juan Antonio "By selling tomatoes I'll be able to buy milk" - Juan Antonio is a new father and a resident of La Loma. He is excited to be able to sell tomatoes from his garden in order to provide for his new son.
We Will Have Water: Catalina Cabrera - Residents of Las Delicias have lived for generations without running water in their homes, but Catalina encourages her neighbors that clean water is finally on the way.
We Will have Water: Ana Lourdes - Ana Lourdes is one of the thousands of community members in Las Delicias that will benefit from the Project Milagro water system.
We Will Have Water: Ruth de Lemus - The Infant Nutritional Center is a daycare for malnourished children in Las Delicias and one of the five schools that will benefit from project milagro.
Zurisadai Church: An Opportunity "Right in Front of Our Noses" - Zurisadai Church is characterized for their motivation and sense of calling to their community which make it continue to drive toward a total transformation of their community.
Alexander Carpio Testimonial - ENLACE "equips churches to transform communities." The concept of community transformation is often vague and difficult to grasp. However, the story of one life transformed is much more tangible. With this in mind we want to share with you Alex's story.
Douglas Regalado Testimonial ENLACE "equips churches to transform communities." The concept of community transformation is often vague and difficult to grasp. However, the story of one life transformed is much more tangible. With this in mind we want to share with you Douglas' story.
Pastor Rafael Gonzalez Testimonial As an uneducated, 16 year old orphan, Pastor Rafael Gonzalez started his first church on the beaches of El Salvador. A widower at the age of 23, he overcame countless adversities that have brought him to where he is today; He pastors the New Jerusalem Church in Comecayo, a rural church of more than 1,000 members which now partners with ENLACE to impact an entire region of the country.
El Espino Home Gardens The community of El Espino is implementing a home garden initiative that will benefit 120 people by providing food for a lifetime.
Project Milagro: Water Flowing to First Tank Having water in the communities of Las Delicias, El Rosario and Las Animas has become a miracle and that is what they experienced on the day water flowed to the first distribution tank.
FRIENDS OF ENLACE- description of new fundraising campaign where you can contribute monthly to ENLACE's ministry in El Salvador.
HEALTHY COMMUNITIES INTERVIEW IN ABELINES- Blanca and Elena, original members of the Abelines health committee, tell what they have learned over the years and how it has affected the health of their community.
CHURCH AND COMMUNITY INTERVIEW IN ABELINES- church leader Isabel Romero and pastor Victorio Paz of the Abelines Assembly of God church describe how five years of training and biblical reflection through ENLACE's church and community program has impacted their church and community.
ENLACE OVERVIEW- ENLACE's executive director, Ron Bueno, gives a brief history and overview of the ministry.
VOCATIONAL WORKSHOP IN SAN JOSE EL NARANJO- the jerusalem church develops vocational workshops for the youth in their area.
TESTIMONY OF CREDIT RECIPIENTS IN SAN MARTIN MARKET- ENLACE's community economic development program helps hundreds of people find a way out of poverty.
SAN DIEGO FIRST / SAN JOSE EL NARANJO MISSIONS TRIP - the jerusalem church thanks san diego first assembly and invites them back in 2007
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