Finding Friends and Deepening Faith

Administrative AssistantOutreach

The 2017 El Salvador team is in the community of Getsemani this week as part of Myers Park Presbyterian’s renewed partnership with Habitat for Humanity El Salvador. Follow along with their work all week here on the blog! We work hard on this trip. There’s not one moment, it seems, where every member of our team doesn’t have a pick … Read More

Home Is Where The Heart Is

Administrative AssistantOutreach

The 2017 El Salvador team is in the community of Getsemani this week as part of Myers Park Presbyterian’s renewed partnership with Habitat for Humanity El Salvador. Follow along with their work all week here on the blog! 1-2-3-4… all the way up to number 19. Perhaps it sounds like child’s play, but given the large number in our group, … Read More

Manos, Manos, no Manos

Josh RichardOutreach

The 2017 El Salvador team is in the community of Getsemani this week as part of Myers Park Presbyterian’s renewed partnership with Habitat for Humanity El Salvador. Follow along with their work all week here on the blog! Tuesday had all the makings of an easier day, or so it seemed. Our plans called for initially stopping to visit the … Read More

A Gathering Crowd in El Salvador

Administrative AssistantOutreach

The 2017 El Salvador team is in the community of Getsemani this week as part of Myers Park Presbyterian’s renewed partnership with Habitat for Humanity El Salvador. Follow along with their work all week here on the blog! By Monday evening, our mission team welcomed the arrival of the “Miami Five” to the hotel. (If you’re just catching up, five … Read More

Off to El Salvador! Well, Maybe.

Administrative AssistantOutreach

The 2017 El Salvador team is heading to the community of Getsemani this week as part of Myers Park Presbyterian’s renewed partnership with Habitat for Humanity El Salvador. Follow along all week here on the blog! Things looked great… until we got to the Charlotte airport on Saturday morning! Flight delayed by 1 hour….then by 2 hours! With an already … Read More

Back in the Comfort Zone

Josh RichardOutreach

We landed in Charlotte late last night. People were speaking English. Traffic patterns made sense. The air was crisp. It was the same place we’d left behind a week ago. In some ways, we took our comfort zone with us to El Salvador. We stayed at a hotel that was clean and safe. We had easy access to safe water. … Read More

Wild Love

Josh RichardOutreach

Oof. It was an early morning. We wanted to get a hop on the construction portion of our day, so we backed up our schedule by about an hour. Over breakfast, Melissa prayed for us to “…continue to know this community better, and to spread our love wildly.” The “Wild Love” concept is such appealing imagery for me. We can’t … Read More

The House of Health

Josh RichardOutreach

Part of the larger effort in Getsemani is the Casa de Salud, a community health clinic. There’s no dedicated health professional for a community of this size, but a local doctor comes through frequently to address some of the health needs. Push pins representing household health Push pins representing household health There’s a great map of the community with colored … Read More

Celebrations, Concrete, and Corn Ice Cream

Josh RichardOutreach

Well, we got to sleep in. We haven’t been on some crazy schedule of waking up before dawn or anything, but it was a welcome bit of extra time to relax with a cup of (excellent) coffee. Court trying to get the shot above. Court trying to get the shot above. This morning held a bit of a departure from … Read More

Opening Up

Josh RichardOutreach

Some of us split off to go shopping today. Not really for souvenirs or items to remember our time here by, but for groceries. We were cooking lunch for everyone, more on that later. Francis and Lolita took us through the outdoor market, which encompasses a good two or three blocks of Ahuachapan. It’s an amazing array of a little … Read More

Let’s Do This

Josh RichardOutreach

Habitat El Salvador doesn’t mess around. They host around 75 groups every year and build dozens of homes. Six in ten Salvadorans live in inadequate housing. That basic human need just isn’t being met for the majority of the people here. Habitat definitely addresses that, but through our partnership has been able to create a more holistic plan for the … Read More

Looks Like We Made It

Josh RichardOutreach

There’s no amount of coffee that can make 4 a.m. feel like anything other than the middle of the night, but that’s when we arrived at the airport. Fourteen of us from Myers Park Pres are in El Salvador for the next six days, deepening the relationships we’ve been cultivating for nearly nine years. In 2007, MPPC developed a partnership … Read More