Our Sister Parish

Rev. Katherine Pater Itineration Schedule for June 1-14.

Our Sister Parish Mission Co-worker, Pastor Katherine Pater will be in Iowa on an itineration visit June 1-14, 2016. She is available beginning at 1 PM on June 1 through 1 PM on June 14. Reservations for speaking engagements must be made by May 29. If you would like to schedule time with her while she is in Iowa, please fill out the following form to make a request. While making a request doesn't guarantee the request will be granted, we will do our best to accommodate as many as we can. Request will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis.​

Katherine Pater Itineration Schedule Form - June 1-14, 2016

If you have questions or concerns, please contact Lisa Albers at lisa_albers@msn.com or 515-238-2487.

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Have you tried the two NEW flavors of Don Justo Coffee with Dignity? The new flavors are Mocha Mint and Amaretto. They both come in 1 lb. bags and $1 samples. Get yours by clicking on the Buy Coffee tab at the top of this website, visiting the Presbytery of Des Moines office or email us at donjustocoffee@gmail.com.

new truck

In late December 2015, a new Kia K2700 truck was delivered to the Pastoral Team and our Mission Co-worker in Berlin, El Salvador. The smaller, used Toyota pickup that the team had been using for several was getting near the end of its useful life. It was not traded in as the staff can use is for shorter, less demanding trips around Berlin.

The new truck was really needed for the safety and reliability it will provide for our pastoral team and the many delegations who annually visit El Salvador and stay at the pastoral house in Berlin. If and when you have any vehicle problems, there is no AAA to help you if you are stranded away from Berlin!

It has a diesel engine and is a 4 X 4 to help with some of the challenges of the rutted dirt roads used to visit partner cantons around Berlin.

A total of $20,704.77 was raised to finance the new truck:  $5354.45 – church donations; personal donations - $6194.60; matching funds from an anonymous donor - $5000;  “Go Fund Me” account  - $4155.72.

Future delegations and the pastoral staff thank all of the donors who made the new truck purchase a possibility and a reality!
Below is a copy of the 2015 Our Sister Parish Annual Report. Literally, a truck load of work was accomplished during 2015 and we are proud to share it with you. That being said, there is so much more to do, won't you join us!

Compañeros First Medical Delegation a Success

Seated: Kathy Bassett (Clive, Heartland); Dr. Stacey Neu & Latsamy Hilliard (West Des Moines, Covenant).
Standing: Dr. Christian Grindberg (Boone, St. Olaf); Dani Neu (West Des Moines, Covenant); Dr. Andrew Nish (Clive, Heartland); Dr. Mark Hilliard (West Des Moines, Covenant); Dr. Carrie Greenwood; Cassandra McDowell (Kansas City); Dr. Laura Avitt (Indianola, Trinity United); Mike Bassett (Des Moines, Central); Dr. (Doc) Sokol (Cedar Rapids); Sam Susanin (Des Moines, Westminster).

The week of November 4-11, 2015, Compañeros sent its first medical delegation to work with the Pastoral Team of Berlín, the community boards and health committees of the rural villages, and local medical personnel to provide basic healthcare and health education to the people of Berlín, El Salvador. As part of their work, they learned about the historical roots of poverty and social injustice in Central America from the people they are serving in order to better understand the current needs and challenges of El Salvador's poorest communities. In doing so, they built greater links of solidarity, friendship, and love between Christians in central Iowa and their Salvadoran brothers and sisters.
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Our sister Parish Mission Statement

Our Sister Parish mission is a faith based ecumenical effort designed to bring hope and social development to the poor of the pueblo of Berlín, El Salvador, particularly those who live in the cantons of Berlín. Our goal is to raise awareness and embrace solidarity by developing committed relationships within churches in the US and with our brothers and sisters in El Salvador. In the relationships that develop between US churches and the poor of the cantons, faith will grow and the love of God will be profoundly experienced for all involved.