Our Sister Parish

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.

We Did it: New truck Coming Soon!

With the combination of a GoFundMe campaign ($4,155.72), personal donations ($6,194.60), church donations ($5,354.45) and a generous matching gift challenge ($5,000), we met our fund raising goal for the purchase of a new truck – at a total of $20,704.77. The Pastoral Team has been so busy with delegations that they haven’t actually purchase the truck yet, but they will very soon. What a wonderful gift of safe and reliable transportation this will be for the Pastoral Team in their daily work and future delegations that visit. An enormous and heartfelt “Thank you!” goes to all who helped.

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.
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