Presbytery of Des Moines
Our Sister Parish


The Pastoral Team has served the people of Berlín for more than 25 years. They organize and educate community leaders, facilitate project requests, financially manage projects, fulfill basic requests for health, education, food, and clothing that come to them every day, and provide pastoral care to the people of Berlín.
Luis Balmore Guardado
Community: Alejandría
Worked with the Pastoral Team Since: 1985
Family: two brothers, his mother, one brother and father are deceased. Married to Blanca Lydia Cruz.
In addition to working with the communities and being the Delegate of the Word in Alejandría, Balmore works in agriculture and coffee farms.

Santos de  Jesús  Cruz
Community: Alejandría
Worked with the Pastoral Team Since: 1984
Family: two brothers and their dear mother.
Jesús works in the Catholic church in the city of Berlín and always belongs to the Pastoral Team.

Blanca Lidia Cruz de Guardado
Community: Alejandría
Worked with the Pastoral Team Since: 1993
Family: Five siblings, unfortunately no longer has her parents, she is married to Luis Balmore Guardado
Blanca currently works in the organization with the communities and in the different projects that the Pastoral Team carries out. She also collaborate with the farm that  belongs to her family.
Cecilia del Rosario Coreas
Community: Alejandría
Worked with the Pastoral Team Since: 2002
Family: 5 brothers, her mother, two children: Elmer and  Marvin. She is the sister of Idalia and Alexander.
Cecilia currently works on the organization and execution of projects carried out by the Pastoral Team in Berlín.

Teresa Idalia Coreas
Community: Alejandría
Worked with the Pastoral Team Since: 2003
Family: 5 brothers, her mother, sister of Cecilia and Alexander
Idalia currently works in the organization and different projects of the Pastoral Team.

Ana Margarita Chicas
Community: Berlín
Worked with the Pastoral Team Since: 2010
Family: she has two children and a life partner
Ana Margarita collaborates on work that the Pastoral Team carries out on behalf of the communities.

César Alejandro Coreas
Community: Alejandría
Family: Five siblings, his mother, brother of Cecilia and Idalia
Worked with the Pastoral Team Since: 2011
Alejandro received a Pastoral House Scholarship. After finishing his studies, he began collaborating with the Pastoral Team. Currently helps as a driver and also helps all the work of the Team.

Elmer Josué Coreas
Community: Alejandría
Family: one brother, mother Ceciliadel Rosario Coreas
Worked with the Pastoral Team Since: 2019
Elmer received a Pastoral House Scholarship. After finishing his studies, he began collaborating with the Pastoral Team. He currently helps organize and create reports to send information to the sister churches of the United States also helps Alexander as a driver and collaborates  with all  the work of the Team.


The mission co-worker acts as a liaison between the Pastoral Team and the communities of Berlín in El Salvador and the Compañeros board, churches, and other partner organizations in Iowa and elsewhere. They help churches plan and lead delegations, processes, translates, and communicates requests for projects, and generally acts as the communicator between all the different groups involved in the mission. They also live and work alongside the Pastoral Team in order to help encourage Salvadoran communities and community leaders to work for a better future for themselves and their children.
The Rev. Dr. Annika Lister Stroope is serving as Interim Mission Co-Worker through September 30, 2020.
Annika can be reached at ospannika at gmail dot com
In 1996, Annika served as a liaison between the Parish of San Jose in Berlin, El Salvador and Des Moines Presbytery.
Ordained in 2001 to her first call in a chaplaincy position at Macalester College in St. Paul, MN, Annika was then called in 2002 to serve on a team of ministers at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis. In 2012, she was called as Senior Pastor of the Federated Church (Presbyterian & UCC) in Columbus, Nebraska. Annika began as Our Sister Parish Interim Mission Co-Worker in January 2020. She also serves in Des Moines Presbytery as Parish Associate for Adult Education and Mission at Central Presbyterian Church, as Moderator of First Presbyterian Church, and as a teaching elder on the Leadership Council.

Rev. Annika Lister Stroope

Our Sister Parish Board

2019 Our Sister Parish Brochure
Click above to read and/or download this brochure
Our Sister Parish Board The Board manages the Iowa side of the mission. They educate people in the Presbytery of Des Moines and others about the work of the mission, assist churches in organizing delegations, promote mission projects, fundraise, and help the churches of Iowa to work together to improve the lives of people in Berlín.

 Officers for 2020:
  • Moderator: Mike Bassett
  • Vice Moderator:
  • Secretary: Alisha Lundberg
  • Co-Treasurers: Sue Burns, Mark McAdoo
  • At Large: Jim Howard
  • Don Justo Coffee Coordinators: 
  • Betty Dyer
  • Maurice Dyer
  • Steering Committee:
  • Rev Kip Harris
  •  Jim Howard
  • Co-Worker Search Committee: 
  • Steve Gude 
  •  Steve Hopkins 
  • Maria Howard 
  • Rev. Dave Kincaide


Churches, Sister Partnerships, and Their Church Representatives on the OSP Board
• Ankeny, Ankeny Presbyterian Church & Canton El Corozal  Marcia McAdoo, Mark McAdoo
• Art for El Salvador & Caserio Mediagua Maria Howard, Niah Howard
• Atlantic, First United Presbyterian Church & El Rescate  Bettie Siggins
• Clive, Heartland Presbyterian Church & Caseríos Centro/Cerna, Canton El Tablón Kathy Bassett, LuAnn Smith
• Dallas Center, First Presbyterian Church & Canton Virginia Nancy Lister-Settle, Jim Howard, Maria Howard, Niah Howard, Ann Beavers
• Des Moines, Central Presbyterian Church & Pastoral House  Mike Bassett
• Des Moines, Intentional Eucharistic Community (DMIEC)  Steve Gude
• Des Moines, Westminster Presbyterian Church & Canton San Francisco, Caserios Los Yánez, Los Jimenez, Las Cruces, Los Rosales, El Cimarrón  Alisha Lundberg
• Indianola, Trinity United Presbyterian Church & Caseríos Casa de Zinc and Casa de Zacate   Margaret Blair,
Betty Dyer, Maurice Dyer, Renee Little
 Presbytery of Des Moines,  Southwest Regional Partnership & Caserio Alejandria Gary Badgett, Rev. Tim Maxa
• Presbytery of Long Island, NY & Canton Santa Cruz  John Hile, Lorna Lisa
• West Des Moines, Covenant Presbyterian Church & Canton San Isidro  Deb Kellogg, Kaela Phillips, Lisa Albers

Our Sister Parish History

The mission began in 1990 when Rev. Robert Cook first visited Berlin as the Hunger Action Enabler of the Presbytery of Des Moines, Iowa.

Rev. Cook went to live in Berlin permanently in 2001 and retired in 2006. Rev. Cook is no longer associated with Our Sister Parish.

In January 2008, Kathy (Mahler) Bassett moved to Berlin to become the Mission Co-Worker and served until 2012. She continues to be very active with the mission and returns to El Salvador often.

Rev. Katherine Pater served as the Our Sister Parish Mission Co-Worker from January 2013 to September of 2016.

Our Sister Parish Historical Calendar


Donate: Send donations to Our Sister Parish, PO Box 71632, Clive IA 50325. Unless otherwise designated, donations will go to the General Fund, which supports the overall mission needs and pays the Co-Worker. To specify a designation, include that information with your donation. You can also make a one-time donation on-line here: 
Get involved: The Our Sister Parish Board meets the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 pm, currently via Zoom, email for info.
Buy/serve Don Justo Coffee: Call 515-971-8406, Email or visit to order or find out where you can go to purchase in person. 
Learn More: Visit and like the Our Sister Parish page on Facebook and the Our Sister Parish website at www.
Visit Berlín: Come with us on a delegation--or schedule a delegation from your whole church! All are welcome. Visit the Our Sister Parish website and click on the "Delegations" tab ( 
 Become a Sustaining Donor: Contact to set up automatic, recurring donations from your credit card or checking account.