El Salvador, which is Spanish for "the saviour" or Jesus Christ, is a predominantly Christian country on a Pacific Coast of Latin America. The small country is the most densely-populated state on the mainland of the Americas and it is highly industrialised.
In the 1980s the country was destroyed by a civil war between the small and wealthy elite population and the majority of the population, many of whom lived poorly. The war left around 70,000 people dead and caused damage worth billions, but it did bring about important political reforms.
In the last decades, a whole new generation has grown, most of them aware of the gospel and the power of transformation it can bring to their lives.
What we do:
- La Haus: We are passionate about transforming lives and communities and with this ministry are focusing on children in a marginalized area of El Salvador. In cooperation with the local church we facilitate a space for where children can come and play, receive tutoring, be creative and learn about Jesus.
- Door to Nations: We believe God is calling Latinos to join the missions field. OM represents an open door for those who are called to go into the world and share the good news of the gospel.
- Mobilisation is a main focus for OM El Salvador. We mobilize the church through missions conferences, meals with leaders and pastors, creative evangelism training, and more.
- Global Aciton Volunteers Program: OM El Salvador offers an opportunity for those interested to join missions to get involved as a volunteer according to their availability. Teaching, Mentoring and Practical work is part of this program for volunteers to be trained.
How you can get involved:
- For the church to open their minds for the global vision.
- Pray for unity among the team and the local church, so we can work together to mobilise Salvadorians to the least reach.
- Pray for new doors to be open to be a channel of blessing to the needy within the country.
- Give — Give here (http://www.om.org/en/give) to help support the work of OM in El Salvador.
- GO — See the job opportunities listed at http://www.om.org/en/opportunities.
More information about El Salvador:
- Population: Population: 6, 194,126 Annual Growth: 0.44%, Area: 21,041 sq km, Capital: San Salvador.
- Official language: Spanish.
- State of Economy: El Salvador's economy has traditionally been agricultural, but services and industry now employ a greater percentage of the workforce and account for a much higher percentage of the gross domestic product. El Salvador's economy was adversely affected by its 12-year civil war. Offshore assembly products, coffee, sugar, shrimp, textiles, and chemicals are El Salvador's main exports. The leading imports are raw materials, consumer and capital goods, fuel, food, petroleum, and electricity. The United States is by far the largest trading partner.
- Religious make-up: (%) 94.63% Christians; 31.6% Evangelical
- State of the church: During the last two decades the evangelical church has grown impresivly. Churches from different denominations have been establish in the country. One of the largest churches is in El Salvador. Nevertheless, the focus of the church has turned from the outside to the inside. For this reason, churches have become more interested in their own growth and have lost the vision for those who are not able to hear the gospel in the rest of the world.
The local impact in the society has not been as strong as expected considering that more that 2.5 million people are christian. The lack of unity has given a wrong message of the power of the gospel and the enemy has taken advantage of this condition by bringing more darkness among the families; crime, violence, drugs and other issues have increased in recent years.