International Ministries

Pray for Kim Kushner, helping develop leaders in El Salvador

March 1, 2011 PrayerCall
Kim serves in both regional and local ministry projects in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Based in El Salvador, Kim offers her experience and passion for community development and equipping local leaders as she partners with local grassroots leadership and development projects initiated by the Baptist Federation of El Salvador (FEBES).

At the regional level, Kim has been invited by partners in Latin America and the Caribbean to serve as coordinator of a regional assessment of theological education. She expects to ultimately organize a regional gathering for theological educators where they will have the opportunity to discuss the trends of the assessment and explore strategic directions for their unique education contexts.

She writes: This week I visited Jucuapa to visit a team from Cherry Hills and Waverly Baptist Churches in IL. While team leaders Dale and John have been to El Salvador more than 15 times, most of the team was here for the first time. I think we all were encouraged and inspired by this group's desire to serve, work hard, and give generously. Thanks to the enthusiasm of Dale and John, hundreds of people have come to share their time and talents in El Salvador.

Currently serving in El Salvador for 3-month is volunteer Becky Hall. Becky has committed a year to learning about missions and serving throughout Latin America. Becky spent several months helping out with Deborah’s House in Tijuana, Mexico where IM Missionaries Ray and Adalia Schellinger work with victims of domestic violence. Here in El Salvador, Becky is working with 3 churches and communities as an English instructor, helping churches here be better prepared to receive future volunteer groups.

Just over a year ago, I had the privilege of receiving a team from Palmer Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania. A year after the trip, members of the team continue to lift up in prayer Salvadoran seminary students. Team member Marikay Green shared this reflection about how she saw God in the people she met in El Salvador.

“God provides them hope when their world offers them nothing.  God gives them peace and love in a place known for its violence.  God gives them grace and a faith bigger than that little mustard seed to see them through.  It is in El Salvador, I saw God living amongst the people. I saw Jesus in their faces, and the Holy Spirit ushering in the Kingdom of God.  Palmer Seminary offered me the opportunity of a lifetime to study abroad, but God showed each of us on this journey, the love of a lifetime that we have been called to share and live as seen through the eyes of the Salvadorans.”

May we continue to encounter God and be transformed through small acts of service and big leaps of faith.