ICM Goes to El Salvador
November 9-11, 2018, 56 participants came together outside of San Juan, El Salvador for the Institute of Children’s Ministry. The times of instruction were fruitful, and participants exhibited a solid understanding of the teaching through group activities, as well as completion of application assignments.
Children’s Ministries is thriving in El Salvador! Of the 156 churches throughout the nation, 125 are presently participating in a national outreach program aimed at serving and winning children. One-hundred-eighteen of these churches provide a Saturday Bible club that includes spiritual programming, as well as sports activities and meals.
Seven of these churches offer daily outreach to the children of their community, with each congregation reaching a minimum of 250 children. These churches provide daily instruction, tutoring, meals, and sports activities. They are also training the children to learn a trade or craft that will benefit them in the future with career opportunities.
These programs, which are costly, are partially funded by the local churches, as well as the government which provides a stipend for the staff. National Overseer Ismael Ticas reports that these programs are reaching some of the most impoverished children of their nation, as well as those impacted by gangs and violence.
The training presented by International Children’s Ministries helped provide foundational tools for churches and teams already involved in the ministry, as well as those who will soon join the effort.
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