It’s been 8.5 months of our family being back in California. What a wild ride it has been so far. We have had our ups and downs with living here and wanting to be back in El Salvador. Transition is a tricky thing. We are so thankful for all who have supported our entire family as we figure out our old/new ground here in Costa Mesa. There’s a lot that we love about living in California, like being close to family but there is also so much that we are mourning about living in El Salvador. Please continue to pray for each of us as we continue to process what life looks like here.As many of you may already know 6 months ago I was offered a position with an amazing non-profit, El Salvador Missionary Fellowship (www.MissionaryFellowship.com), I have been working with them as their Director of Partner Development and Operations. El Salvador Missionary Fellowship (ESMF) is the on-ground support team for English speaking missionaries that are serving in El Salvador. Their calling is to help missionaries remain spiritually, mentally, physically and relationally healthy, and focused on their part of the great commission to which they have been called.
Charity and Samuel Okurut,along with their four children, Ministry: The Father’s Heart Foundation is establishing a sustainable community for the holistic care of orphaned children . 9.5 years on the field
One of the areas ESMF has identified as a need for missionaries is to learn how to raise support. We have often seen the stress it puts on the missionary family when there is a lack of personal funding. One of my passions as I was on the field was raising funds for our family to live abroad and do ministry. I uniquely understood the importance it was for our family to have a team of partners willing to journey with us as we served in El Salvador. Seeing how the missionaries in El Salvador where struggling in raising funds my heart was to figure out how we could walk alongside them in this particular area.
Ron & Sherry Lapka, along with their two daughters, Ministry: Development of community connection for churches. 10.5 years on the field
On March 5th I traveled back down to El Salvador to put on a small conference for our missionaries, Ministry Partner Development Training. We where able to bring the Director of Ministry Partner Development from Cru (Campus Crusade), Ellis Goldstein, to train our missionaries. It was an incredible seminar. Jam packed with three days of learning how to raise funds for ministry and family needs. It was such a joy to sit with each of our missionaries and talk through some of their fears, struggles and needs and see that they have the tools to accomplish raising the funds they need to continue moving forward in ministry. Each one of them is serving the people of EL Salvador with love and passion. I am so excited to be able to help in this area as it is so important for our missionaries to be fully funded.
God has been so faithful in blessing me with a job that I truly love. Being able to continue to be connected and do ministry in El Salvador is a huge blessing to me and our entire family.
To learn more about El Salvador Missionary Fellowship please visit our website at http://www.MissionaryFellowship.com.
We would like to invite you to our Gala on April 21st on the Admiral Princess Yacht, Newport Beach, CA. We would love for you to attend to learn more about what we are doing.
GALA INFO PAGE AND TICKET PURCHASE
Con Mucho Amor, Cristina