Volunteers in Mission (VIM)Fifteen persons committed to going to El Salvador in January. Marge Smink, Gail Campbell, Luis Montaner, Andreana Stoker, and Andres Montaner went for a week, January 9th -16th. Brian Walker, Rick Stoker, Nancy Atchison, Sebastien Galvez, Phil Poncé, Karis Poncé, Bob Smink, Nicole Rodriguez, Sarah Baker and Richard Rood went for 11 days.
Berwyn UM Church dispatched a construction and medical team to Ahuachapan, El Salvador . The medical team consisted of Carol Cherry (nurse), Dr. Alvin Moyer (St. Andrew UMC), and Carlos Gusheken (New Berlinville UMC). They worked out of the Methodist Medical Clinic. The rest of the mission team (Rick Stoker, Sebastian Galvez, Scott Campbell, Steve Cherry, Janelle Larson, Brian Walker and Nancy Atchison) worked in construction of a new church building.
Along with the members of Berwyn UMC, this team was augmented with the presence of: Barbara Wenger (Lincoln Park UMC), John Stauffer, Mary Ann Stauffer, David Stauffer (New Berlinville UMC).
The Berwyn UM Administrative Board adopted a resolution establishing a covenant relationship with Iglesia Evangelica Metodista Roca Eterna in Ahuachapan.
Ahuachapan is the headquarters of the Methodist Church in El Salvador. The church (New Jerusalem Methodist Church) that is being built is a fairly large one. It is designed to seat up to 400. There are also plans to build a Christian Education Center and a parsonage. This team worked on laying the floor of the church.
A number of members have committed to support, with a scholarship, some of the young people with whom we worked and got to love, respect, and appreciate. Nancy Atchison will be supporting Alexander. Janelle Larson will be supporting Mayra; Jennie Scudder-Levin: Melvin; Brian Walker-Ana Alicia; the Hall and Campbell families-Rosa; Barbara Wenger-Jose; the Stauffer family-Jose Miguel; and Pastor Phil-Filadelfo.
You may support any of these young persons by making a check payable to Berwyn UMC for $320.00. In the memo please write "VIM Scholarship". This supports a student for a year.
Dr. Alvin Moyer and RN Carol Cherry served as volunteers at the clinic. This clinic is operated by the church for those who can't pay for medical care. Some of the money that was contributed for the mission trip went to purchasing medicine for the clinic.
Below: Local leaders Juan de Dios Peña and Martha Landaverde
More Information About El Salvador- About Ahuachapan
- Covenant Relationship with Roca Eterna
- About El Salvador
- Geography of El Salvador