It was a neighbourhood with the reputation for being dangerous. As a matter of fact it was known as the most dangerous neighbourhood in the San Salvador area, the capital of El Salvador. There were 3 to 4 murders every month here related to gang activity. But then a group of people started a church, and they started reaching out to children in the community. Soon a Compassion Centre was established and children were sponsored. The children could come for a meal, Bible teaching, medical care and just a safe place to play. Children and siblings of gang members came to the centre too. And soon the community started to change. It came to the point where the media came to the neighbourhood to find out what was going on. The crime rate dropped so drastically that it drew attention. The answer the community gave for this amazing change is, “It’s the church!”
This is the Compassion Centre we were privileged to visit today. With 373 sponsored children in this centre they are doing an amazing job of teaching these children, providing for them, and loving them with the gospel of Jesus Christ. They have started a program for the graduated students with a business of sewing and selling backpacks. They have amusic program for children to learn instruments and become part of the worship teams at church. They are currently in process of initiating a program for special needs children which is a huge need in El Salvador. What a blessing to see what God is doing at this Centre!
But the best part of this day for me, was meeting the two children that we sponsor through Compassion. There’s nothing like seeing the smiles on their faces, playing with them and giving them big hugs. We talked with their parents to find out the progress of our kids and how they are being cared for. It’s always a highlight of going to El Salvador! These families have become family to us. We love them so much and feel blessed to be a part of their lives. If you’ve never considered sponsoring a child, consider it today. Compassion Canada is a great organization where not only children’s lives are changed but the impact reaches the family and beyond to the community as well!