Sometimes journeys begin long before you know you’re on one.  We may think that the plane ride is the start of it all, but it’s not.

This sojourn to El Salvador began for me on my first “missions trip” to Mexico in high school, and within that, each Mexico trip I’ve taken since then.  If I hadn’t had those experiences, I wouldn’t have understood what this journey truly meant.

Now I don’t want to discount the work organizations are doing by giving homes to needy families, while getting churches and high schoolers involved in something bigger than themselves.  But the flaw I can’t seem to stop thinking about is the relationship part of it all.  Honestly, every trip I’ve ever been on had been about beating the record for building a home the fastest, high-fiving the family, and never knowing if the work we rushed through actually stood any test of time.

Riverwest Church and Agros International partnered together 7 years ago to build a community in El Salvador for families to break through the poverty line by teaching them how to work the land, and to build for themselves an economically sustainable community through land ownership and farming.  This vision then translated into a relationship between the Church, Agros, and the Villagers.  With each visit from our Church, it’s not just about how fast we can finish a work project (because they really don’t need a bunch of gringos messing things up), but rather, it’s about sharing as a family in their trials, as well as their blessings.

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