Missions of Healing in El Salvador
Missions of Healing in El Salvador
Mission of Healing - Northern Micro-Region
February 2-10, 2013
Mission of Healing - Central & South Micro-Region
February 16-24, 2013
Mission of Healing - Eastern Micro-Region
To be determined
Why 3 Missions?
In order to maximize resources and build stronger relationships within the micro-regions and between sister churches, the Salvadoran Lutheran Church and Greater Milwaukee Synod have proposed this new format. All missions are open to members and friends of any Greater Milwaukee Synod congregation. Leadership for each mission is being coordinated by representatives from Milwaukee-area congregations who have relationships in the region. A Leadership Roundtable has been established to help with coordination of resources and personnel among the missions, and to help facilitate communication with the Salvadoran team leaders.
How can you help with the 2013 Missions of Healing?
- UPDATED: Assemble Family Healing Kits! Kits are designed to help families to learn about good health and to cope with small emergencies in the home. One kit will be given to each family. Use the Family Healing Kit List to collect the items in your congregation, and then hold an "assembly day" to put the kits together. The list includes instructions. This is a great project for small groups, Sunday Schools, Scout troops and families. Assembled kits may be dropped off at the synod office by January 5, 2013.
- UPDATED: The kits will include educational materials. You can help us out by printing and stuffing the kit bags with these pages. Please feel free to use these in your own ministry setting.
- Join the 10,000 Toothbrush Challenge! Use these posters to help promote a campaign in your church or community: Toothbrush Poster #1 and Toothbrush Poster #2. Toothbrushes should be dropped off at the synod office by January 5, 2013.
- Collect the following supplies: paper lunch bags, zipper plastic bags (snack size, extra small craft size), colored dot stickers. Donations should be dropped off at the synod office by January 5, 2013.
- Make a money donation to help with the purchase of prescription medications and supplies for the trip. Checks may be written to "Greater Milwaukee Synod" with "Mission of Healing Gift" on the memo line or donate online.
A Little History
The first healing mission took place when Deb Adams from St. John's ELCA (Brookfield, WI) received a call from God to provide healing in El Salvador. She had never been to El Salvador, but God had a plan. The mission was jointly-planned between St. John's, All Peoples ELCA (Milwaukee, WI) and their sister church and included doctor and nurses from the Salvadoran Health Department. The medical team did well-checks in the little church in the community of Los Héroes while a teaching team did a 3-day Vacation Bible School experience in the community school. That was in 2000.
Over the past 12 years, the mission has grown. Los Héroes had always invited neighboring communities to participate, and eventually worked in concert with the national church to move the mission to the Salvadoran Lutheran Church Clinic in San Salvador so that more people could participate. The mission has historically included worship, baptism, education and medical checks, and over the years other elements have been added according to the gifts which healers brought to the table. In 2007, Cross of Life ELCA (Brookfield, WI) combined its 2 years of experience doing dental missions with the St. John's Mission. St. John's and Cross of Life have continued to work together with other area church leaders to coordinate the Missions of Healing, which have included participants from 13 Milwaukee Synod congregations (including Bishop Jeff), professionals and lay-healers from outside the church, and participants from congregations in Minnesota, Arizona and Texas.
In 2013 we will begin a new era of micro-regional missions. Participants will come from the sister churches, from other congregations in our synod and from across the US. Milwaukee area congregations with sister churches in the Northern Micro-Region are: St. John's Brookfield, All Peoples Milwaukee and Our Saviors West Bend. Congregations with sister churches in the Central/South-Central Micro-Region are: Cross of Life Brookfield, Atonement Muskego, Galilee Pewaukee, St. Peter Sheboygan, North Cape Franksville, Abiding Savior Milwaukee, Church of the Resurrection Hartland, and St. Matthews Wauwatosa. Congregations with sister churches in the Eastern Micro-Region are: Grace Thiensville and Lake Park Milwaukee. Missions of Healing leadership is also provided by Kingo Milwaukee and Hope ELCA in Chippewa Falls. Leaders in the US work closely with Pastor Conchi, Pastor Guadalupe, Pastor Norma and the micro-region leaders of the Salvadoran Lutheran Church. In recent years, the annual Mission of Healing Team has consisted of about 30 volunteers from the US and 40 volunteers from El Salvador and has served about 1000 patients.
Images from Over the Years...
- Mission of Healing 2009 ~ a power point presentation with photos and descriptions. The Mission included 4 days of healing clinics: 2 in San Salvador in the Lutheran Clinic and Resurrection Lutheran Church and 2 in the northern micro-region at a Lutheran Church in San Jeronimo, Guazapa.
- Mission of Healing 2011 ~ link to a Facebook Photo Album
- Mission of Healing 2012 ~ link to a Facebook Photo Album