Moriah Harris Serving in San Salvador

San Salvador Children Development Centers

History

2008: GCC discovered an extremely impoverished community called El Guayabo, which runs up the largest mountain in San Salvador. The small community school served 55 children and had only one teacher who taught in a one-room schoolhouse made of sheet metal with a dirt floor without water or electricity. Mission groups began helping by sponsoring and participating in medical campaigns

2010: Pastor Victor Turcios and Carlos Gomez discussed the development of a support center

July 2010: Construction began on the Children’s Development Center (CDC) in Guayabo. After 4 years of great success, the church noticed needs in a city, Soyapango, adjacent to San Salvador. The city is known for a powerful gang mentality that attracts young children by promising them a family.

August 2015: CDC Soyapango opened to 52 children.

Development Centers Provide

  • Medical Care
  • Nutrition
  • Tutoring
  • English Program
  • Biblical Values
  • Hope Through Jesus

Stonebrooker Moriah Harris has been serving in San Salvador for the last three months. One of her major responsibilities is teaching English. Teaching English is definitely out of Moriah's comfort zone and has stretched her.

“I’ve never done anything like this before, so I’m learning as I go!” said Moriah. Another missionary, Ali, is teaching English to the oldest kids at the Children Development Center (CDC) in Guayabo. Currently Moriah is tweaking lesson plans, planning homework and giving classes to the two younger sections, children ages four to ten.

The kids have been working hard to get better at their English but sometimes it is a bit of a struggle. “Because my name is hard for some of the locals to pronounce, I tell people they can call me Maria,” said Moriah. “My English classes call me ‘Miss Maria,’ but some of the kids say it more like ‘Meesh Maria.’ It always puts a smile on my face!”

Stonebrook's sister church, Eglisia Gran Comision Church San Salvador, has been creating an English academy to help the people of El Salvador learn English, reach them with the love of Christ, and invite them into a church family. Moriah, along with two other missionaries, has been teaching the classes each week. Initially there have been about 15 students. “We hope to improve their futures, both physically and spiritually,” said Moriah.

Three mission teams came to El Salvador during July from Maryland and Ohio to serve at the CDCs. Team members were as young as 10 and as old as 70. “It was a pleasure serving alongside them as a ‘local,’ translating and helping out whenever and wherever I could,” said Moriah. “The kids love having mission teams come too, because they bring fresh smiles, fun stories, activities, and lots of hugs!”

Moriah will continue to be in San Salvador for three more months. She’s realizing that she’s already halfway through her adventure. “I’m so grateful for all that God has done and continues to do,” said Moriah. “I look forward to what the next three months will hold!”

Prayer Requests
  • Praise God for overall good health so far! Pray that it continues to be that way.
  • That God bless their English Academy. Particularly adequate preparation, the right students to come, and for God to use their efforts to richly bless those involved.
  • That God continues to show Moriah how to be a blessing to the local church, and that He makes it clear what His will for her is going forward.

You can learn more about the GCC Church in San Salvador at their website (http://igcsansalvador.com/en/).

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