Churches are built out of concrete block and include a sanctuary and classrooms for Sunday School and church activities. We ask each team to bring $4,200 for construction which cover materials and professional local labor.
1. Our principal construction focus is the Methodist School. The church is building on multi-story building to expand the Methodist school through high school grades. Additionally the building will host other ministries of the church
2. Rebuilding the church and clinic at Vida Nueva church in San Salvador. We envision erecting a new two story building that will house both a church and a clinic.
We host medical teams and arrange for them to set up mobile clinics in
impoverished communities and provide medical services for free. Medical
teams are responsible for providing their own supplies and medicines. The process for getting permits for medications to enter El Salvador is lengthy. Paperwork must be filed 90 days prior to your arrival in order to make sure there is no problems at customs.
Additionally the Methodist Church in El Salvador maintains a Methodist Medical Clinic in Ahuachapan. The Methodist Clinic seeks to help people who are in need of medical services but that do not have the resources to pay to be seen at a traditionally staffed private clinic in El Salvador. The Methodist Clinic only charges $5.00 and medicines are always dispensed free of charge. The clinic is always in need of medicines please let us know if you or your church would like to help keep the pharmacy stocked and we will send you the information you need.
There is no shortage of children in El Salvador and they are an important part of SMP's ministry. All teams are welcome to do bible school while working in El Salvador. Children go to school half days (either in the morning or the afternoon) so any time of year is ideal to have bible school. Teams will need to provide their own material and supplies. If you need to have a translator for your bible school let us know and we can line that up
We will purchase bulk staple foods, and your team will repack the food into individual bags for distribution. We take small groups to visit individual homes. There we take time to talk with the family so that your group members will have the opportunity to understand daily life and struggles of families in El Salvdor. We take time to pray with the family and if they are not attending a church, tell them about the Methodist Church. The cost to participate in this program is $1000. In 2020 it wil be necessary to change the way we distribute food bags. After meeting with pastors we have decided the best way that we can support the local churches is by reducing the number of visits and enable the local church to be more active in this ministry. Teams that have participated in this ministry in the past will see a change in the frequency and number of visits.
We construct simple homes of concrete block for families who own property but either live in overcrowded or sub-standard conditions. The homes built by SMP are simple 36 square meter homes built from a government approved plan. Houses are built for both church members and non church members. There is an application and review process to ensure that the families being serviced can not obtain a home through any other means. The cost to build a home is $6,000 which covers the cost of materials and local professional labor.
While the previous 5 projects are ongoing with the Methodist Church in El Salvador we are always open to new ideas. If your team has an idea and a plan run it by us and we will do our best to help make it happen. In the past we have done sewing classes, Women's Bible studies, Girls Empowerment Bible studies, youth retreats, clergy round tables and even swimming classes.