Prepare For Your Trip!
The K59 Impact Center: El Salvador is located in a beautiful cove, right on the Pacific Ocean. God strategically placed us in this unreached area. Also located within a village, the ministry opportunities are endless. We are able to do many different outreaches such as: surf, soccer & other sports related outreaches, street ministry, school assemblies, ministering to orphans at a local orphanage, bringing hope to the children at the cancer hospital, and so much more.
The have many missions teams from the USA who come down to minister with us. There are several different types of teams who come: ministry teams, construction teams, and surf teams. Depending on the type of team you will be coming on, you can be prepared to give your personal testimony and be ready for God to use your life to impact others. Although you will come expecting to minister to others, God always ministers to you just as much.
If you choose to do ministry at our Impact Center: El Salvador we know God will use you to impact the lives of the El Salvadorian people as well as your own life!
Climate: HOT 90/day 90/night
Village Name: Shutia
Location: K-59; 20min. outside of La Libertad, El Salvador
Answers to the most commonly asked questions.
How long will our trip be?
Does everyone need to have a passport?
Are there any customs forms that we need to enter El Salvador?
- Passport Type: check ORD (ordinary)
- Foreseen Address (where you will be staying): K59 Shutia La Libertad, El Salvador
Do we need a special visa to enter the country?
What should we expect when arriving at the El Salvador airport?
After this area you will walk over to the baggage claim. Be sure you all stay together as a group and have everyone carry their own bags. This way each person knows they have their bag and nothing gets left behind.
The Last thing you will need to do before leaving the airport is to go through the randomized baggage check. each person will need to press a button: if it turns green they pass through, if it turns red they will need to stop and have their bags checked.
Once you are all through and you’ll be ready to head outside. There is always a huge crowd of people at the exit waiting for family and friends to arrive. We should be there waiting for you. If by chance you don’t see us or we are late for some reason, please have your team wait outside and off to the side.
Where will we be staying during our trip?
What will the weather be like while we are there?
Because our camp is very close to the equator the sun is more powerful, so please be sure to pack lots of sunscreen. We highly recommend SPF 50 or higher….trust me you will still get tan even wit that amount of SPF. 🙂 You will also need to drink lots of water to stay hydrated.
Will we be able to use internet or communicate with our church/family back home?
We understand with the availability of international data plans it is very easy to still be online while traveling to our camp. We would love for each team member to turn off all internet during their stay. We do this to help each team member focus 100% on why they are here and not be concerned with what is happening back home. We have seen God move in such a great way when we can unplug for a week and allow Him to speak into our lives.
What can we expect our ministry week to look like?
God has opened great doors for us to minister in many of the private and public schools. During a school assembly program we will do the following: ice breaker, personal testimonies, drama/human video, and bring a message of hope. Depending on the school we can give an alter call and pray for the students. Afterwards we will give time for your team and the students to connect. Each assembly program lasts approx. 45-60min.
For the street ministry we will host a program in a local park or town square. Much like the school assembly program we will do an ice breaker, testimonies, drama/human video, and bring a message of hope. During a street event we will also have an alter call and pray for the people.
We will either do a children’s outreach at the Impact Center with the local children in the village, at an elementary school or at an orphanage. During a children’s outreach we will do an ice breaker, children’s songs with actions (ex. Father Abraham, Jesus Loves Me, or any upbeat children’s song you can put actions too), a Bible Story (ex. Jonah and the whale, the Good Samaritan), you may also like to bring a short illustrated sermon, and a small craft (ex. salvation bracelet, coloring, or other type of craft). During our children’s outreach time your team will have plenty of time to play and spend time with the kids. You may like to bring candy or give away items to hand out to the children.
When we are given the opportunity to be involved at a local church, we will be given the entire service to minister or we will be given the time after worship to minister. Church services will be done much like our other outreaches with personal testimonies, drama/skit, a sermon, and praying over the people.
We may have the opportunity to visit an orphanage close to our Impact Center. Orphanage ministry will look a lot like our children’s ministry outreaches but will also include lots of loving on children. Get ready to hug, hold, and play with the kids.
We will have one day or half-day to work on the Impact Center or other local project. You will be doing some sort of construction type job. (ex. mixing cement, shoveling dirt, laying blocks, etc.) Please bring one pair of work clothes/shoes you don’t mind getting dirty.
On your last day here in El Salvador we will drive into San Salvador for your free day. There is a wonderful artesian market where you will find all types of souvenirs, coffee by the pound, and other El Salvadorian goods. Your team will break up into small groups, each with a leader, so they can walk around easier and still be safe. At no point during your day off should anyone be walking around by themselves!
Last Night Meeting:
We will have a last night meeting at the end of your shopping spree on your Free Day. 🙂 During this meeting we will go around and have every team member share what God has done in their lives during the week. This is a great time of personal ministry and we have seen God move mightily during our time of sharing!
**Most importantly be prepared to flow! We will have a schedule for you when you
arrive but we will need you to be ready for plans to change. God always has a way of making everything work for the best!
How will we communicate to the people during our ministry time?
Should we bring giveaway items?
- candy (no chocolates because they melt)
- clothes (used clothes are just fine)
- small school supplies
- back packs
- toiletries (toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, soap, etc.)
- toys (marbles, jacks, small items)
- hair bows, ties, ribbons, or headbands
BE CREATIVE and bring what you can!
Can we do our dramas/skits to English music?
Will everyone need to give their testimony?
Yes, we will be calling on every team member to give their personal testimony at some point during your trip. Please be prepared by knowing what you will be sharing before you are asked to share. We strongly discourage reading your testimony. If you are struggling to think of what your testimony is, here are a few questions to get you going in the right direction:
- What has God done in your life?
- Was there a certain time where God showed up and helped you?
Remember that a testimony doesn’t have to be when you first accepted Christ but a time when God touched/marked your life. Here are a few key things you will need when preparing your testimony:
- Find a scripture that relates to your testimony and use that when you share.
- Find a leader or trusted friend you can share your testimony with. This will help you to get comfortable speaking your testimony out loud.
- Your testimony may be the message that someone has been waiting to hear. Don’t be shy…speak boldly what God has done in your life!
What can our team do to best prepare for our trip?
- practice dramas/skits
- practice testimonies
- learn several worship songs in spanish, you might even like to learn small phrases in spanish to help you communicate better with the people. (hola/hi, adios/bye, como estas/how are you, etc.)
- Remember to bring your best attitude and come ready to serve.