Tuesday, May 15, 2018

El Salvador Mission Fund Family Fundraiser





Above is a photo of everyone in attendance at the Paint Like Me! party at Good Shepherd the night of June 6.  We all did well and had a very good time.  Every person above now has their own version of the image below.

This family event for ages 8 and up was hosted by Paint Like Me! from Mahomet.  We learned to create our own version of an El Salvador scene under the direction of professional artist Elizabeth VanHoutan McDermith.  All supplies were provided and we raised $150 for the El Salvador Trip!  We signed up here:


The image we learned to paint is titled, "Mi Casa es Tu Casa" (My House is Your House):


Thursday, May 3, 2018

Silent Auction and Special Dinner for El Salvador 2018


Our next visit to El Salvador is planned for Saturday, July 28, to Sunday, August 5, 2018.  To save on air fare, it would be best if 10 people would commit in early May.  So far, Jim Hack, Bob Clark, Dean Olson, Marilyn Dudley, and Pastor Tom intend to go, and Nicki Kyle plus one friend have expressed a very strong interest.  That’s 7 and counting, more than two-thirds the way to the magic number of 10 - the number where Thrivent kicks in $8000 to Habitat El Salvador!  Contact Dean for more information at DeanLOlson@gmail.com.

A presentation on our El Salvador trips is available here:

http://www.gslc-cu.org/service/El%20Salvador%20Presentation%20-%20April%202018.pdf 

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Sunday, March 18, 2018

Chambana Concert for El Salvador - Sunday, March 25th, 3 p.m. at Good Shepherd

WCIA TV Appearance of Piano Artists on March 13:  Click here.



Meanwhile, our next visit to El Salvador is planned for Saturday, July 28, to Sunday, August 5, 2018.  To save on air fare, it would be best if 9 people could commit by the end of April.  So far, Jim Hack, Bob Clark, Dean Olson, and Pastor Tom intend to go, and Nicki Kyle plus two friends have expressed a strong interest.  That’s 7 and counting, more than two-thirds the way to the magic number of 9 - the number where Thrivent kicks in $8000 to Habitat El Salvador!  Contact Dean for more information at DeanLOlson@gmail.com.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Confirmation of Our Friend Briseida on February 3, 2018

Briseida Cruz Miron, who visited Good Shepherd (with Luis) a couple of years back, has some news!  She has chosen to be an official member of the Lutheran Church in El Salvador.  Though she originally had plans to graduate from divinity school last fall, that’s now planned for this coming fall.  After that, we’ll see if she feels called to be ordained.  With Pastors Carlos and Vilma as mentors, she is in good hands indeed, and may God guide them well.

Briseida is employed by Habitat for Humanity in the capitol city of San Salvador, El Salvador.  She works as the Faith Partnership Coordinator.  She visits us every year at our work site and usually stays to share a meal with us. 

Meanwhile, our next visit to El Salvador is planned for Saturday, July 28, to Sunday, August 5, 2018.  To save on air fare, it would be best if 9 people could commit by the end of April.  So far, Jim Hack, Bob Clark, and I intend to go again, and Nicki Kyle plus two friends have expressed a strong interest.  That’s six and counting, two-thirds the way to the magic number of 9!

Don Block’s January brunch was a big success and raised some well-needed funds.  In addition, Tatiana Shustova hosts another recital at Good Shepherd on Sunday, March 25.  

We’re also planning on holding the Dinner, Silent Auction, Bake Sale event later in the Spring.

On Saturday, February 3, 2018, Bris approaches the altar for the Rite of Confirmation at Cristo Rey (Christ the King) Lutheran Church, Santa Ana, El Salvador.  She is accompanied by an unidentified woman, probably a sponsor, plus Arzobispo Manardo Gomez (Archbishop of El Salvador).  Our long time friend from the Getsemani Women's Co-Op, Beti, is seen in the background on the right.

Bris is greeted at the altar by Pastors Carlos and Vilma.

 Communion is offered by the Arzobispo (Archbishop).  Beti looks on.

 Bris receives her Confirmation candle from Arzobispo Gomez. 

Bris is presented to the congregants of Cristo Rey Lutheran Church.
Pastor Vilma on right.





Sunday, December 24, 2017

A Christmas Wood Stove for Our 2017 El Salvador Family


While helping build a home with our Habitat family last August, it came to our attention that they needed a new wood stove for cooking to put in their new house.  We were thrilled to share with them a monetary gift on behalf of the people of Good Shepherd for the purchase of a new stove.  Jackie and Josue are pictured above in Jackie's mom's house with the new stove.  A festive tablecloth is already in place.  (Note that the 2018 intended visit dates are Saturday, July 28, through Sunday, August 5.)

Jackie's husband, Francisco, is seen below with his family at an event last August.


From the Habitat office in Santa Ana:

"Now this beautiful family has a new Eco-Stove that saves wood, is healthier for the environment, and safer for family members who cook.  Juan Francisco Diaz Reyes, his wife Jackie, and their son Josue now have a brand new stove for cooking in their new home.  Jackie received the stove and told us she was very happy, thankful, and blessed.  It was like a dream that became reality because both the house and the stove had been in their prayers."

Praise God for stirring the hearts of members at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church to reach out with generosity through the Holy Spirit to meet needs as we encountered them on the ground in El Salvador.


The receipt for the $200 purchase is dated December 1, 2017.  "Doscientos dolares" = two hundred dollars.  "Escolar con rondos" means "school model with wheels".  In the photo above, part of the chimney remains un-assembled on a nearby table.  Below are two photos of Jackie and Josue in front of the finished home.  For photos of the new home interior and dining room table, see the Good Shepherd Facebook page here .  It's hard to believe the house is about the size of a two-car garage.