David McGee

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What it Means to Live a Life of Peace

This month ENLACE will celebrate its 25th anniversary in Corona Del Mar! We are overjoyed and so grateful.

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The Three Amigos

Every year, just before Christmas, ENLACE hosts a Pastors and Leaders Retreat. It is the one time when all of our local church partners and staff get a chance to learn together, pray and encourage one another, and have a lot of fun! Every year it has been something special. There was one year, however, that stands out and continually reminds me of ENLACE's purpose and vision. 

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A New Baseline for Gratitude

 

“These people seem so happy! They seem so thankful, even though it seems that they have so little to be thankful for.” This is a sentiment that I have frequently heard during my 15 years of introducing North Americans to people in rural El Salvador. While El Salvador does indeed rank very high on the “happiness index” there is something disconcerting about calling impoverished families “happy” and “thankful.” I think something else might be going on here. Could it be that visiting an impoverished community simply shifts our baseline for how we measure happiness and thankfulness?

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From Victorio to Vega: Choosing Hope and Humility Over Fear

 

As I was looking through some pictures of ENLACE’s 2016 Pastor and Leader Retreat there was one photo that stopped me in my tracks. It literally gave me chills. Tears began to well up in my eyes, as I contemplated all that was represented. It looks like a normal photo of two Salvadoran men, just standing there next to each other. However, somehow this picture represents nothing less than a transformative hope for the country of El Salvador.

This year marks 15 years since I began working with ENLACE. If there is one thing that I have learned in all of these years it is that community transformation does not happen overnight. But every so often you get a good look at the enormous progress that has happened over the years. This picture represents progress achieved and an incredible hope to come. 

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The Story of Water in San Jacinto and the Zurisadai Church

Back in 2012, in the community of San Jacinto, 40 percent (680 people) did not have access to clean water. The remaining 60 percent of the population (1,020 people) had access to water every other day for 20 minutes. And the water that was available wasn’t treated and contributed to many water-borne illnesses that especially affected children under five years of age with grave sickness and sometime death. This was the case even though the community had an abundant source of water from a nearby shallow spring. However, the water system that drew from that spring was over 35 years old and needed upgrades in order to serve the needs of local residents. Additionally, the organizational capacity of the community water board wasn’t strong enough to take on and implement a community-wide clean water plan.
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2014 Abelines - San Miguel Regional Report

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2014 Santa Ana Regional Report Available

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Miracles happen!

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Marina and Project Milagro

Despite caring for her disabled adult son, Marina continues to work towards the miracle of water in her community. You can help! Donate at ProjectMilagro.com/donate — en El Salvador.
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Have you ever wanted to be a part of a miracle?

Buy your tickets today for the 2014 ENLACE Gala! Be a part of the miracle of clean and accessible water for over a thousand families in El Salvador!

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Turning Need Into an Opportunity to Serve: The Local Church Brings Life-saving Latrines

Flor and her little son FranklinIn many ways, Flor and José Hernández are a typical family in rural El Salvador. They have two young children and live in a simple home on a small plot of land. They work very hard but are very poor. Like most families in their village, they lack indoor plumbing. They haul water from a community well and use it for all their cooking and cleaning needs. And instead of indoor bathrooms they dig pits near their home.

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A Mother Finds Joy and Strength: The Story of Lorena

Posted on May 09, 2014 by David McGee
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ENLACE Serving Trips: An Experience that Matters

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2013 San Pedro Perulapán Regional Report Available

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2013 Santa Ana Regional Report Available

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