Coffee as a Missional Journey: The Story Behind ENLACE Coffee

Lightbrite Coffee Roasters is one of the miracles behind ENLACE’s new monthly giving program. It is the business that roasts our specialty Central American coffee each month, which is shipped to doorsteps across the U.S as a thank you for ongoing support. 

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The Church’s Finest Hour: How Leaders Can Bring About Renewal During a Challenging Season

“As church leaders, this is our opportunity to cast a renewed vision;

to invite our people to take risks, to serve, and to give in new and uncomfortable ways.”

-Mark Haugen

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The Roots of Resilience

As the breeze gets cooler, the nights get longer, and the difficult year of 2020 comes to an end, I am reminded of how hardship can sometimes bring out the worst in us. But it can also bring out the best in us and make us more beautiful and connected. No doubt, we have endured a tough year collectively and individually and on top of things, it is easy to get lost in the hustle and stress amidst the Holidays. 

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3 Things You Can Learn About Sustainability from a Fishing Village in El Salvador

If you were to travel to the southwest region in El Salvador, you would find a small fishing village called Metalio. This beautiful fishing village gets hit with an immense amount of rain each year that causes long-term problems for its residents. In a community where 40 percent of its population lives in extreme poverty (making less than $2 per capita per day), these severe weather patterns impact the daily lives of people.

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How the Death of a Dream Becomes a Call to Action

For many of us during this pandemic, there have been many dreams that have not gone the way we planned or hoped for. Dreams have been put on hold, re-oriented, or lost altogether. Not only can it be daunting to have to navigate a new world and reality that does not have a firm structure, but it can also be deeply sad to have lost something you were counting on or excited for. 

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Behind ENLACE's Relief and Recovery Plan

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You + Enlace = <3: Q & A with Joel Kelderman, Real Estate Investor and ENLACE Board Member

Meet Joel Kelderman. He is a real estate investor and ENLACE Board Member. Read on to learn how Joel began to work with ENLACE and why he values its work of transformation in the world.

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Bringing People Together for a Change: How You Can Catalyze Your Peers for Good

It was crazy that just one talk with Mark Haugen would change everything. 

Mark Haugen is the Head of Development at ENLACE, and when he mentioned to my mother and me about running a half marathon in October of 2019 to raise money for poor communities in Central America, everyone thought it would be crazy for us to run. But Mark didn't. Mark believed that the race wasn't just about running. It was about the change and difference we would make for communities in need.

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Just Revving Your Engine?: How to Get Unstuck and Reconnect to a Meaningful Life

Have you ever stopped to think about what we mean when we say we feel stuck? 

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Growing Bigger Hearts: 16 Multicultural Books that Encourage Compassion in Your Kids

Imagine a world in which curiosity and respect for others different from us were normal. What would it be like to live in a community that enjoyed diversity and welcomed a multiplicity of cultures? In some ways, it’s easy to imagine. I like being valued. I enjoy seeing others experience a life of peace and happiness. For me, as soon as I imagine it, my heart expands and my breathing actually feels deeper and easier.

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Bursting Your Own Bubble: How to Expand Your Worldview to Live a More Compassionate Life

 

"God will not be in the place that is the most comfortable or
formal, but rather with the most marginalized and forgotten.
There you will find God." -Packard Rozzi
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Serving Made Simple: How ENLACE Helps Your Church Plan a Serving Trip

ENLACE’s international church partnership strategy is the backbone of how we support ongoing community transformation efforts in impoverished communities. As part of this strategy, we love to work with international mission partners who want to go deep with a region of a country to partner with multiple local churches to make a true impact. We are always looking to work with partners who want to come alongside ENLACE to support local churches and communities as they are working to transform their communities. 

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Why So Grumpy?: When Disaster Relief Meets Comic Relief

One of the coolest things about working in community development for over 25 years is that you get to see and experience moments in which the world truly acts like a global community.

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Sustainable Solutions, Hope & Meaningful Engagement: ENLACE'S Top 5 Blogs from Topsy Turvy 2019

2019 was a topsy turvy year for many of us. It was a year full of heartache and hope across the globe. From ENLACE’s vantage point, the humanitarian crisis on the U.S. border was an endless source of grief. 

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Blessed to Be a Blessing: Our Challenge for 2020

Many of you who know my wife Jenny and I are familiar with our story.

We met in college and were married in 2002. For our honeymoon, we were invited to volunteer for a few months in El Salvador. After seeing the incredible work of rural pastors, our three-month honeymoon turned into nearly eight years of living in El Salvador. Our children were born in El Salvador, and we’ve now been involved with ENLACE for more than 17 years. I would have never imagined what God had in store for us when we said yes to a trip to El Salvador.

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