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Our Sister Parish (El Salvador)


Mission Statement

Our Sister Parish Mission is a faith based ecumenical effort designed to bring hope and social development to the poor of the pueblo of Berlín, Usulutan, El Salvador, particularly those who live in the cantons of Berlín. Our goal is to raise awareness and embrace solidarity by developing committed relationships within churches in the US and with our brothers and sisters in El Salvador. In the relationships that develop between US churches and the poor of the cantons, faith will grow and the love of God will be profoundly experienced for all involved.

Coffee from El Salvador
El Salvador is a small, mountainous country in Central America with a reputation for hard working citizens. By combining a strong work ethic with near perfect coffee growing conditions, El Salvador’s farms have supported their communities while growing excellent coffee. But current coffee trading practices can come between farmers and you. Each year exporters, brokers, creditors, and processors take a larger share of coffee proceeds, leaving farmers and El Salvador’s communities with less than 10¢ of every dollar. But there is an alternative.

Fairly Traded
Coffee sold through Don Justo meets and exceeds internationally recognized fair trade standards; standards that balance inequities found in the conventional coffee trade. Fair trade standards more than triple the income of Salvadoran farmers who grow, harvest, and process this exceptional coffee. This additional income provides access to a host of social services such as education, medical care, public transportation, and recreation facilities. Farm families are also guaranteed adequate housing and access to clean water.

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If you would like to support the Our Sister Parish mission of the Presbytery of Des Moines in Berlin, Usulutan, El Salvador on a monthly basis, you may download this form and return it to the Presbytery of Des Moines office.  You may choose from either an automatic debit from your checking or savings account or from your credit card.  Both options are included on this form. Or to make an individual electronic donation, click here.

The Our Sister Parish board is the coordinating body for the Presbytery of Des Moines' Our Sister Parish El Salvador mission. Their responsibilities include educating people in the Presbytery of Des Moines and others about the work of the mission, assisting churches that wish to organize delegations, promoting specific projects that support the mission, and fundraising.

Current membership includes representatives from approximately 10 churches who are committed to supporting the mission work being done in El Salvador. Anyone interested in more information about the Compañeros or wishing to become an active participant in the group is encouraged to contact any of the following people.

Moderator Mike Bassett - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Vice-Moderator Maria Howard - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Coffee Project Co-Coordinators Betty and Maurice Dyer - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Pastoral Team consists of three full-time volunteers: Cecilia, Blanca, and Idalia from Caserío Alejandría. Other Team members include: Balmore and Jesús, Delegates of the Word who are also from Caserío Alejandría, and Margarita, from Colonia Nuevas Brisas del Sol..

Their responsibilities include organization and education for community leadership, project facilitation between the church partnerships and the communities, financial management for projects, and managing other basic requests for health, education, food, and clothing that come to the Pastoral House every day.

If you would like to make a donation in support of the Pastoral Team, please click here.  You may make a donation to El Salvador - Designated Funds and list the Pastoral Team as your designated cause.


Ankeny, Ankeny Presbyterian Church with Cantón El Corozal
Clive, Heartland Presbyterian Church with Caseríos Centro and Cerna, Cantón El Tablón
Dallas Center, First Presbyterian Church with Cantón Virginia
Des Moines, Central Presbyterian Church with the Pastoral House
Des Moines, Westminster Presbyterian Church with Cantón San Francisco
Indianola, Trinity United Presbyterian Church with Caseríos Casa de Zinc and Casa de Zacate
Presbytery of Des Moines, Southwest Regional Partnership with Caserio Alejandria
Presbytery of Long Island with Cantón Santa Cruz.
West Des Moines, Covenant Presbyterian Church with Cantón San Isidro

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Upcoming Events

Thu Mar 02 @ 7:00AM - 09:00PM
CROSS Ministries Board Meeting
Tue Mar 07 @ 8:30AM - 10:30AM
Congregational Reconciliation Task Force (CRTF)
Tue Mar 14 @ 6:30PM - 08:30PM
Our Sister Parish
Thu Mar 16 @12:30PM - 03:00PM
Leadership Council
Thu Mar 16 @ 5:00PM - 07:00PM
Compassion, Peace & Justice Task Force (CPJ)
Tue Mar 21 @ 9:00AM - 12:00PM
Moderators Meeting (MOM)

Coming Up

Thu Mar 02 @ 7:00AM - 09:00PM
CROSS Ministries Board Meeting

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Stated Meeting

 Our Next Stated Meeting Is:

All-Iowa Presbyterian Gathering

Friday & Saturday, June 2-3, 2017

The six Iowa presbyteries are joining together for a weekend of worship, learning, mission, and fellowship.  PCUSA Stated Clerk J. Herbert Nelson will be preaching and speaking as we celebrate our differences and share our common faith as the one Body of Christ.  Come celebrate being Presbyterian in Iowa!  Registration will be taken by each presbytery, and more information will be forthcoming soon!  Save the date for what will undoubtedly be an impacting experience.  The meeting will be hosted by Collegiate & Northminster Presbyterian Churches in Ames, Iowa.