A New Home for Wendy

By Kamy Sullivan First and foremost thank you to all the St. Boniface parishioners who helped a poor family in El Recreo make their dreams come true with a new home. The Rivas family thanks you from the bottom of their hearts. When Wendy Rivas was born she was paralyzed

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History of the Black Christ Church

By Barb Arkwright The original Black Christ Catholic Church in Berlin, Usulutan, El Salvador was built in the 1970’s and has a rich history. In addition to functioning as a parish it also served as a shelter in times of severe weather and as a safe haven during their civil

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Feeding the Poor Luncheon

By Barb Arkwright The idea of serving lunch for the poor and homeless in Berlin first began over 10 years ago at the St. Joseph Church in Berlin. The lunch was called “St. Peter’s Poors Dinner”. Several years ago the dinner was moved from St. Joseph Church to the Black

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Care Packages Delivered to Homebound

An important part of our two yearly visits to El Recreo is where the delegation breaks into small groups and delivers care packages to the most needy, sick, elderly, or homebound. The directiva of El Recreo, who is like the mayor, decides through the help of his council and Beatriz,

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Recovery for Reina

When our delegation visited El Recreo in 2016 Reina Morales had a large, painful, and growing tumor on her left arm. Through support from St. Boniface and Friends from Iowa Foundation (FFIF), Reina was examined by local doctors and then a specialist. Initially she was given chemo to try and

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El Recreo Communitry Corn Sheller

Community corn sheller in El Recreo In 2010, through a private donation earmarked specifically for El Salvador, the corn sheller shown was purchased for use by all the families in El Recro. At the time villagers were shelling their corn by hand, which was a slow and laborious process. One

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