atin America and Africa: A Holistic Strategy for Ministry
Willow Creek's strategy for fighting poverty and injustice on a global scale is to partner with local churches and organizations committed to the holistic transformation of their communities through prayer, relationship development, and resourcing. During His ministry, Jesus reached out to people in all dimensions of their lives—physical, social, economic, and spiritual. Willow's global engagement seeks to do likewise.
Willow's global Compassion & Justice ministry partners with local churches and organizations ("global partners") in Africa that are on the front lines in the battle against HIV/AIDS. To address the issues surrounding the greatest pandemic of our time, we come alongside churches that are bringing hope and healing to their communities. We are in the process of solidifying where we will partner in Africa.
Willow's global Compassion & Justice ministry seeks to bring the hope of Christ across Latin America by partnering with local churches and organizations ("global partners") that are bringing hope and healing to their communities in El Salvador.
We are currently partnering with an organization called ENLACE to serve a group of seven churches in Santa Ana, an area in western El Salvador.
According to national homicide statistics, El Salvador is the most violent nation in the Americas. The open presence of gangs in most neighborhoods and the overriding culture of fear also attest to this reality. Diminishing water supplies and the $2-a-day average income also make daily life extremely difficult for most families.
Despite these enormous challenges, our partner churches are successfully working with their public schools, local health clinics, and municipal water boards to bring about change. They're organizing agricultural cooperatives, training families in how to plant home gardens for food and income, assisting people in the construction of latrines, and developing healthy systems for trash disposal. These churches gather together across denominational boundaries to lead these efforts, working together, holding prayer vigils to pray against gang violence, and organizing community wide evangelism efforts to preach the gospel to those in desperate need of hope.
Short-Term Mission Trips
Compassion & Justice Events
Latin America Advisory Board
Zambia Advisory Board