Serve Globally at Willow Crystal Lake

Willow Global re-fuels the ministries of local churches, shares the hope of Christ, and fights poverty and injustice in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

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Together, we can bring compassion and justice into our hurting world.

Global Engagement at Willow Crystal Lake

Our 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. Willow Crystal Lake offers multiple ways to engage globally by going on an international serving trip.

Unfortunately, all 2020 serving trips have been canceled due to the pandemic, but see the trip list below for a taste of how WCL is partnering globally. We hope you will join us in the future as we visit and learn from our global partners!

2020 Serving Trips 

El Salvador - Student Impact Team
June 20–27, 2020
Application deadline: March 12

El Salvador - Family Team 
July 11–18, 2020
Application deadline: April 3

El Salvador - Adult Team
July 25 – August 1, 2020
Application deadline: April 17 


View local serving opportunities or opportunities at Willow Creek.

ContactJulie Davis, Outreach Pastor, 779.220.5832

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/day average income also make daily life extremely difficult for most families.

Despite these enormous challenges, our partner churches are successfully working with 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.

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