Jan. 19, 2019 – West Bend, WI – The wake-up call at 3 a.m. started a new adventure for David and Nancy Slinde of West Bend as the couple make their 30th visit as missionaries to El Salvador.
The Slindes are members of Our Saviors Lutheran Church in West Bend and they are active with West Bend Sunrise Rotary.
Over the years the Slindes have worked on projects in El Salvador that focus on education, clean water, and business development.
One of the areas they’ve made an impact is Candelaria.
When Kris and Pat Groth from West Bend accompanied the Slindes, they referred to the community in Candelaria as “the chicken people or mountain people.”
To say Candelaria is poor is an understatement. Kris Groth submitted photos from her visit in 2012 where people would walk down the volcano to gather water. They’d collect the water from a well and then pull it back home in these little carts.
Familys also kept their plastic bottles to collect rainwater during the rainy season locked up so their neighbors wouldn’t steal them.
With an adventuresome spirit I will be accompanying the Slindes on their 10-day journey. I will document their visit and post stories so you can follow along.
This morning we’re flying out of Milwaukee Mitchell International and even with all the snow our departure is still on time.
To Atlanta and then onto our destination.
You’re welcome to follow along, submit questions and if you would like to book a speaking engagement upon our return please send emails to [email protected]
Just an FYI, the temp in El Salvador is reportedly 95 and humid.