Over the last 21 years of ministry, IFM has served more than 7,000 internationals from approximately 150 nations and continues to reach over 100 countries annually. God has brought the nations of the world right here to our backyard!
This month, IFM is participating in GA Gives: a statewide giving campaign for GA based nonprofits. During this campaign, IFM will be taking you, our prayer partners and supporters, "Around The World" to shine a spotlight on a few of the countries and people we have been privileged to serve through our various ministry programs.
Today we are featuring El Salvador!
Fun Facts About El Salvador
El Salvador is the smallest and most densely populated country in Central America and is smaller than the state of Massachusetts.
The national dish in El Salvador is the famous Pupusa which is a traditional dish made of a thick, handmade corn tortilla that is usually filled with a blend of cheese, cooked pork, and refried beans. It’s delicious!
El Salvador is known as the Land of Volcanoes. It has more than 20 active volcanoes and experiences frequent earthquakes and volcanic activity.
Coffee, sugar, corn, rice, shrimp, and beef are the main agricultural products.
El Salvador is one of the most popular surfing destinations in the world, hosting tons of competitions yearly.
Ministry Spotlight: Sandra and José
"My name is Sandra, and I am from El Salvador. I usually don't talk about my private life. But this time I think it's worth sharing with you one of the most rewarding experiences my husband and I have had in our lives, which is to have had the opportunity of being part of International Friendship Ministries. For José and me, it was a great experience because we not only had the chance to meet wonderful people from many countries, but we also met Jesus. We learned and understood that up to that time our lives had no reason and we were living a life without purpose. Meeting Ron and Carole Collins made our lives take a 180 degree turn, for which we will be eternally grateful. Learning from the Lord made us see life from a totally different perspective. God is never wrong. Without realizing it, He prepares us for the hard battles that life brings us, and gives us the weapons to fight those battles. For example, the fact that José came to know Christ while in Columbus helped prepare him to serve as Director of the military academy in our country, which was a huge responsibility. Growing spiritually also helped prepare him for his promotion to become General, which is the highest rank militarily speaking. I'm sure the Lord strengthened and prepared him to be able to achieve all this.
On the other hand, two years ago I fought against stage four terminal cancer, and I'm sure that without His mercy I would not have succeeded. Now after all the hard times we’ve gone through, we have a much closer relationship with Jesus, thanks to IFM showing us the way to reach Christ. IFM does a great job teaching others the Word of God to glorify His name. They take the time to gather people from many countries to share experiences from different cultures without losing the main focus of speaking the Word of God. Thank you, International Friendship Ministries!" - Sandra