What is a Prayer Partner you ask?
Ruth and Mike formed a special bond with Filipe and his family when they met in 1998. Brenda, our translator and guide, had cared for Felipe when they were both taking refuge in the San Salvador Cathedral during the war; he had lost his legs to a land mine. Through the years Ruth and Mike watched the changes in his family as his children grew, in number and size, admiring his new house when the family moved, etc. So when Mike’s prayer child Maritza graduated and moved on, it was natural that Mike would become a prayer partner with Felipe’s 9 year old daughter Maria Reina.
Her face lit up when Mike told her he was her “padrino” (godfather). He looked her in the eyes and told her what that meant. It meant that he had an obligation to pray for her regularly, to write to her at least once a year, watch her grades and to give a picture of his family so that she could pray for him. Her obligation was to study, do her best in school and write back.
So even if you never travel to El Salvador each delegation that goes will meet with your prayer partner and extend their greeting and yours deepening the bonds between communities.
In support of this ministry – scholarships for the children to be better equipped to go to school – we participate in many activities such as these:
- Wine tasting at Bargetto’s
- See’s candy sale
- Dinners at Shadowbrook.