Each Tuesday and Thursday, Jon and the rest of the YWAM staff work in the town of Apopa. This is a town just outside of San Salvador that is known for being terribly violent. It has a high rate of gang related violence. We help a local church in Apopa with a lunch program that they have where they feed 150 kids from the community Monday-Thursday. Then on Tuesdays and Thursdays we do a Bible lesson in the morning, help with the lunch, and then do a basic literacy program in the afternoons. The kids who are accepted into the “school” are those who can’t go to public school because they have no birth certificates. Kids must have documentation to attend school. These kids are at risk for future problems. Many who grow up in Apopa end up joining gangs and many end up dead. Just this week, when Jon was leaving Apopa he saw yet another teenager dead on the side of the road…shot to death. This is the future that awaits many children in Apopa.
Yesterday we took some of the kids from the literacy program to the beach for the day. They swam, had lunch, played on the beach, had a pinata, and some cake. This was a great day for them! They were smiling and loving every minute of it. Looking at them, I kept wondering how many of them will actually survive to adulthood, how many of them will live a crime free life, how many of them will have a chance. I don’t know the answer to that, but we ask that you keep these kids from Apopa in your prayers. Pray that God would intervene in their lives, and that he would protect us as we do what we can to help them to have a future.