Walking Together to Freedom

This morning was my first day back in the office after 6 months on sabbatical. As I pulled up to the center early this morning, the first thing I noticed were the children sleeping on the streets. They were there waiting for the doors to open at New Dawn. For these kids, New Dawn is the only safe place in a sea of addiction, violence, and abuse. Some of these kids have been raped, beat up, prostituted, and made to feel like nothing. They have been rejected and abused. On the streets they have found loneliness and fear. It is no easy task to introduce them to something new. New ways, new patterns, and new life are hard to come by on the streets. Our hope is that stepping into New […]

Donate While You Shop!

With the Christmas season in full swing, you can get two things done at once! While you are doing your online Christmas shopping at Amazon, you can make a donation to MTES! Click here to use AmazonSmile to donate while you shop!

A New Dawn

The most vulnerable person in the world is a child living alone. Each night there are approximately 300 children who sleep alone on the streets of El Salvador. There is currently no good plan or method for reaching them. As they struggle to survive they become easy prey for drug dealers, pimps, gang recruiters, and traffickers. They begin sniffing glue when they are as young as five because it dulls the hunger pains. They have been neglected, abused, and abandoned. Some have run away because even home is worse, but on the streets they do not find safety. For these children, the struggle to survive has become one long, dark night and they wonder if they will ever see the light. We see them around the corner washing windows, selling […]

Jamberry Nails Fundraiser

Looking for an easy way to support survivors of sex trafficking and abuse in El Salvador? One of our volunteers is hosting a Jamberry Nails fundraiser to benefit our programs and ministries for women and girls. It’s easy…just visit her page and you can participate! Thank you Jodi for hosting this fundraiser and thank you everyone for your support! Visit the fundraising page here:

Fundraiser to Benefit Kids on the Streets in El Salvador

We want to let everyone know about a fundraiser that one of our volunteers is doing to benefit kids on the streets in El Salvador! Last year Schylie came to El Salvador to serve with us for a few weeks, and the children here left an impression on her heart. She is currently hosting a Pampered Chef fundraiser specifically designed to raise money to put toward the development of a ministry for kids on the streets here in San Salvador. We are so grateful for the time and effort that she is putting into this! This fundraiser is a great chance to get some new stuff from Pampered Chef and help kids at risk at the same time! This fundraiser is online-only and runs until April 30th. All purchases should […]

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas!

Since September, El Salvador has been getting ready for Christmas. In a country with no Halloween and no Thanksgiving to celebrate, Christmas is a really big deal and people start decorating months in advance. Like everyone else, we are getting ready for Christmas too! At MTES, Christmas is a huge opportunity for us to serve others because most of the men, women, and children involved in our ministries have no family to celebrate with this Christmas. We believe that God has called us to step in and share some joy with our friends this season. This year we are going to be celebrating Christmas with children who have no family or cannot safely be with their family, women and girls who have survived human trafficking, the community served by the […]

Party Time!

Part of our work in El Salvador includes offering resources to women and girls who are human trafficking survivors. We have several initiatives to serve them and to help them build a better future. We recently discovered that several of the girls we work with will be turning 15 all within the same timeframe and so we’ve decided that it’s time to party! Turning 15 is a really big deal in El Salvador and a 15th birthday celebration is called a Quinceañera.  For many girls in El Salvador (and throughout Latin America), turning 15 is a much bigger party then even a wedding celebration. These girls who have survived the horror of human trafficking have no family or community to celebrate this important moment in their lives. We want to do […]

A Beautiful Mess – Roof Project Update

The Lighthouse Project center is an absolute mess. There is dust everywhere, pieces of dry wall, crumbled up bricks, and exposed rebar. But it is a mess that is truly beautiful because it means all our funding came in and the center is getting the facelift it needs! Miraculously we received full funding and the help of a volunteer team to replace the roof, demo the false ceiling and dry-wall a new one, add an exhaust fan, and change a small patio into a room where our clients can get weekly therapy with a psychologist. We are reminded again that God does answer prayers and we thank you for praying and for giving to make this happen! The building is already significantly cooler, and even though it’s a work in […]

Matching Funds Opportunity – Roof Update

As we shared in this post, we are in great need of roof renovations at our community center. The center is the heart of our operations and a great resource to the impoverished, homeless, kids in crisis, and trafficking survivors in our community. A generous donor has stepped up and offered to match donations up to $3,000! This is a great blessing and a wonderful opportunity for anyone who wants to be a part of this project. Your donation will be matched, so every $50 donated is $100, every $250 donated is $500, and every $500 donated is $1,000! We have a work team arriving next week to begin repairs so we will need to pay off all materials during the next few weeks. But we need your help! If […]

A Roof Over Our Heads…

It’s Thursday afternoon just before 2 o’clock and it’s a typical day at the center…hot, humid, and loud. There is a young survivor of human trafficking in the office meeting with me about starting her own business selling bras. Another girl who is already in the program waits to buy another bag of bras to sell. Meanwhile Jon is playing checkers with one of our clients in between phone calls. Outside on the sidewalk there are 25 homeless men, women, and teens waiting for the front door to open so they can come into the Lighthouse Project for our Thursday meeting. They are waiting to shower, eat lunch, and meet with our staff. By 2, there will be at least 10 more. A visiting team and our local volunteers are […]

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