Early Monday morning, Aug. 15, First Baptist Church of Navarre’s pastor, the Rev. Jensen Petersen loaded up his suitcases, boarded an airplane and traveled down to Central America to the small coastal country of El Salvador for a six-day mission trip.
Petersen will be leading a group of five from his church to join with a group of seven from other churches in Missouri.
This is not his first rodeo in El Salvador. He has been returning to the same area for the past three years. This will be his ninth trip.
“Being a Third World country, they don’t have a lot, but they are very kind people, very sweet people,” he said. “When we go they are very hungry for truth, and a lot of other religions are looking to get a foothold there.”
He explained that the country was rocked by a civil war led by the U.S. and Russia in the 1980s, and the country is still trying to heal.
While other missions focus around humanitarian aid such as food and clothing, this trip is more about sharing the gospel and educating preachers. He said although the state religion is Catholicism, many of the preachers are untrained.
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