Co-sponsored by the Davidson Chaplain's Office and Davidson College Presbyterian Church, the Journey to El Salvador program provides an ecumenical team of 10-12 students with the opportunity to travel during spring break and work with people in impoverished, marginalized communities in El Salvador.
The student team is selected during the fall semester and meets weekly during the spring semester to study El Salvador's history, politics, economics and theology. The group also engages in worship and scripture study and reflects on Christian discipleship, all in preparation for the trip over spring break.
CRISPAZ, a faith-based organization dedicated to building bridges of solidarity between the church of the poor and marginalized communities in El Salvador and communities in the United States, hosts the Davidson team. The students meet with Salvadorans to hear stories about their experiences and their journey of discipleship; visit a variety of non-governmental organizations and other agencies that work to improve life for the most impoverished and marginalized people in El Salvador; spend time with Salvadoran families both in San Salvador and in the countryside; and participate in the worship services of several different Christian communities.
The Journey to El Salvador is a reverse-mission experience. The students understand they are not bringing Christianity to a place that lacks it, nor are they evangelizing through their work. Rather, they recognize that God is alive and at work in the lives of the Salvadoran people in a unique way, and they hope to experience God in that context. They hope to have their lives transformed by their interpersonal encounters, prompting them to become agents of transformation in their own context back in the United States.
Upon returning to Davidson, the team continues to meet for several weeks to reflect upon the experience and what it means for ongoing discipleship.
Contact College Chaplain Rob Spach (704-894-2423) with any questions about the program.