1000 Words: Smiling in Sumpango

A boy enjoys one of the slides at Los Olivos Church’s new playground in Sumpango, Guatemala, recently. The playground, built by a team from Lake Wisconsin Evangelical Free Church and Kids Around the World, is the only playground in a city of about 35,000 people. Los Olivos, the first Evangelical Free Church in the country, wants to use the playground to reach the entire community.

“As a church, we decided that the best thing for reaching out to this community is reaching the children and the youth,” says Oscar Chiquito, a missionary to the community sent out by Los Olivos. “The goal is to attract the youth and children and then connect them to the church.”

Photo credit: Lincoln B., EFCA ReachGlobal Missionary Journalist

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