Population: 6.3 million (2013)
Capital: San Salvador
Official language: Spanish
Major religion: Christianity
IFES movement: Movimiento Universitario Cristiano (MUC)
El Salvador is mostly Christian. Evangelicals represent 41% of its population. And yet, these positive figures do not have the expected impact on its society. In 2014, El Salvador is the fourth most violent country in the world, most of its victims being amongst the youth.
- 24 higher education institutions, MUC groups in 11 of them
- 1 full-time, 3 part-time staff, 2 volunteers
- 28 Bible study groups throughout the country
MUC is in a stage of much stability in all respects and this has meant more and better work in the universities. There are more students who are involved and graduates who start believing in this ministry. All this implies greater responsibility and devotion to the work that is being fulfilled.
In 2013, MUC started a mission’s project called “Unleash” focused on creative evangelism through art giving an emphasis on theatre. 800 students have been reached out. Moreover, they work on training students through the Leaders’ Training School.
View from the inside
Olber Martínez Carranza is the General Secretary of MUC. He says, ‘When I went to university I had only been a Christian for a few months and it was in student ministry that I “grew up” and where I realised that the university was a mission field largely ignored by the church, and that I should love God with all my heart and all my mind.’
Olber is inspired by the description of the early church in Acts 2:41-47: ‘Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favour of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.’
- that more students would know Christ through the Bible study groups and mission’s projects;
- a community of disciples in the universities to be built and for students to witness of their faith;
- the various processes of training so that students’ faith has a biblical foundation;
- preparations for the Leaders’ training gathering in 2016, that God may provide for all the needs to put in place this important event that gathers students from Mexico, Central America and Panama.