Cross of Life has long enjoyed a relationship with the community of Rutilio Grande. Our Greater Milwaukee Synod began walking in partnership with Rutilio Grande in late 1991. Cross of Life visits Rutilio Grande twice a year (February and August) and stays several days in the community during our August visit.
During our August visits, COL members spend time not only building relationships with community residents, but also running simple programs for elementary through high school age children. We encourage our travelers not to be afraid to interact with our international friends even though language differences can be a challenge. Speaking Spanish is not a requirement, but if you do, we can certainly use your help with translation!
To learn more about our partner congregation Cordero de Diós and their ministries or travel with Cross of Life to El Salvador, please contact Servanthood advocate Jim Baumgartner at firstname.lastname@example.org or Muriel Otto at email@example.com.
Photo Above: The elementary age children COL members worked with during their trip to Rutilio Grande in August 2012.
History of Rutilio Grande
The community was formed by a group of Salvadorans who fled to Nicaragua duing the war (in the eary 1980's) and were returning after 11 years of displacement. Together they founded Comunidad Rutilio Grande on March 15, 1991, naming their community after the first priest killed in El Salvador who was from that very same area. Starting from the ground up, this courageous community of about 55 families purchased land for the community, and through assistance from the Spanish government built houses. Within months, the community started its own school with volunteer teachers and Salvadoran people displaced during the war began returning home to re-establish their communities.