A Place to Encounter Christ
Youth Group Service
The La Fuente program is rooted in John 7:37 when Jesus tells His disciples, "Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink." Our vision is to be a program that changes the youth of El Salvador through the word of God, education and sports (Mavericks and La Fuente FC), showing them that Jesus is the source of everlasting life. The La Fuente program was started in 2015 and has since transformed into a dynamic community comprised of over 25 students.
One of the most important aspects of the La Fuente program is how we invest in the spiritual lives of our teens. Our staff strives to create a place where our La Fuente teens can encounter the Father's love and hope. We offer our students daily devotionals and time of worship, Bible studies, a weekly youth group service and opportunities for one-on-one discipleship with our staff. We trust that God is working in each and every one of our students, and that as they come to accept Christ as their Lord and Savior, He will use them to bless and transform their families and communities for His glory.
In the past, we have hosted a spiritual retreat at our site, as well as baptismal services in which eight students made the decision to be baptized. We praise God for these victories and know that He will continue to labor in our teens.
Preparing Students for Success
Access to computers and printers
At La Fuente we value the education of our students and work to provide them with all the tools necessary to succeed in their classes. As a result of a partnership we have with a local university, we have student volunteers who come and tutor our teens in math and computer skills. We also have interns and residents year-round from the US who take time to teach interactive English classes to supplement and reinforce what they're already learning at school. Finally, we have put together a fully-equipped computer lab in which our students can research and type up homework assignments and print them out, free of charge.
We recognize that many students would not have access to these resources and one-on-one teaching help, and we praise God that He has provided us with everything we need to support our teens in their education.
In order to further set up our students for success, we also offer a handful of scholarships to a private, Christian high school and facilitate an online high school program sponsored by the Salvadoran government. Check out our scholarships and online high school pages to learn more!
Developing New Skills
Vocational skills classes
We like to take every opportunity to introduce our students to vocational and life skills that might help them find better jobs or learn to take care of their families. Thanks to our partnerships with short-term missions groups and interns, our students have taken woodshop classes, crocheting and sewing classes, and cooking workshops, among other subjects. These are spaces in which students can discover and develop their own skills and talents, which we believe will open up so many more opportunities.
We have also connected with a team from a local university who is dedicated to offering an interactive workshop in which our teens can learn about and explore important social themes such as interpersonal relationships, fears, emotions and violence. We hope that our students can emerge from our program as informed, integral men and women.