Yonatan has been involved in church service in Chalchuapa since 2001, when he started the Pastoral Theology program. Thanks to the church’s social programs, he learned welding, basic computing and began to serve every year in construction. In 2007, Yonatan started as an associate pastor at the Chalchuapa church and began helping with Spanish and English translations for campaigns with the Benny Jackson Evangelistic Association. Yonatan’s mission is to establish churches in San Marcos, a city in southern El Salvador. He is developing a missionary team with which will open more ministry doors throughout El Salvador.
At the age of ten, Yonatan became a Christian after hearing the message of salvation at a church. He realized his own need for salvation and gave his life to Jesus to save him and be the Lord of his life. Yonatan has a desire to help people gain more insight as he found answers to his own questions in the Scriptures. He considers that many people have the same questions and may not have someone who can help them find those answers in the Scriptures. Being in constant contact with people from other countries, visiting the churches of El Salvador, and assisting in communities service fueled his desire to be able to serve in different cultural settings. He has participated in teaching people in Guatemala and Honduras about evangelism and Christian leadership.
Yonatan is a graduate of first and second levels of the Pastoral Theology program with the SEAN programs that are taught in the Chalchuapa church. He received the pastoral ordination of Missions Door in January 2010.
In 2017 he graduated as a Computer Systems Engineer.
In 2018, Yonatan enrolled at the University of Antioquia School and is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Ministry.
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In a country of conflicting realities, families live between generosity and violence
El Salvador bears the marks of traumatic earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. The same dramatic landscape has lured tourists to explore the country's volcanoes, cloud forests and Mayan ruins.
In local life, parades and festivals display a love of music and celebration, and family holds an important place in society. Since a church wedding is considered irreversible, some couples wait until they have children to marry.
Many Salvadorans who fled the country during civil war from 1979 to 1992 have returned and brought North American culture back with them. Those who settled in the United States still send earnings to their families back home that account for 20% of El Salvador’s GDP.
Such generosity and kindness stand in contrast to the disturbing rise of gang-related violence and murder. Crime rates have increased in recent years, and so has the influence of evangelical Christianity.
Your participation with Missions Door helps to plant and strengthen churches and develop Christian leaders in El Salvador.
El Salvador is famous for pupusas, handmade corn tortillas filled with cheese, beans and pork.
Churches in El Salvador — including several prominent megachurches — own roughly 30 of the country's media outlets.
Population: 6 million, 48% ages 0–24
Major Religions: 57% Catholic, 21% Protestant, 17% nonreligious
Languages: Spanish (official), Nahua
Ministry service area:
, El Salvador