We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that. This enables us to do something, and to do it very well… We may never see the end results, but that is the difference between the Master Builder and the worker. ~Archbishop Oscar Romero (1917-1980)
In the late 1970s and 1980s, a civil war waged. In all, at least 75,000 – 80,000 Salvadorans would be slaughtered; 300,000 would disappear and never be seen again; a million would flee their homeland; and an additional million would become homeless fugitives, constantly fleeing the military and police. All of this occurred in a nation of only 5.5 million people.
Those who surrender to the service of the poor through love of Christ will live like the grain of wheat that dies… The harvest comes because of the grain that dies… We know that every effort to improve society, above all when society is so full of injustice and sin, is an effort that God blesses, that God wants, that God demands of us.
In the summer 1988, at age 20, Jim Sullivan traveled with a Christian organization to the war zone areas of northern Nicaragua to offer support to poor refugee families. Although Americans in Nicaragua were not targeted by the contras, the refugee camp which Sullivan visited was frequently attacked by contras. The camp was located about 50 kilometers south of the Honduran border in the corridor which the contras used to invade the country.
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