With approximately 6.5 million people, El Salvador is the smallest and most densely populated country in Central America. El Salvador’s democratic government has aided its economy by adding manufacturing jobs thanks to its ongoing rapid industrialization. However, the country still faces the challenges of poverty, inequality, crime and natural disasters. As with most Hispanic countries, El Salvador has strong Roman Catholic roots with most Salvadorans identifying as Catholic, but there are also a vast majority of people who would identify as Protestant.
Soccer rules the sports world in El Salvador. The largest stadium in Central America, Estadio Cuscatián, is located in the capital city of San Salvador, home to the El Salvador national football team and club teams Alianza F.C. and San Salvador F.C. Among the ranks of famous soccer players include El Salvador’s own, Jorge “El Magico” Gonzalez and Jaie “La Chelona” Rodriguez. Salvadorans also enjoy basketball and boxing, Carlos Hernández being a well-known boxer from El Salvador.
FCA El Salvador has been making an impact in the lives of coaches and athletes in a significant way throughout the country. Staff and volunteers offer their own time, resources and funds to reach coaches and athletes at all levels of sports.
FCA El Salvador is experiencing firsthand how sports has opened the door to minister and share with a variety of teams, including the Federation of basketball, volleyball, wrestling, soccer, table tennis and soccer. Through these opportunities, staff are presenting to coaches and athletes the challenge and adventure of receiving Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, serving Him in their relationships and in the fellowship of the church.