When your community lacks resources, housing, transportation, health care and other basic human needs, missionaries are sometimes the only source of assistance.
Sr. Vilma Franco, SP, runs a thriving ministry based in Arcatao, in the Department of Chalatenango, El Salvador, that exemplifies the last words of Mother Joseph, “Whatever concerns the poor is always our affair.”
Sr. Vilma does it all.
Her tasks include catechesis, leading communion services in the absence of priests, building houses, teaching children traditional dances and maintaining connections with isolated people. And she also regularly transports residents three hours to doctor and hospital appointments in San Salvador. When the five-person cab is full, people ride in the truck bed. (A common occurrence in the Central American nation.) She sometimes starts her pick-ups at 3:00 AM.