Presbytery of Des Moines
Our Sister Parish


The Pastoral Team has served the people of Berlín for more than 25 years. They organize and educate community leaders, facilitate project requests, financially manage projects, fulfill basic requests for health, education, food, and clothing that come to them every day, and provide pastoral care to the people of Berlín.


The mission co-worker acts as a liaison between the Pastoral Team and the communities of Berlín in El Salvador and the Compañeros board, churches, and other partner organizations in Iowa and elsewhere. He/she helps churches plan and lead delegations, processes, translates, and communicates requests for projects, and generally acts as the communicator between all the different groups involved in the mission. He/she also lives and works alongside the Pastoral Team in order to help encourage Salvadoran communities and community leaders to work for a better future for themselves and their children.
Kathy Bassett is currently serving as the Our Sister Parish Interim Mission Co-worker. She and can be reached at Kathy is a former Our Sister Parish Mission Co-worker and remains active with the mission.

Our Sister Parish Board

2019 Our Sister Parish Board Directory
2019 Our Sister Parish Brochure
Click above to read and/or download these brochures
Our Sister Parish Board The Board manages the Iowa side of the mission. They educate people in the Presbytery of Des Moines and others about the work of the mission, assist churches in organizing delegations, promote mission projects, fundraise, and help the churches of Iowa to work together to improve the lives of people in Berlín.

 Officers for 2019:
  • At Large: Jim Howard
  •  Interim Liaison: Kathy Bassett
  • Moderator: Mike Bassett
  • Secretary: Marcia McAdoo
  • Co-Treasurers: Sue Burns, Mark McAdoo
  • Vice Moderator: Rev. Linda O’Connell
  • Don Justo Coffee Coordinators: 
  • Betty Dyer
  • Maurice Dyer
  • Steering Committee:
  • Rev Kip Harris
  •  Jim Howard
  • Rev Dale O’Connell


Churches: Sister Partnerships; and Their Church Representatives on the Board

• Ankeny, Ankeny Presbyterian Church: Canton El Corozal; Marcia McAdoo, Mark McAdoo
• Carlisle, Scotch Ridge Presbyterian: Rev Kip Harris
• Clive, Heartland Presbyterian Church: Caseríos Centro/Cerna, Canton El Tablón; Kathy Bassett, LuAnn Smith
• Dallas Center, First Presbyterian Church: Canton Virginia; Nancy Lister-Settle, Jim Howard, Maria Howard, Niah Howard, Ann Beavers
• Des Moines, Central Presbyterian Church: Pastoral House; Mike Bassett • Des Moines, Intentional Eucharistic Community (DMIEC); Steve Gude
• Des Moines, Westminster Presbyterian Church: Canton San Francisco and Caserios Los Yánez, Los Jimenez, Las Cruces, Los Rosales, and El Cimarrón; Alisha Lundberg
• Indianola, Trinity United Presbyterian Church: Caseríos Casa de Zinc and Casa de Zacate; Margaret Blair, Betty Dyer, Maurice Dyer
• Presbytery of Des Moines, South Central Partnership: Rev Linda O’Connelll, Rev Dale O'Connell
Presbytery of Des Moines,  Southwest Regional Partnership:  Caserio Alejandria; Gary Badgett, Rev. Tim Maxa
• Presbytery of Long Island, NY: Cantón Santa Cruz; John Hile, Lorna Lisa
• West Des Moines, Covenant Presbyterian Church: Canton San Isidro; Deb Kellogg, Kaela Phillips, Lisa Albers

2017 Our Sister Parish Annual Report

OSP 2017 Annual Report.pdf
click to download

Our Sister Parish History

The mission began in 1990 when Rev. Robert Cook first visited Berlin as the Hunger Action Enabler of the Presbytery of Des Moines, Iowa.

Rev. Cook went to live in Berlin permanently in 2001 and retired in 2006. Rev. Cook is no longer associated with the Our Sister Parish Mission.

In January 2008, Kathy Mahler (now Kathy Bassett) moved to Berlin to become the Mission Co-Worker. Kathy was the Mission Co-Worker until 2012. She continues to be very active with the mission and returns to El Salvador often.

Rev. Katherine Pater served as the Our Sister Parish Mission Co-Worker from January 2013 till September of 2016. 

Our Sister Parish Historical Calendar


Donate: Send donations to the Presbytery of Des Moines: 2400 86th Street, Suite 20, Urbandale, IA 50322 for Our Sister Parish. Unless otherwise designated, donations will go to the General Fund. To specify a designation, include that information with your donation. You can also make a one-time donation on-line here:
Get involved: The Our Sister Parish Board meets the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 pm. Contact the Presbytery of Des Moines office (515-276-4991) to confirm location.
Buy/serve Don Justo Coffee with Dignity® coffee: Call or visit the Presbytery of Des Moines office, visit
Learn More: Visit and like the Our Sister Parish page on Facebook, the Our Sister Parish website at
Visit Berlín:
Come with us on a delegation--or schedule a delegation from your whole church! All are welcome. Visit the Our Sister  website and click on the "Delegations" tab. 
Become a Sustaining Donor: Contact the Presbytery of Des Moines office (515-276-4991) to set up automatic, recurring donations or on-line here: