Presbytery of Des Moines
Our Sister Parish


​The Pastoral Team has been serving the people of Berlín for more than 25 years. ​ They organize and educate community leaders, facilitate requests for projects, financially manage projects in progress, 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

This is ​the coordinating body for the Presbytery of Des Moines’ El Salvador mission. 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. 
​At Large: Alisha Lundberg 
​Interim Liaison: Kathy Bassett  
​Moderator: Mike Bassett
​Vice Moderator: Maria Howard 
Secretary: Marcia McAdoo 
​Treasurer: Sue Burns
Don Justo Coffee Coordinators: Betty and Maurice Dyer
Church Representatives:
Ankeny Presbyterian: Marcia McAdoo, Mark McAdoo  
Clive, Heartland Presbyterian: Kathy Bassett  
Dallas Center, First Presbyterian: Nancy Lister-Settle, Jim  Howard, Maria Howard,  Ann Beavers
​Des Moines, Central Presbyterian: Mike Bassett
Des Moines Intentional Eucharistic Community:  Steve Gude  
Des Moines, Westminster Presbyterian: Alisha Lundberg  
Indianola, Trinity United Presbyterian: Margaret Blair, Maurice Dyer, Betty Dyer
South Central Partnership: Rev. Linda O’Connell  
Southwest Partnership: Gary Badgett, Rev. Tim Maxa  
West Des Moines, Covenant: Deb Kellogg 


Some of the impoverished rural communities around the municipality of Berlín, El Salvador have entered into a sister partnership through the mission. The following is a current listing of these church/community partnerships:
  • Ankeny, Ankeny Presbyterian Church with Canton El Corozal
  • Clive, Heartland Presbyterian Church with Caseríos Centro and Cerna, Canton El Tablón
  • Dallas Center, First Presbyterian Church with Canton Virginia
  • Des Moines, Central Presbyterian Church with the Pastoral House
  • Des Moines, Westminster Presbyterian Church with canton San Francisco
  • Indianola, Trinity United Presbyterian Church with Caseríos Casa de Zinc and Casa de Zacate
  • Presbytery of Des Moines, Southwest Regional Partnership with Caserio Alejandria
  • Presbytery of Long Island with Cantón Santa Cruz
  • West Des Moines, Covenant Presbyterian Church with Canton San Isidro
The following organizations partner with the Our Sister Parish to provide support to the mission as a whole or for specific projects:
  • Art for El Salvador
  • Des Moines Intentional Eucharistic Community
  • Baltimore Medical Deligation

2016 Our Sister Parish Annual Report

OSP Annual Rpt 2016 Final letter size.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 Parish 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: