Pastors and ministry leaders in the Baptist Federation of El Salvador assembled in Cojutepeque for the first of four Timothy Two workshops.
Several participants in the group traveled four to five hours on foot and by bus each of the four days to attend.
Scheduled for trips to El Salvador in August-September and Guatemala in October.
Well-armed gangs are committing kidnappings for ransom, shootings and murders, setting fires to cars and businesses, and forcing residents from their homes.
The pandemic is still dangerously resurging in some areas.