Interfaith Service to Latin America (ISLA) grew out of a decade of dedicated, successful mission work organized by two Minnesota United Methodist churches in the early 1990's. In 1999, ISLA was formed as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) and continues working primarily in Jalapa, Nicaragua.
Jalapa, located in the mountains of north central Nicaragua, is far away from its capital city of Managua. Due to the fighting of the contra war in the 1980s and Hurricane Mitch in the mid-1990s, this already economically depressed region became the second poorest nation in the western hemisphere. Without much support from their government, these people and their land have desperately needed the help of people from other communities.