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Cristo Salva

A Storefront Sanctuary

Gospel music spills out onto the sidewalk. Hastily made signs are hung in the windows and over the awning.

There is a story of a new beginning behind the glass doors of each Los Angeles storefront church.

AudioVision summer intern, Todd Johnson, visited one such church and heard the story of its pastor. He put together this audio slideshow that tells the story of one church called Cristo Salva.

The church is between a Zumba studio and a vacant commercial space next to MacArthur Park on 7th Street. The non-denominational church serves a majority Salvadorian congregation of around 40 people. 

Originally from El Salvador, Pastor Alcides Castellanos founded the church nearly a year ago, offering a sanctuary that is less focused on building bricks and mortar than it is on building lives and the community.

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