Chile Missions 2010 Update 2

 
Believe it or not, it has been hard to find internet connection. The host family that Josiah and I are staying with only has a land line (reminds me of the noise the computer would make in order to connect back in the day) because they are out near the beautiful mountains. Also, Constitucion is trying to recover from the earthquake and tsunami; therefore trying to find a good internet has been hard. But I´m still finding different ways to communicate with those of you who are praying for us.

I don´t have too much time to share what has been happening in the last 2 days, so I will share more in detail, along with pictures in the days to come.

But just as a way of overview, there are 3 things we are learning and experiencing:

1) There are no barriers with Christ´s love. It is incredible to see how we have been able to communicate and work together with the church members of Pueblo de Dios, even though our team does not speak Spanish that well and their members do not speak English very well, we have been able to speak Christ´s love to one another. In spite of the barriers, we have bonded in an incredible way. This is what the love of Christ can do. It has been awesome working shoulder to shoulder to bring the Gospel to people who are hurting and in need of hope. Transculturalism is coming alive and finally making sense in a deeper way for all of us.

2) The need is great. Everywhere we went, we met people who were in need. It is humbling to think that there are basic things that people do not have due to the tragedy. It makes it that much more imperative that we share, the not only the Gospel for their spiritual needs, but material things for their physical needs as well.

3) The Church is really the hope of the world. There are many organizations that have come to ¨serve¨ the people within the first 2 months after the earthquake and tsunami; but it is the church that is still going to the affected area to share the love of Christ. Where would the world be without the Church? As people are hearing the Gospel, they are understanding that Christ can take their mourning and turn it into dancing. Our God is a God of redemption.

We are a bit sad that we cannot usher in the new year with our family and friends back in the States; but for some reason, we are finding a great sense of joy knowing that we are at the right place at the right time in Chile. We will bring in the new year spending time together as a team… it should be interesting as we explore this great city. Thanks for praying for us.