Happy Valentine's Day to all of our family and friends. The weather here is absolutely beautiful, it was 91 degrees today! We continued with projects that we started last night. Bob and Don worked on building rebar cages for the cement foundation. Rick, Carlos and Marcelo dug holes for fencing and Mika, Sharon, Rachel, Yesenia, and Deana lined plastic in the foundation where the cement will be poured and moved 1 million rocks (or so it seemed) to line the plastic for later use with the concrete. It was a great first day with a lot of work accomplished.
We are here! Miguel, Dan and Danielle picked us up from the airport and took us
straight to the church. We cannot believe how much work they have done since we were last here. The church had a playground donated to them that now sits at the front of the church and the foundation for the school has already begun. After a quick snack of delicious watermelon, we went to work for about an hour, then had dinner and went home to our host families for the night. Miguel looks wonderful and healthy praise God!
We are all in Dallas! One flight down, two to go. We are waiting for our next flight
which will be at 9:45pm. Don and Sharon were able to connect with family here in Dallas so they are spending some time with them before our flight leaves. What a blessing! It will be a 9 hour flight to Santiago, Chile. Once we arrive there, we will have a four hour layover in Santiago where we will meet up with Marcelo who will be traveling and working with us down in Lautaro. Our next post will most likely be when we arrive in Lautaro and get settled into our host family’s home. We are excited to get there!
Boy, the last 24 hours have been interesting. Our flight from Seattle to Santiago, Chile had a connection flight in Atlanta where they are currently having an ice storm. Needless to say, our flights were cancelled so Mika worked with the travel agent and we are all now routed thru Dallas. From Seattle to Dallas, we are broken up into three different flights on two different carriers but should connect back in Dallas for the same flight to Chile. Our day started this morning, meeting at Mika's house at 3am. Our flights leave at 6:05 am (Don and Sharon), 6:55 am (Mika, John and Rick) and 11:15 am (Deana and Bob). We are filling ourselves up with comfort food, chocolate chip cookies courtesy of Mika and chocolate truffles courtesy of Rick. Now we are all sugared up and ready to go. We are in good spirits and praise God for working out the new flight plans. We are on our way! Please continue praying for us. John Carlson is in good spirits and we hope he gets to come home today from the hospital. Please continue praying for his healing. Check back often to follow along on our journey!
Family and Friends,
We are sad to report that John Carlson will not be able to travel to Chile with the team this year due to health reasons. John has been an valuable member of this team for many years and he will be greatly missed by his team and his family in Chile.
We ask that you pray for John during this time for healing, strength, energy, comfort and peace.
The Chile team is in their last week of preparation before they depart for
Lautaro Chile. Please pray for the health of the team and safe travels. Travel
dates are February 12 - 25, 2014. Follow along with the team by reading their
blog. There will be daily posts of the work that is being done, the people they
encounter and how God is using them.
Thank you for your continued support and prayers. We couldn't do it without you!
> The 2014 Chile Mission Team
Thank you RVCC for supporting us in the Chili for Chile fundraiser on Praise night! We raised over $1,000 to go towards the construction projects down in Lautaro. Praise God!
We also want to thank everyone that helped us make this night possible by volunteering their time and talents to help make this night a success. God Bless!
Meet the 2014 Lautaro, Chile mission team. This team will be going down to Lautaro, Chile from February 12-25, 2014.
Front Row: Mika Leskajan, Deana Dogherra and Sharon Fisk.
Back Row: John Leskajan, Rick Seaton, Robert Dillenburg and Don Fisk.
We are missing one key team member (John Carlson) in our photo and will update our picture as soon as we are able.
We are asking family and friends to pray for our mission team, not only as we prepare for the mission but also during the mission and as we return home. We ask that you pray for God to prepare our hearts for this trip, provide us safety and protection, and give us His words to speak and His actions to take that we may glorify Him in everything we do and have an impact on everyone we cross paths with.