This is our final team picture in Temuco, Chile taken in a Park at an overlook. Sharon, Ron and Rick arrived home on Tuesday February 2oth. Scott and Terry went to Peru to check up on the 3 churches there, the medical clinic, and reconnect with the people of Tacna. They arrived home on February 23rd. The trip was amazing! So many wonderful stories to share with all of you. We were grateful for all of your prayers and support for us. We were greatly blessed to be a part of helping to build Carlos and Ely's house, and build special relationships with the people of Lautaro.
The description of the previous blog did not print. These events are from Saturday 2-17. The pictures are of various events and people that we have built relationships with while in Chile. We worked on the foundation, the ladies hosted an afternoon in the park with the women of the church. There was also a children´s outreach program with toys, games, and a short devotional. We finished the long day with a BBQ hosted for the combined team.
Saturday late afternoon and Sunday
Construction- We pulled all the forms from our footings and set up for the foundation walls. We didn´t pour the wall as they are still looking for the right type of bolt.
Church-We attended church today in Lautaro with or Chilean brother´s and sister´s in Christ. After church we went into the country side “Campo” to visit a Mapuche family that is part of the church but not able to come to the actual building.
We will leave in the morning to start our return trip to home. We return Tuesday afternoon. Scott and Terry will spend 3 days in Tacna, Peru to visit another RVCC Missions Project. This will include checking up on the medical building, visit the churches, and people there. Please pray for safe travel for all the team.
Picture 1 & 2 – Foundation Wall prepared to pour. The footing is massive and will support the new home. “Building your house on a solid foundation” Matthew 7:24-27.
Picture 3 – Church today. This is the Word picture used for IAM’s Chilean churches. The country of Chile as the vertical part of the cross with an oxen yoke as the horizontal part “Yoked together in Christ”
Picture 4 – Rick and Fernando – The first Mapuche to accept Christ with the Lautaro church. A house church meets twice a month in his home.
Picture 5 & 6(LOL) Eating/Fellowship in Mapuche home.
Picture 7 Our team with the Mapuche family.
We start our morning at 9am at the church where we eat all 3 of our meals. The team members have been taking turns having a devotion to start the day. Please pray for our health as a couple of us have not been feeling well. We spent today pouring the remainder of the concrete in the morning and taking off the forms in the afternoon. We started working on planinng the forms for the concrete walls and will work on that in the morning. In the afternoon the ladies will have a day in the park visiting while the men work [: We have been having a great time building relationships and working together. Carlos and Ely are excited that the foundation is almost done on their casa ¨house¨.
Day in Melipeuco . For our rest day we went to Melipeuco to see the Iberoamerican church. Pastor Luis and his family currently have to rent their house and the church. When the church building and house are complete they will no longer have to rent. The top left picture is the inside of the existing church and the bottom left is the outside. The 2 construction pictures are of the church and house being built. The hope is that other teams can come to help complete it as much as possible so it is protected against the rain and snow in the winter time. The bottom left picture is of the team in a Chilean restaurant having lunch together. It was nice to relax and enjoy the sunshine and conversation with one another, Tomorrow we will finish pouring the concrete for the footings around the house of Ely and Carlos.
We had a very productive day working along side our Chilean brothers and sisters in Christ. We set up the forms, tied rebar, filled the bottom of floor with gravel then poured the concrete. It is amazing how much work can be accomplished when we are working hard together. It has been such a blessing and a joy getting to know the Chilean people better and building relationships with them that will last a life time. Top Left Sharon Fisk and Terry Mars securing concrete forms. Top Right Rick Seaton and Don Fisk getting rocks to fill bottom of foundation. Large picture in center. Carlos watering so Scott Mars could compact easier. Bottom picture Sharon Fisk smoothing concrete with Elly supervising!
Greetings from Chile. This was our first day of construction. One of the projects we are helping with was to repair and fix some rotting exterior walls on the caretakers house Carlos and Elle. The leaders of Ibero American after looking at the house decided to not just put a bandaid on it. A decision was made to build a new house over the top of the existing house. We are hoping to complete a new foundation and start on some wallls while we are here. Other teams and Chileans will work to get the house completed prior to the rainy season as it is summer [80 degrees and sunny]Top left picture is Carlos and Elle the caretakers of the Church. Carlos is Mapuche one of the native people groups. Top Right -Digging the trench for the footings. Middle - Holding up the roof of the attached shed to take out support posts to tear down. Large picture -jack hammering cement in front of house. Bottom - Elle holding the ladder for Don and Sharon in the front. It was both a joy and blessing to work along side our Chilean brothers and sisters in Christ.
We arrived safely in Chile. It has taken us a while to figure out the blog with computer glitches. Hopefully we will be able to post pictures tomorrow. We will be starting work on the caretakers house which will be our main project while we are here. God protected us during all our flights and airport changes. We were on a 787 Boeing Dream Liner from Mexico City to Santiago. It was very nice. We are at our host families homes now and are very grateful for their hospitality. We spent the night in Santiago, Chile with Doug and Shelly Kallestad who are missionairies that helped start IberoAmerican Ministries. We were grateful for a good nights sleep and their wonderful care for us.
The 2018 Chile Team consisting of Scott & Terry Mars, Don & Sharon Fisk, and Rick Seaton will be leaving for Chile on Friday February 9th. We won't actually arrive to our destination until Sunday evening after lots of flying time and lay-over in Mexico City for 10 or 11 hrs at night. This is my first attempt at doing a blog so “grace” may be needed! We are excited to see what God has in store for us and what He wants to accomplish through us and in us! Specific prayer requests: Travel safety, our overall health and safety, that Jesus will be glorified in all things, building of relationships with the people we encounter and work side by side with. Thank you for your interest in what we are doing and your prayer support.