And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. –Romans 8:28
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. –Romans 8:38-39
In this month marking Jesus’ death and resurrection, it is so important to remember how all three persons of God were involved in Jesus’ mission to reconcile all creation back to himself, all because of his immeasurable love for us! God is our power, shelter, and love everywhere in every way, and God’s love through Jesus is the central message of what we take across the street and around the globe. God’s love meets the needs of others and is demonstrated through action and sacrifice, not just words, and God’s love always focuses on the person. Thank you for praying for our mission work in Chile. Pray that we as Christians keep God’s love message clear and demonstrated, as our “Complete” God continues working through us.
—We made two trips to middle and southern Chile in March, seeking and making contacts to purchase land on which to establish a children’s camp and retreat center. The trips were successful for varying reasons and during the last trip a repeat contact was made with Ricardo, the land owner who would be able to sell us roughly 50 acres of wooded hilly land located near Ñipas, where we have conducted children’s summer camps these past four summers. We are seen here looking at the written site plans of the land. Ricardo’s property will more than provide the space needed to fulfill the large vision God has given us for the property: a multi-faceted children’s camp, a year-round retreat center for a variety of ministries, a “prayer” path, and outdoor amphitheater. We now wait for him to examine the exact dimensions of the land and get back to us with what we hope is a reasonable price, as all similar properties we have looked at have been quite expensive.
We, with Domingo and Sandra, also met with the mayor of Ranquil, the larger center of the surrounding towns, who would like to help us in any way he can. There are no other such Christian camps/centers that we know of in middle Chile, despite being positioned between Concepción (the second largest city in the country) and Chillán, another larger city that the Panamerican Highway passes through. The mayor referred us to a neighborhood woman who will put us in contact with a group of owners of another large parcel of land directly on the river that runs near Ñipas. We did follow up on other contacts during our two trips south, but as often happens, the parcels ended up to be quite different than what they were “billed” to be. Thank you so much for continuing to pray for land!
—Cesar and Camila, who live and work with us on our mission property in Santiago, now do have a healthy baby boy, Santiago, born on Saturday, March 16th. Pictured here, they find themselves in a new phase of family life! Congratulations to them and thank you so much for your prayers for the final weeks of Camila’s pregnancy and for Santiago’s birth.
—Many of you are familiar with corn, wheat, and soy bean harvests. Here in most of middle Chile the time has come for the country’s bountiful grape harvest. the worker in the photo is standing on top of a huge (10′ x 40′) container full of grapes, speading them out to make room for more. In John 4:35 Jesus called his disciples and us to open our eyes, “and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.”
Lastly, we will be spending the last two weeks of April with Julian & Devyn in Peru. What a blessing to be able to periodically visit them!
Praising, praying, and fasting to our “Completely Demonstrated Love” God,
In his love,