“Give thanks to the Lord for he is good!”
Thanks to the Lord for he is good; his love endures forever.
Fourteen verses giving thanks to the Lord appear in the Psalms, with 5 of those written in Psalm 107. How appropriate a theme for our November “Thanksgiving” prayer & gratitude letter. Have you considered using one day every week to give thanks to God, especially for family members present and past and for people’s lives in general? All mankind owes God total thanks and praise for salvation & restored relationship with God through Jesus and for so much more! We, too, give you thanks for your prayers for us and for Chile Mission!!
FIRST – Janine’s return flight to the States
Thank you for praying for Chilean government permission for Janine to leave Chile with Jack on our scheduled flight to the States on October 7th. As it turned out, she never did receive the “mobility pass” allowing her to exit Chile, but she was able to go to a police office on the very day of our flight with a doctor’s letter referring to her important scheduled medical appointments in the States. Giving Janine the special permission she needed, the woman at the desk told her that three others had recently come to the office with the same need to travel and no possibility with their mobility passes now hung up in Chilean bureaucracy. TYL!! Looking toward our flight back to Chile on Dec. 30, Janine will keep trying to get her mobility pass, hopefully with better results.
SECOND – the camp property in middle Chile
We seem to be well on our way to being able to construct the first building needed. It will be a two story large workshop with room to work indoors on projects and ample space for the storage and parking camp-related equipment and vehicles. We have met several times with a local architect, Matías, and feel we have the right person to help with the project.
In addition, the electric company can now take down the old power lines (as the new ones are already relocated and operating). Once we have our new bodega (storage and workshop) done, we will be able to tear down the present large adobe structure used for storage and build some picnic shelters with the upcycled materials. With the old power lines removed along with low rainfall this past winter, this Chilean summer’s (Jan-Mar) main goal will be to dig out the lake area and prepare it to receive and contain water. This will include taking a good look at how to divert water from the public access road, which annually floods with the rains. Our dream would be to use the lake for a variety of water sports, as well as stocking it with fish.
Our optimist hope is to have the above completed before July—all depending on the availability of materials and workers, when winter rains begin in the middle and southern parts of the country. We hope we have sufficient funds to do these two major projects!! Then on to the next level!! Thanks for your prayers!
Abraham is currently making inquiries regarding the timing for purchasing and bringing farm animals to the land, along with the planting of selected crops and further clearing of land to receive them.
THIRD – in Santiago
We received word from the municipality of Las Condes (where our Foundation was initially registered) that the Foundation’s name change has been officially submitted and that we should hear back within one month. That was good news and we are praying for its acceptance. Once the new name is official, Patricio Curinao will replace Tamara on the board of directors and we will begin the needed next steps within the Foundation.
During our October time in Santiago we were able to discuss the work being done on the mission’s property, especially in terms of specific necessary steps to take in increasing the number of parents coming to stay at the property while in Santiago for medical treatments of their children. Covid has been a factor, but much more can be done to increase our visibility and improve our relationships with sending hospitals and clinics. We hope to also increase use of one of the mission’s houses by other Foundations in need of office and meeting space.
FOURTH – this year’s ICOM
Starting on October 31 and continuing into December, we will be visiting with supporting churches and participating in this year’s ICOM missions conference at the Richmond, VA Convention Center November 18-21. It’s a true celebration of God at work in the world, with excellent general sessions as well as break-out workshops, along with many exhibitors, including us with the marble people. We’ve been blessed to participate with our Chile Mission booth for many years and always look forward to it. Please consider putting aside that Saturday or that weekend and come be a part. There are children’s activities and a separate youth convention going on simultaneously. Please also be a part of the ICOM’s prayer support. The ICOM website is www.theicom.org
Praising, praying, fasting, and giving THANKS to the Lord for he is good and his love endures forever!!