“GOD wants NO ONE to perish!!”
The Bible urges us to pray for everything (Phil. 4:4-7) and even to pray continually (1 Thess. 5:16-18). Let us share a Chile story with you centered on one of the children, Carla, who lived on our Santiago mission site in 2012 & 2013 in one of our houses with Chilean house parents. We began receiving children “of the state” in the first part of 2010 and did so through most of 2013, when our ministry to these children was abruptly terminated by two Chilean judges. At the time nine children lived between two of our houses. The judges never did talk with us or any of our staff. As it came out, Carla was instrumental in the ending of the ministry, using lies and other false allegations to misrepresent life here.
Recently, Carla asked Janine to be her friend on Facebook. Janine wrote back with the question, Why?? After all, in looking at Carla’s major role is shutting down the Children’s Residence with lies and bad intentions, there was no reason to be friends. Carla’s response was that she was “so sorry!” She acknowledged her actions and said that when she lived here she was a child not knowing bad from good, and that now as an adult she does know that difference. She has spent a rough 8 years living on the street, etc. She recounted several good memories of her time at the mission site. The photo on the left is of Carla at 12 years old and others of the nine children living in mission houses on the Chile Mission site in 2012. Carla is on the far left. The photo on the right was taken when she visited us a few weeks ago.
We know that Carla and the other children experienced Jesus in several different ways during their few years with us. We still regularly pray for them and their openness to the gospel and we hope to see Carla and others of them in the future. On-going prayer truly does matter and brings God glory, as we join him in his love and search for every single person that do not now believe in Jesus..
8 But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. 9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. –2 Peter 3:8-9
The truth is that we all know others that continue to shut Jesus out. Our contacts with them and our on-going prayers for them will always be worth it!
IN SANTIAGO we have been meeting with Paola about legal papers needing to be signed for the Foundation. Also, when the municipality officially registered our new Foundation name “Misión Chile” they made a typographical error in its spelling that they needed to correct. We DID receive news on the 31st that all was finished and correctly spelled! (Sigh J ) That’s a big praise and TYL!! Thanks again for your prayers!
We have also been looking with Paola at hours actually worked on the mission site this past year by those we have on contract, as hours worked do not line up with hours paid. Please pray that God will both guide and bless these hard discussions. We are sure that God’s wisdom is needed in ALL bi and multi-cultural works in the world.
A BIG PRAISE TO SHARE is that our houses have been quite full in recent months with those coming to Santiago for complicated medical conditions of their children.
We met in January here on our mission site with a Samaritan’s Purse representative about their having meeting space and he liked what he saw. He is now back in contact with his Chilean team to receive direction. Another prayer issue!
We are also pleased to announce that our worker Joherlit and Esteban were married in a civil ceremony on January 28, with their church wedding set for February 4. Esteban is a Christian man and will make a great husband and we wish them God’s blessing in “tackling life” together. We are actively seeking a replacement for Joherlit here on the mission site and in the meantime Paola will fill all necessary duties. Thank you for praying for our search for her replacement. It’s a timely issue for Chile Mission!
IN RURAL CHILE AT THE CAMP PROPERTY we met with Abraham over various issues and “next” steps, as we walked the land to decide on the location for the 2-story workshop/storage/parking structure we will be building this year. Abraham & Janine also decided to first build an additional bathroom & bedroom onto the side of his house, but with an exterior entrance. It’s needed to better accommodate one or more people working on the property.
While at their house we and Abraham had a zoom phone meeting with the newly-elected congresswoman from the district in which the camp property is located. She is a Christian and is very much interested in helping in one way or another in the development of our camp. The meeting went very well as an introduction to us and the work, as Abraham was able to upload and show her photos of the property during the call.
MOVING INTO FEBRUARY
IN SANTIAGO we will be working with Paola to put into practice straight-forward, measurable criteria that all workers will follow in completing their work. We and Paola also need to come to final decisions on work hours still owed by some. Your prayers are VERY much appreciated! .
Finding a replacement of Joherlit is of top importance. Feelers had been put out as early as December to possible candidates and we’ve had some responses, but none went forward. We contacted churches in January and will be following up with them and other churches and organizations. We know that God leads!
Another weighty matter has to do with the APEM pro-life pregnancy center. We do not charge rent on their house, knowing that it is super expensive to rent adequate space in Santiago. They do however pay their share of utilities and site upkeep. At the beginning of the pandemic in 2020 they were behind on those payments and because they could not be here due to strict gov’t covid restrictions, Jack told them to hold off in paying those shared expenses. (a definite mistake! J ) We are now in contact with them to re-establish their payments going back to when they were paying. We see this issue as resolvable, and ask for your prayers. Their ministry work with women is very needed and worthwhile!
IN RURAL CHILE AT THE CAMP PROPERTY Abraham will begin building the additional bathroom & bedroom mentioned earlier. A rough time frame for completion of the addition is three months. Janine will also continue working with Abraham this month in trimming the overgrown trees and plan for future cultivation.
A February goal with Abraham is to be able to decide on both the surveyor and the architect that the Foundation will use on the property. It seems like these choices have no end, but charges for such services are very variable and we need to do a complete search. Thanks for your prayers.
Praising, praying, fasting, and giving thanks to God, who wants NO ONE to perish !!