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October 2022 Praises and Prayer Points

“THROUGH HIM, FOR HIM, AND TOWARD HIS PURPOSES”

 For in him (Jesus), all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.  –Col. 1:16 (NIV)

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.  –Rom. 8:28 (NASB)

We have much to report on and give thanks for during our current time in Chile at Campo Vivo (The Countryside Alive) camp property in middle, rural Chile and with Chile Mission’s work in Santiago!  Regarding Campo Vivo we celebrate the fact that ALL of creation was created through Jesus and for Jesus.  We also take strength in the fact that God will continue to work for the good of Chile Mission in all the details and steps it faces both in rural Chile and in Santiago.  No detail is too small or too big for God!

CAMPO VIVO

We and Abraham have spent a good amount of time walking the property and the public, sand road outside of the property.  Certain portions of the road are still under water coming out of Chile’s winter season, and steps will need to be taken to put in some large diameter tubes to detour the water from the road and to possibly also change the location of the road in certain places once the road dries toward summer.  Inside our property we spent time studying the lower area to be dug for a lake, along with all the issues having to do with that—e,g. size, inflows, outflows, and depth, etc.  We pray that we will be able to start on the lake toward the end of this coming summer, around March.

We also looked at the best location for buildings to be constructed in 2023, beginning with the 2-story workshop/storage/parking building.  Included was a study of the condition of our interior roads in place and ravines.  As mentioned in our September letter, we pray that some with good camp work experience from the States can visit this coming January to help us think out the above issues.  One of the German Shepherds, Summer, accompanied us on our walks to help us study the terrain. 🙂

J&J 2022 1  overview of lake area  Summer helping

In addition, we and Abraham walked the northern section of the property located on the other side of the public access road to look at terrain challenges such as ravines, the location of interior roads, and areas to subdivide for sale to others.  Here are some photos below.  The flowers in Janine’s hands were quite small and grew in many areas.  Some of the views were spectacular as well.  The ravine pictured below was one of the deeper ones we came across, and we need to relevel land in various places.  How intricate and varied is Jesus’ creation!

Campo Vivo north end 1  Campo Vivo north end 3  Campo Vivo north end 2

Abraham will be meeting with a surveyor early in October to set up the clear delineation of property lines, along with the areas to be subdivided in the northern section of the property.

We thank you for praying about and giving thanks for all of the above issues mentioned above and below!

Other prayer points and praises:

  • With Abraham & Catalina we attended a meeting of many landowners (a kind of owner’s association) from the larger local area and met several new people—all older. Almost all of the land owners have grown up in the area, while their children have moved away and live in cities.
  • We must decide between renting or buying a used excavator in order to rework the several ravines that exist on both ends of the camp property. Either option will be expensive, but the machine is an essential piece of equipment in the ongoing development of the property.
  • We are also looking to sell our 2017 Chevy 4X4 pickup and replace it with a newer Toyota 4X4 pickup. It’s interesting that those here we’ve consulted with say that the Toyota Hilux is the only pickup well-designed for our hard terrain conditions.  We’ve also had some recent large repairs with our Chevy.

SANTIAGO

Carolina continues to do a good job with regard to her responsibilities.  She and Janine have spent time discussing her reports and initiatives, etc.  Even though it will take God’s supernatural touch for baby Dominíc to survive his serious heart condition, we continue to pray for him and his parents. He recently was hospitalized with pneumonia and survived. What a happy baby!  We also give thanks for the recent healthy birth of twins to Edison and his wife, who stayed at the mission site.  She was brought in to Santiago with eclampsia.  PTL!!  The emotional and prayer support we’ve been able to provide to parents in their difficult medical situations with their children has been significant.

Dominic4    Santiago birth of premature twins

The APEM prolife pregnancy center moved from the mission site after over three years of meeting in one of the houses on our site.  The new director lives in a different sector of Santiago, so it was better for them to find a location much nearer to her.  It’s been a blessing and privilege to provide them with housing these past recent years and we wish them the best as we continue to pray for their good path forward!

Jack did go to the main office of the government department that deals with the Chilean ID cards of foreign permanent citizens such as ourselves and all went well—so it seems!!  He is supposed to be able to pick up his new renewed ID card the second week of October before we fly to the States on the 19th of the month.  Of course, the “proof is in the pudding” as they say! J

With regard to our Foundation CHILE MISSION, we, Abraham, and Julián (husband of Carolina) recently had a conference zoom call with an ex-representative of the government that deals with Foundations.  She hopes to put us into contact with both an attorney who works with Foundations and with the representative of a bank that can open an account for us.  Our contact with her represents a good step forward in getting needed legal changes and steps put in place and we’re grateful!  In the past we have not had a good attorney to work with, and the bank account the Foundation did have was costly.  Also, our past attempts to obtain a certificate and standing to receive donations from inside and outside of Chile were never achieved, so these current steps represent a definite prayer need.  Thank you for that!

We are still working on locating the right person to finish developing our Spanish CHILE MISSION website.  Thanks for your prayers.

Finally, before leaving Chile we will have a board meeting.  We give thanks for our working with an excellent Chile Mission team!

Praising, praying, fasting, in OUR “CREATOR, PURPOSE-ACHIEVING JESUS—Lord & Savior!!

Jack & Janine 

Sept. CHILE Gratitudes & new Prayer Needs

“IN STEP” WITH GOD

By day the Lord went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night.   Neither the pillar of cloud by day nor the pillar of fire by night left its place in front of the people.  –Ex. 13: 21-22

God has always guided his children, be it through his Word and Holy Spirit, or even through a pillar of cloud and pillar of fire.  We see this as well in Proverbs 16:9, “In his heart man plans his course, but God determines his steps.”  As such it’s important to remember that WE are now his children!  Thus for us, Frank Sinatra’s song “I did it My Way” is definitely out of the question!  🙂

We and Abraham & Catalina gleaned much good information, tips, and encouragement of different types during our two-month tour of Christian camps in the States this past U.S. summer!  They returned to Chile August 1st and we now fly to Chile Sept. 4th, staying through to Oct. 19th, where much of that time will be spent on the camp property in middle Chile with them to assess and plan next steps forward concerning the development of the land.  These three photos tell the next steps:

During our recent two months of visits to camps we received lots of valuable advice on first steps to take in Chile.  We are hoping that Kevin (one such long-time camp worker), who has been responsible for all the physical plant development of his camp over the last 40+ years (WOW!!), can come to Chile this coming January (Chilean summer) to walk our property and discuss first hand our overall plan of land development.  His (and others’) biggest advice of all?  “Be sure to not get ahead of God in all you plan to do, but be patient and attentive to his leading, and he will guide you and the Christian camp & retreat center WILL BECOME A REALITY!  You can COUNT on it, including the raising of every bit of needed finances.”  With good reason we firmly know that your prayers have been yet another central reason for these great developments!

Chile camp property

Abraham, Catalina, and Abril arrived home safely to heavy winter rains that have rendered the public road outside of the camp property impassable from time to time.  Still, they are glad to be home and he is working mainly indoors, finishing the new bathroom/bedroom addition begun months ago.

When we arrive in Sept.

  • we will work with him to specifically identify upcoming developmental steps and issues needing to be addressed now and during Kevin’s short visit in January.
  • Abraham will also continue to search for a Chilean certified architect to be our needed go between with the Chilean government to proceed with building plans on the property.
  • We plan and hope to follow up on the purchase of a used excavator for sale. It was the property of a relative of Chilean friends.  He since has died, but used this equipment in his work and his children want to sell it.  If it’s in good operating condition and the price is reasonable, it represents a very good and needed purchase, given the amount of work we will have for it on the camp land.

Once Kevin visits and the architect is located at a reasonable cost, we will be in a better positon to project the cost of upcoming construction of buildings, along with other work: i.e., digging the lake and proceeding with wells, septic, interior roads, and buildings, etc.

Thank you for your prayers for our upcoming visit!

In Santiago

We look forward to visiting with Carolina & family to discuss God’s ministries taking place on the Chile Mission site.  This will include talking over hospital and clinic contacts, internal policies & reports, and interactions with those staying on the property for medically-associated reasons.  She is committed to doing a good job, which is central to going forward well.  The latest information she has is that baby Dominíc, whom we’ve mentioned as needing prayer in his fight for survival in our two last monthly Praise & Prayer Needs letters, continues making steady, slow progress at home.  Thank you Lord!

In addition, Jack must renew his Chilean identification card, a process that is always automatic and not difficult, but the government advised us that they cannot confirm his residency status.  On the other hand, Janine’s came through slowly but fine—she had extended her visa during covid, but Jack had traveled back twice.  It should be a “fun” process!!  Instead it is just another use of time and effort that we have to spend time on.  Hard to believe that Janine has her new identification card, considering that she is “under” Jack’s approved status!!

We will also be meeting with Chile Mission board members to discuss progress and ministry outreaches.  There are, in addition, further legal steps necessary to make needed changes to our Foundation’s by-laws.  These basic changes have been previously applied for, but still not terminated.

Lastly, we are still seeking a Chilean to take charge of developing our Spanish Chile Mission website.  We do have a web “server”, but the actual work has much farther to go.

In all of the above we seek and give thanks for your steady prayers and gratitude!!

Praising, praying, fasting, to OUR “STEP-LEADING” GOD OF ALL!!

Jack & Janine 

August 2022 Praises & Prayer Needs

GOD” DIMENSIONS

The temple was completed on the third day of the month Adar, in the sixth year of the reign of King Darius.  –Ezra 6:15

So the wall was completed on the twenty-fifth of Elul, in fifty-two days.  –Nehemiah 6:15

Monumental tasks faced both Ezra and Nehemiah in the rebuilding of the temple in Jerusalem and the city’s walls as the tribes of Judah and Benjamin returned from exile!  Their enemies scoffed and threatened them and the Israelites themselves were daunted and overwhelmed at the size of the project before they even began.  Years later, in measuring the overwhelming odds against overcoming apartheid racial discrimination in South Africa, Desmund Tutu summed up the size of the challenge facing the people of South Africa this way: “There is only one way to eat an elephant… a bite at a time.”

Similarly, we now look to how GOD HIMSELF will approach the development of HIS camp in the middle of Chile through us all (as only HE is capable of :).  The glory will come in terms of Chilean children, youth, and adults coming to know and follow Jesus Christ.  Just as it was for the above men of God, the size of our own impending project is overwhelming to us, were it not for God’s hand!  THE LORD’S eternal plans and purposes are in motion in Chile, which means that Chile Mission too will see its camp developed and launched, one step and stage at a time.  Thank you once again for your prayers and Kingdom partnership in Chile!

We were so blessed in our June and July travel with Abraham, Catalina, & 3-year-old Abril to Christian camps in the States.  All in all, we traveled more than 3,500 miles were able to visit 16 separate camps over the two months.  We experienced no relational problems, no traffic accidents, and no sickness, on top of enjoying excellent weather along the way.  It was surprising on how well Abril handled all the traveling.  We concentrated on the camps’ infrastructures, experiences in digging lakes, and stages of development, in addition to safety guidelines, adult to child ratios, and approaches to social issues.  In short, we learned much, met many special people, and enjoyed super times with family, close friends, and churches.  We SO THANK YOU for your prayers that helped carry us forward and open doors all through the trip!

Here are additional photos taken during our trip.  Climbing walls and rope courses came in a variety of sizes and styles.  Also pictured are the stages of development of Sky Ranch in Tyler, Texas.

Sky Ranch climbing tower  Pineywoods tower  Appalacian climbing tower

Sky Ranch chronology1  Sky Ranch chronology2  Sky Ranch chronology3

MEANWHILE,

At the Chile camp property Catalina’s mother and brother were able to stay there for much of these two months without incidents or problems (TYL!!), in spite of heavy winter rains that have rendered the public road outside of the camp property impassable from time to time.

Abraham, Cata, and Abril now fly back to Chile on August 1st, arriving in Santiago on August 2nd and then on to the camp property late in the day.  Please join us in giving thanks and in praying for their safe arrival.  They’ll also be going home to eight new German Shepherd puppies, born just recently—a surprise to be sure.

With God’s blessing, we return to Chile for one and one half months the first week of September.  We’ll have much to think through and plan with Abraham & Catalina at the camp property.  In the meantime, Abraham will have plenty to look at in light of much good advice received during our recent U.S. camp visits.

Dominic 2In Santiago all is well at the Chile Mission ministry site. New parents also continue to arrive and be blessed to stay on the property.  Now home in Chillan, Chile, Baby Dominíc, pictured here, continues with weekly in-home doctor visits, growing in spite of the on-going grave physical problems that he faces with his internal organs.  Thanks for continuing to pray for him and for his parents.  We praise and thank you, Lord!!

1a - Our family spring 1992We have one more photo to include.  It was taken of us in family 30 years ago this month as we prepared to leave for one year of language study in Costa Rica and then to Chile to begin serving the Lord there.  Jayme was newly 2, Julian 5, Jordan 8, and Jonathan 14.  While we are referred to as “missionaries”, it gives the Lord much praise that our family is one more extension in another country of his overall mission to bring ALL PEOPLES OF EVERY NATION back to himself through his son, Jesus.  Thus, in truth we ALL are his missionaries every place that we live!  Bless you all and thank you again for your on-going prayers and partnership with us and with Chile Mission!!

Praising, praying, fasting, to OUR “GOD” DIMENSIONS Lord & Savior JESUS!!

Jack & Janine 

July 2022 CHILE Praises & Prayer Needs Update

FREE – Raising JESUS”

31 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”  36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.  –John 8:31-32, 36

As we celebrate the United States’ freedom from English rule this month, the above verses come to mind.  John 8 speaks of a TRUE freedom found ONLY in Jesus—the one REAL freedom we Christians live and teach to our children and others.  In reality, we all are always growing in our relationship with God. 🙂  In the same way, Christian camps also do make a difference in lives.  How sad that someone can be physically free and yet be spiritually lost.   

In our travels to Christian camps these two months of June and July with Chilean camp teammates Abraham, Catalina, & little girl Abril we are paying special attention to the messages and relationships that the camps have with children that attend.  We so appreciate your prayers for our travel, contacts, and learning along our route!!  Abril is traveling very well and we are virtually learning A TON!  There are some camps that even may be able to come to Chile and help us develop our property there in different ways.  What a blessing! 

Beginning our camp visits on June 5th in southern California, during June we visited seven Christian camps and presented to five churches and have several more camps to visit in Virginia, North Carolina, Alabama, and Texas in July.   Camps are a combination of fun, challenges, God messages, and new relationships.  Here are some photos from our June camp visits….

The upper left photo was taken at The Ark camp. The lobby is full of animals and flags of different countries to emphasize their focus on world mission. During our time with them they were in the middle of a camp for people with special needs, and the lower right photo shows Jack with a new friend.

A short quote from Abraham and Cata:

“Ha sido un mes de mucho aprendizaje, donde cada día podemos comprender más el propósito de Dios para nuestro trabajo con los niños en Chile.  Pedimos oración para que Dios levante más trabajadores dispuestos a desarrollar este proyecto junto a nosotros. También oren para que Dios ponga los profesionales y autoridades correctas en Chile para poder lograrlo paso a paso. Amen”

Paraphrased, the above says, “It has been a month of much learning, in which we are understanding more and more God’s purposes for our work with children in Chile.  We ask for your prayers that God would raise up more support and workers inclined to come alongside us in our camp project.  Also please pray that God will put us in contact with the right Chilean professionals and authorities to move forward step by step.  Amen”

MEANWHILE, IN CHILE:

At the Chile camp property

  • We always have to have a physical presence on our camp property, due to stealing.  We had planned on Abdías being there during Abraham’s trip, but for health reasons he returned to Santiago.  Catalina’s mom and other family members are now on the property to feed the dogs and care for daily problems.
  • Cata’s brother suffers from allergies and asthma as well, so please pray for his health during their time on the camp property, that he will not have any crisis situation.
  • Also please join us in giving thanks for Abraham’s & Cata’s neighbors Luís and Pedro & Raquel, who are so willing to step in when needed.

In Santiago

All continues well at the Chile Mission ministry site.  Also, Carolina tells us that baby Dominíc (now back home) continues in stable condition, gaining weight much like a normal baby.  Medical personnel are going to Dominíc’s house every other day to check on him.  The doctors have not decided on what treatment to pursue, if any, and are surprised that he continues in seemingly stable condition.  We praise and thank you, Lord!!

Praising, praying, fasting, to OUR FREE — RAISING JESUS!!

Jack & Janine 

June Chile Mission Praises & Prayer Needs

“GOD THROUGH JESUS—OUR ONE, TRUE SOURCE AND ANSWER”

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13

If there were any three key ingredients that society and the world badly lack, they are those mentioned in the above Bible verse.  1 Corinthians 13 is a tremendous chapter on the importance and meaning of love in Paul’s letter to the church in Corinth.  Do faith, hope and love have One, True source??

God, and more specifically Christ Jesus, have always been the One, True Source and answer for where to go to find what we truly seek and need.  All good values and all human life matters, and many people believe that there is no one, true answer and source of good values. The world says we need to rely on our own truth and God tells us to come to and connect with Jesus.  We Christians, in whatever country that God puts us, can have no other more important singular mission than to make Jesus known and equip others to do the same, starting with the testimony of our own lives.  How great an honor and responsibility for us of Chile Mission to be in Chile to carry out the mission of Jesus there and how thankful we are for your prayers!!

YOUR PRAYERS HELP IN MANY WAYS….

  • Abraham, Catalina, & daughter Abril are set to fly from Santiago to Los Angeles on June 1, arriving in the morning June 2. Thanks for praying against any anxiety that Catalina may have, as she has never flown and has never been outside of Chile.
  • Abdías is set to stay on the Chile camp property during the two months that Abraham and family are in the States with us. Other key people will be helping and accompanying Abdías from time to time as needed. Abraham has some great neighbors living close by, which is a big blessing. His nearest neighbor is more than one half mile away.
  • Several good visits to children’s camps have fallen into place and are scheduled, starting with two excellent camps in southern California the first full week of June and then continuing from Illinois through Indiana to North Carolina and over to Alabama and Texas.
  • From helping host 5 consecutive Chile summer vbs camps through 2020, we have seen how the outdoors & nature, combined with fun and healthy relationships are an effective way for opening children and youth up to meeting Jesus firsthand. The Holy Spirit is working in all of it! J
  • Roughly half of Chilean youth either doubt that God exists or don’t believe in Jesus. The developed camp & retreat center in middle Chile will be a great outreach ministry!
  • Abraham and Abdías have made good progress toward completing the extra bath and bedroom they’ve been working on.

addition6          Dominíc

In Santiago

  • Parents are regularly staying at the Chile Mission site, with many facing very difficult circumstances of their children. Recently, parents Victor & Isabel stayed for roughly two months after Isabel gave birth to a baby boy, Dominíc, pictured above.  Sadly, he was born with a severe heart defect and his stomach is upside down—something extremely rare.  In the end the doctors felt that they could not improve Dominíc’s situation and sent him home with his parents to Los Angeles, Chile (roughly 6 hours south of Santiago) to die.  In checking today, he is again hospitalized with an infection, but is gaining weight.  Thank you for praying with us for a miraculous healing for Dominic and for the reassurance for Victor & Isabel that God is with them as a family.
  • We continue to look for other Foundations and ministries that may be able to have some needed space on our mission site.

Jack’s health ….

Thanks for praying for Jack’s health these last several years.  He was referred to a rheumatologist early in May that has identified Jack’s condition as “Auto-Immune Neutropenia (AIN)”.  Neutropenia is what is dangerous for people going through chemotherapy, as their white blood cell count is dangerously low.  Jack’s bone marrow is producing white blood cells, but his body is destroying them.  While it remains unclear about treatment to improve his blood count, it’s good to be on the right track one step at a time.

Praising, praying, fasting, to GOD–OUR ONE, TRUE SOURCE AND ANSWER !

Jack & Janine 

May 2022 CHILE MISSION prayer needs & update

“EXCELLENT AND PRAISEWORTHY”

 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

Philippians 4:4-9 is certainly a great passage on prayer and Christian living in Paul’s letter to the Philippian Church!  In looking for a passage to start off our May prayer & update letter, the words excellent and praiseworthy seemed most applicable, because in the end, they apply first and foremost to our One, True God who makes all things possible, with his perfect timing to boot.  They also apply to your regular prayers for Chile Mission and for us!!  We in turn send the Lord our prayers for each of you.  Thank you!

Another excellent and praiseworthy opportunity coming our way in June and July is the impending visit of Abraham’s family’s trip to the U.S. this summer.  They are due to arrive in Los Angeles on June 2nd and leave from there on August 1st.  As we mentioned in our April prayer & update letter, they will be traveling with us to Christian camps in California and other states—especially those camps with similar physical characteristics as our land in Chile being developed and camps that have built lakes.  This kind of extra time taken represents our and their desire to continue with excellence in our approach to this significant step to reach and enrich Chilean lives with the gospel.  Abraham, Catalina, & Abril have their passports in hand with one month to go and we will have more trip details to share in next month’s prayer letter.

We are now in the process of setting up visits and very much appreciate your prayers for those contacts.  As always, God is the Master Door Opener!  We also ask you to be in prayer for the right person that will live in their house and take care of needed details on the Chile land in their absence.  It looks possible that Abdías, son of Julián and Carolina, who live and work on the Chile Mission site in Santiago, may be able to do so.  He has been helping Abraham with the addition of an extra bedroom and bathroom to their house on the camp land.  We know that God will provide for the need.

In Santiago….

Carolina is one more month into her duties as our new main coordinator of Chile Mission’s ministry to parents coming to stay at our mission site for periods of time ranging from a couple of days to a couple of months.  Julián, Carolina, and son Esteban are adapting well and Esteban really likes his new military school in Santiago.  In addition, Joherlit (who formerly handled the details of the job that Carolina now holds) continues to help her with details of the job and with hospital contacts.

A variety of parents have come to stay on the mission site and Esperanza, the infant mentioned again in last month’s prayer & update letter, has been transferred to a hospital in the town where Esperanza’s parents live.  Her infection was treated and doctors are continuing to look at her heart problems.  Thank you for continuing to pray for her and her family!

In the U.S. ….

Many of you have been praying for Jack’s low white blood cell count.  Initially diagnosed early in 2015 as CMML, a rare type of leukemia, a recent bone marrow biopsy now shows that neither leukemia or other form of cancer are the cause of his on-going condition.  Instead, the oncologist believes that an auto-immune problem is responsible.  To investigate further, Jack has an appointment with a doctor specializing in such conditions.  His main symptom is chronic fatigue, but he moves forward and deals with that!  Thanks for your prayers and thank you, Lord, for taking us forward!

Stateside we are concentrating on short-term mission trips of supporting churches and individuals in helping in specific ways with the development of the camp property.  Such trips are definitely both excellent and praiseworthy!!

Praising, praying, fasting, to our ONE, TRUE, EXCELLENT AND PRAISEWORTHY GOD!!

Jack & Janine 

April CHILE prayer needs and update

“FROM DEATH TO LIFE – our purpose starts there!!”

 16 For God SO LOVED the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have ETERNAL LIFE. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to SAVE THE WORLD through him. 18 Whoever BELIEVES in him is not condemned, but whoever DOES NOT BELIEVE stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.

There can be no other greater purpose for Christians to go throughout the world than to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ contained in John 3:16-18 and to do what he did while on earth.  Except for Jesus’ death and resurrection commemorated and celebrated this month of April, ALL MANKIND would be condemned and eternally separated from God.   How amazing it is that God’s deep love for his creation sacrificed his own son Jesus to bring us back into relationship with himself.  That makes Jesus Christ not just another “religious choice” to consider, but rather the difference between eternal punishment that I pay myself and eternal life—ALL because of God’s love for us.

Thank you again for your prayers for the work of Chile Mission!  Paul said it well in his letter to the church in Ephesus when he asked for their prayers with these words found in Eph.6:19-20, Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.”

A SPECIAL HOLY WEEK AND EASTER TO YOU ALL!!

GOD IS ALWAYS MOVING – thanks for your prayers for all of the following!

In Santiago:

Julián & Carolina and family are adjusting well to living on the Chile Mission site and Carolina is also capable and doing well at adapting to her duties with parents arriving to stay for medical reasons of their children.  Janine regularly talks with her via WhatsApp as needed.  Johe is also working with them in different ways, answering questions and making calls to hospitals and clinics.

At the same time, Paola has finished her work with us at the end of March.  Our main legal steps have been put in motion, along with helping get our necessary monthly accounting in order.  She helped a lot with Caroline’s orientation in March.  Thank you Lord for working in team, plus all of you who play a big part with your prayers!

Esperanza had her heart surgery to connect her heart blood vessels to her lungs, but after the surgery she contracted an infection.  Her doctors are still consulting on the best next step, and in the meantime she stays in isolation in the intensive care unit of the hospital in a type of coma-induced state.  It’s a hard situation for their family, to be sure, and they very much appreciate any and all prayer support.  They also have a two-year-old daughter, and Mom Gabriella is pregnant again and at risk with another cesarean birth.

In rural Chile at the camp property:

addition2Abraham has been able to start on the bedroom/bathroom/laundry addition to be built on to the side of their house, with the readying of the footings ditches for the cement that will support the new walls.  Abdías, the oldest son of Julián and Carolina in Santiago has come down to help him, which is great.  As we have written in recent months, the extra bedroom/office and bathroom with an exterior entrance will help when workers and others come to help with construction and other projects. They will have their own bathroom!! 🙂  Plus, Abraham will have room with a private office in between visitors to work away from the home activity.

Abraham, Catalina and Abril have applied for their passports in order to come to the U.S. in June and July to visit Christian camps in various States, starting with California.  The passports were supposed to be ready by March 31, but like with many Chilean governmental offices, are still in process.  Thanks for your prayers!  The two main purposes for bringing them to the U.S. is to 1) go to camps that have tackled similar improvements that we have in mind, such as make a lake and build an outdoor amphitheater with a good sound system, etc.  and 2) to take a close look at our approach to both children and youth spiritually.  Our message is evangelistic!

Praising, praying, fasting, and giving thanks to our TRUE “FROM DEATH TO LIFE SAVIOR AND LORD!!

Jack & Janine 

March CHILE update & prayer requests

“BELIEVING AND SEEKING THE LORD WITH TOTAL CONFIDENCE!!”

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for.  And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

The above verses come from Hebrews 11, an entire chapter committed to the importance of maintaining faith in God. They ring true for everyone, giving us assurance and strength.  These two months in Chile have once again reminded us that we can always have faith that God hears our prayers and responds according to his purposes and plan.  Thank you so much for faithfully praying for and with Chile Mission!!

CURRENT ISSUES & PRAYER UPDATES

We have been reviewing and revising hours worked by our staff here on the Santiago mission site, and, considering how difficult this might have been, we are very grateful to the Lord for how well it went.  Thank you for your prayer support!  There are still details to work out, but we’ve been able to enter March with good accords reached on every front.  Johe will complete her hours owed mostly from home by making contacts with hospital & clinics and she will also be available to help at our mission site as needed.

Another main issue has been the replacement of Johe and Paola on the mission site with new persons to live here and take the work forward with site maintenance and the handling of our ministry to those coming to stay on our site from different parts of Chile for medical treatments facing their children.  Other dimensions of this important ministry include our communication and relationship with hospitals and clinics in other parts of the country, as well as seeking churches from where the families come from that can reach out to them where they live.  We are also looking for couples near us that can help people staying on our mission site in different ways.

Julián, Carolina, Abdías, & EstebanWe are pleased to introduce to you the new family that will be living here to take on the above role on behalf of Chile Mission.  Pictured here, they are Carolina (the person mainly involved in our work with families, hospitals, and churches), her husband Julián, and their two sons Abdías (Obadiah in English) and Esteban (Steven in English).  Abdías is 21 and Esteban is 14.  Julián has been a church pastor in the past and they were introduced to us by Abraham, our team member on the camp property in middle Chile.  Julián will continue with his full-time administrative job with a large company that makes windows.

Newborn Violeta with parentsEsperanza (Hope in English), the nine-month-old baby girl needing more surgery to connect her heart blood vessels with her lungs, will be back in Santiago on March 13 for that surgery and her mother will stay here on the mission site.  Please pray for them.

We also continue in communication with the APEM pregnancy center regarding issues having to do with their office/meeting space on our Santiago mission site.  Please remain in prayer over these discussions.  We are thankful to be in relationship with them.  We have still to hear back from Samaritan’s Purse’s use of office/meeting space on our mission site.

IN RURAL CHILE AT THE CAMP PROPERTY Abraham has been making final measurements for the new, bathroom & bedroom he is adding onto the side of his house with an exterior entrance, and he is ready to buy materials and fixtures needed for the job.  Thank you for your prayers for the project.  They as a family and we, too, have recovered from recent bouts with Covid.  Thank you Lord for health and healing!

It looks like it will take a while longer to locate both the surveyor and architect that will assist in their fields on the camp property.  Please keep praying about this.

We are sorry to be a few days late with our March update and prayer requests.  These recent weeks in particular have been “full to the brim” with things to do.  Good thing that God can handle all “full to the brim” issues!  🙂

Janine flew to the States (California) Wednesday night, arriving early yesterday morning, and I, Jack, will follow her on Monday evening, the 7th.  Thus, our next prayer letter will be written from there.  Again, we can’t tell you how grateful we are for your partnership in prayer!

Praising, praying, fasting, and giving thanks to our FAITH-BASED, FAITHFUL GOD!!

Jack & Janine 

February CHILE Prayer & Gratitude letter

“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.

Janine,house moms, & kids    Carla Pineda now with Janine

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..

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. 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!

January

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 !!

Jack & Janine 

January 2022 CHILE prayers & praises update

“Our HEART PLANS – God’s STEPS PLANS”

 In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps – Proverbs 16:9

Wishing you a Jesus filled 2022!-2 (1)

We can be assured that as we live out the plans that God sets in our hearts, he will faithfully also determine our steps and the order and timing of those steps.  We, our family, and Chile Mission give thanks for you and for your prayers, wishing you a blessed 2022 in God’s continuing presence and leading!!  Our mutual prayers centered in him are vital to the plans of our hearts and his leading them forward and we’re grateful to serve the Lord with you!   We wanted to recap our victories and headway made possible during 2021 in no small way through your prayer partnership with us, along with continuing initiatives starting out in 2022, for which we equally solicit your prayers.  Thank you!!

2021 has ended

2021 was a significant year for several reasons for Chile Mission.  Because of covid-related Chile restrictions we did not spend as much time in Chile as we had planned to, but did communicate via regular video Whatsup calls with both Paola in Santiago and with Abraham & Catalina in middle Chile.

Key 2021 Santiago highlights:

  • In January Jack met with Domingo & Sandra (with whom we’ve partnered in past years to offer summer VBS “camps” to children in the area near their house in the country), and it was decided to keep our two Foundations apart and remain friends. This was the best decision, as our two approaches were different as far as leadership was concerned.
  • Paola moved to our ministry site to be part of the day-to-day routine with our “casa de acogida,” in carrying out our ministry to parents arriving for housing during visits to Santiago for the medical treatments of their children. We have seen much need with the migrant population, too, and have accommodated some of them, too, when we have vacancies.
  • A long-time friend and partner in Christian ministries, Patricio Curinao, will be assuming the role on the board of our foundation. Patricio is an excellent person to have on any Christian board of directors.

Key 2021 Rural camp land highlights:

  • Abraham hired an excavator to clear the intended lake area of our camp land, in addition to making additional roads within the property along with two additional entrances from the public access        road.
  • In January Jack paid for and signed the final contract with the Coelcha electric company to remove and relocate their electric lines and poles from our intended lake area for the camp. It wasn’t until just before the end of 2021 that they completed the work with the exception of one cement pole, which they now promise to remove in early 2022. J
  • Abraham & Catalina formed close relationships with neighbors (within 2 miles J) close to the camp property. This has been a blessing in many ways as they continue to look to ways to enlarge their circle of friends.
  • Abraham, along with other key neighbors, met with the mayor of Quillón, the municipality responsible for the area in which our camp property in located. The mayor promised to send road graders to improve the most difficult segments of the public access road that allows for traffic in and out of our area.  This was important, as in the June to Sept. winter part of the year, heavy rains make the road almost impassable.  He proved true to his promise as machines arrived two times in 2021 to improve the road.  TYL!!
  • Abraham also constructed a covered parking area behind their house, complete with a covered deck to sit on and enjoy the surrounding area.
  • Abraham connected with a Chilean landscape architect, to use our EMI plans and final report to design the structures we will need to construct along with their final placement on the land. We and Abraham also met with him twice on the camp property and are waiting for his final recommendations.  We will need to decide to continue working with him or find a different architect at less cost.  We hope to begin construction of our first structure—a two-story workshop, office/living space with extra bathrooms–in the beginning of 2022.

Key 2021 U.S. highlights:

  • We purchased a home in CA as a location nearer to Jonathan and Jordan and their families when we are not in Chile. The house is located roughly two hours from Los Angeles and we still need to do improvements to the house to make it livable.
  • Both Julian & Devyn and Jayme & Malia had baby additions in 2021. For Julian & Devyn, Lyon is their first child and for Jayme & Malia, Sophia joins Havalah & Matthias.  Thank you for helping pray for the two pregnancies & births!
  • Our participation in the annual ICOM missions conference in the States is always an important part of our missionary work! Thanks so much for your prayers for its impact!

2022 has arrived

We are grateful to be back in Chile for these next two months and look forward to making the most of our time in Santiago and in rural Chile at the camp property.  Thank you again for your prayers!

In Santiago we have already begun to talk with Paola about 2022:

–Putting the mission properties in the name of the foundation for future use and projects.

The Spanish website development can also now go forward under the Foundation’s new name.

Joherit will be leaving her duties on our mission site at the end of this month to get married, making it necessary for Paola to find a replacement for her.  This is no small task, as that new person must arrive with a “missionary mindset” of concentrating on the work of Chile Mission and not just living here to “help out”.

We need to fine tune the procedures on the Santiago property to better maintain it and also in carrying out the daily work with the arrival of our “clients.”

We hope to meet on our mission site this first week of January with a representative of Samaritan’s Purse about their use of our “House 2” (currently only occupied by the APEM pregnancy center) for office and meeting space.  The house has 4 upstairs bedrooms, three of which will now be available as office spaces for different foundations in need, and our goal for 2022 is to have all three of those bedrooms occupied.  The fourth bedroom is used for dads of hospitalized children that need housing.  The foundation will in turn coordinate the use of the downstairs common space for meetings, etc. via a schedule according to times and days needed.

On the camp land in rural Chile we will be concentrating this year on:

–Adding an exterior bathroom to Abraham’s house for use by workers and groups that are working on the property.  (Our one existing bathroom is in Abraham’s house!!)

We hope to soon decide with Abraham this month or next on the architect that we will work with to draw up final designs and plans for the camp’s buildings and structures.  The goal is to have the garage/workshop area started and possibly finished by June when Abraham and his family come to the U.S. to visit similar type camps with us.

Abraham, with Paola’s help, continues to make contacts to receive Chilean-based financial help in designing and digging our planned camp lake.  That help may very well come from the huge lumber company owning almost all the timber in the area in order to help them fight common summer forest fires.

We hope by the end of the year to be able to begin accommodating small work groups to aid in needed developmental work of the property.  This may possibly include groups from the U.S.

We look forward to initiating summer children’s and youth camps in 2023 under Abraham’s direction.

Praising, praying, fasting, and giving thanks to God, the GRAND PLANNER of the steps of his children!!

Jack & Janine