Janine: Being “empty-nesters” has definitely brought about significant changes in our lives. As we are no longer responsible for the everyday lives of our four children, we’ve been able to devote ourselves to the ministry. My personal interests lie with families and children’s issues – especially children with little or no hope. The term used in English is “throwaway children.” Thus for me, it has been very rewarding to to work with these children–giving them personal value and hope. Working “in team” with Chileans has also brought us many gratifications as well as challenges. The cultural issues are challenging and “never-ending” as we always try to see our cultural differences through Christian eyes, not “gringo” eyes. It’s definitely an ongoing adventure to live in a different culture!!
Jack: My burden is for the church and for lives needing restoration in the Lord. I love what I do, and it is particularly gratifying to me to be part of others’ lives–praying, equipping, encouraging, loving, healing, and being God’s touch upon them. Jesus is the key, that all may know and follow him as we do. Our work has been challenging and intense at times, but equally rewarding and satisfying, and to do what we do in partnership with Chileans only adds to both the challenge and the reward. Together with them, we bring hope!
Over these recent years we are both grateful to God at how he has formed the Chile Foundation’s leadership, bringing in such capable and God-loving teammates to Chile Mission!