April’s CHILE MISSION prayer letter update

Our PAID IN FULL, beautiful “second opportunities

 14 For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. 15 And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again. 16 So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view.  Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them.  And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us.  We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. 21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.  –2 Cor. 5: 14-21

This month marks the Christian world’s commemoration and celebration of the fulfillment of Jesus’ mission on earth—his suffering and death to pay in full the penalty of our sin, followed by his glorious resurrection giving us victory over death and eternal life through him.  All who believe in him and follow him in turn become God’s children and his ambassadors to the world.  This INCREDIBLY BEAUTIFUL GIFT OF GOD represents a totally undeserved second opportunity that would not otherwise be possible for anyone.  Who among us does NOT need such a second opportunity??

Our own PAID IN FULL, beautiful “second opportunity” becomes our message to all those around us and to all the world.  It calls all who would believe and accept it to repent (change) their lives to follow our Perfect, Loving God who showed us how to live through Jesus.  God wants no one to perish outside of true relationship with him through Jesus!  (2 Peter 3:9)

                                             Jorge & Eva1

In Chile people are legally married via a civil ceremony conducted by a government representative.  Christians can then opt to also be married by a pastor.  In February Jack had the honor of marrying Jorge and Eva, both previously married and divorced and now living outside of God’s design for couples and families.  They called their new marriage their “second opportunity” to put their lives and union in agreement with God and his design for marriage and family.  It was a beautiful ceremony and a fresh step forward for them both.  We continue to strive to extend a REAL Jesus in Chile.

We, too, are celebrating God’s grace, mercy, and blessing this month in our own marriage, as on April 17th we will have been married 50 years.  Exactly how did those years go by so fast??!! 😊  Seriously, all longevity of God’s designs for life and family are a genuine tribute to him and to his glory, in addition to being an encouragement to us all!  Thank you all for praying for us and for God’s message through Chile Mission!!

CHILE PRAISES, PROGRESS, AND PRAYER NEEDS

Chile has a high % of the population that have contracted covid—especially in its urban centers.  A new report has put the number of Chileans with covid at over 1,000,000 (out of approximately 18,000,000 total Chilean population).  Churches, schools, other organizations, and restaurants, etc. are not permitted to meet normally and many people cannot work at all.  Chile has again closed its borders to non-residents and non-Chileans and the entire country is on “lock down”, with nightly and all-weekend curfews throughout the country.  Janine has a planned trip to Chile next month, but new covid measures could change those plans.

At our camp property:

  • The electric company Coelcha has sent a team of engineers to our land to make final measurements in the relocating their electric lines to an area outside of our planned lake.  Paid for in advance, we pray that the work will be completed in April.
  • Abraham’s and our nearest neighbors met with the mayor about the poor condition of the public road that allows access to our properties during the rainy winters (June-mid Sept.) and it paid off!  Pictured are the heavy equipment sent to improve the road.  Thank you for your prayers!
  • Abraham has made more progress in the construction of a roofed parking area behind their house.
  • The surveyor hired by Rosa (see other recent month prayer letters) did come back to remeasure his points marking the borders of her property bordering ours.  The exact borders are still not resolved, though, and Janine is working with Abraham to provide clear definition of those borders.  Rosa is still not totally cooperative.

    Road1   Road2   Parking1

In Santiago:

  • Several government offices have been closed to the public, due to covid.  This in turn impacts progress made in legal changes in process regarding our Foundation.
  • We’ve also had fewer parents/families staying at our mission property lately for medical reasons.
  • More progress has been made in the outfitting of a second Chile Mission website in Spanish.
  • Our car is still in the shop, due to not being able to find a used air conditioning compressor to install.

In the U.S.:

  • Steady progress continues to be made in renovating and repairing the house we purchased in CA.  With God’s blessing, the house will be our new residence when not in Chile.
  • We travel to Chicago in mid-April to work at preparing our northwest Indiana “furlough” house for sale.

We again thank you for all your steady prayers–they are greatly appreciated!  

Praising, praying, and fasting to God, the Jesus-Source of real, PAID-IN-FULL second opportunities,

Jack & Janine

March 2021 Prayer Requests, with Thanksgiving

Faithfully doing our work

From him (Christ) the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.  –Eph. 4:16

In Chile we extend Jesus in different ways as missionaries.  What a privilege!  Wherever this prayer letter finds you, you do the same in carrying out your part of the work of Jesus’ church.  In all cases we are all called to FAITHFULLY DO our respective parts.  We have lots to report on this month for you to continue to pray for.  We so appreciate your prayers, as prayer is one “part of the work of the church” that we ALL share in!  Thanks so much!! 😊  All of the below-mentioned works need prayer, giving God gratitude for all progress made already.

First, news from the camp property in middle Chile:

–relocating the electric lines.  Good progress has been made.  The electric company Coelcha has given final approval to the project and has even agreed to reduce the cost from $11,500 US (see our last month’s prayer letter for more detail) to just under $9,000 US. TYL!!  In addition, it’s a requirement with such projects to hire an electrical engineer to represent us and we were able to find a well-recommended man with experience to do that for a reasonable price.  All in all, this project should be complete before winter rains arrive in mid-June.  Here is a photo of the large area that will be developed into a lake, once the electric poles are removed.  The area in question comprises roughly 20 acres and the lines of dead trees and brush that you see will be burned as winter nears.

Abraham has made good headway in the construction of a covered parking area directly behind their house.  Many different types of wood are involved, but it is starting to all come together.  He hopes to have it completed soon.

Friend and fellow missionary Mike Blackless visited the property to begin investigating methods of construction, growing plants, and devising cost-effective water systems and alternative energy sources.  God may be calling Mike to join the team living and working on the property. 

The issue of re-surveying Rosa’s property to correctly mark it’s dividing line with ours, although seemingly already agreed upon, seems far from over.  We will see what March brings, but please continue to pray for an amicable final solution.  We will keep you posted, as we’d love to put this behind us.

Abraham & Cata continue to build good relationships with those that live near.  Pictured are Pedro and Raquel, having a meal with us. Left to right are Cata, her brother Isaac, Jack, Pedro, Raquel, and Abraham.  They are hard workers and have been able to take some of Abraham’s wood to use as firewood in the coming winter. They, too, have helped Abraham & Cata in different ways.  Raquel and Abraham have an appointment to talk with the mayor of Quillón, the town responsible for public road access for residents living where we do, to improve the public road in certain key trouble spots.  Pedro and Raquel are long-time residents of the area and both are definitely doers and not just talkers! 😊

                                                     

We hope you also enjoy the photo of some of the produce taken from Abraham’s homemade greenhouse.

In Santiago other good headway is being made:

Change of ministry site personnelValentina, one of the two young women living on our mission site and coordinating our Santiago-based ministries, is moving to Valparaiso near the west coast of Chile to take on a new teaching position.  Paola, whom we pay to supervise and help our Chile Mission work go forward, is taking Valentina’s place, adding to her other duties. We will miss Valentina, but are blessed to have Joherlit and Paola in this position.  We will evaluate everything again at the end of 2021.  Pictured from left to right are Valentina, Paola, and Joherlit.  All three are “Kingdom gems”.

We are still waiting to hear from the government regarding our Foundation’s name change to Misión Chile (Chile Mission in Spanish).  They have told Paola to expect their answer in March.  Regarding the Foundation please also pray for our upcoming director meeting this month.  We need to meet to go over the direction of Chile Mission’s ministries in 2021 and ask Tamara and Juan if they will be willing and able to continue on the board with us. Although Janine is in the States, she will participate via Google Meet.

A friend of Paola familiar with the development of websites is now helping with the final development of our website in Spanish. This is a praise and we hope to have more news at the end of this month.

As mentioned in February’s Prayer Letter, APEM, the Christian pregnancy center that has an office on our ministry site, is still waiting to hear if they will be able to occupy a building of the Presbyterian Church very near us as housing for pregnant women.

Our car has been with our mechanic for one full month, as he and others look for the replacement air conditioning compressor needed for repair.  Due in part to covid, used car parts are hard to come by in Santiago.

Lastly, covid19 restrictions and lockdowns in Chile are much more restrictive than in the States.  Churches don’t have “in person” services, most restaurants only offer take out and outdoor seating, and schools are just now opening to student-present classes (it’s fall in Chile) and all on-site school personnel must have been vaccinated.  All travel from one region of the country to another requires a government permission downloaded by cell phone, and each town and city receive lockdown ratings dependent on their new number of covid19 cases.  Interesting to say the least for everyone and of course, masks are required outside of one’s residence.

Jack returns to the States in mid-March to work with Janine to finish readying our Indiana house for sale.  She in turn is planning a trip to Chile this U.S. spring.  We will keep you posted.

In the U.S., between two houses:

Janine has had quite a job on her hands renovating and repairing the house we purchased in CA.  It’s in a good area and the necessary repairs and changes will be well worth it.  She’s also gotten to know and employ some area homeless men and some great neighbors who work construction, etc.  As a BIG PLUS she took three of the men to church services with her recently.  Definitely worth praying about.  With God’s blessing, the house will be our new residence when not in Chile.

Beginning in mid-March we hope to work to finish readying our Cedar Lake, IN house for sale.  This will include selling and giving away furniture and other items and shipping other furniture, etc. to CA.

As written at the outset of this Prayer Letter, all prayers are greatly appreciated!  Thanks so much!

Praising, praying, and fasting with Jesus’ Church as they all faithfully do their part,

Jack & Janine

February update & new prayer requests

“WON’T YOU BE MINE??”

valentines day1  valentines day2  Millarai version of love

February brings with it a focus on love and relationship—both of which that God himself first brought to us all and has demonstrated in the hugest way possible…. on a cross.  Which of the above valentines would you choose in your heart to follow?  Many of you remember Millarai, who died from bone cancer here in Chile at the age of fifteen, but not before she was baptized and had reproduced our son Julian’s tattoo on her own arm in the hospital with a permanent marker.  

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.  1 John 4:7-10

How can we Christians not fully serve him who sacrificed it all for us? 😊  We so appreciate your ongoing prayers for us and for Chile Mission!  Here below is our February update.

IN CHILE

Thanks again for your continuing prayers for the following:

  • Jack spent a week with Abraham & family on our land in middle Chile.  First “steps” are going forward.  New inner roads have been completed by the excavator and we now have received from the electric company the price of roughly $11,500 U.S. for increasing our voltage with a larger transformer and for relocating the electric poles currently in place in the middle of the area that we will develop into a lake.  All in all, the cost is very worth it.  The construction of a roofed parking area is also underway and Abraham continues to clear more land of trees and thick brush.
  • Jack & Abraham met with Rosa about re-surveying the borders of her property located at the entrance to ours.  Progress was made and she shared that the surveyor she had hired admitted to making some mistakes in his points of reference.  She will schedule him to come out again as soon as possible to correct those mistakes.  That is good!  The only hitch is that towns and cities in Chile continue to comply with changing covid-19 restrictions and his small town is now newly in full quarantine.  Ai yai yai!  😊
  • Jack, Domingo & Sandra, Renata, & Paola were able to have a good meeting regarding the best Foundations structure for the future focus and approach to our combined works in rural Chile.  They already have the Luz en el Campo (Light in Rural Chile) board of directors formed, along with how they want to approach the work of their Foundation.  We had talked about one of us being on their board of directors and one of them being on ours in what we do in the country.  It was decided to keep the two Foundations separate and to not directly be a part of each other’s work.  This in the short and long run will be better for us all, and allow us to help each other when needed and also allow us to approach our works as each group sees fit.  We remain close friends and we all are at peace with our decision to not combine the directing of the two groups.
  • Paola & Jack are making good progress toward an up & running Spanish web site for Chile Mission.
  • Related to this effort, Paola has just now submitted the necessary paper work to the government to change the name of our Foundation Residencia Familia Cristiana (Christian Family Residence) to Misión Chile (Chile Mission).  The name change reflects our intention to add further Christian works to the current works of which we are a part.  The change also includes making changes to our board of directors to better enable the Foundation’s effectiveness and impact to grow.  We are excited by the name change and are praying that it is approved.
  • APEM, the Christian pregnancy center that operates in our Santiago mission property, has the opportunity to present a project to the Presbyterian church one block away to use their next door building as a house where pregnant women can stay, if necessary.  This would be a great addition to the center’s ability to help such women in need.  This is the same building that used to house the children’s home that Janine directed in 2000-2002.  The main denominational board of the Presbyterian churches is now the owner of the property.   Please pray with us that this opportunity is approved by them.
  • Jack will spend another week on the camp property beginning February 1.

Here are some photos of God at work at the camp land:

wide open view  Estacionamiento3  the greenhouse works

IN THE U.S.

We are grateful that Janine was able to locate and purchase a house two hours outside of Los Angeles.  This will still leave us relatively close to Jonathan’s & Jordan’s families.  The prices of homes farther away from Los Angeles are also quite a bit lower!  The purchase means that we will be able to complete the sale of our Indiana house and have a place to ship furniture, etc.  Thus, Jack will return to the U.S. in March to help with the whole “moving project”, and the goal will be to return to Chile in May.

Praising, praying, and fasting with you in the Eternal love of God,

 Jack & Janine

JANUARY 2021 Prayer Requests & Praise

“WE are new…. from now to eternity”

New Year’s resolutions can be good, giving us a fresh and new, or renewed commitment to change habits and achieve goals.  On the other hand, I (Jack)  had some very unfulfilled results doing the above at different times in my life.😊😊  Most of us can say the same.

Are we perhaps missing out on the TRUE new beginning that God has already given us to live?  It was Jesus’ sacrifice of his life to pay the penalty for every one of our and others’ sins that already makes our lives completely new and we now have the opportunity to serve that same Jesus and share God’s precious gift of forgiveness with all others, because it is WE who have been made new.  It is our motivation that makes the difference and it begins with gratitude, not sheer will power!  We truly are Christ’s ambassadors  in this world, as without him there is no hope or salvation—only separation from God and the penalty of death for sin.

With and without resolutions, let’s all be his ambassadors in 2021… out of gratitude, of course.  Thank you so much for your on-going prayers that help us in CHILE MISSON do exactly that!!  Jesus promised that piercing the darkness comes with obstacles and persecution, but the results are totally worth it.   

14 For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.16 So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come. The old has gone, the new is here! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation. 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them.  And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.  2 Cor. 5:14-19, living the newness of our Christianity! A page in Jack’s prayer journal:

January 4th Jack returns to Chile for roughly two months, amid quarantines and covid restrictions.  Please pray for the following:

  • His good health during the trip.
  • We’ve been asking for prayer in recent Prayer Letters regarding our on-going conflict with Rosa over the boundaries of her 2 ½ acre of land at the entrance to our own property.  She is still unwilling to accept the correctly done survey to identify the boundary of the line that divides our property from hers.  Jack & Domingo will again meet with her to agree to divide the cost of a new survey that we and she will accept as accurate.
  • Jack will spend time with Abraham to outline 2021 goals for further development of the land, including the improvement of the public road that always floods during the rainy winter season.  We hope to obtain municipal cooperation and financial help in diverting the flow of water off of the road.
  • Jack will meet with Domingo & Sandra regarding the camp’s vision and our approach to its structure that includes its all-important underlying Christian tenets, sources of financial support, and make-up and role of the board of directors.  Complete unity on the above issues is fundamental in our partnership as we go forward together with the camp.  Your prayers for this issue are very much appreciated!
  • Jack and Paola will work together on setting up a Spanish version of the Chile Mission website, as well as reassess the priorities of her work with us.

In the meantime please continue praying for Janine as she prepares our Indiana house for sale.  The young family renting the first floor of our house hope to be able to move to their new location by the end of January.  Janine is also hunting via the internet for a house for us to buy in California, so that in future years we will be able to live near two of our children in Los Angeles. 

Praising, praying, and fasting with you in Christ, The Source of our Newness and message of reconciliation,

Jack & Janine

DECEMBER Prayer Letter with progress

“A BIGGEST PICTURE CHRISTMAS”

How many times have we heard the phrase “The BIG picture” with regard to ideas or projections and how often have we been reminded to not loose track of “the BIG picture”?

Sometimes the BIG picture remains buried beneath very difficult circumstances and sometimes it is simply too impossible to be true, as with the angel’s BIG news for Joseph & Mary in Matt. 1: 19-23 and in Luke 1: 26-38……

19 Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly. 20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” 22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).

26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David.  The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored!  The Lord is with you.” 29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30 But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High.  The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.” 34 “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” 35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.  So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. 36 Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. 37 For no word from God will ever fail.” 38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.”  Then the angel left her.

In one word, JESUS will always be the BIGGEST picture in this short life of ours and of all other humans!!  May we all be encouraged and reminded of that as we daily live out our situations that can so easily “derail” us and our perspectives of life.  May we also continually pray for and encourage each other in our serving and extending Jesus to others, Christians and non-Christians alike!  We so appreciate your prayers for us and for Chile Mission in its work and ministries and you have our prayers as well!  THANK YOU and MERRY JESUS CHRISTMAS from all of us to you!!

December marks the beginning of summer in Chile and also a good season of “dryness” in middle Chile with weather conditions conducive to the development of the camp property.  Abraham continues to work diligently on the many projects preparing for the eventual time when we will have “real” camps.

  • The greenhouse is finished and ready for the planting of vegetables.
  • The hired giant excavator is making good progress in its clearing of all areas with poplar trees and underbrush to prepare for the moving of the electric lines out of our proposed lake project.  There are new entrances to the property, and plenty of cleared routes to allow the electric company to relocate the lines.  We are also trying to define the lake area to see how much surface may be involved in this future project.  We now know that the water table is about 3 feet below the ground that is covered in winter with water runoff.
  • In addition, we have interior leveled-off roads to move between various parts of the camp—e.g. future sites for wilderness-type camping, ropes courses, cabins, dining room, guest house, open-air chapel and amphitheater.
  • In the meantime, Abraham is doing his best to determine with Rosa the boundary between her property and ours without becoming enemies over the issue. Please pray for this ongoing issue.  

In Santiago, the young women coordinating our work on the Mission’s property are doing a good job of making further contacts with hospitals and clinics to make them aware of our house for mothers and families.

Please consider making a larger contribution to Chile Mission before the end of the year.  At present our funds will cover all first steps of land clearing, re-aligning of electric poles, and the first structure built on the camp property, but further steps will depend on additional financial support.  Our website www.chilemission.org gives contribution directions under the category CONTRIBUTE.  Jack’s next trip to Chile is scheduled for January 4th, while the timing of Janine’s trip will depend on developments in the preparation and sale of our Indiana house.  We will both be working on that during this month of December until leaving for Birmingham, AL to spend Christmas with Jayme & Malia and family.

Mutual prayers are so important to keeping track of the BIGGEST picture!

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.  –John 3: 16-18

Praising, praying, and fasting with you in our JESUS, THE ALWAYSBIGGEST PICTURE OF GOD,

Jack & Janine

November Prayer needs & thanksgiving

“with prayers and petitions, with Thanksgiving….”

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

The above passage from Philippians 4 recognizes GOD as our Source of Help and Peace, giving us Guidance and Reassurance.  We have only to come to him in faith and obedience, knowing that to be true.  We truly can rejoice that he is ours and we are his, in every circumstance.  In this month of Thanksgiving Day, we give thanks for God and for you who pray for us and Chile Mission as we go forward!

We also give God thanks for the month ending in mid-October that Jack spent in Chile.  We are constantly in contact with both the mission in Santiago and the Bodeuca camp property work in middle Chile via Zoom and whatsapp.  He met and talked with Joherlit & Valentina, the new live-in workers on our mission site in Santiago, and also traveled to the camp property with partners Domingo & Sandra and Paola (after 14 days of quarantine! 😊)  Chile is much more restrictive covid-wise than is the U.S.  Their per capita rate in known cases of COVID and deaths is higher than the USA.  Thank you for your prayers for Jack’s trip!

Specific Chile prayer requests 

Santiago:  The fluctuating state of covid restrictions and requirements in Santiago make it necessary to meet new cleanliness standards in receiving and housing mothers/parents of sick children from other parts of Chile coming to Santiago for treatment.  Please pray for this good ministry.

Bodeuca camp property:  Juan Carlos, on behalf of his family, went with Jack to the camp property to see it and meet with Abraham & family.  They are interested in possibly moving close to the camp to help in its development.  He liked what he saw and they are now considering their options as this year ends.  Pray for clarity in the Lord for them.  

While there, Jack, with Domingo & Sandra and Abraham also spoke to Rosa about her sale to us of her remaining 2 ½ acres at the entrance to our property.  We had purchased all the other 90 acres from her family for approximately $1,700 U.S. per acre.  Our group in addition has offered her $2,500 per acre for her remaining property.  She rejected the offer, insisting that the remaining parcel was worth $6,500 per acre.  We have talked to her to no avail and unless she agrees to our offer by mid-November we will be marking the boundary of her parcel with posts and a fence, and she will need to pay for half of that cost.  Once that work is commenced, we will no longer need or want her land.  She is now considering this reality.   We are praying for the best outcome possible.  She is not answering phone calls.

Meanwhile, concerning the relocation of the electric company’s line posts (currently their posts run through the center of our intended lake area) out to the main road, Abraham has already contracted with the owner of a steam shovel to clear the necessary space the electric company requires through trees and thick brush this month.  The cleared run will measure 400 yards long by 40 yards wide.  WOW!  Please pray for this process.  He is also constructing a greenhouse to protect newly planted vegetables from the coming hot summer sun (December – March). 

We all join with Abraham, Catalina, & Abril in thanking you for your prayers!

ALL of the above prayer requests recognize God’s hand and ability that always take us ALL forward!!

Stateside this fall, Janine has continued making good progress toward the readying of our furlough house in Indiana for sale.  Meanwhile, thanks for praying for the young family who have rented the first floor of our house for several years.  They have closed on their new home and should be moving soon.  

We have also been able to visit some churches in our area, given covid restrictions.

We would like to close with the above photo of the night sky during Jack’s recent visit to Bodeuca.  It portrays the peace of God that is ours when we go to him in prayer and petitions of all kinds, with thanksgiving. 

A SAFE AND SPECIAL THANKSGIVING DAY TO YOU ALL!!

Praising, praying, and fasting with you in our one and only “SOURCE OF HELP AND PEACE” GOD,

Jack & Janine

October’s CHILE prayer needs & gratitudes

“THE HARVEST IS PLENTIFUL, BUT THE WORKERS ARE FEW”

When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. 38 Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”  –Matt. 9: 36-38  These were Jesus’ words to his 12 disciples before sending them out to Jewish villages.  He repeated the exact same command to 72 of his disciples in Luke 10: 1-2 before sending them out.

The reality remains the same today.  The majority of people remain harassed and helpless, the harvest is indeed plentiful, and the workers remain few.  When was the last time we sincerely prayed for more workers and were a part of sending them out in one way or another?  We dedicate this month’s Prayer letter to those new workers and proposed new workers in the work of Chile Mission.  Local workers & partners are a major key to having the work of Chile Mission continue on into the future!  The raising up of new Kingdom workers also gives God glory!!  We give the Lord of the Harvest our profound thanks for your prayer partnership in his work through us in Chile, both in Santiago and in the middle of the country!! 

Here in Santiago we give thanks for Joherlit & Valentina, the new coordinators of our work on the mission property to give parents from other cities housing and spiritual comfort and support while in Santiago with their sick children.  Their work entails contacting both public and private hospitals in different parts of Chile to begin and many times refresh existing relationships previously formed.  Joherlit, from Venezuela, is the legal guardian of her younger 13 year-old sister Saray, who also lives with them on our mission site.  Valentina & Joherlit are pictured here with Paola (in the middle), who supervises them.  In the second photo are Joherlit with sister Saray.  Please keep praying for them, as new workers with us in the harvest.

We also give God great thanks for Abraham & Catalina, living on the mission’s camp property in middle Chile.  They are responsible for the work of developing the land and for our contacts with all others who play a role in one way or another in being a part of that work, including the permanent improvement of the public road to our property.  Abraham & Cata appreciate your on-going prayer support!  In spite of their living in the middle of the countryside far away from friends and family, they continue to embrace their role in leading the camp project forward.  The camp & retreat center will exist to reach young and old with our Creator Lord & Savior.

Jack and mission teammates Domingo & Sandra and Paola will be visiting the land on Saturday, October 3rd to go with Abraham to ask Rosa to sell us her remaining 2 ½ acres at the entrance to our property.  Please pray for this meeting and for her heart and response.  Juan Carlos, another possible new fellow worker with his family on the camp land, will also go with on the trip to introduce him to Abraham & Catalina and to the property itself.  He and his wife Loreto are Chileans currently living and working on the YWAM base on the coast with their 5 children.  As new workers with us, they would need to build housing on the camp land and also need monthly financial support.  We have mentioned them before but this is our first chance to get to meet them.  Our coming into contact with them was through another missionary friend, Mike, who also wants to personally visit the land.  We know that our present contact with Juan Carlos and family is not by coincidence, but due to both God’s plans for them (whether to work with us or not) and due to our and others’ prayers for more workers in the “Chilean” harvest.  

Jack arrived back in Chile in mid-September under a 14-day quarantine and Domingo & Sandra came to the mission property on September 18th, Chile’s Independence Day with their two daughters Viky & Renata and Paola to celebrate.  Here above is a photo of Domingo & Sandra dancing the Cueca, the national dance of Chile.  It was a beautiful day in which we thanked God together for the country of Chile and for his purposes through us.

Stateside, Janine is in Indiana working on our furlough house to prepare it for sale.  We give God thanks for the house that served us so well these many years, but we really no longer need it when back in the IL/IN area visiting churches.    

Praising, praying, and fasting with you in our one and only “LORD OF THE HARVEST”,

Jack & Janine

September CHILE news & prayer needs–Jack & Janine

GOD IS ALWAYS OUR “FIRM GROUND” AND ENABLER

He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.  –Psalm 40:2

We couldn’t resist relating photos of the current conditions of the MUD road–the public access to the camp–this Chilean winter (June 21 to Sept.21) to the above verse in Psalm 40.  Abraham has needed help several times in pulling his 4×4 pick-up from the mud and mire in this rainy part of the year, and David’s Psalm is tied to God’s deliverance from overwhelming adversity, even perhaps including redemption from the sin in his life.  Both situations are real to many of us and God’s response is the same, as he sets OUR feet on a rock and gives US a firm place to stand!

It is an important reminder to us all to live by faith and not by sight and to remain steady in the Lord in spite of circumstances.  It’s also an important reminder to us all of the crucial role that mutual prayer plays in all circumstances.  Thank you for your on-going prayers that help lift us and God’s work in Chile up!!

The bad road represents two blessings in the making: One– the good possibility that between the government and the huge forestry companies, a permanent solution will be formulated so that traffic through the area can continue all year.  In addition, the forestry companies may deem it worthwhile to dig out our lake to provide water for nearby forest fires—a WIN for us and for them!  Thanks for keeping this in your prayers.

Photo time–Off-setting the winter trials that they face, Abraham & Catalina have two new additions to their family, Summer and Sunny.  The names make us smile because one, the names are in English and secondly, they lift spirits in the middle of rainy winters. 😊   

In the second recent photo are Abraham & Catalina and Abril (rear right), Leilson (front left) with his daughter Hadassah and wife Itamara standing on both sides of Catalina, and our partners Domingo & Sandra (rear left) standing next to a friend of Leilson & Itamara.  Leilson & Itamara are from Brazil.  They live near Abraham in Domingo’s “country” house and conduct a school of mission to help prepare Chileans to become missionaries.   We include this photo to further appreciate how God continues to build his Kingdom team in areas surrounding Bodeuca.  

September Prayer Needs

In mid-September Jack is planning on flying to Santiago to spend one month, with his time divided between the ministry site in Santiago and the land in Bodeuca.  He will most likely be quarantined for 14 days upon his arrival in Chile, although the number of new cases of covid19 seems to be slowing in Santiago.  Our team member Paola is doing a good job of supervising both the work in Santiago and in Bodeuca .

–In Santiago, Cesar & Camila will be moving to another area of Chile on or before September 7th and we wish them well.  Camila has been responsible for the work of the mission on our ministry site.  Paola has been in communication with two ladies, Valentina and Joherlit, from her home church about living on the ministry site and taking over Camila’s duties and both women are interested in doing so.  They recently accompanied Paola to see the site and have submitted their references, both seemingly very capable and well-suited for this new role.  We met with them both with Paola via a “zume” phone call and our Foundation board of directors is now in the process of approving them.  They are excited and ready to move in and begin when Cesar & Camila leave.  Jack is looking forward to meeting them during his visit.  Thank you for praying with us in this process of Cesar’s & Camila’s departure and for God’s blessing on the arrival of Valentina and Joherlit.  In the meantime, we continue to look toward the future expansion of space usage in the ministry site to include other ministries.  We will have photos and more information to share in our October prayer letter.    

–In Bodeuca,  we continue to communicate with Juan Carlos & Loreto Martinez (living and working these past recent years on a YWAM base in middle Chile) about visiting the camp land in Bodeuca the first weekend of October along with missionary friend Mike Blackless who recommended them, to meet Abraham & Catalina and also see the land and discuss its development and future.  Jack (and hopefully too, Domingo & Sandra) also plans to meet them there as well.  We appreciate your prayers about this good possibility, as the Bodeuca team of workers continues to grow.

–In the States during Jack’s time in Chile, Janine will travel in mid-September to northwest IN to continue working on our furlough house, readying it for sale.  As a matter of prayer, the young couple currently renting the first floor of our house are in the process of purchasing a home of their own. We are praying for their purchase process too, as we work toward putting our house on the market later this year.

Jack is planning to return to the States in mid-October, when we both will travel to Texas to follow up on possible support for the Martinez family, which will enable them to join Abraham & Catalina in Bodeuca and work with them fulltime on the land.  Thank you for praying for our travels and upcoming encounters in Texas.  Also, thanks for praying for the healing of Jack’s index finger, deeply cut by an electric saw in April while working on the house in Bodeuca.  Now 4 full months later it has healed and the nerve within is growing back.

Praising, praying, and fasting with you in our one and only “FIRM GROUND”, ENABLER GOD,

Jack & Janine

August’s Prayer Needs and Gratitudes

THE BIG “CHILE MISSION MINISTRY” WHY

Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”  Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the lifeNo one comes to the Father except through me.  –John 14: 5-6

First, some BIG GRATITUDES:

  1.  Abraham’s pick-up truck is back in use after its clutch repair, making it possible to drive to Concepción (roughly one hour away) to pick up their new large 1,200 liter (almost 300 gallons) water storage tank (shown below) and the built-in oven to be installed in their kitchen.  In addition, through the truck repair they have several new relationships with neighboring people. TYL!!
  2. Luís, their closest neighbor (seen eating a meal in Abraham’s & Catalina’s home), is helping Abraham clear a path large enough for a truck to gain access to the lake area for the future removal of the six telephone poles that are presently in an area designated for a future lake.  We need to augment the power and have them more centrally located.              New water storage tank                                                                                                     With Luis over for a meal
  3. We have heard back from the Chilean family interested in being part of the development of the camp property.  A missionary friend from Texas living in Chile has approached his main home church to consider supporting them, and some families are interested in doing so.  He is inviting them to visit us in Chile this October to see the camp property and also meet Juan Carlos and his family.  It’s not too early to pray about this.
  4. We’ve been making good progress on readying our Indiana furlough house for sale, including arranging for the installation of a new furnace and central air, to be done in Oct. or early Nov.  TYL!!

The title of this month’s Prayer & Gratitudes letter is tied to some alarming statistics about Chileans’ religious affiliations.  We arrived in Santiago in Nov. 1993, after one year of studying Spanish in Costa Rica.  Here is what we found:

 1994   Roman Catholics made up roughly 77% of the population (13,350,000, with 5,200,000 living in Santiago).  13.5% of the population professed to be Protestants, heavily weighted amongst poor and low-income believers.  (Mormons are included as Protestant believers.)  7% of Chileans described themselves as atheists or indifferent to religion.

2006   Roman Catholics = 70% of the population (16,350,000, with roughly 6,000,000 living in Santiago).  Protestants = 14%.  Unaffiliated = 12%, with 94% of Chileans believing in the existence of God.

2019   Roman Catholics = 45% of the population (19,000,000, with roughly 6,800,000 living in Santiago).  Protestants = 18%.  Unaffiliated = 32%, with 1/3 of Chileans now doubting the existence of God.  Mormons now the 2nd largest non-Catholic denomination.

God’s ministries through Chile Mission continue to evolve, including the development of the camp & retreat center in middle Chile.  We have always been focused on children and families and on rehabilitating of those with additions, and we also now know first-hand that camps and retreats are very effective in planting seeds and transforming lives.  Again, thank you so much for your prayers for us and for Chile Mission—they ABSOLUTELY DO make a difference!!

With regard to our Santiago mission property, we continue to pray both for Cesar’s & Camila’s transition to southern Chile at the end of September and for God’s provision of who will replace them.  In addition, we are looking to expand the use of the mission property by more Christian ministries.  We’ve been blessed to provide office space for the APEM prolife pregnancy center these past two years, and we are now in communication with a Foundation that works with autistic children and their families.  They are looking for office space and area to meet with and work with children.  We will be meeting with them in Sept. or early Oct.  Thank you for praying this possibility forward with us.

Lastly, we continue praying for the health of Chileans during this time of battling covid19.  Several main cities in the country in addition to Santiago are under total lock-down—letting each person leave their home with gov’t permission twice a week for three hours each time. Chile is third in the world in the number of cases (their population is around 60th), after Qatar and Bahrain, with 18.5 cases per 1,000 (the USA has 14 cases per 1,000).  Some easing of the severe restrictions are now just being put in place, while other areas are becoming more restrictive.  At present, when we fly back to Chile on Sept. 4th, we may very well be quarantined for 14 days.

Praising, praying, and fasting with you in our one and only “WAY, TRUTH, & LIFE” JESUS,

Jack & Janine

JULY CHILE Prayer Letter of Jack & Janine

“FREE INDEED”

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

On July 4th we commemorate and celebrate the United States’ Independence from England—an independence won over the succeeding nearly 7 years through the shedding of much blood.  The true freedom of Christians throughout the entire world from the penalty of eternal death owed for our sin was won through the most precious blood of all, willfully shed by God’s own son.  Yet all of us live still struggling in our personal lives in different ways and for different reasons.

Jesus’ teachings found in the Bible ARE the Truth that has the power to set us free from ourselves and from any and all chains that would bind us!  We as his disciples have EVERY reason to extend Jesus, the Source of TRUE FREEDOM to those around us.  Janine & I are so blessed, together with our Chilean team, to extend him in the country of Chile.  The above verses tell the real reason that God sent “HIS WORD-JESUS HIMSELF” into the world: to set us truly free!!  Thank you for praying for us and for Chile Mission!

The Chilean flag  The open Bible  American flag

Can we even imagine how many people live under these two flags?  Every single disciple of Jesus is worth their weight in “divine gold”!

June’s Prayer Letter outlined some major areas of needed prayer in our work.  Please re-visit the letter and continue to pray for them.

  • For much of June the rains have been steady in Bodeuca and general area where our camp land is located, making travel in and out of the property very difficult and sometimes impossible.  As a result, Abraham & Catalina have been unable to travel the one hour to Concepción to pick up their kitchen stove and new, large water tank.  They have, however, been able to continue building a good relationship with a neighbor man, who will be assisting Abraham with some of the construction and other work in exchange for using part of our field for grazing his cattle.  In addition, the clutch on Abraham’s pick-up truck has gone out and the probability of getting the part and proceeding with the repair is complicated with the coronavirus situation in Chile.  Again he has received help from others and been blessed with new relationships.
  • We have not heard back from the Chilean family interested in moving to the camp property to help in its development.
  • We continue to pray for Cesar & Camila and their role on our mission property in Santiago. They will be leaving in September. We pray for their ability to complete their duties well and also stay healthy.
  • The entire metropolitan area of Santiago continues in total “lock down” as the number of Coronavirus cases continues to climb. Chile is in third place in the world in the incidence index (about 14 cases per 1,000 people, compared with 8 cases per 1,000 in the USA).  About 90% of the cases are in the metropolitan area of Santiago.  The death rate is much lower, but the winter (June 21 to Sept. 21) is usually complicated with respiratory illnesses, so this year may be very complex.  We anticipate that this will continue into September, with government permission being necessary to leave your home—limited to twice a week with three hours each time.  Anyone over 75 has no permission to leave their home and in addition, there is a curfew from 10 pm to 5 am each day.  This has limited the widespread protests that were occurring in 2019.  Our flight to the US was canceled twice.  Life is a lot freer here, and it is wonderful to be able to mobilize ourselves!
  • Thank you for praying for our time in the U.S. We are in the process of working on our furlough home, mainly installing a furnace and sorting out the accumulation of twenty-eight years abroad.  We’ve also been blessed to spend short times with each of our children & their families.  What a treat!
  • Lastly, pray for our country!  So many current challenges and hard circumstances to overcome, and healing as well.  Jesus remains the One True Answer and Source of what we need and seek!

Praising, praying, and fasting with you in our “FREE INDEED” GOD,

 Jack & Janine