Praying CHILE forward – June 2019

Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit,  Eph. 5:18

In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. 27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.  –Romans 8:26-27

May 30th marked Jesus’ Ascension after showing himself to many witnesses for 40 days beginning with his resurrection.  He had promised his Holy Spirit to his disciples on various occasions and God’s Spirit DID come in a very big way on Pentecost, to be celebrated this year on Sunday, June 9th.  In essence all three persons of God are still and will always be working in us and through us in many ways.  We quoted Romans 8: 26-27 as an encouraging reminder as how God is totally involved in our praying.  Thank you for your all-important prayer support!  We all pray… and the Spirit delivers!

  • Thank you for continuing to pray for our search for property we can develop into a children’s camp and Christian retreat center! In spite of nothing new to report this month we know that God is working in ways we cannot see.  We continue to follow up on phone numbers and other contacts.

 

  • Speaking of children’s camps, we are very excited to be participating in four church summer camps between June and August in the U.S. in Illinois, South Carolina, North Carolina, and finishing in Texas. We have hosted children’s summer camps in Chile these last four Januarys in a row, and want to continue improving our approach to and overall design of the camps as we look forward to purchasing and developing a more permanent site.  Physical layout and administration become very important in terms of the property’s broader vision and stages of development.

 

Vicky, Renata, & JaninePictured here are Viky & Renata Aguayo, and Janine.  We are excited that Renata will come from Chile to accompany us to the first three of the above camps.  Both Viky & Renata have become an integral part of our Chile camp team.  Thank you for praying for our safe travels and for all that we will learn these next couple months through the Spirit’s guiding.

 

  • Please also join us in praying for Cesar’s and Camila’s administration of the good work going on at our ministry site in Santiago during our absence. Times such as these serve an important role in Cesar’s and Camila’s own development as administrators.  They make a very capable team together and handle decisions & situations that come up with patience and prayer.  Thank you, Lord, for them!

 

  • Last but not least, we continue to work with various churches in Santiago that have demonstrated real evidence of extending Jesus in the community, both in word and in deed. Together, we are part of an effort to support and make known effective ministries that exist between us all to meet real needs of many people.  To be sure, this is a favorite work of the Spirit!  Thank you for praying for these relationships continually in development.

Praising, praying, and fasting to our One, True, God through the help of his ONE TRUE SPIRIT,  

In his love,

Jack & Janine

MAY Chile Gratitudes & Prayer Requests

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, 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.  –Phil. 4: 6-7

The Lord is far from the wicked but he hears the prayer of the righteous.  –Prov. 15:29

Today, May 2nd, is the National Day of Prayer in the United States.  So MANY issues, concerns, and needs to pray for!!  In the rest of the world danger, challenges, and violence exist on every level in so many countries, and Venezuela is on the brink of collapse and change of power.  We Christians and missionaries serve the Lord in all of the above places, and thus today is a perfect day to renew our prayer lives with the very God who brought us life and put us where we find ourselves.  Without prayer we are missing out on what God wants to do in us and through us.  Thank you all so very much for your prayers for us and for God’s work in and through us in Chile!!  We Christians may be divided politically, but God help us if we are not all connected in prayer together through the same Christ Jesus united by his name.

GRATITUDES AND CONNECTED PRAYER REQUESTS

Regarding land for a permanent children’s camp and retreat center….

We did make an offer to purchase the roughly 50 acres near Ñipas mentioned in our last month’s letter, however citing various reasons, Ricardo the owner declined to accept our offer.  The huge cost of developing the land, including the digging of wells to access water and bring in electricity, along with the construction of all structures and outdoor equipment has led us to keep looking at other options.  We were disappointed, but we know that God leads as we follow and pray.

Likewise, the referral of the mayor of Ranquil to a contact in the area regarding possible available land adjoining the local river has not thus far yielded new progress.  Thank you for praying with us!  We will be exploring more large parcels of land in May and will keep you abreast of all developments.

In the meantime here at the mission property in Santiago….

We are so grateful for God’s purposes and presence on our Santiago mission property.  Please join us in gratitude and prayer for the different opportunities we have to serve the Lord through our mission property.

  • We are more regularly receiving families and children in medical treatment, including transplants. They come from other parts of Chile, and we are able to accommodate fathers as well, when they are in Santiago for the treatment of their children or having surgery themselves (there are no other “casas de acogida” / “houses of rest & refuge” in the large Santiago metropolitan area that receive fathers!). Roberto, Angela, & TaniaToday, for example, we picked up a father, Roberto, from the hospital after he had surgery two days ago to give one of his kidneys to his daughter, Tania, age 7. Roberto’s wife, Angela, continues to stay at the hospital until Tania is released in roughly two weeks.  The family is from Panguipulli, a town roughly 10 hours south of Santiago.  This photo taken 5 days after the transplant.

 

  • We also had a request from Lutheran missionary friends, Jim & Liisa, to house for roughly one month a Venezuelan family recently arrived from Peru. Jim & Liisa, former missionaries to Venezuela, have opened their own home to Venezuelans fleeing their country to come to Chile to seek new life and opportunities. Their house has families living in every available bedroom.  Kleiver, Jaqueline, Isaac, & TiagoSeen here in the photo are Kleiver, Jaqueline, Isaac (4 years old), and Tiago, newly born days after the family’s recent arrival in Chile.  What a need and privilege to serve the Lord with available bedrooms on the mission property.

 

Praising, praying, and fasting to our One, True, “Prayer-connected, Source of Peace” God,

In his love,

Jack & Janine

APRIL GRATITUDES AND PRAYER NEEDS

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.  –Romans 8:28

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.  –Romans 8:38-39

In this month marking Jesus’ death and resurrection, it is so important to remember how all three persons of God were involved in Jesus’ mission to reconcile all creation back to himself, all because of his immeasurable love for us!  God is our power, shelter, and love everywhere in every way, and God’s love through Jesus is the central message of what we take across the street and around the globe.  God’s love meets the needs of others and is demonstrated through action and sacrifice, not just words, and God’s love always focuses on the personThank you for praying for our mission work in Chile.  Pray that we as Christians keep God’s love message clear and demonstrated, as our “Complete” God continues working through us.

MARCH GRATITUDES

We made two trips to middle and southern Chile in March, seeking and making contacts to purchase land on which to establish a children’s camp and retreat center.  The trips were successful for varying reasons and during the last trip a repeat contact was made with Ricardo, the land owner who would be able to sell us roughly 50 acres of wooded hilly land located near Ñipas, where we have conducted children’s summer camps these past four summers.  We are seen here looking at the written site plans of the land.  Ricardo’s property will more than provide the space needed to fulfill the large vision God has given us for the property: a multi-faceted children’s camp, a year-round retreat center for a variety of ministries, a “prayer” path, and outdoor amphitheater.  We now wait for him to examine the exact dimensions of the land and get back to us with what we hope is a reasonable price, as all similar properties we have looked at have been quite expensive.

We, with Domingo and Sandra, also met with the mayor of Ranquil, the larger center of the surrounding towns, who would like to help us in any way he can.  There are no other such Christian camps/centers that we know of in middle Chile, despite being positioned between Concepción (the second largest city in the country) and Chillán, another larger city that the Panamerican Highway passes through.  The mayor referred us to a neighborhood woman who will put us in contact with a group of owners of another large parcel of land directly on the river that runs near Ñipas.  We did follow up on other contacts during our two trips south, but as often happens, the parcels ended up to be quite different than what they were “billed” to be.  Thank you so much for continuing to pray for land!

Cesar and Camila, who live and work with us on our mission property in Santiago, now do have a healthy baby boy, Santiago, born on Saturday, March 16th.  Pictured here, they find themselves in a new phase of family life!  Congratulations to them and thank you so much for your prayers for the final weeks of Camila’s pregnancy and for Santiago’s birth.

 

 

Many of you are familiar with corn, wheat, and soy bean harvests.  Here in most of middle Chile the time has come for the country’s bountiful grape harvest.  the worker in the photo is standing on top of a huge (10′ x 40′) container full of grapes, speading them out to make room for more.  In John 4:35 Jesus called his disciples and us to open our eyes, “and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.”

Lastly, we will be spending the last two weeks of April with Julian & Devyn in Peru.  What a blessing to be able to periodically visit them!

Praising, praying, and fasting to our “Completely Demonstrated Love” God,

In his love,

Jack & Janine

March CHILE Praises & Prayer Points

Reading in Acts 1, the disciples had been told by Jesus to “not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about.”  Then in verse 8, just before ascending into heaven, he charges them, “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”  In verse 12 the 11 disciples do return to Jerusalem, and then we come to verse 14: They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.

Then later, as Paul (Saul) and Barnabas are set aside by the Holy Spirit and sent off by the church in Antioch on a missionary trip to Asia, we read in Acts 13: 2-3, While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off.

Our point?  The “Great Commission” given to all Christians by Jesus has always been “bathed” in fervent prayer and fasting, from the praying of the apostles and first Christians for the arrival of the Holy Spirit in the 10 days leading up to Pentecost to their being set aside and sent out to this very day.   God still sets us aside in response to our prayers, guides our choices and paths forward in response to our prayers, prepares us in response to our prayers, and send us off in response to our prayers and fasting.  In short, PRAYER AND FASTING HAVE ALWAYS BEEN AND WILL ALWAYS BE AN ESSENTIAL COMPONENT AND ENABLER of extending Jesus to the world!  God “moves” when whole churches fervently pray and fast.

Thank you so very much for your prayers for us and others in the carrying out of Jesus’ Great Commission!!

MARCH PRAISES & PRAYER POINTS

  • For years we have been asking for your prayers as we seek land on which to establish a permanent children’s and youth camp/retreat center in middle Chile. Domingo’s and Sandra’s daughter Viky was recently contacted by a Chilean real estate agent that she has been in communication with that there is a good-sized parcel of land for sale near Licantén (the site of our second children’s camp last month) with access to water and a river.  We have an appointment to go with Viky on March 10 to see it if it is still available.  We will worship with the church in Licantén that weekend and then go to view the land.  Thank you for praying for this possibility that God has set up.

 

  • We give thanks for a recent 10-day visit of a young Christian couple, Mark & Ellie and their one-year-old son. They embody the Christian’s response to Jesus’ charge to the original disciples and Christians to go and they feel led to serve him in another country.  They in turn felt guided to check out Chile first.  Very cool! 😊  Their time with us was very blessed and through all of their and our joined prayers on their behalf, God WILL lead them forward to where they will continue to serve him according to his will and plan for them.  Their life journey is another example of God’s response to fervent prayer in setting aside, guiding, preparing and sending his followers out.  Please join us in praying for their (and others like them) path forward.

 

  • We give thanks and praise for the February 27th 52 baptisms (41 men and 11 women) of men (and wives) participating in the drug & alcohol rehabilitation program at the Casa del Alfarero (House of the Potter) Christian live-in center for men where Jack is involved once per month in their morning devotions. It was a beautiful day of celebration and family.  The program at the center runs a full nine months and is geared toward the entire family, focused on nothing less than the “rebuilding and re-birth and life” of the men.  Thank you for praying for these men’s and their families’ going forward.

 

  • Please pray for the last few weeks of Camila’s pregnancy and safe birth of their first child, Santiago. She is due around the 25th of March.  Cesar & Camila are the couple who live on our mission property and handle all details of mothers and children who come to one of our houses while in Santiago for the long-term medical treatment of their child.

Praising, praying, and fasting to the One, True, “Responding & Commission-Completing” God,

Jack & Janine

FEBRUARY 2019 Praises & Prayer Requests

Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.  –John 14:12

THANKS, PRAISE, & PRAYER REQUESTS 

Our two January summer camps for children just ended and we are giving God thanks and praise!  The above verse was used to highlight this year’s theme and teaching that God uses ALL of us, including children, who belong to him through Jesus to carry out his work.  There is no limit to what he can do through us because we who belong to him have ALL of God in us, including his power.  The children needed to know that this is a daily thing—not just a camp thing—all because God loves them and has chosen them and wants them to grow in him.  In reality, John 14:12 is an important verse for us all to own and practice!!

The above is quite a short summary, of course, of the camps.  They included teachings, small group times, games & fun, pajama parties, the outdoors, and lots of support and interaction with the young adults who carried out the activities.  The first camp in Ñipas ran 3 days, with 42 children participating with a team of 13 young adults (and me, Jack 😊).  This was our fourth year of “camp” in Ñipas.  The second camp in Licantén—2 ½ hours northwest of Ñipas—ran 2 days, with 32 children participating with a team of 16 of us.  Most of the Licantén children were not from the church, but were friends and relatives—another reason to praise God. This was our first year of doing the camp there, alongside of the church.  Please pray that all of the children from both towns would go forward with a real Jesus in their lives.

The two biggest blessings of the camps:

  • The teaching was God/Jesus centered, concentrating on his love, hope, and power through us. We used the Biblical examples of Esther, Joseph, Josias, and David, ending with Jesus himself.
  • All of the young adults were well-prepared for their teachings (they coordinated and ran all teachings and other activities). Even more important, they all were totally connected to their work and with each other, giving 100% of themselves in interacting with the kids and especially in reaching out to the ones who were harder to connect with.  Here below are four of the many photos we took.

         Licantén 2019 6

While in Licantén, we looked at two large, wooded properties in our search for a permanent home for the camps and retreat center, but neither one fit what we will need.  Specifically, we are searching for a tract of land consisting of between 30 and 50 acres—one with much wooded, hilly land with buildable more level areas included.  It would be a plus if a stream or river was a part, and if not, at least nearby and accessible.  It also needs to have reasonable access to both electricity and drinkable water. There is a great lack of Christian camp/retreat centers in the middle part of the country, near to some of Chile’s larger city populations.  Please keep praying for God’s provision of land.

We are planning on being in the States in June, July, and part of August to attend Christian children’s camps—hopefully along with our Chilean partners Domingo & Sandra and daughters for part of the time.  The objective is to learn from the dynamics, teachings, and methods used at those camps.  The camps and their development represent one of our main focuses in Chile.  What better time to come to Jesus than as a child??  The future retreat center promises to be a year-round center for people of all ages, families, marriages, and churches.  Janine and I are so blessed to be included on the front end of this significant ministry of the Lord!  Thank you again for your prayer support!

FINAL THANKS & PRAISE

Janine’s mother’s funeral in Indiana in January went very well.  We are grateful that Janine was able to then go to Jayme’s & Malia’s house in Birmingham, AL to help with finishing major changes to their kitchen.  She is now in Los Angeles, where all four of our children and grandchildren will be able to gather for one week early this month.  With Julian & Devyn living in Peru for another year, this will be a special treat for them all.

Praising, praying, and fasting to the One, True, Complete God that lives in and through us,

Jack & Janine

JANUARY 2019 CHILE Praises & Requests for Prayer

TRUST in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding;
in all your ways ACKNOWLEDGE him, and he will make your paths straight.  Prov. 3: 5-6 (NASB)

Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God WITH GRATITDE in your hearts.  Col. 3: 16 (NIV)

Taken from the Proverbs and from Paul’s letter to the Colossian Christians, the three words trust, acknowledge, and gratitude are so important in recognizing and honoring God’s past hand in our lives AND in going forward, no matter the setting or circumstances or culture!  These verses well sum up our frame of mind entering 2019 in Chile.  Our goal is to use our January Praises & Prayer Requests letter to highlight recent Chile ministry progress made through 2018 and share our “God exhortations” for this new year.

God’s work through our Santiago mission property

Our mission property (casa de acogida) is really up and running. Our work has undergone a few big changes over the last 13 years, all of them in their time guided by the Lord.  He has blessed the formation of a Foundation and board, through which he will continue to take this valuable work forward.  While we wait (an understatement in Chile! 😊) for governmental approval of adjustments to our statutes, the work has a good direction and we are grateful.  (Check out our website chilemission.org to learn more about this work.)

As with all of our other ministries, our work has been made possible through God-provided relationships between Christians, churches, and other Christian ministries.  Cesar and Camila, who live on the mission property, are the key people who carry out the day to day work of the mission with our guest families, and we are very grateful for them.  Thank you for praying in 2019 for the property, the board, for Cesar, Camila, their new baby and for us as God works through the mission in Santiago.

God’ work through our summer camps and future retreats

Summer camps for children in middle Chile are once again upon us this first month of summer 2019, and we are excited.  This year prepared for and guided by Domingo’s and Sandra’s two adult daughters, Viky and Renata, God leads and we follow in the development of this important ministry toward the future, as we continue to seek the property to provide a permanent home for the future camps and retreat center.  We are indeed grateful, as we acknowledge his blessing of the yearly camps and growing relationships we have with churches in the broader region.  We also trust in his perfect timing in it all and in his leading us to his chosen property to purchase and build on.  Our expectation and faith in him are huge, entering 2019!  Thank you for joining us in prayer for this year’s camps in Ñipas Jan. 23-26 and in Licantén Jan. 28-31.

 

Thank you, too, for praying that we and partners Domingo & Sandra will soon find property in middle Chile to purchase for camp and retreat-related ministry!!

 

 

We maintain several on-going healthy relationships with Jesus-led churches and Christians in Chile and in the U.S. because it honors and acknowledges his body in the world and also puts his Chile ministry where it belongs—in and through HIS BODY and through HIS CHILDREN working together to HIS GLORYThank you SO MUCH for being that partnership with us and us with you!!  We SO appreciate and value you and our like-minded relationship with you!!

Joyful Christmas

It would have been totally complete to be together as family this past Christmas, but what a joy to spend it with Julian & Devyn and with Jayme, Malia, and kids in Curahuasi, Peru!  We talked and hiked and enjoyed time together with each other and with Julian’s and Devyn’s friends.  Here are some photos….

               

Final note

Janine’s mother passed away on Dec. 19.  A Christian woman, she died in her sleep, her physical strength gone from fighting against on-going health complications.  She was 97 and was blessed by the Lord in many ways throughout her life.  Thank you for your prayers as Janine flies to Chicago for the visitation and memorial service on Jan. 11 at Wittenberg Lutheran Village in Crown Point, IN where Norma lived.  The visitation will be from 11:00 to 1:00, with the service following at 1:00.  The family will then travel to Detroit on the morning of the 12th for her mom’s burial.

Praising, praying, and fasting to the One, True God, Lord and Savior—worthy of ALL TRUST, RECOGNITION, AND GRATEFULNESS

With love and appreciation,

Jack & Janine

DECEMBER 2018 Chile Mission Praises & Requests for Prayer

In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as they saw fit.  –Judges 21:25

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.  –Isaiah 9:6

How very similar, Israel’s approach to life at the end of the Book of Judges and that of so many people today, as we, too, “do as we see fit” and decide our own “truths”.  How amazing and wonderful, Isaiah’s prophecy of Jesus’ coming—the same “I am the way, the truth, and the life” JESUS!!  This month we celebrate Jesus’ birth.  He IS the REASON for the Season and the REASON we are alive everywhere in the world with hope and purpose.  Let’s celebrate his birth and arrival by re-committing ourselves to him and to life!

NOVEMBER GRATITUDES

The ICOM was very good, as always.  There were inspiring speakers, and many “how to” workshops and exhibits showing what God is doing in the world.  We had the opportunity to connect in different ways with many who stopped by our booth (photo 1), see Jason (a year-long intern to Chile in 2011) and wife Kate (photo 2), and see Daniela from Chile, now studying at Mid-South Christian College in Tennessee (photo 3).  With God’s blessing we will be a part of ICOM 2019 in Kansas City, next November 14-17.  Please join us in continuing to pray for the work and growth of Jesus’ Church in the world.

                  

Cesar & Camila are off to a good start on our Santiago mission property, receiving mothers and families from different parts of Chile arriving with their children who are in long-term medical care.  Thank you for continuing to pray for this significant ministry.  We also pray for Camila’s pregnancy.  She is due in March.

DECEMBER REQUESTS FOR PRAYER

Upon returning to Chile on December 9th, we will be meeting with Domingo and Family about our readiness for the up-coming children’s summer camps in January.  As previously mentioned, their adult daughters Viky & Renata, will be leading these camps.  Please pray for all preparations, for the hearts of parents willing to send their children (8 to 12 years of age), and for good community support and involvement.  The camps are creative and instructional in an outdoor setting.  Children are so open—how good to influence and teach them about a God who loves them through Jesus.

We will also speak to Viky & Renata about accompanying us to the States in June to visit and be a part of children’s camps to learn more about Christian camping and see the dynamics and outdoors used to teach Jesus and respect for others.  Pray for the availability of their time to join us in the trip.

As an extra special blessing, we will join son Julian & Devyn in Peru for Christmas, and not only them, but also son, Jayme, with Malia and their two children.  Malia, currently in Family Medicine residency, will spend the month of December in the hospital where Julian works, with Julian as her supervising doctor.  Please join us in giving thanks and pray for a blessed Christmas.

Jesus DID come into the world to heal, touch, and connect with people, living what he taught, and then dying for us all to reconcile us back to God.  He now lives in all of us who accept him, extending himself through us to reconcile all of creation. (Col. 1:19-20)  Thanks to you all for prayer-partnering with us in Chile!

MERRY CHRISTMAS as we together praise, pray, and fast to the One, True God who came into the world to save and reconcile it. 

In Him, with love,   Jack & Janine