Contact has been made! Raquel (the president of the Chilean Baptist Union) gave us the email address for Marcelo, the Chilean Baptist missionary we will be working with once we arrive in Chile. Realizing that our departure date is still a good ways in the future, we hoped that this would be a good way for us to make a first connection and to begin forming a relationship. So two days ago, in the best broken Spanish I could muster, I sent an email to Marcelo. Knowing where he works and from previous experiences with sporadic internet, I wasn’t expecting a response for a few days if not a few weeks.
Needless to say, I was extremely surprised when I checked my email yesterday and found not one, but two emails from Marcelo in my inbox; one of which contained some great pictures of the area and his work there. It was great to receive news from him. He mentioned that he and the churches of Chile are praying for us as we prepare. To realize that we are not only being prayed for here in the United States but that there are believers in Chile that are already praying for us was a humbling realization.
Thank you for all of your prayers. And just in case any of you were wondering what a desert in the Andes mountains looks like, I’m including one of the pictures Marcelo sent us (more are sure to come!!!).