Greetings from Chile! I’m sitting here in our host’s apartment, the cool breeze is coming through the window, and my eyes are getting heavier by the minute, so I’ll try to keep this short!
We arrived in Chile around 8:00 this morning (which is 2 hours ahead of Eastern Time, so 6:00 where we came from.) Our flight was not the most conducive to sleep since we were two rows back from the very large TV screen on which they played movies all night at full brightness. So despite our best attempts at rest, we arrived a little tattered, but still eager to see Chile and meet friends!
After getting freshened up a little we went to the Primera Iglesia Evangélica Bautista de Santiago (First Evangelical Baptist Church). It was great to be worshipping again with our Latin American brothers and sisters. Our host, Raquel Contreras offered a moving message on the twenty-third Psalm. She spoke about how this past year offered many suprises to the Chileans: earthquakes, mining accidents, and the like. All of this proved the uncertainty of our existence. The Bible, however, tells us that we can trust in God who is our Shepherd, who guides us through all circumstances, even the valley of the shadow of death. It was a fantastic message, accompanied by great worship.
After the service we got to catch up with the Roses (CBF Field Personnel to Peru) who happened to be vacationing here. After a word of prayer over each others work, we said goodbye and parted ways.
After this we went out to lunch with Raquel and her family and were able to share good table fellowship, but I think they saw how tired we were becoming and let us come back to the apartment for just an easy evening.
Well, I feel as if I’ve rambled aimlessly, and our once (pronounced ohn-say; a small snack supper) is almost ready. So in closing let me say thank you for all of your prayers that have followed us here so far. The next two weeks will be filled with adventure, fun, and very important meetings, so we thank you in advance for your support through your prayers.