Jesus, my Jesus, I watched your hands this week.
They were Chilean, American, Paraguayan,
Sunburnt red, toasted tan, young and old.
They were soft and gentle,
Strong and determined,
Nails grimy with the rich earth.
In November of last year, I was with my two children and three friends at the Shalom Center. It was one of the most difficult moments that we have experienced in our lives. My older son, Pablo, had died suddenly in October of a cerebral hemorrhage and his passing plunged us into a dark well of sadness and pain.Read more
“I give you peace, the kind of peace that only I can give. It isn’t like the peace that this world can give. So don’t be worried or afraid.” John 14:27Read more
A white square of cloth sprinkled with brightly colored markers lay on the floor in the middle of the circle. We were dark and light skinned, from the south and the north, young and old, Pentecostal, U.C.C, and Disciples; all part of the Body of Christ. After sharing our fears and needs, we were ready to enter into a community covenant where we committed to respectful, loving, and life-giving relationships with one another in the midst of the language, cultural, personality, and religious differences. We knew we were a complex body, many parts seeking to become whole. As each sister and brother came forward singing and praying to sign the covenant cloth, I felt as if we had stepped into sacred space.
Viviana Muñoz and her husband moved to Talca a little over a year ago when he was sent to become the new pastor of the church here. The congregation, a little over twenty years old, was in need of healing and embracing a new vision.Read more
The first time that I visited the Shalom Center was with the Children’s and Adolescent Department of the Pentecostal Church of Chile. Our work was to organize and to write the Sunday school materials for the National Church. We went on a retreat to the Shalom Center.
We met soon after I knew I would be living and serving as a missionary with Global Ministries in the Pentecostal Church of Chile. He and his family hosted me, and his two teenage daughters and I quickly became friends. His comment when we said good-bye after that first visit was, “I can see that God will use you to bring many blessings to our church.” Those were words that inspired and comforted me as I set out to a new life in a country then unknown to me.Read more
Hebrews 13:2 “Be sure to welcome strangers into your home. By doing this, some people have welcomed angels as guests, without even knowing it.” (Contemporary English Version)Read more
Psalm 143:8 “Each morning let me learn more about your love because I trust you. I come to you in prayer, asking for your guidance.” (Contemporary English Version)Read more