CTE (Comunidad Teologica Evangelica - Theological Evangelical Community) in Chile shares updates of their work in their latest newsletter.Read more
"I have been in nearly all the women´s jails in the northern part of Chile," she told me when she caught my arm after the Roots in the Ruins: Hope in Trauma workshop. A team of trauma healing and resilience development facilitators from the Shalom Center had come to Antofagasta on the coast of northern Chile to accompany the members of the Pentecostal Church of Chile.Read more
The below video is a story told by Elena Huegel, a Global Ministries missionary in Chile. It describes the journey of a Mexican woman, traveling from despair to dignity and empowerment through a simple act of courtesy by a stranger.Read more
EPES shares its most recent update, including an article written by Global Ministries Global Mission Intern, Bethany Waggoner, a letter from the Director of EPES International Training Program, profiles of participants in the International Training Program, and more.Read more
We ate fresh made peach pie and drank tea in her well-kept, lovely home looking over the Pacific Ocean. I had stayed there a number of times at the pastor’s house, and every time she laughed about our height difference, once actually taking out a tape measure at a family gathering to see who could guess closest to my actual height. I explained to her how maple syrup is made and she told me that her secret ingredient in vegetable soup is half an apple. She prayed for my neck pain while knitting me a scarf and I prayed for her Parkinson’s while looking out at the city from the guest room window.Read more
Lectionary Selection: John 13:31-35
Prayers for Chile:
A new commandment: Love the local hospital and healthcare personnel who are stretched beyond their energy and resources by so many needs and demands.
A new commandment: Love the police, the carabineros, trusted by some, feared and despised by others as they struggle to clean up a history of abuse.
A new commandment: Love the politicians, left and right wing, who have been wallowing this year in a swamp of corruption and scandal.
A new commandment: Love the truck drivers who threaten to strike bringing the country to a standstill; no food in the supermarkets, no gas at the filling stations.
A new commandment: Love the school teachers and administrators with overflowing classrooms and standardized testing consuming their energy and attention.
A new commandment: Love the news media feasting on all the bad news.
How difficult it is, oh Lord, to love our enemies while longing for dignity, truth and justice. May everyone in Chile know that we are your disciples first because of the way we love those who know you, and then, because of the love we have for those who don't. May the new gossip be "Those Christians sure do know how to love!"
I write to you from the “Gathering Place” in Talca, Chile, the Shalom Center’s primary meeting spot and the place where I have called my home for the last nine months. By the time you receive this letter in the mail, I will be back in the United States having completed a year and a half abroad. Last year at this time I wrote to you from a small Peruvian village along the Amazon River. Today, I write from a bustling city between the Andes Mountains and the Pan-American Highway. Summer is upon us, and for the Shalom Center, that means that our camp season is in full swing and the Gathering Place is abuzz with the ins and outs of delegations from different countries, camp staff, and brothers and sisters from the Pentecostal Church of Chile stopping by for visits. The Shalom Center, the organization with which I am interning, is a group of people who facilitate programs based on peace education, environmental education and spiritual development. It is also a place with an off-grid expanse of forest dotted with cabins up in the foothills of the Andes Mountains where many of the Shalom Center’s camps and programs take place.Read more
Today I dug out my 1996 journal from the box in my closet. I am re-reading the entries from my first year of service with the Pentecostal Church of Chile on behalf of Global Ministries. An entry from January during those first few days in Chile says: "In these moments of 'beginning again,' I ask you, Lord, to be with all those with whom I will walk. Prepare the way before our feet."Read more
“Por lo demás, hermanos, regocijaos, sed perfectos, confortaos, sed de un mismo sentir, vivid en paz; y el Dios de amor y paz será con vosotros.” 2 Corintios 13:11
Tomados de la mano en un círculo y cantando "Shalom javerim" a la luz de las estrellas, miré alrededor en nuestro grupo, nuestros párpados pesados después de una semana llena de juegos, manualidades, talleres y cantos. Mientras cantábamos, mi mente se perdía en mis propias experiencias de campamento de verano donde por primera vez vi realmente el rostro de Dios. Fue allí como parte del equipo de trabajo que me sentí llamada a aplicar a los Ministerios Globales. En un continente diferente, en una cultura diferente y rodeada de gente que recién había conocido, cantamos esta misma canción. Allí también sentí la presencia de Dios.Read more