At the start of the weekend, we piled into the living room, introducing ourselves, looking over the schedule and reviewing the emergency procedures in the event of a fire or earthquake. “Of course, we will care for those who have fears of earthquakes, so do not worry,” a group leader assured the staff. Everybody nodded in solemn understanding. The atmosphere in the room became still and I could see their faces change just slightly. I reasoned that in that few seconds before shifting topics, each person could not help but recall a memory made on February 27, 2010.Read more
After the earthquake and tsunami of Feb. 27th, 2010, the members of the Pentecostal Church of Chile built “Blessing Cabins” to provide dry, warm, temporary, emergency housing for people whose homes were destroyed. One Blessing Cabin remained on the grounds of the central church in Curicó after all the others were shipped out; it provided emergency office space for the national church whose recently renovated building had to be torn down and then remained as a reminder of God’s provision in the midst of the devastation.Read more
On Thanksgiving mid-day, we were four hours away from our home, weary from a busy week spent traveling with a delegation, and at that point without a single Thanksgiving preparation complete. By seven o’clock that night, our house was bright with chatter and laughter and the rich scents of bacon, onion and thyme, with a spread of food so delicious even remembering it now is making my mouth water.Read more
Lectionary Selection: Luke 21:25-36
Prayers for Chile:
In Chile, we are once again perplexed "at the roaring and tossing of the sea." We know we live in a land of explosive natural energy hidden under majestic volcanoes. Though intellectually we understand we must face earthquakes and tsunamis, emotionally it is difficult to grasp the terror and uncertainty we feel in the wake of natural disasters.
Lectionary Selection: Mark 10: 2-16
Prayers for Chile:
God, we come before You today in thanksgiving for the people of Chile. We pray for God filled relationships in Chile and around the world- for trust, love and reconciliation. As the children came to Jesus and were blessed, we pray for this same childlike faith throughout the seasons of our lives. May children around the world draw closer to You Jesus and may we follow their example. From 3 years old to 103 years old may we all continue praise your name with gusto, walking in faith that You go before us.
We pray specifically for our brothers and sisters in the northern regions of Chile as they heal from the recent earthquake. We pray that You comfort those who are mourning the loss of loved ones, their homes or their businesses as they begin the process of rebuilding. As natural disasters such as this, as well as strikes in the workforce and conflicts in educational policy continue to trigger traumatic responses, we pray for resilience in the Chilean people. Inspire and encourage us to practice neighborly love and understanding and to seek Your perfect peace. Amen.
11 people have died as a result of the earthquake measuring 8.4 on the Richter scale and the tsunami that occurred Wednesday in Chile.Read more
Before you read this story, you might want to read one that I wrote a few years ago. Some of you will remember “One small step towards Reconciliation”; it is one of the stories in my book, The Earless Man from Chile recently published by Chalice Press. I share with you the continuation of this story, and unexpected gift received this weekend.Read more
Dear Brothers and Sisters of Global Ministries:
Yesterday at around 8:00 PM Chile suffered a major earthquake, 8.4 degrees on the Richter scale. The north, especially Illapel, Coquimbo, La Serena and the Fourth Region and are so far the most affected places.
August 26, 2014
Elena Huegel, who serves the Pentecostal Church of Chile (IPC) shares these video resources.
The choir of the "Cathedral of the Pentecostal Church of Chile" sings a hymn called "This is the love of God."Read more
Last week the Indianapolis staff of Global Ministries welcomed Karen Anderson of Educación Popular en Salud (Popular Education in Health, EPES). She shared the grassroots approach to health that has made EPES one of the most effective promoters of wellbeing in Chile.Read more