Dear Friends and Family: I am sure that by now you have heard of tragedy heaped upon tragedy in Chile. As Bishop Ulises of the Pentecostal Church of Chile prepares to fly to northern Chile to assess the damage from the recent earthquake, a devastating fire in the historic port of Valparaíso has consumed now over 1000 homes with at least 8000 people homeless.Read more
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Has it happened to you? Have you ever stepped into a pause, a threshold in time and space where, when you came out on the other side, you knew something in you had changed forever? Author Lisa Schirch in her book “Ritual and Symbol in Peace-Building speaks of liminal space as a context in the middle of daily life, but separated as if caught between quotation marks, where the rules about how to act and interpret ways of being shift and we prepare to do and be differently. Liminal space is the place of transformation, the ephemeral stage just after what "used to be" and before "what is to come;” it is holy land, where the Spirit of God gives us new perspectives and inspires us with vision.Read more
Lectionary Selection: Psalm 148
Prayers for Chile:
Praise God from the ends of the earth, from the beautiful land of Chile: You great sea lions sunning on the rocks off the port of Valparaíso and the ocean depths that bathe this country along its thousands of coastal miles! Storms and rainbows, melting winter snows and billowing clouds, howling winds that spread the seeds of new growth and hope! You majestic Andes Mountains and protective coastal hills, apple, peach, pear, and cherry trees, mountain cedars and laurels, pumas, pudus (smallest deer in the world), vizcachas (an endangered rabbit-like critter), cows and oxen, horses and sheep. Yacas (a tiny marsupial), hummingbirds, woodpeckers and giant condor, New president and government leaders, Pastors, church leaders, Shalom Center staff, Children, teenagers and young adults, families, women and men from the Pentecostal Church of Chile who participate in the Shalom Center environmental education activities, Let us rejoice in the wonders of Gods creation, all praise the Creator for the natural gifts given to this nation. Gods splendor is above the fruitful central valley, the vast Atacama desert, the Southern forests and lakes, and the blue skies of this "copy of Eden." (As it says in the Chilean national anthem.) ¡Gloria a Dios! ¡Amén!
Mission Stewardship Moment from Chile:
God does not make garbage, neither does nature. Just as nature recycles leaves, branches, and broken rocks into rich nutrients for new life to emerge, God recycles even the worst of human situations into something beautiful and life-giving. Out of the pain and devastation of the 2010 earthquake and tsunami in Chile, grows "Retoños en las ruinas: esperanza en el trauma" (Roots in the ruins: hope in trauma), the trauma healing and resilience development ministry of the Shalom Center of the Pentecostal Church of Chile. God creates the beauty of a healing space first in Chile and then spreads it to other countries that have suffered from the wreckage of human- made garbage such as violence, racism, drug-trafficking, and sexism. First Puerto Rico, then Mexico, soon Argentina, Paraguay and Nicaragua. Global Ministries supports and encourages the Pentecostal Church of Chile to share Gods recycling handiwork with others who long for healing. What a privilege it is to share in God's work of renewal, restoration, reconciliation and recycling!
(Prayer and Mission Moment by Elena Huegel)
Mission Partners in Chile:
- Bethany House Project
- Christian Education Ministry for Children and Adolescents
- Fundacion EPES - Educacion Popular en Salud
- Shalom Center and Campground
Video resources about Chile:
Raising Awareness of Violence Against Women, Pentecostal Church of Chile & the Shalom Center
Chile: Serving with the Pentecostal Church of Chile (Elena Huegel, GM Missionary)
More information on Chile: http://globalministries.org/lac/countries/chile/
Global Ministries Missionary in Chile:
Elena Huegel, a member of Iglesia Cristiana Ebenezer, Los Fresnos, Texas, serves the Pentecostal Church of Chile (IPC). She is an environmental and Christian education specialist.
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