Repainting bedrooms; replacing a ceiling that was damaged by extraordinary storms and replacing the roof there to avoid future damage – these are major projects for the team and local volunteers helping.
Girls from the nearby (hogar) orphanage came to the weekly group to share games, tacos, and testimonies with us. Next we visited their home with a meal, hugs and and fun.
The Lord blessed the team with a great week of shared daily devotions. Each morning, Tom’s pastor from Tennessee who joined the trip led with instruction and questions from John. The chicas (young women) in the house engaged discussion with their informed questions, too. How affirming to see them grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus!
In discussion of John 4, we considered Jesus’ conversation with the Samaritan woman alongside his talk with Nicodemus in chapter 3, noting that both religious leaders and shamed sinners need to be born of the Spirit. Then one chica asked a generational question, “Why did God make it so hard? Why allow evil? Shouldn’t his creation have prevented evil?” The goodness of God’s salvation shined into the moment. Everything God does and ever did is good, perfectly and only good. Yet in God’s love, so that we could be made like Him, he made us free. All the while, God knew the cost of our freedom and that oursin would horribly damage God’s creation and us. God even knew that only the death of His begotten Son, Jesus, the Lamb of God, would pay the debt of our sin.
This is not bad design, no mistake by God. This is His love. God freely gives an impossibly expensive gift, the sacrifice of His Son Jesus, to anyone who turns and looks to Jesus, believing and trusting Him. John 3:16
Repainting bedrooms; replacing a ceilings and section of roof
Playing games during visit with the girls at the hogar
An animated Chilean ‘Musical Chairs” was a fun part of the weekly youth group!
Major projects, shared devotion and prayer, fellowship with visitors. This is our activity. But the vision and purpose is, ‘ALL about Jesus!’
In hours of work or silly games with local kids, this is our call and…
4th Day – work, play, share
A FULL day underway: Repainting bedrooms; replacing a ceiling that was damaged by extraordinary storms and replacing the roof there to avoid future damage – these are major projects for the team and local volunteers helping.
Last night girls from the nearby orphanage came for the weekly group to share games, tacos, and testimonies with us. Tonight we will visit their home with a meal and fiesta fun. We are blessed!
A Chilean version of musical chairs warmed us up for sharing testimonies and tacos.
The ministry team arrived with excitement on Sunday, settling in at Casa Esperanza, enjoying a loving welcome, and a fast growing fellowship. Please pray for us:
Effective work, safety, abundant love and sweet fellowship
Jesus to be seen more fully as the author of all blessings and the faithful, worthy Lord of all.
Blessings We See:
Mealsdonated by local churches
Many people praying for us
Great fellowship on the team
Local volunteers helping us
Thoughts on Mission Teams
There are many blessings to discover when reaching outside your routine and joining a short-term team to minister to others. Whether young or older, first-timer or after decades of such service, we all learn to trust God and are blessed to see the reality of His love.
Sometimes we are called to stay put and pray support for others. But when a call comes and is answered by willing hearts, God’s blessings abound. Here are old friends and newbies, tasting the communion we share in Jesus Christ, serving together from different churches, cultures and even continents. Even if difficult at times, such life in the Body is a sweet blessing and life impacting time.
Thank you for your support of our ministry. Without you, we could not meet the needs of the young women of the House of Hope. Things are going well for our upcoming trip, however, we could use your prayers! We have a team leaving for the House Of Hope on Saturday, October 21, 2023.
We would love your prayers for the following:
Travelingmercies as the team travels to and from Santiago, Chile
Good health for the team before, during, and after our trip
Pray that we will build good relationships with the HOH girls, staff, and our community.
Pray that we complete the projects that are on our to-do-list
We still need approximately $2000 in funds for materials – give now
We will be gone from Saturday, October 21, 2023, until Sunday, November 5, 2023. Please cover us in prayer during that time.
Be on the lookout for periodic updates from Steve Nelson who will be on the trip!
Would you be willing to help us purchase beds for The House of Hope? We need 10 new bunk beds in order to minister to our girls and the children of La Pintana. If you can’t buy the whole bunk and mattress set, which costs $825 USD each, would you consider contributing toward the purchase of one? If so, we need to raise the funds and purchase them by August 15, 2023 – Please donate today: