Hello VFC Friends and Supporters, it is time to start thinking about coming to Chile this October. We need you to come and help us make a difference. We are presently supporting / ministering to over 500 children and young women on a daily basis. We will be continuing construction on the multi-purpose building and ministering on a daily basis. There is something for everyone to do Please review the attached flyer and ask God if He wants you to be involved. If you have questions, let me hear from you. We are praying that ” you ” will get involved. God bless ! Tom Cell 615 973 9837 NEXT TRIP.
This is our fourth year at the House of Hope! I must admit that what I had envisioned is not exactly what is happening. I expected that we would be absolutely full and planning on additional House of Hopes. We can provide shelter, food and an education but it is harder to defeat the demons that dwell deep within each of the girls we have ministered to. This defeat takes love, compassion, time but most of all a relationship with the Great Physician and Healer! Even so, these demons – fears, memories, remorse, guilt and others – come to the surface all too often. We have had several girls over the past four years that have moved into the House of Hope and have left. Some have finished their high school educations but this year, some have not. We cannot give up but must continue to work in the lives of these older girls. One change that has occurred over the past year is a renewed desire to reach La Pintana for Christ. This has caused us to look at the younger aged children of La Pintana. The graduation rate for La Pintana from high school is about 30%. We began working in one of the schools helping teach English. Then we were instrumental in beginning a band at that same school. What a change in the lives of those involved in this band! The new building at the House of Hope is not yet fully completed but is already being used to teach music in the neighborhood. It also is being used to have a Kids Zone each week to teach children about Jesus. Our goal was initially to finish enough of the building for use by the microbusiness. Now we are filling the partially completed rooms with children learning how to play musical instruments. This is only the beginning! We have a burden for reaching the younger children and helping them prepare for a brighter future! Just as we incorporated in the United States as Vision for Children, we are changing our non-profit in Chile to be Vision for Children – Chile. Our focus is not only on the needs of the young ladies but also the children and the community. Our name change in the United States was based on a desire to go into other countries. By the time you read this, we will have a property donated to us in New York which will be used as a House of Hope right here in the USA! We are excited in the direction that God is leading us! I am honored to be able to work with Vision for Children. Would you like to help us expand our borders? Please donate now and help change the future for children in Santiago and soon in the United States! We will not go into debt to expand. If want more information on how you can volunteer in Santiago, Chile or New York, please contact us. We are sending a team to Chile in October. If you can, please use the “Donate” button to make a tax-deductible gift today! Bob Howen, President Vision for Children
We’ve recently returned back to Australia after a 2 year adventure as ex-pats in Santiago, Chile. Being involved with Casa Esperanza (without a doubt!) has given me my best memories of our time in Chile. It was my life saver! Just driving through La Pintana showed me a much different side of Santiago than what I’d seen within the ex-pat ‘bubble’ you so easily get caught in. Once there – I was in my element! Everything from digging trenches, climbing ladders, banging nails, preparing walls for cladding etc etc – everyone was flat out doing whatever job needed to be done. Even our kids got their hands dirty! Still, it wasn’t the hands-on practical stuff that got my attention. It was what God was doing through all of it that was amazing. The ministry and mission of the house; the community involvement; the support teams from the US; the local (and ex-pat) support – God’s work was getting done while blessing everyone involved as well. Even with those from non-Church backgrounds that were there helping – I don’t believe anyone could visit Casa Esperanza and not get the sense that something ‘more’ is going on. Something special. Something spiritual. Something ‘God’. I was privileged to be able to return a few times with my family for ‘work days’, as well as a number of other evenings & special requests to help out. I got to see the ‘sparkle’ in the girls living in the house, the involvement in the local schools, the weekend music program, the tireless local volunteers offering their time on weekends – it showed there was something there to proud of; something clearly making a difference. I felt honoured to get emails from Daniel asking if I could drop in and help out with even the seemingly menial tasks. I got to do everything from cleaning & sweeping rooms to cutting and laying 2nd-hand carpet, building bench seats for the kids from scrap wood & recycling nails to build a table. Through that, I had the opportunity to spend time with a few local kids (practicing some bad Spanish!) as well as bring along some parents from my kid’s school. God can use the simplest things to be an enormous blessing to others! We too easily forget that life exists outside of our comfort zone. When Daniel recently showed me the dirty old 2nd-hand carpet – I got excited! The previous week, the kid’s Vacation Bible School only had bare concrete to sit on. The following week – they could kneel without grazing their knees! Used carpet? Nope – a blessing! Casa Experanza is a place that survives through faith and its obedience to God’s purpose. Beyond the small things we were able to contribute, God blessed my entire family enormously just by being part of such an awesome mission. It truly is a house of hope!
The work of Vision For Chile is made possible by people who pray, give, and go. If you would like to contribute to the building fund for Vision for Chile, you can send a check to: Vision for Chile 1176 Olde Cameron Lane Franklin, TN 37067 Include your name and mailing address and you will receive a tax deductible receipt. or Donate by credit or debit card through Paypal.
Hello VFC Friends and Supporters, it is time to start thinking about coming to Chile this October. We need you to come and help us make a difference. We are presently supporting / ministering to over 500 children and young women on a daily basis. We will be continuing construction on the multi-purpose building and ministering on a daily basis. There is something for everyone to do Please review the attached flyer and ask God if He wants you to be involved. If you have questions, let me hear from you. We are praying that ” you ” will get involved.
God bless !
Cell 615 973 9837