Here we are at the end of the second week. We are preparing to head back to the US and I haven’t written a second update. Please forgive me for this. So this will be our second and final update. It has been busy, busy and busy. The team has done an outstanding job but they are tired and ready to go home. Kerry advises that the team was able to complete the electrical, sheetrock and plastering in several rooms. These are the rooms being used by the Kids Zone, Music Ministry and dorm rooms for future teams.
We did have a surprise visit from Bob & Cheryl Fugate. Continue reading October 2014 Team Update #2
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!
Greetings in the Name of the Lord Jesus. This note is to let you know the prayer requests from the girls in House of Hope, we need you pray.
1. CLAUDIA Gutiérrez: (3rd year Nursing Technician)
For her mother that she might fix her family situation and for her spiritual life.
For her studies that she might pass mathematics and her professional practicum.
2. NICOLE Reyes: (4th Year Elementary Education with mention in English)
For her family (Father, mother, sister and 7-year-old niece) that they may know the Lord.
For the health of her study companion Romina who has hypocalcemia.
For her friend Catalina that she may begin her studies (Her career is on hold).
That it will be a good year at the university and that she will pass all her courses.
3. ESTEFANÍA Layseca: (4th. Year Elementary Education with mention in English)
That her boyfriend Cristian may know the Lord.
That she do well in the University and improve her spoken English.
That the plans she has put before the Lord will be realized according to God’s will.
4. IVETTE Layseca: (3rd year Psychopedagogy)
For her studies in the university that she will do well and that the Lord will supply all her economic needs.
For her family (father and mother) that the Lord will work in their economic needs and open doors for her father to work.
5. LISSETTE Levinao: (1st year Tourism with mention in Tourism Businesses)
That the work in VBS with the children will be effective and they will be motivated to participate in the ZONE KIDS beginning March 15 and also for the workshops during the week.
That all will go well in her home and that her mother will receive Christ in her heart.
6. ALICIA Lloyd: (Volunteer from USA, she came to work in the micro business)
That the Lord will give her wisdom in the work in the micro-business and wisdom as to how to work with the girls in House of Hope with success.
7. LILIANA Alarcón (High School)
That she will get the visa and be able to travel to the United States to see her children and that she will be in family court before May 15.
8. BERTA Levinao: (Nursing Technician with mention in Pediatrics – 3rd year)
For her practicum, her exams and her graduation this year, that the Lord will give her intelligence and renewed strength and that all will go well.
Vision for Children
Hello! For this week, the House of Hope is in Linares (about three hours south of Santiago-Chile) doing a week-long Vacation Bible School in the rural CMA school Enrique Weiss.
Our goal is to teach the kids about Jesus Christ while teaching them basic English. The HoH girls have done all the planning and are in charge of leading group activities, the English classes, and the Christian Values classes. Daniel and Jessica are here as a support for the girls while Diane, the intern, is coordinating the VBS. Today was our first day and we focused on RESPECT (1 Peter 2:17 Honor all people, love the brotherhood, fear God, honor the king.)
We’ve been to the pool twice already and this evening we went downtown to see Linares and have some ice cream. It has been a great time so far with the kids and for the girls at the HoH. We have had time to spend together serving God, enjoying His creation, and having times of devotionals and prayer. Please keep us in your prayers – for the kids coming to the VBS and for us, the HoH. We will try and keep you updated! Thank you!