I am back in Germany for two weeks now and I really miss the time I had at House of Hope. When I arrived in July one of the girls told me that they could be my new family for this three month and I did not believe her. I thought that it would be difficult be become a part of their group, but I was wrong! After a few weeks, or maybe days I noticed that the girls are not simply living together, they actually are a family! And they made it easy for me to become a part of it. The work of the whole ministry is incredible and it is a special pleasure for me that I had the opportunity to work with them. Continue reading Final Update Vera
Four weeks ago I started to work at two different schools in La Pintana. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays I am helping at the „Forjadores del Fututo“-School, on Thursdays and Fridays I go to the „Las Rosas“-School, which is a special needs school. The work at these two schools is completely different,which makes it very interesting! At the „Forjadores del Futuro“-School I am helping in grade 3. There are almost 25 children in the classroom and it is sometimes difficult to work with all of them. Sometimes I repeat myself over and over again, saying: „Keep on working…sit down…copy the question from the blackboard…please finish your task now …“ but I think it is worth the trouble if the children can be proud of themselves after finishing a task and getting good grades for it. It makes me happy to see them content about their work.In the last week the children and their teacher started to prepare for the national holiday around the 18th of September, which will be celebrated in school with performances of different dances.One day they practiced to dance „Cueca“, which is the national dance of Chile. It is great for me to have the opportunity to be part of that, as I have never seen something comparable at a German school.
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Hello, my name is Vera Arenz, I am 20 years old and I am from Cologne, Germany. After my student exchange (6 month) in 2013/14 in Chile I was always sure about returning to this beautiful country after finishing school in Germany. A few month ago I finshed school and here I am! Three weeks ago I arrived in Santiago de Chile to live in the House of Hope and to work in the orphanage La Granja and hogar Caro as a volunteer. It is always funny to play with the children: climbing trees, jumping the jump rope, ride bikes or play volleyball or hide and seek.
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“In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words of the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” Acts 20:35
The joy I have been receiving while working at the schools La Rosas and Miguel Angel has been unexplainable. I go to Miguel Angels with a girl from Casa Esperanza and help with English on Mondays and Wednesdays, on Thursdays and Friday’s I go to La Rosa’s which is a special needs school. Working at the schools has taught me to be creative with showing the love of Christ and serving. Some days the teachers say they do not need any help so one day I colored with a girl who could not speak all day. I went home feeling a little discouraged because I didn’t really do anything but I next day when I arrived she had the biggest smile on her face and ran towards me to give me a hug. God taught me in the moment that just a small act of kindness such as coloring with a girl is still kingdom work and is showing love. Continue reading Amanda Update
It was a quick adjustment to get settled into House of Hope and feel apart of the family.Week one in Chile was settling into my schedule and figuring out my role in helping outat the schools, hogare, and the house of hope ministry. It has been great getting to knowthe kids and see their eagerness to learn, their questions are endless. Some of the kids atthe school also come to Hope Community on Wednesday nights and they also come on Saturday. Many of these kids come from tough backgrounds and this is a chance for them to just be a kid and have fun while also learning about who Jesus Christ is. One of my highlights so far is worshipping in the churches here in Spanish and building relationships even though there is a language barrier, it is a true testament that love does not have barriers. Continue reading House of Hope Update from Amanda