Greetings from the land of Chile. We are so honored to join with you in fellowship and love. For the past seven weeks, we eight college students and our director have been living in a protective home for girls in Chile. The idea behind this internship program is to give the girls life skills that will carry them beyond the home. Our main desire is to spread the good news of salvation by meeting real needs.
So far, all is well. Below-the-equator winters are quite different because central heating is reserved for public places, not for homes. An occasional cold, flu, or case of pneumonia will plague our house, but the Lord is faithful to heal. Periodic infestations of ants and the constant reminder of lice help us truly experience life in a lower-class part of town. We thank God for all of the eye-opening experiences, and for the fruit we can already see.
We have taught classes in English, computers, aerobics, ballet, etiquette, fashion, singing, and origami. Our schedules are full of devotionals, movie nights, and special activities. For the young girls (ages 4-7), we set up a tent with linens inside as Jesus´ empty tomb. One rainy day, we washed the feet of the girls and the tias, read John 13, and painted nails. One tia commented that she is always the one serving others. Needless to say, it was a privilege to show our true reasons for being here: to serve as we are called. Praise God because one woman has already accepted Christ into her life since we have been here. Thank you for sharing with us in our journey to Chile.
– A mentor to continue biblical leadership when we leave
– The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are…leaving
Our Chosen Verse: You hear, O LORD, the desire of the afflicted, you encourage them, and you listen to their cry, defending the fatherless and the oppressed, in order that man, who is of the Herat, may terrify no more. Psalm 10:17-18
by Monique Carrillo
There are innumerable moments God has blessed us with while being here. The relationships we have made with the girls, the women who work in the home, and with the body of believers.
Personally, the experience that I will treasure the most is being able to have a friend from another culture. God is so powerful, that he can build relationships despite the language and cultural barrier.
It has been said so many times before, but the language of love speaks volumes. Often times words are not needed. God has shown that he can use the weakest person for his glory. Sometimes God chooses the most unqualified person to do his work, and through that, it is obvious that only He can be glorified. To see God use our strengths and weaknesses has been an eye opener, and such an encouragement.