Thank you for your prayers! We are only just beginning to learn to live and serve in Chile. God brought us here safely early last month. There were a few delays and some bureaucratic hassles, but the four of us, Maya (the golden retriever), and our stuff (minus our collection of fridge magnets – thank you, TSA!) made it here with no significant problems. Since arriving, we’ve been getting to know the lay of the land, getting our apartment in order, taking care of government and school registrations, and starting to get plugged in with the church and local community. Amy has worked hard to eradicate the mold and mildew in the apartment, I have had the opportunity to preach, and the kids have gotten to know the school options. We were just granted our official Chilean ID cards, which will allow us to have basic services in our names. This is a huge help, as several things were on hold until now.
It’s been somewhat astounding to see how much God has provided: a great apartment, a vehicle we can affordably rent until we find something suitable to buy, all the support we needed to get here in the first place, and now the opportunity to learn and serve in a new culture. We are grateful to be in a beautiful place – this is by far the most picturesque setting we’ve ever lived in, and we’re expectant (and sometimes a bit impatient) about how the Lord wants us to reach and love his people here.
We’ve yet to see a place where ministry was truly easy. Chile is proving to be no exception. Pray, as some issues in the local church and some events involving a local pastor have us evaluating our involvement. We need lots of wisdom, discernment, and discretion.