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Bolick - International Ministries The latest from Barbara and Dwight Bolick https://internationalministries.org/teams/49-bolick.rss New Year's Greetings <p><b>The Beautiful Truth</b>&nbsp;</p><p>This month's Girls' Clubs' lesson is on the virtue of hope. A fitting subject for this time of year don't you think?&nbsp;</p><p>So how do you explain what hope means to young girls, many of whom live in situations that are hopeless? We started by making snow globes. Snow globes are fun even when you live in a country where Christmas comes in the middle of summer. There is something beautiful about looking into a peaceful world where light is shining in from all sides.&nbsp;</p><p>And that is where we began talking about light shining in and bringing us hope. We talked about hope guiding us through the dark times. We talked about focusing on the light we see, never taking our eyes off of it and never stopping, never giving up, always moving toward the light.&nbsp;</p><p>That is what hope means for us this year in the Girls' Clubs, finding the light and moving forward in spite of the darkness that seeks to surround us.&nbsp;</p><p>I spent yesterday with my friend Ruth who is helping me with the editing of our Girls' Clubs' materials. We talked about the lesson on hope. Ruth is a doctor. So every abstract conversation always comes down to some scientific principle. That's how she makes sense of the world and I love to see it through her eyes.&nbsp;</p><p>She talked about how one point of light no matter how small it is, overcomes a seemingly infinite darkness. She told me that in the deep, dark Chilean mines, when the electricity went out, no one could move until just one lantern was lit. Even though that lantern was only a small light, it diminished the darkness enough for all of the miners to orient themselves and follow those who were closest to the light.&nbsp;</p><p>She reminded me that the definition of darkness is the absence of light. It is a scientific principle that darkness cannot diminish light, but any presence of light diminishes darkness.&nbsp;</p><p>Wait, I think I've heard that somewhere before. "I am the light of the world, the light has come into the world and the darkness cannot consume it."&nbsp;</p><p>In November light came as a special gift to us in the visit of our friends from the Rocky Mountain and Nebraska regions. Twelve new friends came to travel with us, see with us, and support us. For those days we heard one harmonized message from them all, "you are not alone."&nbsp;</p><p>A special guest in the group was our friend Tomi Stock, a sheep rancher from Wyoming. Tomi is not a pen-light in a dark world. She is a full blown flood-light of love.&nbsp;</p><p>She came to visit the yarn and weaving groups she has partnered with. But not stopping there, she decided to come and do five soap-making workshops to help our women develop products for local sale.&nbsp;</p><p>Tomi took the time to come shine her light into the lives of our women.&nbsp;</p><p>So during this Christmas -Epiphany - New Year season is the beautiful truth that we want to write on the hearts of our girls. Hop has come into the world in Jesus, God-with-us, the Son of God. Hope has come into the darkness and the darkness can never put it out.</p><p>No matter where we find ourselves this year, let's look to the light together, never despairing, reflecting it in our own lives.&nbsp;</p><p><b>Invitation to a Photo Gallery</b>&nbsp;</p><p>Would you like to get a glimpse of the places where we live and move and have our being, and the people we love and serve?&nbsp;</p><p>Below you will find a link to a gallery of photos that will give you an overview and perhaps a taste of the spirit of God's mission in Chile.&nbsp;</p><p>In November, we hosted a group of ten American Baptist pastors from the Rocky Mountain and Nebraska Regions. We were delighted to have our Area Director, Adalia Gutierrez, accompany them, also.&nbsp;</p><p>The Executive Ministers of those Regions, Steve Van Ostran and Robin Stoops, organized this Pastoral Mission Discovery trip with several goals in mind, ably expressed by Steve:&nbsp;</p><p></p><ul><li>To expose pastors to cross-cultural mission experiences that will help them have a broader perspective of the world,&nbsp;</li><li>To help the participants learn about the cultural context of the mission field, To learn from the mission partners and their ministry skills to help them view their own ministry context as a mission field,&nbsp;</li><li>To connect with and learn about ABC missionaries and mission partners,&nbsp;</li><li>To explore potential for on-going missionary and mission partner relationships from financial support to future mission relationships, and&nbsp;</li><li>To train and equip these participants as Short-term Mission Leaders.<br></li></ul><p></p><p class="MsoNormal">I think it was a peak experience for all of us, mutually edifying, and fun! <o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">We visited mission sites from Santiago to Panguipulli, covering over 500 miles, where we are directly or indirectly involved. <o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">Our friend, Ernesto Alcayaga, who is the Dean of the Baptist Theological Institute, is a photographer and accompanied us on most of our travels. <o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">He generously created an online gallery so we can share some of this experience with you. <o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left:.25in"><b><i>Click on this link / or copy and paste it to your browser to view a gallery of photos from Chile</i></b>: <o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left:.25in">&nbsp;https://onedrive.live.com/? authkey=%21ADCEW2Kur- 0teNs&amp;id=8918407964AECCCD%21215&amp;cid=8918407964AECCCD<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal"><b><i><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:107%">&nbsp;"A great door for effective work has opened..."</span></i></b> (I Cor. 16:9) <o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">Thank you for your strong support, which along with your prayers, makes these good things possible. <o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">Pray for open doors towards opportunities we cannot yet imagine, that will help us share Christ and see lives changed. <o:p></o:p></p><p> </p><p class="MsoNormal">May God bless you, and equip you, also, with every good thing for doing His will, and may He complete in all of us what pleases him.<o:p></o:p></p><p><br></p> Wed, 11 Jan 2017 07:10:29 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/64186-new-year-s-greetings https://internationalministries.org/read/64186-new-year-s-greetings Exciting New Developments in Girls' Clubs and Rainwater Projects <p class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-size:14.0pt;line-height:107%">New Partnerships Will Expand Girls' Clubs</span></b> <o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">Not too long ago, I had coffee with my friend, Nancy Duarte. I love to have coffee with friends on a Saturday morning, but this coffee was special, because we had it in Wheaton, IL.<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">Nancy is a dear Chilean friend of ours from Temuco. She is a clinical psychologist specializing in family systems, and is now the Program Director for Family Bridges, a faith-based organization helping Spanish-speaking immigrant families transition well into life in the United States. <o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">Nancy began consulting with me on the Girls' Clubs project when she lived in Temuco and was chair of the psychology department at the Universidad Mayor. Now she will serve on a newly formed consulting team that is helping me redesign the program so that it can be replicated, and the girls' progress can be tracked. <o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">Many of you asked me when I was speaking on home assignment if it would be possible to expand the Talita Cumi Girls' Clubs Project to other countries, including the U.S.<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">I believe God is opening doors for that, and probably for things greater than I can imagine, to equip us and others to help girls and young women grow to become "oaks of righteousness," the oft-stated goal of our ministries here. <o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">Thanks to a grant from One Grant Hour of Sharing, we have formed a consulting team made up of psychologists from Fuller Seminary's Thrive Center for Human Development, Nancy, and the psychology department head at Temuco's Universidad Mayor. <o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">We are engaged in a formal review of all the materials I have written, and developing a mentor training program. Over the next year we will begin interviewing participants and leaders of our current program and measuring progress on developmental scales. <o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">The goal is to see the Girls' Clubs project become an evidence-based curriculum and program. <o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">Oh my, my head hurts! Excuse me while I go hide under the table. <o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">Okay. My crises of panic do pass quickly, because God keeps bringing wonderful, qualified, generous friends to accompany Dwight and me as we pursue this vision that many of you have supported for years. <o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">So as Nancy and I sat down to work, we mapped out a plan to develop our mentor training. We reviewed some curriculum, shared notes, and sketched out a work plan for the next few months. <o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">So much remains to be done, but for the first time I can see that it really is possible. I can't do it alone. But God provides the help I need. <o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">Thank you, dear friends, for being the voice that called this ministry into existence. Please pray for us more fervently than ever as we climb this steep road. Rejoice with us, too, as we welcome our new partners from Fuller Seminary's Thrive Center (www.thethrivecenter.org) and Family Bridges to walk alongside us. <o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-size:14.0pt;line-height:107%">Rainwater Harvesting Project</span></b><span style="font-size:14.0pt;line-height:107%"> <o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><i>"These tanks saved my garden" <o:p></o:p></i></p><p class="MsoNormal"><i>"I wasn't going to plant this year because there's not going to be enough water."</i> <o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">These are typical comments from people, like Flora here, with new rainwater harvesting systems. <o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">Thanks, again, to a grant from One Great Hour of Sharing we have been installing simple systems that use rainwater to alleviate a severe water crisis in southern Chile. <o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:107%">Climate change is real</span></b> <o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">Rural families that used to depend on springs and shallow wells, and sporadic rain throughout the summer now find themselves without water from January to June. <o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">Our average rainfall compares with Seattle, but most rural houses do not have gutters, and storing rainwater is a novel idea, until recently. <o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">Municipalities are trucking in 1,000 liters a week to rural households, which is not enough. <o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">So the purpose of the Rainwater Harvesting project is to demonstrate a viable solution for rural households. <o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">Our systems can provide water for household gardens, and other non-potable uses during the summer. <o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">We can't provide all the tanks they really need. So this project is meant to stimulate the use of this simple technology for conserving water. <o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">Participating families provide their own kind of "sweat equity" and they will come up with ways to expand their systems. <o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:107%">City of Temuco asks us to set up a demonstration project</span></b> <o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">Rainwater harvesting is catching on in Chile. <o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">The city of Temuco asked us to set up a demonstration site serving the needs of a cluster of rural households. <o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">Before they consider installations on a massive scale, they recognize the need first of all to educate and convince the rural population that rainwater harvesting can play a big role in alleviating their water problems. We look forward to this opportunity to support Temuco's vision of a sustainable community, starting in November.<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-size:16.0pt;line-height:107%">Did you know?</span></b> <o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">This year, your annual World Mission Offering gift can do twice as much. <o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">If you give to <b><i>I am IM - WMO</i></b> between now and September 30, you will be not only supporting crucial ministries around the world, but also encouraging others to join in and do the same!<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">Here's how it works: I am IM is a challenge opportunity to kick off our 2016 World Mission Offering. From now until September 30, gifts from generous partners like you will be set aside as "seed money" to create the <b><i>I am IM Challenge Fund</i></b>. <o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">Your generosity will enable every undesignated dollar donated for the WMO after September 30 to be DOUBLED up to the total of the Challenge Fund you help to create. <o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">This challenge opportunity is for the support of all of IM's global servants and all the work of IM and is not intended for support of specific projects or global servants. <o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal"><b>How to give</b>: <o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpFirst" style="text-indent:-.25in;mso-list:l0 level1 lfo1"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family:Symbol;mso-fareast-font-family:Symbol;mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol">·<span style="font-variant-numeric: normal; font-stretch: normal; font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><!--[endif]-->To give online, go to: <a href="http://internationalministries.org/drives/41">http://internationalministries.org/drives/41</a> <o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="text-indent:-.25in;mso-list:l0 level1 lfo1"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family:Symbol;mso-fareast-font-family:Symbol;mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol">·<span style="font-variant-numeric: normal; font-stretch: normal; font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><!--[endif]-->To donate by check, write I am IM - WMO on the memo line and mail to International Ministries, PO Box 851, Valley Forge, PA 19482- 0851. <o:p></o:p></p><p> </p><p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpLast" style="text-indent:-.25in;mso-list:l0 level1 lfo1"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family:Symbol;mso-fareast-font-family:Symbol;mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol">·<span style="font-variant-numeric: normal; font-stretch: normal; font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><!--[endif]-->To give by phone, call 610-768-2323. International Ministries&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></p> Wed, 21 Sep 2016 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/63371-exciting-new-developments-in-girls-clubs-and-rainwater-projects https://internationalministries.org/read/63371-exciting-new-developments-in-girls-clubs-and-rainwater-projects The Well-beeing of All Creation <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><b><span style="font-size:14.0pt;font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial; color:#333333">The Beekeeping Project is for the Well-<i>bee</i>ing of All Creation</span></b></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,serif;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:#333333">Our late friend, Pastor Francisco Catrin, asked us to help a neighbor of his in Llongahue, Adolfo. When we walked into his bee-yard, it felt&nbsp;<b>like stepping back into time.</b></span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;">&nbsp;</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,serif;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:#333333">Adolfo was keeping bees in rustic boxes of scrap lumber, much like ancient beekeepers kept bees in logs or clay cylinders.&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;color:#333333"><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,serif;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:#333333">This is common in rural areas around the world where beekeepers don't have access to modern supplies.</span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;">&nbsp;</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><b><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,serif; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial; color:#333333">Adolfo's problem was that he had to destroy the hive in order to harvest honey.</span></b><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,serif; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial; color:#333333">&nbsp;These are fixed-comb hives, unlike movable-comb hives that allow us to harvest honey without destroying bees. His rustic method made it difficult for him to increase the number of beehives he kept.</span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;">&nbsp;</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,serif;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:#333333">But if we introduce him to this kind of hive (the hive shown in photos 6 and 7)&nbsp;<b>are we really helping him?</b>&nbsp;</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,serif;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:#333333">Beekeeping can end in problems when separated from&nbsp;<b>what is good for the bees and the planet,&nbsp;</b>and from what is&nbsp;<b>economically feasible for the beekeeper.</b></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,serif;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:#333333">Sustainable beekeeping training practices have&nbsp;<b>a place in our missiology.</b>&nbsp;Just look at these two excerpts from International Ministries' new vision statement,&nbsp;</span><i><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,serif; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial; color:#333333">Responding to the Call:</span></i></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><i><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,serif; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial; color:#333333">"The narrative of Scripture and, most especially, Jesus himself reveal that God's mission is nothing less than the&nbsp;<b>healing, reconciliation, liberation and salvation of all of creation</b>&nbsp;(2 Corinthians 5:19; Ephesians 1:9-10)."</span></i></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><i><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,serif; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial; color:#333333">"International Ministries will&nbsp;<b>promote care for God's creation</b>&nbsp;through improved agricultural practices, promoting the use of renewable resources and environmental stewardship."</span></i></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,serif;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:#333333">And&nbsp;<b>this is where top-bar hives come in</b>. But first, some background.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,serif;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:#333333">The&nbsp;<b>modern, I daresay, industrialized way of beekeeping</b>&nbsp;uses rectangular boxes with movable frames of honeycomb. The bees lay eggs, store pollen and nectar in the combs. They draw out the wax, transform the nectar into honey, and cap each cell with wax. They store honey in more boxes set on top of the brood nest. These boxes can weigh 60-plus pounds, which is why many beekeepers have aching backs.&nbsp;</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,serif;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:#333333">The&nbsp;<b>disadvantages for someone like Adolfo are</b>:&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size:12.0pt; font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; color:#333333"><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 0in; text-indent: -0.25in;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-size:10.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size:12.0pt;font-family:Symbol;mso-fareast-font-family:Symbol; mso-bidi-font-family:Symbol;color:#333333">·<span style="font-stretch: normal; font-size: 7pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman';">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><!--[endif]--><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,serif; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial; color:#333333">the high costs of constant inputs of new materials - boxes, frames, wax foundation, and an extractor,&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; color:#333333"><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 0in; text-indent: -0.25in;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-size:10.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size:12.0pt;font-family:Symbol;mso-fareast-font-family:Symbol; mso-bidi-font-family:Symbol;color:#333333">·<span style="font-stretch: normal; font-size: 7pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman';">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><!--[endif]--><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,serif; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial; color:#333333">the complexity of hive management,&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;color:#333333"><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 0in; text-indent: -0.25in;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-size:10.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size:12.0pt;font-family:Symbol;mso-fareast-font-family:Symbol; mso-bidi-font-family:Symbol;color:#333333">·<span style="font-stretch: normal; font-size: 7pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman';">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><!--[endif]--><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,serif; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial; color:#333333">the heavy lifting.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,serif;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:#333333">Conventional beekeeping pushes the use of toxic applications to kill a parasitic mite, also.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,serif;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:#333333">Because of their efficiency and productivity we will continue teaching the use of these hives, but we are moving to&nbsp;<b>a treatment-free, natural approach</b>&nbsp;to the pest problems.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><b><i><span style="font-size:14.0pt;font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,serif; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial; color:#333333">What did bees do before beekeeping?&nbsp;</span></i></b><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;">&nbsp;</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,serif;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:#333333">This is the approach that will &nbsp;help the bees and the beekeepers the most.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><b><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,serif; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial; color:#333333">Top-bar hives</span></b><span style="font-size:12.0pt; font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,serif;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:#333333">&nbsp;are simpler, less expensive, and more like the way bees live in nature. The box is long, with diagonal sides. The bees build their own comb from bars placed across the top. Bees naturally build comb in deep catenary curves, not in squares, and they are free to build different cell sizes for worker bees and drones.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,serif;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:#333333">The top-bar hive can produce an adequate harvest, but&nbsp;<b>the emphasis is on the health of the bees, not production at all cost.</b></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,serif;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:#333333">Adolfo is learning the top-method now. &nbsp;Slowly, we will catch swarms from his rustic boxes and populate top-bar hives with them, and Adolfo will have a productive, thriving bee-yard.&nbsp;</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,serif;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:#333333">We call this work&nbsp;<b>pastoral apiculture</b>&nbsp;because</span><b><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;color:#333333">&nbsp;</span></b><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,serif;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:#333333">the bees open doors for us to pray with the beekeepers, share a meal with them, and talk about the Kingdom of God. Recently, Adolfo's wife suffered a slight stroke. We prayed for her and she has recovered most of her mobility!</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,serif;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:#333333"><b>Now we are beginning to train women beekeepers</b></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,serif;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:#333333">Up till now, we have worked only with men. Now we believe the top-bar hive will make it easier for women to work with bees.&nbsp;</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,serif;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:#333333">We now are working with our&nbsp;<b>first woman beekeeper</b>, Silvia! She is learning about bees using the modern, conventional hives, but next year she will learn to make and use the top-bar hive.&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span></p><table class="MsoNormalTable" border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="367" style="width:220.2pt;border-collapse:collapse;mso-yfti-tbllook:1184; mso-padding-alt:0in 0in 0in 0in"> <tbody><tr> <td width="1%" style="width:1.0%;padding:3.75pt 0in 3.75pt 0in"></td> </tr> </tbody></table><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,serif;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:#333333">As we move into making products, like lip balm and candles, with the beeswax left over after harvesting, the whole family can participate and create more income.&nbsp;</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><i><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,serif; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial; color:#333333">"One can no more approach people without love than one can approach bees without care. Such is the quality of bees..."</span></i><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;color:#333333"><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"> </p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><i><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,serif; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial; color:#333333">- Leo Tolstoy</span></i><span style="font-size:12.0pt; font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,serif;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:#333333"><o:p></o:p></span></p> Tue, 09 Feb 2016 19:00:00 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/61202-the-well-beeing-of-all-creation https://internationalministries.org/read/61202-the-well-beeing-of-all-creation Rainwater Harvesting Eases Water Crisis <p><span style="color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.32px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">We finished installing a rainwater harvesting system for Teolinda and her son David today. They'll have a great deal more water this summer than last year, with ways to expand the capacity. We'll keep adapting, innovating, perfecting the system. Thanks to Pastor Tomas Vivanco and Raul Olivares&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.32px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">for their ingenuity and spirit. ¡Viva Chile!</span><br></p><p><span style="color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.32px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">Rural Chile faces a water crisis every summer, as the springs and wells dry up with little to zero rainfall in summer months. The government is spending hundreds of thousands of dollars trucking water in to communities. With these and additional tanks, enough rainwater can be stored before the summer, to substantially reduce or eliminate the need for trucked'in water.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.32px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">This project, designed to demonstrate the effectiveness of rainwater harvesting and stimulate its replication, is made by possible by a grant from One Great Hour of Sharing gifts and IM's World Relief Committee.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.32px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">More installations to come between now and the end of the year!</span></p> Mon, 19 Oct 2015 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/60164-rainwater-harvesting-eases-water-crisis https://internationalministries.org/read/60164-rainwater-harvesting-eases-water-crisis You Are Making a Difference. Thank You! <p>All we can say is <i>Thank you!</i> for your amazing response to our mission project. Your generosity has made it possible for 55 girls from Escuela 367 in Los Trigales, Chile, to participate in their very own Talita Cumi girls’ club.</p> <p>Because of your gifts, each of these girls has received her own full-color workbook and travel journal as we study the ways of Christ and begin the journey to become more like him. And we have been overjoyed to see that the girls’ hearts are being changed—just when we least expected it!</p> <p>The girls finished a module on love a few weeks ago. At the end of the module, each group was asked to pick a project to show God’s love to someone in need. Some visited elderly people in the community; some baked a cake for the custodians. Our group decided to put together a food basket for a family in the school who didn’t have enough to eat.</p> <p>I was delighted with the idea! Los Trigales is located in the poorest, most dangerous part of Temuco—a place where almost no one gets enough to eat—so this gift would be a great help. But then I asked who should be given the basket, and an argument broke out. Each of the girls wanted her family to be the one to receive the food! We decided to table the idea for another day, and I went home discouraged.</p> <p>But we seldom see what God is doing inside the people we love. The next week we came back together, and as we were doing our craft, one of the girls mentioned it was going to be her birthday. We asked her what she was going to do and she replied, “Nothing. My family doesn’t celebrate my birthday.” When we asked why, she shrugged and said, “There isn’t ever any money.” I asked the girl to run an errand for me, and while she was gone I gave the group project one more try. Even though we hold one birthday party for all of the girls at the end of the year, I suggested we throw a special party for this girl.</p> <p>You need to know, this is not the most popular girl in the group. She is the one who always seems to be left out. So when I explained my idea for a birthday party just for her, I wasn’t expecting much of a response. Imagine my surprise when the girls started jumping and screaming with enthusiasm!</p> <p>These little girls put on the very best birthday party they could. We had chocolate cake and potato chips, games and decorations and of course a couple of small gifts for the guest of honor. For a few hours, a girl who spends her life being overlooked was the star of the show and knew that she was loved, both by Jesus and by her friends. And that’s what the Girls’ Clubs are all about.</p><p>This is the story of just one life that you have changed because you, too, are on the journey to become like Christ. Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for accompanying us on this journey.</p> <p><i>Barbara and Dwight Bolick</i><br> IM missionaries in Chile</p> <p>This project was featured in Global Gifts 2014.</p> Tue, 13 Oct 2015 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/60128-you-are-making-a-difference-thank-you- https://internationalministries.org/read/60128-you-are-making-a-difference-thank-you- Update on Chile Earthquake and Tsunami <p style="margin: 0px 0px 6px; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.32px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">The damage from the tsunami's resulting from the earthquake is grave - 13 dead, 3-4 disappeared, 265 homes destroyed, 175 heavily damaged.</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 6px; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.32px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><br>But it is limited to the coastline near the epicenter.</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 6px; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.32px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><br></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 6px; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.32px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">Since the affected area is 700 miles or more from where we live and work, and we don't have churches in that area, it is unlikely that we can send volunteers there to help.</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 6px; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.32px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><br></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 6px; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.32px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">The Chilean army, and hundreds of Chilean volunteers are there now cleaning up and helping in many ways.</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 6px; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.32px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><br>In comparison, the 2010 earthquake released 5 times more energy.</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 6px; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.32px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><br></p><p style="margin: 6px 0px; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.32px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">How does Chile withstand three major (8.4, 8.2, 8.8) earthquakes and two volcanic eruptions in five years and keep on going?</p><div class="text_exposed_show" style="display: inline; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.32px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><p style="margin: 0px 0px 6px;">1. Early evacuation system<br>2. Tsunami alert system continuously improving.<br>3. Seismologists constantly monitoring, able to predict within minutes the place, and time of the "train of waves."<br>4. Best construction standards- flexible, resistant, energy-dissipating, soil studies before design.</p></div> Mon, 21 Sep 2015 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/59902-update-on-chile-earthquake-and-tsunami https://internationalministries.org/read/59902-update-on-chile-earthquake-and-tsunami Bolick Family Unharmed in Chile Earthquake <p class="MsoNormal">After yesterday’s 8.3-magnitude earthquake hit just off the coast of central Chile, Dwight and Barbara Bolick, American Baptist International Ministries missionaries in Temuco, Chile, and their children have reported that they were not affected. IM partner the National Baptist Convention of Chile has stated that there was no damage to its churches.<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 4.5pt; background: white;">“Thanks to everyone for your concern for Chile,” said Dwight Bolick. “<span style="color: rgb(20, 24, 35); background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;">Although it was an 8.4-magnitude earthquake, it doesn't appear to have caused a scale of destruction anything close to the 2010 quake and tsunamis.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 4.5pt; background: white;"><span style="color: rgb(20, 24, 35); background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;">“Most importantly, there are eight deaths reported. Chile's earthquake-resistant building standards are among the best in the world. That, along with the placement of the epicenter explain why there appears to be little structural damages. Assessments are still underway.</span><span style="background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;"><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 4.5pt; background: white;"><span style="color: rgb(20, 24, 35); background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;">“The affected zone is about four hours north of Santiago. Our convention does not have churches there.&nbsp;Friends in Santiago report being shaken, but no major damage. </span><span style="background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;">We are w</span><span style="color: rgb(20, 24, 35); background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;">aiting to see the scale of damage to the coastal villages.”</span> <span style="background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;"><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal">According a report in the <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-34275783">BBC News</a>, a tsunami alert was issued for the entire Chilean coast, but that has since been lifted.<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">See the Bolicks' <a href="https://www.facebook.com/dwight.bolick">Facebook</a> page for regular updates.</p> Wed, 16 Sep 2015 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/59874-bolick-family-unharmed-in-chile-earthquake https://internationalministries.org/read/59874-bolick-family-unharmed-in-chile-earthquake A Great Door Has Opened <table class="MsoNormalTable" style="text-align: justify; width: 100%; border-collapse: collapse; background: white;" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%"> <tbody><tr> <td style="padding:0in 0in 0in 0in"> <div align="center"> <table class="MsoNormalTable" style="text-align: justify; width: 100%; border-collapse: collapse;" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%"> <tbody><tr> <td style="padding:6.75pt 7.5pt 6.0pt 7.5pt" valign="top"> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><b><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial; color:#333333">A Place to Gather Oneself</span></b><span style="font-size: 12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; color:#333333"><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;color:#202020"><br> </span><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,serif; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial; color:#202020">Someone at the airport must have a sense of humor and even better, empathy. Who else would put up those signs for the "Recombobulation Area," greeting harried travelers?&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; color:#202020"><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><span style="color: rgb(32, 32, 32); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 12pt;">In these months of re-establishing ourselves in Chile after an eight-month home assignment, we have often set up our own recombobulation areas, where we can say God met and received us.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><span style="color: rgb(32, 32, 32); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 12pt;">We believe God is opening doors for us to walk through, making our horizon clearer.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><span style="color: rgb(32, 32, 32); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 12pt;">We are happy to report that, thanks to many of you, we surpassed our support percentage goal of 90%, making our return&nbsp;to Chile possible. Plus, we got to meet lots of new friends and visit many longtime supporters along the way.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><span style="color: rgb(32, 32, 32); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 12pt;">This is how grace comes, in faces, conversations, and in those moments when, after telling our story of the mission of God in Chile, you say you feel like partners with us, in prayers and financial support.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><span style="color: rgb(32, 32, 32); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 12pt;">So, towards "recombobulating" ourselves, let us update you now</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 0in; text-indent: -0.25in;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-size:10.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size:12.0pt;font-family:Symbol;mso-fareast-font-family:Symbol; mso-bidi-font-family:Symbol;color:#202020">·<span style="font-stretch: normal; font-size: 7pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman';">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><!--[endif]--><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family: &quot;Georgia&quot;,serif;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family: Arial;color:#202020">on our sons, Jack and William,&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 0in; text-indent: -0.25in;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-size:10.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size:12.0pt;font-family:Symbol;mso-fareast-font-family:Symbol; mso-bidi-font-family:Symbol;color:#202020">·<span style="font-stretch: normal; font-size: 7pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman';">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><!--[endif]--><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family: &quot;Georgia&quot;,serif;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family: Arial;color:#202020">our current activities and plans,&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,serif; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial; color:#202020">and in a subsequent newsletter we will tell you about the group that visited us in April. &nbsp;</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><span style="font-size:11.0pt;line-height:107%; font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:#202020;mso-ansi-language:EN-US;mso-fareast-language: EN-US;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA"><b>The Boys</b></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><span style="font-size:11.0pt;line-height:107%; font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:#202020;mso-ansi-language:EN-US;mso-fareast-language: EN-US;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA"><b>Jack</b> learned to drive in Texas, and got to go hunting and shoot his first deer.</span><span style="color: rgb(32, 32, 32); font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; text-align: center;"><br></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><span style="color: rgb(32, 32, 32); font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; text-align: center;">On multiple occasions, our friends, the Huffs, shared themselves and their ranch in West Texas. What a treat that was for our family, to be out under the big Texas sky.&nbsp;</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;" align="center"><span style="color: rgb(32, 32, 32); font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 11pt; line-height: 107%;">While home in Austin, Jack kept up with his class in Chile, as we did home-schooling. Now that we are back in Chile, he is a sophomore in high school, loves and excels in physics and math, and is just as crazy about mountain-biking. He is active in his church youth group, also.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;" align="center"><span style="font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial; color:#202020"><b>William</b> is in fifth grade. Some of the things he loved in the U.S. were swim classes, bike rides and playing in the endless variety of parks in Austin and wherever we traveled. He is the artist in the family, always drawing something, when not climbing the nearest tree.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;" align="center"><span style="color: rgb(32, 32, 32); font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Jack and William loved the freedom of travel, from South Carolina to Colorado and Wyoming and Green Lake. They loved being with grandparents, aunts and uncles, and cousins. Nevertheless, they could not wait to be back with their&nbsp;</span><i style="color: rgb(32, 32, 32); font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">compañeros,&nbsp;</i><span style="color: rgb(32, 32, 32); font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">and eat Chilean bread, and they are very happy to be back in Chile.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;" align="center"><span style="color: rgb(32, 32, 32); font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 11pt; line-height: 107%;">Pray for us as we begin preparing them for the next several years, especially as Jack begins to discern where he will go to university.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;" align="center"><b><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 107%; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">"A sure horizon will come around you."</span></b><span style="font-size:14.0pt;line-height:107%;font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;Segoe UI&quot;; color:#797D91;mso-ansi-language:EN-US;mso-fareast-language:EN-US;mso-bidi-language: AR-SA">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size:11.0pt;line-height:107%; font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;Segoe UI&quot;;color:#797D91;mso-ansi-language:EN-US; mso-fareast-language:EN-US;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA">(from a poem by Wendell Berry, "Do Not Be Ashamed")</span><span style="color: rgb(32, 32, 32); font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 11pt; line-height: 107%;"><br></span></p><table class="MsoNormalTable" style="width: 100%; border-collapse: collapse; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%"> <tbody><tr> <td style="padding:0in 0in 0in 0in"> <div align="center"> <table class="MsoNormalTable" style="width:100.0%;border-collapse:collapse;mso-yfti-tbllook:1184; mso-padding-alt:0in 0in 0in 0in" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%"> <tbody><tr> <td style="padding:6.75pt 7.5pt 6.0pt 7.5pt" valign="top"> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><b style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial; color:#333333">Current&nbsp;</span></b><b style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial; color:#333333">Current Activities and Plans</span></b><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;color:#202020;mso-no-proof:yes"><!--[if gte vml 1]><v:shapetype id="_x0000_t75" coordsize="21600,21600" o:spt="75" o:preferrelative="t" path="m@4@5l@4@11@9@11@9@5xe" filled="f" stroked="f"> <v:stroke joinstyle="miter"/> <v:formulas> <v:f eqn="if lineDrawn pixelLineWidth 0"/> <v:f eqn="sum @0 1 0"/> <v:f eqn="sum 0 0 @1"/> <v:f eqn="prod @2 1 2"/> <v:f eqn="prod @3 21600 pixelWidth"/> <v:f eqn="prod @3 21600 pixelHeight"/> <v:f eqn="sum @0 0 1"/> <v:f eqn="prod @6 1 2"/> <v:f eqn="prod @7 21600 pixelWidth"/> <v:f eqn="sum @8 21600 0"/> <v:f eqn="prod @7 21600 pixelHeight"/> <v:f eqn="sum @10 21600 0"/> </v:formulas> <v:path o:extrusionok="f" gradientshapeok="t" o:connecttype="rect"/> <o:lock v:ext="edit" aspectratio="t"/> </v:shapetype><v:shape id="Picture_x0020_6" o:spid="_x0000_i1025" type="#_x0000_t75" alt="https://imgssl.constantcontact.com/letters/images/1101116784221/T.png" style='width:112.2pt;height:.6pt;visibility:visible;mso-wrap-style:square'> <v:imagedata src="file:///C:\Users\Dwight\AppData\Local\Temp\msohtmlclip1\01\clip_image001.png" o:title="T"/> </v:shape><![endif]--><!--[if !vml]--><img src="file:///C:/Users/Dwight/AppData/Local/Temp/msohtmlclip1/01/clip_image002.png" alt="https://imgssl.constantcontact.com/letters/images/1101116784221/T.png" v:shapes="Picture_x0020_6" height="1" width="187"></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 0in; text-indent: -0.25in;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-size:10.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Symbol;mso-fareast-font-family:Symbol; mso-bidi-font-family:Symbol;color:#202020">·<span style="font-stretch: normal; font-size: 7pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman';">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><!--[endif]--><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;color:#202020">In April, Barb traveled to Nicaragua, to meet with missionary colleagues Joyce Reed, Mylinda Baits, Laura Parajon, and Adalia Gutierrez, our Area Director.&nbsp;They shared experiences in their ministries with girls and women and talked about ideas for future collaboration. Mylinda helped present a workshop on using art to minister to trauma survivors, which is particularly apt for Barb's work with girls in vulnerable family situations.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 0in; text-indent: -0.25in;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-size:10.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Symbol;mso-fareast-font-family:Symbol; mso-bidi-font-family:Symbol;color:#202020">·<span style="font-stretch: normal; font-size: 7pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman';">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><!--[endif]--><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;color:#202020">Barb continues to serve as a consultant to the three women's cooperatives she started. Two of them are virtually independent and the third is well on its way. They are producing high quality yarn from Merino wool, and products that sell well in Chile.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 0in; text-indent: -0.25in;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-size:10.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Symbol;mso-fareast-font-family:Symbol; mso-bidi-font-family:Symbol;color:#202020">·<span style="font-stretch: normal; font-size: 7pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman';">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><!--[endif]--><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;color:#202020">When we were in Wyoming last year a sheep rancher from FBC-Douglas decided to partner with us by providing Merino wool, as her glad stewardship of God's bounty. There are still a lot of hoops to jump through to import it, but meanwhile she is tithing her own wool production toward the purchase of Chilean Merino wool for this year. Thank God for Tomi Strock!<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 0in; text-indent: -0.25in;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-size:10.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Symbol;mso-fareast-font-family:Symbol; mso-bidi-font-family:Symbol;color:#202020">·<span style="font-stretch: normal; font-size: 7pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman';">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><!--[endif]--><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;color:#202020">Barb's main focus now is the Girls' Clubs project. By the end of the year she plans to have completed a manuscript for the book presenting the curriculum and lesson plans. Praise God for four friends here, a professor, a psychologist, a doctor, and a teacher, who are helping Barb with the editing and translating. Besides several regional churches, Barb also directs the program at a local Christian school located in Temuco's most vulnerable sector.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 0in; text-indent: -0.25in;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-size:10.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Symbol;mso-fareast-font-family:Symbol; mso-bidi-font-family:Symbol;color:#202020">·<span style="font-stretch: normal; font-size: 7pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman';">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><!--[endif]--><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;color:#202020">Dwight's number one priority for the remainder of the year is to finish the installation of rainwater harvesting systems. When we returned, Chile was suffering a terrible drought, especially affecting Mapuche small landholders. Now, though, no one questions that storing rainwater before the dry season begins can help significantly.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 0in; text-indent: -0.25in;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-size:10.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Symbol;mso-fareast-font-family:Symbol; mso-bidi-font-family:Symbol;color:#202020">·<span style="font-stretch: normal; font-size: 7pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman';">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><!--[endif]--><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;color:#202020">The drought also hurt local bee populations and honey production. Normal losses are 10%, but last year many lost 50% and more of their bees. So this will be a year of recovery.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 0in; text-indent: -0.25in;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-size:10.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Symbol;mso-fareast-font-family:Symbol; mso-bidi-font-family:Symbol;color:#202020">·<span style="font-stretch: normal; font-size: 7pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman';">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><!--[endif]--><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;color:#202020">Dwight also believes it is time to turn away from the modern, industrialized model of beekeeping, to a way of beekeeping that deals with pests and disease naturally. We will transition to and do trials with a kind of hive that doesn't require constant inputs of capital. So this will be a year of discovery, too.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 0in; text-indent: -0.25in;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-size:10.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Symbol;mso-fareast-font-family:Symbol; mso-bidi-font-family:Symbol;color:#202020">·<span style="font-stretch: normal; font-size: 7pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman';">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><!--[endif]--><b><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;color:#202020">Conflict Transformation</span></b><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;color:#202020">&nbsp;- Dwight was invited by the regional, inter-denominational pastors' council to participate in a commission that is holding a series of listening/dialogue sessions with some of the major Mapuche activist/political groups, to hear their concerns, with a view to facilitating new proposals and conversations between the government, Mapuche groups, and landowners, and to end the violence. He cannot say more about it now, but&nbsp;<b>asks for your prayers</b>.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 0in; text-indent: -0.25in;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-size:10.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Symbol;mso-fareast-font-family:Symbol; mso-bidi-font-family:Symbol;color:#202020">·<span style="font-stretch: normal; font-size: 7pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman';">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><!--[endif]--><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;color:#202020">Dwight also taught a series of Bible studies based on Dan Buttry's book on Conflict Transformation for our local church. We will promote these studies in other churches throughout the year.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 0in; text-indent: -0.25in;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-size:10.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Symbol;mso-fareast-font-family:Symbol; mso-bidi-font-family:Symbol;color:#202020">·<span style="font-stretch: normal; font-size: 7pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman';">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><!--[endif]--><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;color:#202020">The work continues&nbsp;</span><span style="text-indent: -0.25in; text-align: justify; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; color: rgb(32, 32, 32);">with the Volunteer Relief Network. Dwight serves as the interim Director, mainly to help bring a formal structure to this spontaneous movement that will make it a sustainable ministry of the convention.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 0in; text-indent: -0.25in;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-size:10.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Symbol;mso-fareast-font-family:Symbol; mso-bidi-font-family:Symbol;color:#202020">·<span style="font-stretch: normal; font-size: 7pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman';">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><!--[endif]--><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;color:#202020">Finally, Dwight is studying for a Permaculture Design Certificate, which we believe has much to offer Mapuche subsistence farms, and beyond.&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span></p><table class="MsoNormalTable" style="width: 100%; border-collapse: collapse; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%"> <tbody><tr> <td style="padding:0in 0in 0in 0in"> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: center;" align="center"><b><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">"A great door for effective work has opened..."&nbsp;</span></b><b><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">(I Cor. 16:9)</span></b><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><o:p></o:p></span></p> </td> </tr> </tbody></table> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;display:none;mso-hide:all"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <table class="MsoNormalTable" style="width: 100%; border-collapse: collapse; background-image: initial; 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font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;"><o:p></o:p></span></p> </td> </tr> </tbody></table> </td> </tr> </tbody></table> </div> </td> </tr> </tbody></table> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;display:none;mso-hide:all"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <table class="MsoNormalTable" style="width: 100%; border-collapse: collapse; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%"> <tbody><tr> <td style="padding:0in 0in 0in 0in"> <div align="center"> <table class="MsoNormalTable" style="width:100.0%;border-collapse:collapse;mso-yfti-tbllook:1184; mso-padding-alt:0in 0in 0in 0in" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%"> <tbody><tr> <td style="padding:6.75pt 7.5pt 6.0pt 7.5pt" valign="top"> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial; color:#202020">Please pray for these endeavors, that through them a door might be opened to proclaim the mystery of Christ and the Kingdom of God, that we might serve to help people become "oaks of righteousness" who change the world in the power of the gospel. (Isaiah 61:1-4)</span><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;color:#202020"><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><span style="color: rgb(32, 32, 32); font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt; text-align: justify;">This sermon that Joel Gregory preached at the recent Baptist World Congress speaks to our condition. It has gripped our hearts and ministered strength and grace.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001MXlcR6VmCw2mqFcGAX1HPwouTuzlRzOsZ4n1MlRP87Z2f4QOm9Jf5-gdSCib4XuRyHvjUQ1oMS7VGpvr_TeLnCHqqSSlZ2T2EpEX1bkm3pCJQkLo8eyy3g--GbnpF2pDAT7B2JhttvFjAihuXfSWzUc07d2BDerLgJ1poUB6UF-5B3LQo7O6ykkFe_TDi-GMh9iWbOa-aOTGH_jxZpiJKefnKS_MtV-sGjZXT7ulmhFh9zgZv9YdLdHPuAfckndaeCu1miQvbg4=&amp;c=lhqe94BiwcdFSIpoz8cwKnxqgAMjUtFEvHjCPkPPwcQ0KVkYbI0ZQw==&amp;ch=XvyweeyWn0-Gcxo3yS0XSRpd5f4LLT2ocWceTaX_q7SCQFAraqoEzQ==" target="_blank"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial; color:blue">https://www.facebook.com/joelgregoryministries/videos/1657663357853417/?pnref=story</span></a><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;color:#202020"><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><span style="color: rgb(32, 32, 32); font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt; text-align: justify;">We pray for you, also, that a great door might be opened to you, wherever you are, to make known the mystery of Christ.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><b style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial; color:#202020">Dwight and Barbara Bolick</span></b></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><b><span style="font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial; color:#202020">International Ministries</span></b><span style="font-family: &quot;Verdana&quot;,sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family: Arial;color:#202020"><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><b><span style="font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial; color:#202020">Temuco, Chile</span></b><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;color:#202020"><o:p></o:p></span></p> </td> </tr> </tbody></table></div></td></tr></tbody></table><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 0in; text-indent: -0.25in;"><br></p><div style="text-align: center;"><font face="Verdana, sans-serif"><span style="font-size: 18.6666660308838px;"><b><br></b></span></font></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br></div><table class="MsoNormalTable" style="width: 100%; border-collapse: collapse; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%"><tbody> </tbody></table><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><span style="text-indent: -0.25in; text-align: justify; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; color: rgb(32, 32, 32);"><br></span></p> </td> </tr> </tbody></table> </div> </td> </tr> </tbody></table> </td> </tr> </tbody></table> </div> </td> </tr> </tbody></table> Wed, 12 Aug 2015 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/59456-a-great-door-has-opened https://internationalministries.org/read/59456-a-great-door-has-opened Chile Mission Trip Announcement - Come and See! <div><b><br></b></div><div><b>Chile Mission Trip</b></div><div><b>Come and See!</b></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><b>In this journal:</b></div><div><ul><li>An exciting opportunity to join a mission encounter in Chile in April 2015. Come and see!</li><li>How we spent our summer: &nbsp;home assignment begins, Green Lake events, travels</li></ul><b><div><b><br></b></div></b><b>CHILE MISSION ENCOUNTER 2015 -&nbsp;</b><span style="font-weight: bold;">April 23 - May 8, 2015</span><b><br></b></div><div><br></div><div>You are invited to be a part of a mission team of 10-15 individuals traveling to Chile to support and encourage Dwight and Barb Bolick and to partner with them in ministry.</div><div><br></div><div>We will have the opportunity:</div><div><br></div><div><ul><li>to worship with Baptists in the capital city of Santiago and to visit the summer camp they are developing to help reach urban youth with the good news of God's love.</li><li>to see examples of ongoing evangelism and ministries which grew out of the Baptist response to the 2010 earthquake in central Chile.</li><li>to experience the vitality of the Girls' Clubs created by Barb and learn of their growing impact throughout the country.</li><li>to visit the Mapuche churches where Dwight and Barb work affirming cultural identity and fostering economic development.</li><li>to witness bee keeping, weaving and yarn production, rain water collection, rural health initiatives, and a growing faithfulness to the Gospel.</li></ul></div><div>Dwight and Barb Bolick will be our missionary hosts while we are in Chile.</div><div><br></div><div>Dr. Lee Riggs, Pastor Emeritus of First Baptist Church of Greensburg, Indiana will</div><div>be the Mission Team Coordinator. &nbsp;Lee and his wife, Lynn, serve on the Bolick's</div><div>Missionary Partnership Team as the MK Advocates for their two sons, Jack and Will.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>When possible, we will be staying in the homes of local church members. &nbsp;This has</div><div>been one of the great highlights of past trips, resulting in wonderful friendships</div><div>and lasting relationships.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The cost for this 16 day mission experience is $3,250.00 per person and includes</div><div>&nbsp;round trip travel and expenses from Atlanta, Georgia.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><b>APPLICATION DEADLINE - December 15, 2014</b></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Team members must be 18 or older and must be comfortable handling their own luggage</div><div>and walking in hilly terrain.</div><div><br></div><div>Want More Information?</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>For further information or to request an Application Packet, contact Dr. Lee Riggs</div><div>&nbsp;by e-mail at &nbsp;rev.riggs@gmail.com [mailto:rev.riggs@gmail.com] or by phone at <span class="skype_c2c_print_container notranslate">843-424-7658</span><span id="skype_c2c_container" class="skype_c2c_container notranslate" dir="ltr" tabindex="-1" onmouseover="SkypeClick2Call.MenuInjectionHandler.showMenu(this, event)" onmouseout="SkypeClick2Call.MenuInjectionHandler.hideMenu(this, event)" onclick="SkypeClick2Call.MenuInjectionHandler.makeCall(this, event)" data-numbertocall="+18434247658" data-isfreecall="false" data-isrtl="false" data-ismobile="false"><span class="skype_c2c_highlighting_inactive_common" dir="ltr" skypeaction="skype_dropdown"><span class="skype_c2c_textarea_span" id="non_free_num_ui"><img class="skype_c2c_logo_img" src="resource://skype_ff_extension-at-jetpack/skype_ff_extension/data/call_skype_logo.png" height="0" width="0"><span class="skype_c2c_text_span">843-424-7658</span><span class="skype_c2c_free_text_span"></span></span></span></span>.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><b>Summer Wrap-Up</b></div><div><br></div><div>Our home assignment began July 5 when we landed in Texas, near Dwight's family. &nbsp;We stepped into a stream of activities and travels, at times restful, and often like a whirlwind. &nbsp;You have heard about the exciting gathering at Green Lake in July. Those two weeks were the occasion of three historic events.</div><div><br></div><div><ul><li>The All-Staff Gathering was a time of reunion with colleagues, a time to debrief, share experiences from the field, and learn.</li><li>The World Mission Conference celebrated the heritage of the Judsons' pioneering work in Burma and American Baptists' 200th anniversary of missions.</li><li>The third event, spread over those two weeks, was the Appreciative Inquiry process which invited missionaries, staff, international partners, and American Baptists to begin discerning the future of International Ministries. We seek to discover what gives life to IM when we are most effective, and to "lay hold of that for which Christ has laid hold of us."</li></ul></div><div>The image that comes to my mind in this is that of a great ship staying the course, keeping true north, avoiding shipwreck or running aground, and seeking to complete its purpose.</div><div><br></div><div>We witnessed at Green Lake, and in IM's history, a great mission organization that could have run aground or shipwrecked, but did not, because of the mercies of God, and the dedication of many staff, missionaries, board members and supporters who refused to despair, but kept the faith, practiced prophetic hope and imagination,and loved.</div><div><br></div><div>We are not just avoiding shipwreck, but discovering and claiming our true north, praying to discern where God is already on mission, so that we can say at the end of this process, "it seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us..."</div><div>Friends, the future is bright. New missionaries are coming to new fields, and old missionaries are finding their strength renewed to go deeper and farther into the kingdom of God.</div><div><br></div><div><b>Terra Incognita</b></div><div><br></div><div>Ancient mapmakers used to call unexplored, unknown places on a map "sleeping beauty." As if to say, uncharted places hold great promise.</div><div>We have found our convictions about the course of our work in Chile strengthened and affirmed. We are finding, in providential conversations with colleagues and friends, confirmations of the deep and persistent longings of our hearts for new and needed directions in our ministries.</div><div><br></div><div><b>Visiting Churches and Regions&nbsp;</b></div><div><br></div><div>Barb has been in our apartment a total of five days since August 7!</div><div><br></div><div>Since Dwight chose to be near his parents as much as possible, Barb has been doing the majority of visits to churches. She is speaking twenty-six times in Indiana, in twenty-one days! She has already spoken in more than seven churches in PA in August. We spoke on more than seven occasions in Colorado, in churches and a regional gathering. We will be in Colorado and Wyoming in November.</div><div><br></div><div>We appreciate these opportunities to renew ties with supporting partners and to invite new partners to help us go from 85% to 100% of our support goal.</div><div><br></div><div><b>One Great Thing We Know</b></div><div><br></div><div>The World Mission Offering, received this month, remains one of American Baptists´best ways to equip our missionaries and partners in mission to live and share the gospel of the Kingdom of God, making disciples of Jesus Christ.</div><div><br></div><div>Your gifts to the World Mission Offering empower us and our mission partners in Chile to practice the Great Commission and the Great Commandment.</div><div><br></div><div>Thank you for your longstanding support and prayers. May God bless and make you complete with every good thing for doing God´s will.</div><div data-uiid="0" data-murl="https://pipe.skype.com/Client/2.0/" data-fp="{837D4464-53C4-4FF7-BF2D-BBB7EAA7BB67}" onmouseout="SkypeClick2Call.MenuInjectionHandler.hideMenu(this, event)" onmouseover="SkypeClick2Call.MenuInjectionHandler.showMenu(this, event)" style="display: none;" id="skype_c2c_menu_container" class="skype_c2c_menu_container notranslate"><div class="skype_c2c_menu_click2call"><a target="_self" id="skype_c2c_menu_click2call_action" class="skype_c2c_menu_click2call_action">Call</a></div><div class="skype_c2c_menu_click2sms"><a target="_self" id="skype_c2c_menu_click2sms_action" class="skype_c2c_menu_click2sms_action">Send SMS</a></div><div class="skype_c2c_menu_add2skype"><a target="_self" id="skype_c2c_menu_add2skype_text" class="skype_c2c_menu_add2skype_text">Add to Skype</a></div><div class="skype_c2c_menu_toll_info"><span class="skype_c2c_menu_toll_callcredit">You'll need Skype Credit</span><span class="skype_c2c_menu_toll_free">Free via Skype</span></div></div> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/56209-chile-mission-trip-announcement-come-and-see- https://internationalministries.org/read/56209-chile-mission-trip-announcement-come-and-see- Chilean Baptist Volunteers Respond to Valparaiso Fire Disaster <p class="MsoNormal"><b><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-ansi-language:EN-US">Two disasters slammed Chile in April. <o:p></o:p></span></b></p><ul style="margin-top:0cm" type="disc"> <li class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; mso-ansi-language:EN-US">An 8.2 earthquake in northern Chile on April 1 left more than 2,500 homes destroyed.</span></li></ul><div><font face="Georgia, serif"><span style="line-height: 18.399999618530273px;"><br></span></font></div><ul style="margin-top:0cm" type="disc"> <li class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; mso-ansi-language:EN-US">Then around April 12 forest fires on the outskirts of Valparaiso invaded the city and destroyed over 2,000 homes.</span></li> </ul><div><font face="Georgia, serif"><span style="line-height: 18.399999618530273px;"><br></span></font></div><p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%; font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-ansi-language:EN-US">Our convention sent offerings to help the earthquake victims in the north. Government resources for rebuilding are being distributed relatively quickly. <o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%; font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-ansi-language:EN-US">One of our largest churches is in Antofagasta, close enough to the epicenter to send some help. Because of the great distance and the overall efficiency of the government´s response, our convention decided to focus our relief efforts on Valparaiso.­­­<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><b><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-ansi-language:EN-US">How Can We Help Valparaiso Families Rebuild?<o:p></o:p></span></b></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%; font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-ansi-language:EN-US">The devastation left by the Valparaiso fires is something within our reach. Last week we sent a team of three men to Valparaiso to assess the situation. Moises Cruces, national coordinator of the convention´s volunteers, along with Pastors Lord Merino and Hugo Fuentes, met with the mayor and asked how and where our volunteers could help the most. He said that the government can provide most of the materials for temporary shelter and reconstruction. What they will need is manpower. <o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><b><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-ansi-language:EN-US">Chilean Baptist Volunteers Go To Valparaiso to Rebuild<o:p></o:p></span></b></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%; font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-ansi-language:EN-US">The week of June 1 fifteen to twenty Baptist men will help install insulation materials in the emergency shelters (<i>mediaguas</i>). They will also do electrical installations, and distribute food kits.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><b><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-ansi-language:EN-US">See A Video Of How One Church Is Helping<o:p></o:p></span></b></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%; font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-ansi-language:EN-US">One of our churches in Santiago is already there. See this video for a glimpse of conditions in Valparaiso. </span><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family: &quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;"><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8bLN1_XdBQg" target="_blank"><span lang="EN-US" style="mso-bidi-font-family:Helvetica; color:#3B5998;background:white;mso-ansi-language:EN-US;text-decoration:none; text-underline:none">www.youtube.com/watch?v=8bLN1_XdBQg</span></a></span><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; mso-ansi-language:EN-US"><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><b><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-ansi-language:EN-US">Chilean Baptists and American Baptists Raise An Offering<o:p></o:p></span></b></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%; font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-ansi-language:EN-US">Chilean Baptist churches in our partner convention have raised nearly $3,000 and American Baptists (your One Great Hour of Sharing offerings) have donated $2,000. <o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><b><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-ansi-language:EN-US">Families in Valparaiso Are Still Vulnerable</span></b></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%; font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-ansi-language:EN-US">Valparaiso is a seaport city, declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO. Built on forty-two hills, stretched out like an amphitheater, steep streets filled with bright-colored houses, Valparaiso is something to see. <o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%; font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-ansi-language:EN-US">The homes destroyed were on the outer fringes of the city, next to forests. Many of the home sites were not registered, nor did the people hold titles to the property. The city is not willing to displace them, so even after rebuilding they will be vulnerable. ­­<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><b><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-ansi-language:EN-US">Chilean Baptists Discover Their Capacity For Mission<o:p></o:p></span></b></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%; font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-ansi-language:EN-US">After the earthquake and tsunami in 2010 that left over 40,000 homeless, our churches discovered that they can effectively meet human needs after a disaster. God raised up an Emergency Volunteer Relief Network that provided food kits, and made the emergency shelters more livable by installing windows and insulation. <o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%; font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-ansi-language:EN-US">One new mission, in Tubul, resulted from that movement. <o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%; font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-ansi-language:EN-US">It could happen again on one of Valparaiso´s forty-two hills where God´s grace is shared. <o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%; font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-ansi-language:EN-US">Is this how a mission movement gets started? <o:p></o:p></span></p><p> </p><p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%; font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-ansi-language:EN-US">I know God´s call is in this, because Valparaiso is where our volunteers´ deep&nbsp; gladness in serving in Jesus´ name will be met by some of Chile´s deepest human needs. <i>(to paraphrase F. Buechner´s definition of vocation)</i><o:p></o:p></span></p> Wed, 28 May 2014 06:19:30 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/54059-chilean-baptist-volunteers-respond-to-valparaiso-fire-disaster https://internationalministries.org/read/54059-chilean-baptist-volunteers-respond-to-valparaiso-fire-disaster Rainwater & Peacemaking - Part 2 <p></p><h2>In this issue:</h2> <ul> <li>we tell the story of the first Rainwater Collection Project installation,</li> <li>we ask for your strong prayers for a Peacemaking initiative next month and</li> <li>we preview our travels during Home Assignment to tell the story of this mission community in Chile.</li> </ul><p></p> <h2>Lots of Rain But No Water</h2> <p>Every year it´s the same problem.</p> <p>When we visit Claudia and Manuel on their small farm in Curihue, we know they are rationing water. Their water source is a spring 650 yards away, and each day it provides less water.</p> <p>Southern Chile gets more rainfall than Seattle, but every summer, when the rain stops, rural people run out of water, because the springs and wells run dry. Water is trucked in to some areas, but this is still a big problem that affects many people in our Mapuche churches. The deep wells that provide water for a cluster of households are expensive and not feasible in every place. I visited a family today who restrict their water usage to 15 gallons daily for 2-4 months each year.</p> <h2>"Chuck is in the truck!"</h2> <p>We know that rainwater harvesting systems can provide for all the water needs of these households. That's why we called on our friend Chuck Kinzler to help us. He and his wife, Nancy, are longtime workers and innovators in mission projects on the Mexican border.</p> <p>Chuck also has a complete rainwater harvesting system functioning for his house near Austin, Texas.</p> <p>What a blessing it was when Chuck arrived in Temuco, assessed the need and the materials available and said, "We can do this!" Our sons, Jack and Will, caught the excitement, and their chant of "Chuck is in the truck!" reminded us that we were on the cusp of a good thing.</p> <h2>The Plan</h2> <p>For Claudia and Manuel, we devised a simple system that will provide water for their gardens, fruit trees and animals during the nearly three months when water is scarce. The rains that fall in December and January fill the 1,320-gallon tank.</p> <p></p>The system can be replicated and expanded for greater capacity. They could use the system year-round if they wanted, diverting the water for household use through a filter or adding chlorine.<p></p> <h2>You´re the One Who Goes Before Us</h2> <p>Finding the right parts and matching tubings and fittings for the system tested our wits. It turned us to prayer.</p> <p>On the many trips to town, I kept playing this song by Fernando Ortega in the truck: “<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D7nZVtZFE0A">On This Good Day</a>.” The line, "you´re the one who goes before us, and in my heart I know, that this good day, it is a gift from you," captured our experience.</p> <p>Here are three examples of our experience of God answering our prayers of "help!"</p> <ul> <li>We finally found the water tank we needed, in the last place we expected to find it, after exhausting all the planned sources.</li> <li>The tank´s valve was the last piece we needed to install, but we ran out of pipe cement. Just then, the neighbor, who is a plumber, walked by, saw our plight and offered to lend us his tube, which contained only enough to finish the job.</li> <li>The road was too narrow and steep for our trucks with the tank. I looked up and saw this man with the ox-cart and he agreed to help.</li> </ul> <p>We are only beginning. This kind of system is unknown and untried here. Will you consider coming to Chile to help install more rainwater harvesting systems?</p> <h2>Conflict Transformation Training in June</h2> <p>Dan Buttry, IM´s Global Consultant for Peace and Justice issues, is coming next month to train a group of church leaders who live and work close to areas where there have been tensions and conflict related to indigenous justice issues. Tensions between different sectors are high, and the potential for misunderstanding the purpose of this visit is great. Therefore, I do not want to say much more about it in this forum right now.</p> <p>We are working on other conversation opportunities for Dan with other leaders. He will also speak in some other settings.</p> <ul> <li>Please pray for these workshops and conversations.</li> <li>Also pray for Dwight as he brings people together for these events.</li> </ul> <h2>Home Assignment Travels</h2> <p>We will be living in the Austin, Texas, area from August through February.</p> <p>Here is a glimpse of where we will be visiting churches.</p> <table width="400"><tbody> <tr> <td></td> <td></td> <td></td> <td></td> <td><li>July 12-26</li></td> <td>Green Lake</td> </tr> <tr> <td></td> <td></td> <td></td> <td></td> <td><li>September 1-15</li></td> <td>Pennsylvania</td> </tr> <tr> <td></td> <td></td> <td></td> <td></td> <td><li>September 20-31</li></td> <td>Colorado</td> </tr> <tr> <td></td> <td></td> <td></td> <td></td> <td><li>October 5-27</li></td> <td>Indiana</td> </tr> <tr> <td></td> <td></td> <td></td> <td></td> <td><li>November 15-31</li></td> <td>Colorado</td> </tr> </tbody></table> <p>We are convinced God can do far more than we can ask or imagine. The dreams and callings God places in our hearts are the invitation to follow Jesus who goes before us and to walk into the good work he has prepared for us.</p> <p>Your generous partnership—your prayers, financial support and friendship—makes these good things possible. Thank you!</p> Wed, 14 May 2014 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/53950-rainwater-peacemaking-part-2 https://internationalministries.org/read/53950-rainwater-peacemaking-part-2 We Like Being Together <h2><span lang="EN-US"><i>“</i></span><span style="font-family: Garamond, serif;" lang="EN-US"><i>We like being together.”</i>&nbsp;</span></h2><h2><span style="font-family: Garamond, serif; font-weight: normal;" lang="EN-US">That´s what Mario Collinao told me when I asked him why Mapuche funerals were so long and why they ate so much.&nbsp;</span></h2><h2><span style="font-family: Garamond, serif; font-weight: normal;" lang="EN-US">More than ten years ago I was at my first Mapuche <i>velorio </i>(the wake, or vigil, before the funeral). Mario and I were sitting at a table after being served a big portion of meat and potatoes, drinking coffee.&nbsp;</span></h2><h2><span style="font-family: Garamond, serif; font-weight: normal;" lang="EN-US">As we lingered, another family came into the room starting to set the table. I stood up to leave, thinking I would create space for them. Mario pulled me down and said we could not leave, that it would be considered an insult.&nbsp;</span></h2><h2><span style="font-family: Garamond, serif; font-weight: normal;" lang="EN-US">So we stayed and ate another full meal served with pride by another part of the extended family. Later I learned that they expect you to carry a bag to save for later what you could not finish.&nbsp;</span></h2><h2><span style="font-family: Garamond, serif; font-weight: normal;" lang="EN-US">The important thing was to give and receive hospitality, to be together.</span></h2><h2><span style="font-family: Garamond, serif; font-weight: normal;" lang="EN-US">Francisco Catrin, pastor of the Llongahue church, died on March 18. He was one of the early converts in the isolated Mapuche community of Curihue over 45 years ago, and one of the founders of the mother church in Curihue. Some of you have stayed with his family when you visited Chile and will remember his generous smile and hospitality.&nbsp;</span></h2><h2><span style="font-family: Garamond, serif; font-weight: normal;" lang="EN-US">He was also one of our best beekeepers, having an apiary that produced abundant honey. Every time I would pass by, or after working in his apiary, he would invite us in for a <i>matecito</i>, which usually meant a meal. He delighted in sharing a roasted goat.</span></h2><h2><span style="font-family: Garamond, serif; font-weight: normal;">One of the strongest, hardest-working men I have known, he made his living growing vegetables, selling honey, keeping animals. He and his wife, Carmela, raised four children, all grown now and leading productive lives, keeping the faith.&nbsp;</span></h2><h2><span style="font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: Garamond, serif;">Then cancer appeared out of nowhere, and in less than three months he was gone. But he told us all along that he was “</span><i style="font-family: Garamond, serif;">tranquilo</i><span style="font-family: Garamond, serif;">,” for “to live is Christ, to die is gain.”</span></span></h2><h2><span style="font-family: Garamond, serif; font-weight: normal;" lang="EN-US">His <i>velorio </i>lasted three nights, a testimony to his stature in the community. Extended family, church members, and non-Christians came and set up fires in the churchyard where they took turns cooking meat around the clock.&nbsp;</span></h2><h2><span style="font-family: Garamond, serif; font-weight: normal;" lang="EN-US">People came from near and far, stayed a few hours or all night. If you were there, a family would approach you and ask you to come to their table and eat. Somehow they keep track of who has eaten and where.­­</span></h2><h2><span style="font-family: Garamond, serif; font-weight: normal;" lang="EN-US">Morning and evening they held devotionals, with testimonies and exhortations and singing. Then on the third day they buried him. I said a few words there about our friendship.&nbsp;</span></h2><h2><span style="font-family: Garamond, serif; font-weight: normal;" lang="EN-US">I recalled a prayer that Dallas Willard and his wife prayed every day.&nbsp;</span></h2><h2><span style="font-family: Garamond, serif;" lang="EN-US"><i>“<span style="color: rgb(59, 59, 61); background-color: white;">Father, make us the kind of persons that would make other people glad that God made the world and he put us in it.”</span></i></span></h2><h2><span style="font-family: Garamond, serif; color: rgb(59, 59, 61); background-color: white; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; font-weight: normal;" lang="EN-US">Things become clearer at a time like this. We really like being together, giving thanks for our lives, and drawing strength from God and one another to practice the same virtues that we saw in a Christ-filled life.&nbsp;</span></h2><p> </p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 02:33:49 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/53523-we-like-being-together https://internationalministries.org/read/53523-we-like-being-together Thanks for a Good Year <p style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt" class="MsoNormal"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Georgia', 'serif'" lang="EN-US">Dear Friends, <!--?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /--><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt" class="MsoNormal"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Georgia', 'serif'" lang="EN-US"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt" class="MsoNormal"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Georgia', 'serif'" lang="EN-US">What a joy it is for us to come to the close of this year and look back on the many ways we have experienced the presence of Christ with us. Though there have been moments where the tasks before us have seemed impossible, we look back and see clearly that God has not left us alone, but has gone before us, clearing the way, opening doors, and bringing friends to walk along side us. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt" class="MsoNormal"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Georgia', 'serif'" lang="EN-US"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt" class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Verdana', 'sans-serif'" lang="EN-US">The Year in Review<o:p></o:p></span></b></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt" class="MsoNormal"><!--?xml:namespace prefix = v ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:vml" /--><v:shapetype id="_x0000_t75" stroked="f" filled="f" path="m@4@5l@4@11@9@11@9@5xe" o:preferrelative="t" o:spt="75" coordsize="21600,21600"><v:stroke joinstyle="miter"></v:stroke><v:formulas><v:f eqn="if lineDrawn pixelLineWidth 0"></v:f><v:f eqn="sum @0 1 0"></v:f><v:f eqn="sum 0 0 @1"></v:f><v:f eqn="prod @2 1 2"></v:f><v:f eqn="prod @3 21600 pixelWidth"></v:f><v:f eqn="prod @3 21600 pixelHeight"></v:f><v:f eqn="sum @0 0 1"></v:f><v:f eqn="prod @6 1 2"></v:f><v:f eqn="prod @7 21600 pixelWidth"></v:f><v:f eqn="sum @8 21600 0"></v:f><v:f eqn="prod @7 21600 pixelHeight"></v:f><v:f eqn="sum @10 21600 0"></v:f></v:formulas><v:path o:connecttype="rect" gradientshapeok="t" o:extrusionok="f"></v:path><o:lock aspectratio="t" v:ext="edit"></o:lock></v:shapetype><v:shape style="Z-INDEX: -251661312; POSITION: absolute; MARGIN-TOP: 29.95pt; WIDTH: 132.65pt; HEIGHT: 99.6pt; MARGIN-LEFT: 295pt" id="_x0000_s1026" type="#_x0000_t75" wrapcoords="-176 0 -176 21365 21600 21365 21600 0 -176 0"><v:imagedata o:title="P1060562" src="file:///C:\Users\Usuario\AppData\Local\Temp\msohtmlclip1\01\clip_image001.jpg"></v:imagedata><!--?xml:namespace prefix = w ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:word" /--><w:wrap type="tight"></w:wrap></v:shape><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Georgia', 'serif'" lang="EN-US">Thank you for accompanying us this year. Your generous gifts are changing lives in Chile and we want to say thank you for all that those gifts have made possible. Here is a quick glance at the highlights of 2013:<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style="TEXT-INDENT: -18pt; MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt 36pt; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1" class="MsoListParagraphCxSpFirst"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Symbol; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol" lang="EN-US"><span style="mso-list: Ignore">·<span style="FONT: 7pt 'Times New Roman'">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Georgia', 'serif'" lang="EN-US">We are so happy to report that the rural health clinic had its grand opening and will be attended by medical personnel beginning in January. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style="TEXT-INDENT: -18pt; MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt 36pt; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1" class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Symbol; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol" lang="EN-US"><span style="mso-list: Ignore">·<span style="FONT: 7pt 'Times New Roman'">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Georgia', 'serif'" lang="EN-US">The rainwater collection project has been more successful than we could have imagined and we have many more systems that must be installed before we leave for home assignment in June. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style="TEXT-INDENT: -18pt; MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt 36pt; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1" class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Symbol; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol" lang="EN-US"><span style="mso-list: Ignore">·<span style="FONT: 7pt 'Times New Roman'">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><v:shape style="Z-INDEX: -251660288; POSITION: absolute; TEXT-ALIGN: left; MARGIN-TOP: 5.2pt; WIDTH: 137.35pt; HEIGHT: 100.85pt; MARGIN-LEFT: 35.6pt; LEFT: 0px" id="_x0000_s1027" type="#_x0000_t75" wrapcoords="-97 0 -97 21467 21600 21467 21600 0 -97 0"><v:imagedata o:title="Barb with Girls" src="file:///C:\Users\Usuario\AppData\Local\Temp\msohtmlclip1\01\clip_image003.jpg"></v:imagedata><w:wrap type="tight"></w:wrap></v:shape><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Georgia', 'serif'" lang="EN-US">Our Girl’s Clubs project has continued to grow and is now working with more than 100 girls from Panguipulli to Santiago.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style="TEXT-INDENT: -18pt; MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt 36pt; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1" class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Symbol; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol" lang="EN-US"><span style="mso-list: Ignore">·<span style="FONT: 7pt 'Times New Roman'">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><v:shape style="Z-INDEX: -251659264; POSITION: absolute; TEXT-ALIGN: left; MARGIN-TOP: 25.75pt; WIDTH: 127.25pt; HEIGHT: 95.3pt; MARGIN-LEFT: 118.45pt; LEFT: 0px" id="_x0000_s1028" type="#_x0000_t75" wrapcoords="-109 0 -109 21455 21600 21455 21600 0 -109 0"><v:imagedata o:title="P1060512" src="file:///C:\Users\Usuario\AppData\Local\Temp\msohtmlclip1\01\clip_image005.jpg"></v:imagedata><w:wrap type="tight"></w:wrap></v:shape><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Georgia', 'serif'" lang="EN-US">Our weavers groups have taken another step toward self-sufficiency as they have begun producing value-added products from their yarn and negotiating for themselves the sale of their yarn to other artisan cooperatives within Chile. This project continues to grow both with new participants and increased sales.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt 36pt" class="MsoListParagraphCxSpLast"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Georgia', 'serif'" lang="EN-US"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt" class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Verdana', 'sans-serif'" lang="EN-US">Home Assignment 2014 – Texas!<o:p></o:p></span></b></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt" class="MsoNormal"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Georgia', 'serif'" lang="EN-US">It was a productive and rewarding year and we are now looking forward to 2014 which also promises to be a big year for the Bolick family. We are scheduled to come back to the U.S. for home assignment beginning in July. <br><br>We would love to see as many of you as possible­. We hope you can come to Green Lake in July for the grand celebration of International Ministries´ 200<sup>th</sup> anniversary!&nbsp;<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp;<br></span><br>If you would like for us to come and visit your church, please contact us in the coming weeks and we will begin to put together a travel schedule!<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt" class="MsoNormal"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Georgia', 'serif'" lang="EN-US"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt" class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Verdana', 'sans-serif'" lang="EN-US">The Boys<o:p></o:p></span></b></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt" class="MsoNormal"><v:shape style="Z-INDEX: -251658240; POSITION: absolute; MARGIN-TOP: 23.3pt; WIDTH: 186pt; HEIGHT: 139.85pt; MARGIN-LEFT: -0.3pt" id="_x0000_s1029" type="#_x0000_t75" wrapcoords="-79 0 -79 21495 21600 21495 21600 0 -79 0"><v:imagedata o:title="P1040567" src="file:///C:\Users\Usuario\AppData\Local\Temp\msohtmlclip1\01\clip_image007.jpg"></v:imagedata><w:wrap type="tight"></w:wrap></v:shape><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Georgia', 'serif'" lang="EN-US">Though some of you keep up with us through Facebook, we do want to update you on the boys. Jack just finished eighth grade. He is an excellent student and enjoys mountain biking, camping and competing in the National Fencing Federation of Chile. This year was his first year to compete in Santiago against adults and we were all amazed at the number of matches he won, reaching the quarter finals. How we love to watch him becoming a confident young man. He was baptized in March, too!<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt" class="MsoNormal"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Georgia', 'serif'" lang="EN-US"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt" class="MsoNormal"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Georgia', 'serif'" lang="EN-US">William is not far behind. He just finished third grade, is completely bilingual and enjoys riding his bike, art class, playing with friends and making us all laugh. He is looking forward to swimming lessons this summer and spending time camping with friends. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp;</span>We are happy that he just started participating in the fencing club with Jack. They will be practicing together this summer and look forward to competing together someday in Santiago.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt" class="MsoNormal"><v:shape style="Z-INDEX: -251657216; POSITION: absolute; MARGIN-TOP: 8.3pt; WIDTH: 170.35pt; HEIGHT: 113.3pt; MARGIN-LEFT: 296.6pt" id="_x0000_s1030" type="#_x0000_t75" wrapcoords="-108 0 -108 21438 21600 21438 21600 0 -108 0"><v:imagedata o:title="tnCAMBP0FR" src="file:///C:\Users\Usuario\AppData\Local\Temp\msohtmlclip1\01\clip_image011.jpg"></v:imagedata><w:wrap type="tight"></w:wrap></v:shape><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Georgia', 'serif'" lang="EN-US"><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt" class="MsoNormal"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Georgia', 'serif'" lang="EN-US">We thank God every day for healthy, happy children. They are by far the greatest gift we have ever received. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt" class="MsoNormal"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Georgia', 'serif'" lang="EN-US"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt" class="MsoNormal"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Georgia', 'serif'" lang="EN-US">So we will say goodbye for now. Your prayers accompany us, your gifts sustain our work and your confidence continues to inspire us. We pray God´s greatest blessings on you all during this holiday season and throughout the coming year. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt" class="MsoNormal"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Georgia', 'serif'" lang="EN-US"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt" class="MsoNormal"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Georgia', 'serif'" lang="EN-US">With much love, <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt" class="MsoNormal"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Georgia', 'serif'" lang="EN-US"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt" class="MsoNormal"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Georgia', 'serif'" lang="EN-US"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt" class="MsoNormal"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Georgia', 'serif'" lang="EN-US">Barb and Dwight<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt" class="MsoNormal"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Georgia', 'serif'" lang="EN-US"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt" class="MsoNormal"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Verdana', 'sans-serif'" lang="EN-US">P.S.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </span>Please send us an e-mail address so we can add you to our e-mail newsletter list. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt" class="MsoNormal"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Verdana', 'sans-serif'" lang="EN-US"><a href="mailto:dbbolick95@yahoo.com"><font color="#0000ff">dbbolick95@yahoo.com</font></a><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 19:00:00 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/52392-thanks-for-a-good-year https://internationalministries.org/read/52392-thanks-for-a-good-year Find Out What "Trafkintun" Means <p> </p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><span lang="EN-US" style='font-family: "Georgia","serif";'>Trafkintun</span></i></b><span lang="EN-US" style='font-family: "Georgia","serif";'> – </span><span lang="EN-US" style='font-family: "Georgia","serif"; font-size: 11pt;'>An event that brings Mapuche communities together for an interchange of products and knowledge. <o:p></o:p></span></p><p> <span lang="EN-US" style='font-family: "Georgia","serif"; font-size: 11pt;'>A modern day <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">trafkintun</i> was just what we had. Last Saturday, eighteen women from three different weaving groups and several different communities came together to learn some of the latest dyeing techniques that are in high demand in the U.S. and Chile. <o:p></o:p></span></p><p> <span lang="EN-US" style='font-family: "Georgia","serif"; font-size: 11pt;'>As, always, when we place our endeavors in God´s hands, He has more in store for us than we could have imagined. <o:p></o:p></span></p><p> <span lang="EN-US" style='font-family: "Georgia","serif"; font-size: 11pt;'>Our friend Marcia who is an art teacher and weaving -dyeing instructor, came to spend the day with the women. <o:p></o:p></span></p><p> <span lang="EN-US" style='font-family: "Georgia","serif"; font-size: 11pt;'>Marcia also has a weaving studio, where she creates high- line, one-of-a-kind knitted pieces, made to order. <o:p></o:p></span></p><p> <span lang="EN-US" style='font-family: "Georgia","serif"; font-size: 11pt;'>Marcia told our women she has searched the whole region for the best yarn she can find. She told the women, “<b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">your yarn is the best quality I have seen</i></b>.” <o:p></o:p></span></p><p> <span lang="EN-US" style='font-family: "Georgia","serif"; font-size: 11pt;'>It was so great to see the dignity and pride in the faces of our women as they sold her the first five kilos with a commitment to purchase more yarn throughout the year. <o:p></o:p></span></p><p> <span lang="EN-US" style='font-family: "Georgia","serif"; font-size: 11pt;'>Claudia and Magaly, the leaders of two other groups further south, attended so they can take these new techniques back to their communites. Claudia´s group makes hats, socks, ponchos, scarfs, sweaters, and jackets to be sold at the large craft fairs held for tourists in the summertime. She has purchased 20 kilos of yarn from the Repocura group this year and has an order for five more kilos pending.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p> <span lang="EN-US" style='font-family: "Georgia","serif"; font-size: 11pt;'>We were also visited by a young American woman who has started her own yarn export business. She says our hand-spun, export-quality merino wool is the best, softest handspun she has seen in Chile. The group is now discussing how much they can produce for her in the coming year. <o:p></o:p></span></p><p> <span lang="EN-US" style='font-family: "Georgia","serif"; font-size: 11pt;'>What a day! </span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span lang="EN-US" style='font-family: "Georgia","serif"; font-size: 11pt;'>I´m inspired and gratified that the women are finding a consistent market for their yarn. </span></p><span lang="EN-US" style='font-family: "Georgia","serif"; font-size: 11pt;'><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">&nbsp;</p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span lang="EN-US" style='font-family: "Georgia","serif"; font-size: 11pt;'>The best part is that the women managed all these negotiations themselves. I can see that they have truly become competent business people, capable of running a profitable small business. </span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span lang="EN-US" style='font-family: "Georgia","serif"; font-size: 11pt;'></span>&nbsp;</p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span lang="EN-US" style='font-family: "Georgia","serif"; font-size: 11pt;'>As they take more and more control, I am slowly moving to the background. Never with the thought of disengaging from my dear friends, but sharing and enjoying their success along with them and letting them walk on their own as I walk beside them. </span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span lang="EN-US" style='font-family: "Georgia","serif"; font-size: 11pt;'></span>&nbsp;</p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span lang="EN-US" style='font-family: "Georgia","serif"; font-size: 11pt;'>Thank you so much for walking with us as we endeavor to do this good work. We love you and thank you. </span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span lang="EN-US" style='font-family: "Georgia","serif"; font-size: 11pt;'></span>&nbsp;</p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span lang="EN-US" style='font-family: "Georgia","serif"; font-size: 11pt;'>In His name, Barb and Dwight.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><font size="3"><font color="#3300cc"><span class="MsoHyperlink"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span lang="EN-US" style='font-family: "Garamond","serif";'>You are invited to join the Missionary Partnership Network </span></b></span><span class="MsoHyperlink"><span lang="EN-US" style='font-family: "Garamond","serif";'>of individuals and churches who partner with the Bolicks.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>To receive a pledge card, receive their e-mail journals, or learn more, please contact the Coordinator, Betty Helpa at betty.helpa@gmail.com </span></span><span lang="EN-US" style='font-family: "Georgia","serif";'><o:p></o:p></span></font></font></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman"> <o:p></o:p></font></font></p></span><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">&nbsp;</p><p> </p> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 15:27:44 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/51388-find-out-what-trafkintun-means https://internationalministries.org/read/51388-find-out-what-trafkintun-means Rainwater and Peacemaking: Two Prayer Requests <p> </p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="line-height: 115%; font-family: &quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12pt;" lang="EN-US">Rainwater and Peacemaking<o:p></o:p></span></b></p><p> </p><div style="mso-element: dropcap-dropped; mso-element-wrap: around; mso-element-anchor-vertical: paragraph; mso-element-anchor-horizontal: column; mso-height-rule: exactly; mso-element-linespan: 2;"> <table align="left" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" hspace="0" vspace="0"> <tbody><tr> <td style="padding: 0cm; border: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent;" align="left" valign="top"> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; line-height: 28.7pt; vertical-align: baseline; page-break-after: avoid; mso-element: dropcap-dropped; mso-element-wrap: around; mso-element-anchor-vertical: paragraph; mso-element-anchor-horizontal: column; mso-height-rule: exactly; mso-element-linespan: 2; mso-line-height-rule: exactly;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; font-size: 33pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-text-raise: -1.5pt;" lang="EN-US">H<o:p></o:p></span></p> </td> </tr> </tbody></table> </div><p> </p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;" lang="EN-US">ow´s that for a combination? These words describe the horizons before us, the future God is drawing us into. On this page we commit ourselves in faith to the vision and promises of the gospel that have gripped us : seeing people become “oaks of righteousness,” changing their world, seeking Shalom.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p> </p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="line-height: 115%; font-family: &quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12pt;" lang="EN-US">Rainwater Collection System<o:p></o:p></span></b></p><p> </p><div style="mso-element: dropcap-dropped; mso-element-wrap: around; mso-element-anchor-vertical: paragraph; mso-element-anchor-horizontal: column; mso-height-rule: exactly; mso-element-linespan: 2;"> <table align="left" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" hspace="0" vspace="0"> <tbody><tr> <td style="padding: 0cm; border: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent;" align="left" valign="top"> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; line-height: 28.7pt; vertical-align: baseline; page-break-after: avoid; mso-element: dropcap-dropped; mso-element-wrap: around; mso-element-anchor-vertical: paragraph; mso-element-anchor-horizontal: column; mso-height-rule: exactly; mso-element-linespan: 2; mso-line-height-rule: exactly;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; font-size: 32.5pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-text-raise: -1.5pt;" lang="EN-US">A<o:p></o:p></span></b></p> </td> </tr> </tbody></table> </div><p> </p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;" lang="EN-US">lthough southern Chile´s annual rainfall is comparable to Seattle´s, one difference is that it doesn´t rain in the summer. Therefore the majority of rural Mapuche households, who depend on springs or wells for their water use, have to bring in water because their springs and wells dry up for up to four months in the summer.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p> </p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;" lang="EN-US">We have listened to our friends’ stories of summer water needs for years. Somehow they always seemed to get by. However, in all of rural Chile the water problem is now becoming acute. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>From January to April, their springs and wells stop flowing, and they have to bring in water, for their households, and for their animals.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p> </p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;" lang="EN-US">This week and next, our friend from Austin TX, Chuck Kinzler,&nbsp;is here&nbsp;to help us design and install two rainwater collection systems&nbsp;at two sites&nbsp;in Curihue. Chuck will help Dwight and other friends in Curihue set up two system in the next two weeks. They will demonstrate how rainwater collected and stored&nbsp;during the rainy months can be stored safely and used during the dry months to water gardens and animals, and provide potable water. They will be replicable systems that can be installed on a massive scale, privately, or applying for government grants.</span></p><p> </p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="line-height: 115%; font-family: &quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12pt;" lang="EN-US">Part of a Bigger Project<o:p></o:p></span></b></p><p> </p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;" lang="EN-US">The building site for the rainwater project is a rural medical clinic. We helped organize a rural health committee and renovated the building, and the municipality agreed to return weekly medical services to this area which covers 300 households. This partnership now gives us access to the whole site where we can create a community development training center, a little farther along the horizon.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p> </p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;" lang="EN-US">On November 23 we will inaugurate the clinic by bringing a group of twenty medical professionals from a church in Concepción ­to provide services for a day. This partnership between church, community, municipality, and missionaries strengthens and equips the church to “seek the Shalom” of their home. (Jer. 29:7)<o:p></o:p></span></p><p> </p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="line-height: 115%; font-family: &quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12pt;" lang="EN-US">Peacemaking and the Mapuche Situation<o:p></o:p></span></b></p><p> </p><div style="mso-element: dropcap-dropped; mso-element-wrap: around; mso-element-anchor-vertical: paragraph; mso-element-anchor-horizontal: column; mso-height-rule: exactly; mso-element-linespan: 2;"> <table align="left" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" hspace="0" vspace="0"> <tbody><tr> <td style="padding: 0cm; border: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent;" align="left" valign="top"> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; line-height: 28.7pt; vertical-align: baseline; page-break-after: avoid; mso-element: dropcap-dropped; mso-element-wrap: around; mso-element-anchor-vertical: paragraph; mso-element-anchor-horizontal: column; mso-height-rule: exactly; mso-element-linespan: 2; mso-line-height-rule: exactly;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; font-size: 33pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-text-raise: -1.5pt;" lang="EN-US">T<o:p></o:p></span></b></p> </td> </tr> </tbody></table> </div><p> </p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;" lang="EN-US">he Mapuche, like indigenous people everywhere, lost their land when European settlers claimed territory and established a modern state. The Mapuche people still seek justice for their losses, principally in the form of returned lands. Some sectors pursue their claims through violent actions. <o:p></o:p></span></p><p> </p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;" lang="EN-US">For many years we have felt the Spirit nudging us to offer the service of the Gospel of peace to this situation, with due humility and bold hope. Therefore we invited Dan Buttry, IM´s global consultant for peace and justice, to come and train church and community leaders in conflict resolution. He accepted and now we must begin inviting and gathering people who may not even be thinking about it. <o:p></o:p></span></p><p> </p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;" lang="EN-US">We believe God can do far more than we can ask or imagine. And we are convinced that the dreams and callings God places in our hearts are invitations to take the first steps towards that good work he has prepared for us to do. <o:p></o:p></span></p><p> </p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;" lang="EN-US">Please pray for us and this initiative as it takes shape over the next seven months.<o:p></o:p></span></b></p><p> </p> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 19:00:00 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/51309-rainwater-and-peacemaking-two-prayer-requests https://internationalministries.org/read/51309-rainwater-and-peacemaking-two-prayer-requests Two Steps Forward <!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings> </xml><![endif]--> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;">Barb´s whole world just got bigger. <span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span>She doesn´t know if she´s ready for it, or exactly how it will change her, but God seems to be leading her into new territory. </span><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;"></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal"><b><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;">First</span></b><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;">,<b> a church-sponsored school in one of Temuco´s designated “most vulnerable” communities</b> - Los Trigales – <b>adopted the Girls´ Club program</b> as a pilot project in 2012. <span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span>The test scores for the children in the program soared and the school received a special commendation from Chile´s Department of Education. </span><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;"></span></p><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;"></span> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal"><b><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;">This year the school invited Barb to oversee the implementation of the program for the entire school. <span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span>Then they asked her to work with one special Girls´ Club group of fourth grade girls, also.</span></b><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;"></span></p><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;"></span> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;">The other day her group talked about <b>the virtue of courage</b> and how it can change our lives.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Claudia, Barb´s helper, brought up the example of how one of the girls in the group received an offer of money to prostitute herself as she left school the day before. <span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span>Everyone noted the courage it took for her to say, “No.” </span><span style="font-size:12.0pt; font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;"></span></p><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;"></span> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;">Barb thought to herself, <i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal">“These girls are in fourth grade! I have no idea what I´ve gotten myself into.”</i><span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Even so, she goes in with the confidence that the One who “loves all the children of the world” asked her to come here. </span><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;"></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;">Los Trigales is a hard, hard place to grow up in. <span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span>And so are the other places where 9 Girls´Clubs are now functioning in other parts of Chile. <span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span>Girls, and boys, too, face this kind of environment every week. </span><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;"></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal"><b><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;">The purpose of the Girls´Clubs</span></b><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;"> is to be the presence of Christ, </span><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial">giving girls in vulnerable situations a spiritual foundation and support network that will give them those <b>strengths of heart and character</b> they need to become teens and young adults making wise choices as mature disciples of Jesus. </span><span style="font-size:12.0pt; font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;"></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial">The girls have a mentor whose weekly Bible studies and activities focus on (1) spiritual formation based on the classical virtues, (2) service projects, (3) creativity, and (4) friendship.</span><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;"></span></p> <br><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><u><span style="font-size:12.0pt; font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;">Girls´ Clubs Go To Santiago</span></u></b><u><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family: &quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;"></span></u></p> <div style="mso-element:dropcap-in-margin;mso-element-wrap:around;mso-element-anchor-vertical: paragraph;mso-element-anchor-horizontal:column;mso-height-rule:exactly; mso-element-linespan:3"> <table align="left" hspace="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" vspace="0"> <tbody><tr> <td style="padding-top:0in;padding-right:0in; padding-bottom:0in;padding-left:0in" align="left" valign="top"> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal;page-break-after:avoid;vertical-align:baseline;mso-element:dropcap-in-margin; mso-element-wrap:around;mso-element-anchor-vertical:paragraph;mso-element-anchor-horizontal: column;mso-height-rule:exactly;mso-element-linespan:3"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;">On another front, Barb had a great adventure a few weeks ago when three women from our Girls´ Clubs in Temuco accompanied her to Santiago to train three churches interested in starting Girl´s Club ministries. That same weekend the churches made formal commitments to start five new clubs, to work together in community to support each other, and to work in the national Girls' Club program, </span><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal">Talita Cumi. <br></i></b></span></p><br> </td></tr></tbody></table></div><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;">Barb will be meeting with the leaders twice a month via SKYPE and they will be using the Girl´s Club materials we provide for them. </span><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;"></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal"><b><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;">Please pray for us! The Girl´s Club program is set to double in size this year.</span></b><span style="font-size: 12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;"><span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>The mentors and the pastors are committed to seeing this project grow. Please pray for us that we will be worthy of this good work. (Eph. 2:10)</span><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;"></span></p><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;"> </span><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;"></span> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal"><b><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial">Will you help support one Girls´Club this year?</span></b><span style="font-size:12.0pt; font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family:Arial"> <span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span>Your donation can provide art supplies, snacks, training materials and two all-day field trips for the girls throughout the year in one of these clubs. <span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span>Click on this link for more information: <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/projects/2"><span style="color:blue">http://www.internationalministries.org/projects/2</span></a></span><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;"></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial"><br style="mso-special-character:line-break"> </span><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;"></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><u><span style="font-size:12.0pt; font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;">How an Earthquake Started a Mission Movement</span></u></b><u><span style="font-size: 12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;"></span></u></p> <div style="mso-element:dropcap-in-margin;mso-element-wrap:around;mso-element-anchor-vertical: paragraph;mso-element-anchor-horizontal:column;mso-height-rule:exactly; mso-element-linespan:3"> <table align="left" hspace="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" vspace="0"> <tbody><tr> <td style="padding-top:0in;padding-right:0in; padding-bottom:0in;padding-left:0in" align="left" valign="top"> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal;page-break-after:avoid;vertical-align:baseline;mso-element:dropcap-in-margin; mso-element-wrap:around;mso-element-anchor-vertical:paragraph;mso-element-anchor-horizontal: column;mso-height-rule:exactly;mso-element-linespan:3"><b><i><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;">This is why we are here: to encourage and equip our mission partners in Chile to find strength and joy in being outward-oriented, being the presence of Christ to their communities.</span></i></b></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal;page-break-after:avoid;vertical-align:baseline;mso-element:dropcap-in-margin; mso-element-wrap:around;mso-element-anchor-vertical:paragraph;mso-element-anchor-horizontal: column;mso-height-rule:exactly;mso-element-linespan:3"><b><i><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;"></span></i></b><b><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;"> </span></b><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;"></span></p> </td> </tr> </tbody></table> </div> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;">As our colleague in Bolivia, Mario Morales, puts it, the call is <i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal">to help people move from being merely objects of mission, to becoming subjects of mission.</i></span><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;"></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;">The birth of an Emergency Relief and Volunteer Network here came out of the earthquake relief work we began in 2010. </span><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;"></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;">Our purpose then was not only to meet immediate human needs, but to stimulate the local church, and the convention, to be able to respond to future disasters and human need with their own resources.</span><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;"></span></p><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;"></span> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;">Along with Pastor Lord Merino and lay leader, Moises Cruces, we <b>“sounded the call,”</b> inviting workers from the churches to come and serve one weekend in the villages, making the emergency shelters livable. <span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span>The Spirit called out the gifts, and the joy, of men who have always wanted to serve.</span><span style="font-size:12.0pt; font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;"></span></p><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;"> </span><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;"></span> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;">This year our mission partners endorsed the organization of the Network as a department. <span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span>The challenge now is how to establish the Network´s identity and purpose without losing its spontaneous nature. <span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span>We are watering this seedling, helping it grow into a long-term capacity for doing good in Jesus´ name.</span><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;"></span></p><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;"> </span><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;"></span> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;">In the last newsletter we told about the Network´s work in Tubul, a community recovering from the tsunami of 2010. </span><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;"></span></p><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;"> </span><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;"></span> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;">Erwin Leal leads the church in Pilinhue, a Mapuche community. <span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span>When he discovered that a woman who joined the church lived in precarious housing, he asked the Network to help. <span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span>In two days a team of twelve men built her family a new small house.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span></span><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;"></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;">Typical of the Network´s love of service, these were two days of fellowship, laughter, even practical jokes, bringing dignity, increasing capacity, realizing what churches can do together. </span><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;"></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;">The Network faces challenges- raising money, recruiting supporters and partners, creating procedures, and even winning over some skeptics. <span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span>This just means we must keep sharing the dream of participating in God´s mission. </span><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;"></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;">We don´t know what the Network will become. <span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span>The Doxology says it all. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt; font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;">Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly <b>far more than all we can ask or imagine, </b>to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen." Ephesians 3:20 </span></i></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;"></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal"><b><u><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:Verdana">One of the Best Things We Know</span></u></b><u><span style="font-size:12.0pt; font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;"></span></u></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;">The <b>World Mission Offering, </b>received this month, remains one of American Baptists´ best ways to equip our missionaries and partners in mission to live and share the gospel of the Kingdom of God, making disciples of Jesus Christ. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;">Your gifts to the <b>World Mission Offering </b>empower us and our mission partners in Chile to practice the Great Commission and the Great Commandment. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto; line-height:normal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-fareast-language:AR-SA">Thank you for your longstanding support and prayers. May God bless and equip you with every good thing for doing his will.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto; line-height:normal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-fareast-language:AR-SA"><br></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto; line-height:normal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><u><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-fareast-language:AR-SA">Two Updates:</span></u></b><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><u><span style="font-size:12.0pt; font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;"></span></u></b></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto; line-height:normal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-fareast-language:AR-SA">Rainwater Collection Project</span><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;"></span></p> <ol start="1" type="1"><li class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto; line-height:normal;mso-list:l1 level1 lfo1;tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;">The medical clinic, which is the site of the rainwater demonstration, is finally approved to re-open, and we will hold an inaugural Medical Mission, with the FBC from Concepcion, Chile, in November.</span></li><li class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto; line-height:normal;mso-list:l1 level1 lfo1;tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;">God is bringing alongside us people to help. <span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span>A friend from Texas with experience in rainwater collection systems, is coming to help us install it. <span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span>Plus, recently we met another missionary here who is working on a similar project, so we can collaborate.</span></li></ol> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto; line-height:normal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;">Beekeeping Intensive Classes</span></p> <ol start="1" type="1"><li class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto; line-height:normal;mso-list:l0 level1 lfo2;tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;">We have four women for the first time in our Novice class. 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Name="TOC Heading"/> </w:LatentStyles> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 10]> <style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin-top:0in; mso-para-margin-right:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:10.0pt; mso-para-margin-left:0in; line-height:115%; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif";} </style> <![endif]--> Mon, 07 Oct 2013 09:39:09 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/50651-two-steps-forward https://internationalministries.org/read/50651-two-steps-forward Just When I Need Him <h1> <span lang="EN-US">Barbara<!--?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /--><o:p></o:p></span></h1><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings> </xml><![endif]--> <p 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Our wool supplier in Patagonia had kept us waiting three months for wool already paid for. Meanwhile we have an AB Women’s Ministries group in Colorado waiting to receive the wool and sell it for us at a special event. I felt like I was pushing a cart uphill! </span></b></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto; line-height:normal;mso-outline-level:3"><b><span style="font-size:12.0pt; font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;">On the way to a meeting with the women spinners, I was telling God I was sick and tired of all of this and I just wanted to quit...everything. </span></b></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto; line-height:normal;mso-outline-level:3"><b><span style="font-size:12.0pt; font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;">Then I get into the meeting room and all of the women had come early and they had filled a table with cake, sopaipillas, mate, and eggs. They made a speech about how happy they were with the new wool from Patagonia, the project, and that without me they would all be sitting at home depressed and wondering what to do, and they just wanted to say “Thank you.” </span></b></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto; line-height:normal;mso-outline-level:3"><b><span style="font-size:12.0pt; font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;">Then they handed me a beautiful gift, wrapped, with a card. They had planned and put effort into the whole thing. 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Birthdays and holidays always mean a month of cards with prayers and kindness coming our way. Then there are the occasional cards just saying, “We are praying for you.” </span></h3> <h3><span style="font-size:12.0pt">These cards often come at just the moment we need to be reminded that we are carried and sustained by prayer, in ways and by people we may never fully know in this life. </span></h3> <h3><span style="font-size:12.0pt">These movements of God´s grace invite us&nbsp;to do the same for people who may never meet us or know us, but who also need some of that same bounty that we have freely received.</span></h3><h3><span style="font-size:12.0pt">Wherever you are, whoever you are, "fare forward," because someone is praying for you, and Jesus is walking beside you. </span></h3><br><h1 align="center"><span lang="EN-US"><em>Here´s a Way to Double Your Investment in Missions</em></span></h1><h1><span lang="EN-US">Your First-Time Donation Will Be Matched</span></h1><h2><span lang="EN-US">Until June 30, first-time donors to our ongoing support have an opportunity to double their gift of $50 and above. If you share $50, the Luther Rice Society will give another $50. They will match ANY amount over $50 given by first-time donors. </span></h2><h2> ANY AMOUNT OVER YOUR LAST OR REGULAR GIFT WILL BE MATCHED</h2><h2><span lang="EN-US">Existing donors</span><span lang="EN-US"> will have any amount OVER their usual gift doubled, also.</span></h2><p> </p><h2 style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;" class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">All you must do is indicate clearly on the memo line of your check, or online at <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/drives/10-2013-matching-gift-opportunity2">http://www.internationalministries.org/drives/10-2013-matching-gift-opportunity2</a> </span></h2><h2> </h2><h2 style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;" class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">YOU are making a difference in people´s lives by your generosity in “this grace.” (2 Cor. 8:6)<o:p></o:p></span></h2><h2> </h2><h2 style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;" class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">Thank you for your generous partnership! </span></h2><h2><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> 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class="MsoHyperlink"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%; color:windowtext">You are invited to join the Missionary Partnership Network of individuals and churches who partner with the Bolicks.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>To receive a pledge card, receive their e-mail journals, or learn more, please contact the Coordinator, Betty Helpa at betty.helpa@gmail.com </span></span><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;color:windowtext"></span> <span class="MsoHyperlink"><span style="font-family: &quot;Garamond&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; font-size: 10pt;" lang="EN-US"></span></span><span style="font-size: 10pt;" lang="EN-US"><o:p></o:p></span></h2><p> </p> Wed, 29 May 2013 03:38:21 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/48657-just-when-i-need-him https://internationalministries.org/read/48657-just-when-i-need-him Something Sweeter Than Honey <p> </p><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 3.2pt; line-height: normal;" class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: ES-MX;" lang="EN-US">Lives Changed by Bees<!--?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /--><o:p></o:p></span></b></p><p> <span style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: ES-MX;" lang="EN-US">This year we trained seven men in beekeeping. We equipped some as novices, and helped others to increase the size and productivity of their apiaries. </span><i><span style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: ES-MX;" lang="EN-US">(Spring begins in September, and Fall begins in March in Chile)</span></i><span style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: ES-MX;" lang="EN-US"><o:p></o:p></span></p><p> <span style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: ES-MX;" lang="EN-US">We could do this because <b>American Baptist Women </b>provide direct mission support for the beekeeping project through their <b><i>White Cross</i></b> gifts, <b>and</b> because so many of <b>you</b> participate in our ministries through your ongoing support and your prayers.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p> <b><span style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); line-height: 115%; font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 14pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: ES-MX; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt;" lang="EN-US">Here are the stories of three men whose lives are changing</span></b><b><span style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); line-height: 115%; font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: ES-MX;" lang="EN-US"> </span></b><span style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); line-height: 115%; font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: ES-MX;" lang="EN-US">because of your partnership with this mission community in Chile.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p> <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); line-height: 115%; font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: ES-MX;" lang="EN-US">Erwin<o:p></o:p></span></b></p><p> <span style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: ES-MX;" lang="EN-US">Erwin is a dynamic leader in Pilinhue, a Mapuche community. He started beekeeping with us two seasons ago. Erwin is married, with two young daughters, works as a caretaker for properties in the area, and helps his father on their small farm.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p> <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: ES-MX;" lang="EN-US">Pastor Francisco<o:p></o:p></span></b></p><p> <span style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: ES-MX;" lang="EN-US">Francisco is the pastor of the neighboring church in Llongahue. Now a grandfather, he has lived in the area all his life, selling vegetables from his gardens, raising goats and sheep, and growing wheat and potatoes. He is also in his second year as a beekeeper.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p> <b><i><span style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: &quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: ES-MX;" lang="EN-US">"A swarm in May is worth a load of hay,"</span></i></b><span style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: &quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: ES-MX;" lang="EN-US"> <o:p></o:p></span></p><p> <span style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: ES-MX;" lang="EN-US">Erwin´s and Francisco´s apiaries have more than doubled in size, due to making divisions or catching swarms. Now that we are in the second stage of the harvest, they both marvel at the bounty of honey.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p> <span style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: ES-MX;" lang="EN-US">That honey will provide them with 2-4 months income. It should be more, since we will harvest again at the end of March.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p> <span style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: ES-MX;" lang="EN-US">In a world where cash is short and jobs are scarce, beekeeping is a sustainable rural enterprise, offering still more opportunities for value-added products.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p> <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: ES-MX;" lang="EN-US">Pastor Tomás<o:p></o:p></span></b></p><p> <span style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: ES-MX;" lang="EN-US">Tomás is a pastor in Lanco, a small town. He has had to carry the treasure of his pastoral vocation in the "clay jar" of economic distress for so long. Beekeeping offers him a way to generate income, and now he is <b>the best example of bi-vocational</b> I have ever seen, a <b>pastor-beekeeper</b>.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p> <span style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: ES-MX;" lang="EN-US">He started with three beehives five years ago, and now has over thirty. Tomás went beyond the basics we offered in the first year, studying continuously, and he is now sought after for his knowledge. He accompanies me making the rounds in the apiaries, providing training and support for the novice beekeepers.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p> <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: ES-MX;" lang="EN-US">What is Pastoral Apiculture?<o:p></o:p></span></b></p><p> <span style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: ES-MX;" lang="EN-US">Beekeepers learn good life-skills as they study bees and care for them, by planning, projecting costs, income, even losses, into the future.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p> <span style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: ES-MX;" lang="EN-US">Our work in the apiaries always ends with times of fellowship, breaking bread together over <i>mate</i> or <i>chicha</i> (homemade apple cider), with good conversation and prayer about our lives. <o:p></o:p></span></p><p> <span style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: ES-MX;" lang="EN-US">Thinking of this as "pastoral apiculture" changes everything. There is something "<b><i>sweeter also than the honeycomb,</i></b>" which is the kingdom of God, Shalom.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p> <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: ES-MX;" lang="EN-US">What´s the Difference Between a “Bee-Haver” and a Bee-Keeper?<o:p></o:p></span></b></p><p> <span style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: ES-MX;" lang="EN-US">Not everyone who tries beekeeping sticks with it. It is not easy and it isn´t for everyone, but for those who come to love bees and don ´t mind getting stung now and then, it can change their lives. <o:p></o:p></span></p><p> <span style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: ES-MX;" lang="EN-US">We often joke about the difference between <i>"bee-havers"</i> and bee-keepers, </span><i><span style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: ES-MX;" lang="EN-US">abejeros y apicultores</span></i><span style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: ES-MX;" lang="EN-US">. True bee-keepers learn to care about what is good for the earth, the bees, and their neighbors.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p> <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: ES-MX;" lang="EN-US">How Your Gifts Keep Giving<o:p></o:p></span></b></p><p> <span style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: ES-MX;" lang="EN-US">The most gratifying thing for Dwight is that Erwin, Francisco, and Tomás take the initiative to pay back some of the costs of the beehives and equipment, enjoying the dignity of ownership.</span><span style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: ES-MX;" lang="EN-US"><o:p></o:p></span></p><p> <span style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: ES-MX;" lang="EN-US">They either donate honey to be sold or create new beehives by dividing an existing one to make two. We can help new beekeepers with these resources. The <b><i>White Cross</i></b> funds keep on giving in this way.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p> <b><span style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: ES-MX;" lang="EN-US">Write the Vision Down, and Run With It</span></b><span style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: ES-MX;" lang="EN-US"><o:p></o:p></span></p><p> <span style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: ES-MX;" lang="EN-US">The vision of our ministries is to help people discover their vocation as productive stewards of God´s creation.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p> <b><span style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: ES-MX;" lang="EN-US">Thank you</span></b><span style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: ES-MX;" lang="EN-US"> for being such generous and helpful partners in God´s mission in Chile, through your support of White Cross and your ongoing support of our ministries.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p> <span style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: ES-MX;" lang="EN-US">May the Lord bless and <i>keep</i> you,<o:p></o:p></span></p><p> <span style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: ES-MX; mso-ansi-language: ES-MX;">Dwight and Barb Bolick<o:p></o:p></span></p><p> <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: ES-MX;" lang="EN-US">Will You Partner With Us?<o:p></o:p></span></b></p><p> <span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: ES-MX;" lang="EN-US">This year our goal is to raise 100% of our ongoing support. Our challenge is to increase our support by <span style="mso-bidi-font-weight: bold;">$1,000 a month</span>. We invite you to join us if you are not already a partner.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p> <i><span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10pt; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: ES-MX;" lang="EN-US">If we could find thirty more monthly supporters, we could reach the goal!</span></i><span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: ES-MX;" lang="EN-US"><o:p></o:p></span></p><p> <i><span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10pt; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: ES-MX;" lang="EN-US">Could you forward this newsletter to someone you know who would probably like to be part of this mission community?</span></i><span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: ES-MX;" lang="EN-US"><o:p></o:p></span></p><p> <span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: ES-MX;" lang="EN-US">So many good things that God is doing in people´s lives encourage and delight us, such as a re-opened rural clinic, growth of the Girls´Clubs, Berea Institute and the Mapudungun classes.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p> <span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: ES-MX;" lang="EN-US">This ministry and our lives belong to God. Your prayers, friendship, and interest are ways that grace also comes to us. <o:p></o:p></span></p><p> <span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: ES-MX;" lang="EN-US">This website will tell you how to contribute.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p> <span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: ES-MX; mso-ansi-language: ES-MX;"><a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001Pb40A6rpFNEeQD6FL7iW1-JbHnCuqEr2uwX7Ql3X6H5W_7KxOgHZQIEXsTCBqjBDIpdOtqKAp1VIadQBQUwhSNDZ-qv2tnKn3qpiLlykur0K-IgXmf7cPla7RQtbEdFnY77pfRobAnisvnwAa42VRQ==" target="_blank"><span style="color: blue; mso-ansi-language: EN-US;" lang="EN-US">http://www.internationalministries.org/teams/49-bolick</span></a></span><span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: ES-MX;"> <span lang="EN-US"><o:p></o:p></span></span></p><p> <span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: ES-MX;" lang="EN-US">Or, you may write to this address, and designate your gift to Ongoing Support: Barbara and Dwight Bolick<o:p></o:p></span></p><p> <span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: ES-MX;" lang="EN-US">International Ministries</span></p><p><span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: ES-MX;" lang="EN-US"></span><span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: ES-MX;" lang="EN-US">P.O. Box 851<br> Valley Forge, PA 19482<o:p></o:p></span></p><p> <span style="color: black; line-height: 115%; font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: ES-MX; mso-ansi-language: ES-MX;">Thank you!<o:p></o:p></span></p><p> <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: ES-MX; mso-ansi-language: ES-MX;">What´s Next in Beekeeping<o:p></o:p></span></b></p><p> </p><ol start="1" type="1"> <li style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt; color: black; line-height: normal; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list 36.0pt;" class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: ES-MX;" lang="EN-US">Winter classes from May-July<o:p></o:p></span></li> <li style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt; color: black; line-height: normal; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list 36.0pt;" class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: ES-MX;" lang="EN-US">Research and build more top-bar beehives. (see the last photo on left, below) <o:p></o:p></span></li> </ol><p> <span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: ES-MX; mso-ansi-language: ES-MX;">Advantages:<o:p></o:p></span></p><p> </p><ul type="disc"> <li style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt; color: black; line-height: normal; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-list: l1 level1 lfo2; tab-stops: list 36.0pt;" class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: ES-MX; mso-ansi-language: ES-MX;">Less costly inputs<o:p></o:p></span></li> <li style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt; color: black; line-height: normal; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-list: l1 level1 lfo2; tab-stops: list 36.0pt;" class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: 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QFormat="true" Name="TOC Heading"/> </w:LatentStyles> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 10]> <style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin-top:0in; mso-para-margin-right:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:10.0pt; mso-para-margin-left:0in; line-height:115%; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif";} </style> <![endif]--> </p><p class="MsoNoSpacing">March 8<sup>th</sup> is International Women’s Day.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>We invited your women missionaries to answer this question: <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><u>How have women leaders impacted you?</u><span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span></b>Their answers are printed below and they will also appear on International Ministries Facebook wall throughout the day.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing">Some of the missionaries have taken this question to their own Facebook wall.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Jill Lowery is living in the United States right now, and wrote that she is missing the observance of International Women's Day back in Congo.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Kihomi Nzunga reported last year about parades in the streets in Haiti.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Mayra Giovanetti in Nicaragua has written a journal in tribute to International Women’s Day.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>(<a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/read/47187-women-gaining-momentum-mujeres-ganando-impulso-">Click here</a> to read it.)<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>And Mylinda Baits shared <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dnq2QeCvwpw&amp;feature=shar">this link to a song called "One Woman"</a> from the United Nations that is a shining example of the global community working together.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing">Originally called International <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">Working </b>Women’s Day, this annual event has a different focus depending on the country and culture.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>In some places it is a general celebration of respect, appreciation and love towards women, while elsewhere it lifts up women’s economic, political and social achievements, and examines the struggles of women worldwide.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>The day has lost its political flavor in some regions and has become an occasion for expressing love, similar to Mother’s Day and Valentine’s Day.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><u>How have women leaders impacted you?</u></b></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing"><br><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin">I'm so thankful for the many women leaders that God put in my life, starting with my own mother.&nbsp; I could name several more of them, but wouldn't want to forget anyone.&nbsp; What they all have in common is their passion for the Lord and faithfulness to serve Him, even in the most difficult circumstances.&nbsp; Their example encourages me to try to do the same.&nbsp; </span></p><p class="MsoNoSpacing"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-latin"> <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal">Jill Lowery, missionary in the Democratic Republic of Congo</i></b></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin"><br></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin">Women leaders have impacted my life by showing me that I am not limited by my gender but rather I have been gifted with unique abilities to show God's grace and love. &nbsp;Others have also shown me that I can do anything I set my mind to!</span></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin">Kristy Engel, missionary in the Caribbean and Iberoamerica</span></i></b></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri;mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-hansi-font-family: Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin"><br></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri;mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-hansi-font-family: Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin">My seminary professor Carol Schreck invited me to do a first person narrative of the bent-over woman in Luke 13 as part of a worship service celebrating women in ministry.&nbsp; The physical act of portraying a bent-over woman, and then being set free to stand up in Jesus liberated my soul that evening.&nbsp; It marked the beginning of letting go of all the "bent-over" places in my life. It is a story I go back to over and over when I feel overwhelmed by physical &amp; emotional wounds, as well as by legalistic restrictions imposed on me by the Pharisees in my life.&nbsp; Later, I asked Carol why she chose me to enact that woman's story.&nbsp; "Lots of reasons," she responded, "But mostly because you needed to be set free."</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri;mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-hansi-font-family: Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin"> </span><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin">Joyce Anderson Reed, missionary in Mexico</span></i></b></i></b></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin"><br></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin">Dot Yoder was my favorite teacher. &nbsp;I took elementary school art classes from her at the Agnes Irwin School. &nbsp;She instilled in me a love for creating art that continues to this day.&nbsp;One day in early elementary school, I painted "The Parting of the Red Sea". &nbsp;It consisted of a field of red paint on the left third of the page, another field of red paint on the right third of the page and the blank, white paper in the middle. &nbsp;Mrs. Yoder laughed and laughed and said it was, "just perfect!".&nbsp;&nbsp;Come to find out later that Mrs. Yoder was a committed Christian believer and sang in the church choir. &nbsp;Memories of her warm, tender smile and encouraging spirit hover over my shoulder even now when I paint and when I teach art classes for our girls at the New Life Center. &nbsp; Mrs. Yoder passed away in 2005, and I never told her how much I loved and appreciated her. &nbsp;So here's to Mrs. Yoder. &nbsp;You made a difference in my life!</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri;mso-ascii-theme-font: minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-hansi-font-family: Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin">Kit Ripley, missionary in Thailand</span></i></b></i></b></span></span></i></b></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin"><br></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin">Manay Ruth Corvera once told me “everything you put on the table should have beauty - this is a good life rule as well!” &nbsp;Manay Ruth dedicated her life to releasing the hidden potential in others, to helping people help themselves. <span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;She adopted our young family in the Philippines and cared for us as friends and colleagues, even becoming an honorary grandmother to Elena and Asa, our children. &nbsp;She is a strong, fierce, loving, woman of God.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Today Manay Ruth is now retired.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>She was the Founder and Director of the Katin-aran Center, the Christian community outreach program of Central Philippine University. <span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span>Manay = honorific meaning respected, beloved, admired.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin">Mercy Bedona was my dear sister and colleague in the Philippines. &nbsp;She was a female Barnabas who encouraged, guided, and mentored others in their personal and professional growth. &nbsp;She was a committed, visionary leader in both the local church and the Convention of Philippine Baptist Churches, urging us all to live out kingdom values. &nbsp;As my dear friend, she walked with me through some dark valleys.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Mercy and I served together at Central Philippine University, the Convention of Philippine Baptist Churches, and Community Christian Church in the Philippines. &nbsp;She went to be with the Lord in January 2012. &nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri;mso-ascii-theme-font: minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-hansi-font-family: Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin">Ann Borquist, missionary in Brazil</span></i></b></i></b></span></span></i></b></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin"><br></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin">My mom was a single parent for most of my early years so she taught me never to give up, the importance of education and the strength received through my relationship with God and the faith community. &nbsp; Later as a young woman growing up in the church in Puerto Rico, I was surrounded by many female role models. They taught me to acknowledge and respond to my call. God gives us what we need at the right time. <span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin">Around that same time I heard a woman preach at our church and what stands out with her was her appearance. You could hear the passion for ministry in the sound of her voice; you could see her confidence by how she stood and presented herself. I don’t remember her sermon but do remember that she wore a beautiful scarf. She taught me that public speaking is part of a complete package. The final woman I want to mention is my daughter as she shows me her willingness to meet each challenge head on, sometimes with fear and uncertainty but she continues the journey. She reminds me that the call to serve will continue even after I become a memory.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin">I have met many women in ministry who have influenced me in so many ways; yet the main lesson that is repeated is the dedication, compassion and love they demonstrate to the people they serve and with whom they serve. Some are young while others wear gracefully the trophies of age; yet all of them have taught me that the struggles I have encountered are not new and that I am not alone on this journey. They are my teachers, partners and friends and part of the great cloud of witnesses. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri;mso-ascii-theme-font: minor-latin;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin">Mercy Gonzalez-Barnes, missionary in Mexico</span></i></b></i></b></span></span></i></b></p><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin"><br></span><p></p><p><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin">Women leaders gave me opportunities to try my hand at leading, encouraging me and giving me constructive criticism as I learned.&nbsp; <span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span>Women leaders working out of feminine strength taught me that I have unique contributions to make just because I'm female.&nbsp;</span> </p><p class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri;mso-ascii-theme-font: minor-latin;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin">Debbie Kelsey, missionary in Italy</span></i></b></i></b></span></span></i></b><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family: Calibri;mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin"></span></i></b></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin"><br></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin">As a young seminary student, I had little, to no previous exposure to women in leadership, let alone those pursuing pastoral ministry. My first roommate was a graduating senior, Joan Friesen, who now serves the churches of the Indianapolis region as their executive minister. As I observed her in her studies and interactions with people, I got a glimpse of a life called out to serve within and outside of the church. Joan continues to this day to be a person who calls out the best in me, stays connected in tangible ways, and lives a life worthy of the Gospel to which she was called.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri;mso-ascii-theme-font: minor-latin;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin">Mylinda Baits, missionary in Costa Rica</span></i></b></i></b></span></span></i></b></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="background:white"><span style="font-size:12.0pt; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri;mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin;color:black"><br></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="background:white"><span style="font-size:12.0pt; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri;mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin;color:black">On this International Day of the woman, I think of so many women who have changed their world. But they all stand in the background, almost as a backdrop to one woman who changed my life. Her name was Carol Kimbriel. She was not a simple woman. She was a mother and a housewife, a leader in her church, and the financial manager of her husband´s business. But most importantly for me, she was my mentor. She was my best friend´s mother, who somehow in her busy life, found space for me. She encouraged, me believed in me, and “straightened me out” when I needed it. She changed my life and she is the inspiration for the <i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal">Talita Kumi</i> Girl´s Clubs ministry, matching young girls who need some encouragement, with women who are always willing to make a little extra room for one more.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri;mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin;color:black"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin">Barbara Bolick, missionary in Chile</span></i></b></i></b></span></span></i></b><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin"><br></span></p> <p></p> Fri, 08 Mar 2013 06:25:18 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/47218-missionaries-comment-on-international-women-s-day https://internationalministries.org/read/47218-missionaries-comment-on-international-women-s-day Why We Look Forward To Mondays <p> </p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoNormal" align="center">We’re looking forward to Mondays now. </p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoNormal" align="center">&nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoNormal" align="center">For the next nine weeks Monday means we get a visit from our friend, Alfonso Co<span style="mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;">ñ</span>oepan. Alfonso is from Curihue, a Mapuche man who is a leader in the church and community. He is the “<i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">chispa</i>” or, the spark, in the <strong>Mapudungun language revitalization</strong> classes that we have enabled over the last several years. </p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoNormal" align="center">&nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoNormal" align="center">When we started the classes there was a good bit of resistance and active disinterest in doing Mapudungun classes in the churches. In fact, when I asked Alfonso when we first arrived here, “Do you speak Mapudungun?” he told me, “No.” He told me later that recovering the language he grew up hearing, and becoming fluent in it, is what has most improved his self-esteem and given him dignity<b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">. </b></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoNormal" align="center"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"></b>&nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoNormal" align="center"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">Due to Alfonso’s persistence</b> and graciousness in pressing the importance of Mapuche churches strengthening this part of their identity, the churches in the area now have <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">an effective outreach tool in their hands, and a means of strengthening their witness in the community</b> as Mapuche followers of Jesus. </p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoNormal" align="center">&nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoNormal" align="center">Alfonso has taken several courageous stands in his church in support of a less condemnatory approach to Mapuche traditional religion and one more open to finding points of contact through friendship and understanding. </p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoNormal" align="center"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">The director of<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>the Baptist Theological Institute</b>, Patricia Cofre, and I have talked often about offering some courses that might take students closer to an accurate, informed understanding of the Mapuche culture and religion. This year, after Patricia taught a workshop in Curihue and engaged in conversations about the Mapuche culture and language with Alfonso, she invited him to come to Temuco and offer a series of classes. </p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoNormal" align="center">&nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoNormal" align="center"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">The purpose of the classes</b> is to teach students to enter into and respect the experience of another culture, seeking understanding. <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">How can more Mapuche people be reached</b> and discipled if they are regarded and approached with prejudice and misunderstanding? </p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoNormal" align="center">&nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoNormal" align="center">And who is there, better than Alfonso, in his winsome manner, to dispel mistaken ideas about the Mapuche experience? <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">He speaks from the depths of his heart</b>, as a committed follower of Jesus, who longs for a way to be a Christian without losing his Mapuche identity. </p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoNormal" align="center">&nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoNormal" align="center"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">We asked you in our last newsletter to pray</b> for our convention partners as we seek to cultivate a “culture of missions.” Surely this means to love and respect profoundly those whom we seek to make disciples of Jesus, appreciating that which is good in their culture and allowing the Holy Spirit and scripture to bring the transformations needed. </p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoNormal" align="center">&nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoNormal" align="center">So<b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">, we look forward to Mondays because</b> we get to enjoy “<i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">once</i>” with Alfonso when he arrives, and catch up on the latest from Curihue. Then Dwight accompanies him to the class and gets to witness students’ hearts and minds being opened to an encounter and dialogue with someone different from them who follows the same Lord, and learn from him. And then we get to share “<i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">m</i><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><span style="mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;">á</span>te</i>” with Alfonso around the woodstove in our kitchen and talk late into the night.</p><p align="center"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style='font-family: "Garamond","serif";'>Dwight and Barbara Bolick<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p></span></b></p><p align="center"> <a href="mailto:dbbolick95@yahoo.com"><span style='font-family: "Garamond","serif";'><font color="#3300cc">dbbolick95@yahoo.com</font></span></a><span class="MsoHyperlink"><o:p></o:p></span></p><p align="center"> <em><font size="2"><font color="#3300cc"><span class="MsoHyperlink"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style='font-family: "Garamond","serif";'>You are invited to join the Missionary Partnership Network </span></b></span><span class="MsoHyperlink"><span style='font-family: "Garamond","serif";'>of individuals and churches who partner with the Bolicks.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>To receive a pledge card, receive their e-mail journals, or learn more, please contact the Coordinator,, Betty Helpa at betty.helpa@gmail.com </span></span></font></font></em></p><p> </p> Thu, 08 Nov 2012 15:19:16 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/45444-why-we-look-forward-to-mondays https://internationalministries.org/read/45444-why-we-look-forward-to-mondays Bring Blessing to People in Need This Year Through IM’s Global Gifts Program. <p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:SnapToGridInCell/> <w:WrapTextWithPunct/> <w:UseAsianBreakRules/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> </w:Compatibility> <w:BrowserLevel>MicrosoftInternetExplorer4</w:BrowserLevel> </w:WordDocument> </xml><![endif]--></p><p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="156"> </w:LatentStyles> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if !mso]><object classid="clsid:38481807-CA0E-42D2-BF39-B33AF135CC4D" id=ieooui></object> <style> st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } </style> <![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 10]> <style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} </style> <![endif]--> </p><p><span style="font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;">Individuals and families who want to help a child or family in need this Christmas can purchase a Global Gift from American Baptist International Ministries (IM) 2012 Global Gift wish list.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;">This year’s wish list includes meaningful gifts that would bring a smile to the face of many on a Christmas shopping list, including nieces, nephews, coaches, Sunday school teachers, librarians, favorite aunts and uncles, hairdressers, and so many others. </span></p> <p><span style="font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;">Each gift is fun to give and very much needed somewhere in the world.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Gift-givers may choose from among 20 different items, including: a pig for a child in Haiti ($60)… personal hygiene kits for maids imprisoned in Lebanon (three for $90)… four books for a classroom in Japan ($100)… hot lunches for one preschooler for a year in Thailand ($160). A family or group may even want to chip in to sponsor a worthy student for a year in a seminary in Costa Rica ($4,210). <span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span>What a wonderful way to demonstrate Christ’s desire to give and to receive love!</span></p> <p><span style="font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;">Gifts are available starting at $28. The complete wish list can be found at on the <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/drives/8">Global Gifts page</a>. <span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span>Each gift has been selected by a missionary or partner because they know the deepest needs and desires of the people they serve.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>The Global Gift program also invites gifts for individual IM missionaries, or to help those who are in greatest need as determined by IM.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;">This year gift-givers can <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/uploads/document/asset/45319/2012thankyoucertificate.pdf">download</a> a Global Gifts Bring Blessing Certificate to present to the recipient informing them of the gift purchased in their honor. Gift choices must be made by December 31, 2012.</span></p><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt; font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;">For more information, contact Catherine Nold: <a href="mailto:Catherine.nold@abc-usa.org">Catherine.nold@abc-usa.org</a>.</span></i> <p><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt; font-family:&quot;Gill Sans MT&quot;">Find IM on Facebook: International Ministries – American Baptist</span></i></p> <p></p> Wed, 07 Nov 2012 12:07:37 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/45425-bring-blessing-to-people-in-need-this-year-through-im-s-global-gifts-program- https://internationalministries.org/read/45425-bring-blessing-to-people-in-need-this-year-through-im-s-global-gifts-program- How the World Mission Offering Keeps True North in Southern Chile <p> <strong>Losing and Finding the North</strong></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;" class="MsoNormal"><font face="Calibri">A phrase in Spanish we hear when someone has strayed off-course is “<i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">perdió el norte</i>.” (lit., he lost the North). It refers to a person who lost his bearings, or simply drifted away from her purpose. </font></p><p> <font face="Calibri">One way we “<i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">keep our North”</i>, as your southern-most missionaries in Chile, is to keep <strong>our mission’s goals</strong> before us.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span></font></p><p><font face="Calibri"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;"></span></font>&nbsp;</p><p> <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><font face="Calibri">Where We Find Our North</font></b></p><p> <font face="Calibri">We take Isaiah’s vision of what happens when the poor receive the gospel as our theme.<i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"> </i>Isaiah envisions them becoming like “oaks of righteousness” who change their world (61:1-4). </font></p><p><font face="Calibri">From this passage we have gleaned the three goals that define the “<i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">North</i>” of our work, helping people move: </font></p><ul><li><font face="Calibri">from shame to <strong>Dignity </strong></font></li><li><font face="Calibri">from poverty to <strong>Productivity&nbsp;</strong> </font></li><li><font face="Calibri">from vulnerability to <strong>Virtue</strong>, or <strong>strength of heart</strong>. </font></li></ul><p><font face="Calibri"></font><font face="Calibri"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p></i></font>&nbsp;</p><p> <font face="Calibri"><strong>Your Support Helps Us Stay the Course</strong> </font></p><p><font face="Calibri">Your support makes possible the changes in people’s lives that we get to see.</font></p><p> <font face="Calibri">The <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">World Mission Offering, </i></b>received this month in ABC churches, remains <strong>one of American Baptists’ best ways</strong> to “<i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">keep our North</i>.” The <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">WMO </i></b>goes 100% to equip our missionaries and partners in mission to live and share the good news of the Kingdom of God.</font></p><p><font face="Calibri"></font>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Your Prayers Keep Us On Course</strong></p><p><font face="Calibri"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">Your personal support, and your support of the World Mission Offering, is raising up people who are becoming “oaks of righteousness” in Chile</i></b>, people who are changing their world in the power of the Gospel and the Spirit</font></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;" class="MsoNormal"><font face="Calibri">Here are some <strong>updates and prayer requests</strong> we ask you to hold in your hearts:</font></p><p><font face="Calibri"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="line-height: 115%; font-size: 11.5pt; mso-bidi-font-style: italic;">National Baptist Convention of Chile</span></b><span style="line-height: 115%; font-size: 11.5pt; mso-bidi-font-style: italic;"> – We just held a mission conference here. Mario Morales, our missionary colleague in Bolivia, and a Brazilian missionary serving in Peru, challenged the convention to move from being “objects” of mission to being “subjects,” that is, actively joining God’s mission. </span></font></p><ul><li><font face="Calibri"><span style="line-height: 115%; font-size: 11.5pt; mso-bidi-font-style: italic;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">Pray for our partners as they seek to create a new culture of mission, and build helpful relationships with sister conventions in Brazil and Bolivia.<o:p></o:p></b></span></font></li></ul><p> <font face="Calibri"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="line-height: 115%; font-size: 11.5pt; mso-bidi-font-style: italic;">Language Revitalization</span></b><span style="line-height: 115%; font-size: 11.5pt; mso-bidi-font-style: italic;"> –</span>Helping people recover the use of their native language is one of the best ways we have found to raise up more confident leaders in the Mapuche churches. We have Beginner and Advanced Mapudungun classes that also attract unbelievers to the churches. This year we have five men who tell Dwight that they want to teach Mapudungun in the schools, which would also provide them a livelihood. </font></p><ul><li><div style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;" class="MsoNormal"><font face="Calibri"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">Pray for us as we gather a team in the U.S. to help us train teachers in more effective second-language teaching methods, which can also help us extend the reach of this program in Chile. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span></b><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">If you are interested in being part of this team, e-mail us: dbbolick95@yahoo.com</i><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><o:p></o:p></b></font></div></li></ul><p><font face="Calibri"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="line-height: 115%; font-size: 11.5pt; mso-bidi-font-style: italic;">Girls’ Clubs –</span></b><span style="line-height: 115%; font-size: 11.5pt; mso-bidi-font-style: italic;"> We have a nice problem: the parents at the school that adopted the program are demanding that all children be included, but we do not have the financial or personnel resources needed.&nbsp; </span></font></p><ul><li><font face="Calibri"><span style="line-height: 115%; font-size: 11.5pt; mso-bidi-font-style: italic;"><strong>Pray for the best helpers to come alongside Barbara to help in the arduous process of editing the materials and producing a curriculum</strong><span style="line-height: 115%; font-size: 11.5pt; mso-bidi-font-style: italic;">.</span><o:p></o:p></span></font></li></ul><p><font face="Calibri"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="line-height: 115%; font-size: 11.5pt; mso-bidi-font-style: italic;">Instituto Berea</span></b><span style="line-height: 115%; font-size: 11.5pt; mso-bidi-font-style: italic;"> –</span>This year we are asking the question, “<i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">Are we prepared to show people the way to maturity in Christ?</i>” </font></p><ul><li><font face="Calibri"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">Dwight and invited teachers are preparing discipleship materials and methods for Mapuche churches to use.<o:p></o:p></b></font></li></ul><p><font face="Calibri"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="line-height: 115%; font-size: 11.5pt; mso-bidi-font-style: italic;">Beekeeping</span></b><span style="line-height: 115%; font-size: 11.5pt; mso-bidi-font-style: italic;"> – This spring we are testing a <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">different type of beehive, the top-bar hive</b>, which has lower costs, less heavy lifting, and perhaps a simpler management system, more natural. </span></font></p><ul><li><font face="Calibri"><span style="line-height: 115%; font-size: 11.5pt; mso-bidi-font-style: italic;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">Pray for our four new, and four second-year beekeepers to master new knowledge and skills. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span><o:p></o:p></b></span></font></li></ul><p> <span style="line-height: 115%; font-size: 11.5pt; mso-bidi-font-style: italic;"><font face="Calibri"><strong>Rainwater Collection Project</strong> – The inauguration of the restored medical clinic will occur this month. </font></span></p><ul><li><span style="line-height: 115%; font-size: 11.5pt; mso-bidi-font-style: italic;"><font face="Calibri"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">Pray for us as now we can move forward on the rainwater project</b>, and the long-range plans with the community for the site’s use as a development center.</font></span></li></ul><p><span style="line-height: 115%; font-size: 11.5pt; mso-bidi-font-style: italic;"><font face="Calibri"></font></span>&nbsp;</p><span style="line-height: 115%; font-size: 11.5pt; mso-bidi-font-style: italic;"><font face="Calibri"><table style="width: 100%;" id="yiv988557988content_LETTER.BLOCK13" class="yiv988557988MsoNormalTable" border="0" cellSpacing="0" cellPadding="0" width="100%"><tbody><tr><td style="padding: 3.75pt;"><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style='color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: "Trebuchet MS", "sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;'>Thank you for your generous and compassionate support of the mission of Christ in Chile. You are helping raise up a new generation of "oaks." </span></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style='color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: "Trebuchet MS", "sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;'></span>&nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style='color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: "Trebuchet MS", "sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;'>May the God of peace equip you with every good thing for doing his will. God bless you.</span></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style='color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: "Trebuchet MS", "sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;'>Grace and peace,</span></p></td></tr></tbody></table><p class="yiv988557988MsoNormal"><span style="display: none;"> </span></p><table style="width: 100%;" class="yiv988557988MsoNormalTable" border="0" cellSpacing="0" cellPadding="0" width="100%"><tbody><tr><td style="padding: 3.75pt;"><div><p style="margin-bottom: 4.5pt;" class="yiv988557988MsoNormal"><span style='color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: "Trebuchet MS", "sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;'>Dwight and Barbara Bolick<br></span></p></div></td></tr></tbody></table><o:p></o:p></font></span><p> </p> Fri, 12 Oct 2012 08:33:17 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/45061-how-the-world-mission-offering-keeps-true-north-in-southern-chile https://internationalministries.org/read/45061-how-the-world-mission-offering-keeps-true-north-in-southern-chile Your WMO Support Raises Up Girls Who Care <p> </p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="Default"><span style="color: windowtext;"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span></span><b><span style="color: windowtext; font-size: 11.5pt;">Girls Helping Girls </span></b></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="Default"><b><span style="color: windowtext; font-size: 11.5pt;"></span></b><span style="color: windowtext; font-size: 11pt;">Antonia didn´t really know what to expect when she came to the Girls´ Club mid-winter gathering a few weeks ago. She recently joined our newest club that meets in the home of a member of “Community of Love,” the church in Chivilcan. This is in one of the roughest neighborhoods in Temuco and is made up of girls from un-churched homes. These girls have never been to Sunday School. <!--?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /--><o:p></o:p></span></p><p> <span style="color: windowtext; font-size: 11pt;">At the all-day activity, we gave the girls manicures, played games, and did crafts. All of our crafts were related to the launch of this years´ mission project, <i>“Puente de Amor.” </i></span></p><p><span style="color: windowtext; font-size: 11pt;"><i>Puente de Amor </i>is a mission endeavor started by&nbsp;a Chilean missionary, Tomás Lamperin. He and his brother have been evangelists in India for more than 10 years. Recently, they felt lead to join the fight against human trafficking in India and Nepal, where more than 15,000 girls and women are forced into prostitution annually. Their organization purchased a home and provided foster parents to care for the young girls who have been rescued. The week before this event they brought seven girls home to a new life. <o:p></o:p></span></p><p> <b><span style="color: windowtext; font-size: 11pt;">Antonia writes a letter</span></b></p><p><b><span style="color: windowtext; font-size: 11pt;"></span></b><span style="color: windowtext; font-size: 11pt;">After hearing about <i>Puente de Amor</i>, Antonia and her friends came to life. They made cards to send to all of the rescued girls and brainstormed ideas that would raise funds for the girls´ new home, to help them buy clothes and beds, and blankets. They made bookmarks to carry at school as reminders to pray for their peers in India, who have suffered so deeply. <o:p></o:p></span></p><p> <span style="color: windowtext; font-size: 11pt;">But, as you know, the joy of participating in Gods´ mission goes far deeper than the satisfaction we feel when we help others. It is as if He prepares good works for us to do, which minister to our own deep needs. You see, Antonia, like many of her friends, not only lives in poverty, but she also has her father in prison. Antonia´s life has been hard, and there is no promise that it will get easier any time soon. But her load has been made lighter, because of the friends and companions she has found in the Girls´ Club, and by accepting the gift of caring about some little girls on the other side of the world, and being their friend. <o:p></o:p></span></p><p> <b><i><span style="color: windowtext; font-size: 11pt;">One of the letters written by the Girls´ Clubs members: </span></i></b></p><p><b><i><span style="color: windowtext; font-size: 11pt;"></span></i></b><i><span style="color: windowtext; font-size: 11pt;">My name is Karla. I am ten years old, and when I learned about your story many things went through my head. So I promise to pray for you, and now I say good-bye with a kiss and lots of prayers</span></i><i><span style="color: windowtext; font-size: 11.5pt;">. </span></i><span style="color: windowtext; font-size: 11.5pt;"><o:p></o:p></span></p><p> </p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="Default"><i><span style="color: windowtext; font-size: 11.5pt;">(Names of the girls have been changed to protect their privacy.) </span></i><span style="color: windowtext; font-size: 11.5pt;"><o:p></o:p></span></p><p> </p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="Default"><span style="color: windowtext; font-size: 11.5pt;">Barbara and Dwight Bolick <br></span></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="Default"><br></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="Default">To give to the Girls' Club, <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/projects/2">click here. <br></a><span style="color: windowtext; font-size: 11.5pt;"><o:p></o:p></span></p><p> <span style="color: windowtext; font-family: &quot;Garamond&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; font-size: 11.5pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Garamond;">&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span></p><p><b><span style="line-height: 115%; font-family: &quot;Garamond&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; font-size: 10pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Garamond;">You are invited to join the Missionary Partnership Network </span></b><i><span style="line-height: 115%; font-family: &quot;Garamond&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; font-size: 10pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Garamond;">of individuals and churches who partner with the Bolicks. To receive a pledge card, receive their e-mail journals, or learn more, please contact the Coordinator,, Betty Helpa at betty.helpa@gmail.com</span></i></p><p> </p> Mon, 17 Sep 2012 23:46:50 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/44690-your-wmo-support-raises-up-girls-who-care https://internationalministries.org/read/44690-your-wmo-support-raises-up-girls-who-care The Whole World Is Coming To Chile <p> </p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;" class="MsoNormal"><em><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style='line-height: 115%; font-family: "Calibri","sans-serif"; font-size: 18pt; font-style: normal; mso-bidi-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-style: italic;'>The World Is Coming To Chile<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p></span></b></em></p><p> </p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;" class="MsoNormal"><em><span style='line-height: 115%; font-family: "Calibri","sans-serif"; font-size: 14pt; font-style: normal; mso-bidi-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-style: italic;'>The Baptist World Alliance is holding its annual meetings in Santiago in July. This is a new experience for both Baptist conventions in Chile. <o:p></o:p></span></em></p><p> </p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;" class="MsoNormal"><em><span style='line-height: 115%; font-family: "Calibri","sans-serif"; font-size: 14pt; font-style: normal; mso-bidi-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-style: italic;'>A handful of leaders who always attend BWA meetings have told Chilean churches for many years about the rich experiences of this global fellowship. Now the opportunity is for Chilean Baptists to know firsthand the diversity and depth of the Baptist experience of mission. <o:p></o:p></span></em></p><p> </p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;" class="MsoNormal"><em><span style='line-height: 115%; font-family: "Calibri","sans-serif"; font-size: 14pt; font-style: normal; mso-bidi-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-style: italic;'>All church members in Chile can attend meetings where commissions share experience in evangelism, missions, theological education, and religious liberty. <o:p></o:p></span></em></p><p> </p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;" class="MsoNormal"><em><span style='line-height: 115%; font-family: "Calibri","sans-serif"; font-size: 14pt; font-style: normal; mso-bidi-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-style: italic;'>Several years ago when the president of our convention attended his first BWA meeting in Spain, he remarked, </span></em><em><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style='line-height: 115%; font-family: "Calibri","sans-serif"; font-size: 14pt; mso-bidi-font-family: "Times New Roman";'>“it was like opening the door into a much bigger house than I had ever imagined.” <o:p></o:p></span></b></em></p><p> </p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;" class="MsoNormal"><em><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style='line-height: 115%; font-family: "Calibri","sans-serif"; font-size: 14pt; mso-bidi-font-family: "Times New Roman";'>Please pray for the meetings during the first week of July.</span></b></em><em><span style='line-height: 115%; font-family: "Calibri","sans-serif"; font-size: 14pt; font-style: normal; mso-bidi-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-style: italic;'> <o:p></o:p></span></em></p><p> </p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;" class="MsoNormal"><em><span style='line-height: 115%; font-family: "Calibri","sans-serif"; font-size: 14pt; mso-bidi-font-family: "Times New Roman";'>Pray that our Chilean partners may feel at home in this grand Baptist family and forge ties that bind us together in mission. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span><o:p></o:p></span></em></p><p> </p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;" class="MsoNormal"><em><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style='line-height: 115%; font-family: "Calibri","sans-serif"; font-size: 18pt; font-style: normal; mso-bidi-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-style: italic;'>ABC Leaders Tour Earthquake/Tsunami Relief Sites<o:p></o:p></span></b></em></p><p> </p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;" class="MsoNormal"><em><span style='line-height: 115%; font-family: "Calibri","sans-serif"; font-size: 14pt; font-style: normal; mso-bidi-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-style: italic;'>Right after the BWA meetings, several of our ABC leaders will visit the places around Concepcion where we ministered to earthquake/tsunami survivors. <o:p></o:p></span></em></p><p> </p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;" class="MsoNormal"><em><span style='line-height: 115%; font-family: "Calibri","sans-serif"; font-size: 14pt; font-style: normal; mso-bidi-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-style: italic;'>Roy Medley (ABC General Secretary), Ruth Clark (ABC President), Hector Gonzalez (former ABC President), along with our Area Director Jose Norat, and FBC-Lansdale, PA pastor Kent Berghuis will spend three days with us, seeing firsthand the ways your </span></em><em><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style='line-height: 115%; font-family: "Calibri","sans-serif"; font-size: 14pt; mso-bidi-font-family: "Times New Roman";'>One Great Hour of Sharing</span></b></em><em><span style='line-height: 115%; font-family: "Calibri","sans-serif"; font-size: 14pt; font-style: normal; mso-bidi-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-style: italic;'> offerings changed people’s lives. This is another good opportunity for our churches in this area to enjoy these leaders and strengthen our ties.<o:p></o:p></span></em></p><p> </p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;" class="MsoNormal"><em><span style='line-height: 115%; font-family: "Calibri","sans-serif"; font-size: 14pt; font-style: normal; mso-bidi-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-style: italic;'>Then Pastor Kent Berghuis and his son, Jacob, will spend a few days with us in Temuco and around Curihue . He will teach at a branch of the Theological Institute in Temuco, sit in on a Mapudungun class, and teach a class at the Instituto Berea, and preach in Curihue. In Temuco we'll introduce him to some of the Girls' Clubs and he'll also&nbsp;present&nbsp;a new&nbsp;wool carder to a spinners' group. The wool carder is donated by FBC-Lansdale, PA and Grace Baptist Church of Blue Bell, PA (our home church).</span></em></p><p> </p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;" class="MsoNormal"><em><span style='line-height: 115%; font-family: "Calibri","sans-serif"; font-size: 14pt; font-style: normal; mso-bidi-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-style: italic;'>His church, FBC-Lansdale, PA is a strong supporter of the wool spinning, weaving and beekeeping projects. <o:p></o:p></span></em></p><p> </p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;" class="MsoNormal"><em><span style='line-height: 115%; font-family: "Calibri","sans-serif"; font-size: 14pt; font-style: normal; mso-bidi-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-style: italic;'>Once again, we have the opportunity to be ministered to by him, and strengthen the ties that bind us in this great mission of making disciples of Jesus. <o:p></o:p></span></em></p><p> </p> Fri, 22 Jun 2012 17:35:10 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/43414-the-whole-world-is-coming-to-chile https://internationalministries.org/read/43414-the-whole-world-is-coming-to-chile Things We've Prayed For, But Never Imagined <p>To see a different version of this newsletter, please click on this link, or copy it and paste it in your address bar.&nbsp; http://conta.cc/L7b60o</p><p>When you get to the Constant Contact newsletter, click on the link at top that says Join E-mail list, to be added to our e-mail newsletter list.<br></p><p><br></p><p> <style> v\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} o\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} w\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} .shape {behavior:url(#default#VML);} </style> </p><table style="width: 100%; mso-cellspacing: 1.5pt; mso-yfti-tbllook: 1184; mso-padding-alt: 7.5pt 7.5pt 7.5pt 7.5pt;" class="MsoNormalTable" border="0" cellPadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody><tr style="mso-yfti-irow: 0; mso-yfti-firstrow: yes; mso-yfti-lastrow: yes;"> <td style="padding: 7.5pt; width: 100%;" width="100%"> <p style="text-align: center; line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0pt;" class="MsoNormal" align="center"><i><span style='color: rgb(102, 51, 0); font-family: "Garamond","serif"; font-size: 14pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";'>Winter came in like a lion for us, beginning in March. More than wind and cold, it camebearing great tidings, like Aslan, the lion of Narnia. It came in with clear signs that God is knitting people, places, and resources into another "good work he has gotten ready for us to do," (Eph. 2:10, <u>The Message</u>), part of God's dream of Shalom.</span></i><span style='color: rgb(102, 51, 0); font-family: "Arial Narrow","sans-serif"; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";'></span></p> <p style="text-align: center; line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0pt;" class="MsoNormal" align="center"><b><span style='color: rgb(102, 51, 0); font-family: "Garamond","serif"; font-size: 14pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";'>Everything in this newsletter, in its own small or big way, is about </span></b><b><i><span style='color: rgb(102, 51, 0); font-family: "Garamond","serif"; font-size: 16pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";'>things we have prayed for, but never imagined.</span></i></b><span style='color: rgb(102, 51, 0); font-family: "Arial Narrow","sans-serif"; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";'></span></p> </td> </tr> </tbody></table> <p style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0pt;" class="MsoNormal"><span style='font-family: "Times New Roman","serif"; font-size: 12pt; display: none; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-hide: all;'></span>&nbsp;</p> <div align="center"> <table style="background: rgb(218, 209, 176); width: 100%; mso-cellspacing: 1.5pt; mso-yfti-tbllook: 1184;" class="MsoNormalTable" border="0" cellPadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody><tr style="height: 0.75pt; mso-yfti-irow: 0; mso-yfti-firstrow: yes; mso-yfti-lastrow: yes;"> <td style="padding: 0.75pt; height: 0.75pt;"><br></td> </tr> </tbody></table> </div> <p style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0pt;" class="MsoNormal"><span style='font-family: "Times New Roman","serif"; font-size: 12pt; display: none; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-hide: all;'></span>&nbsp;</p> <table style="width: 100%; mso-cellspacing: 0in; mso-yfti-tbllook: 1184; mso-padding-alt: 7.5pt 7.5pt 7.5pt 7.5pt;" class="MsoNormalTable" border="0" cellSpacing="0" cellPadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody><tr style="mso-yfti-irow: 0; mso-yfti-firstrow: yes; mso-yfti-lastrow: yes;"> <td style="padding: 7.5pt;"> <p style="text-align: center; line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0pt;" class="MsoNormal" align="center"><b><span style='color: rgb(102, 51, 0); font-family: "Garamond","serif"; font-size: 14pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";'>Boys, Dog, New Backyard</span></b><b><span style='color: rgb(102, 51, 0); font-family: "Garamond","serif"; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";'> </span></b><span style='color: rgb(102, 51, 0); font-family: "Garamond","serif"; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";'>We had to move to make way for a new apartment building, but the new house has a big backyard for our dog, Rudy. It is well insulated and not hard to heat, a good find in Chile. Having to move brought its anxieties, but God's provision and kindness amazes us.<br> <br> <b>Jack</b> is becoming a young man, great of heart, whose school-chums, fencing, and ham radio activities keep him busy.<b> Will</b> is a bundle of energy and happiness. As soon as he gets home he heads outside to be with Rudy, and can usually be found in a tree or playing explorer.<br> <br> Dwight and Barb give thanks for this full life God gives, though, at times, it seems there aren't enough hours in the day. </span><span style='color: rgb(102, 51, 0); font-family: "Arial Narrow","sans-serif"; font-size: 18pt; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";'></span></p> <div align="center"><br></div> </td> </tr> </tbody></table> <p style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0pt;" class="MsoNormal"><span style='font-family: "Times New Roman","serif"; font-size: 12pt; display: none; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-hide: all;'></span>&nbsp;</p> <div align="center"> <table style="background: rgb(218, 209, 176); width: 100%; mso-cellspacing: 1.5pt; mso-yfti-tbllook: 1184;" class="MsoNormalTable" border="0" cellPadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody><tr style="height: 0.75pt; mso-yfti-irow: 0; mso-yfti-firstrow: yes; mso-yfti-lastrow: yes;"> <td style="padding: 0.75pt; height: 0.75pt;"><br></td> </tr> </tbody></table> </div> <p style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0pt;" class="MsoNormal"><span style='font-family: "Times New Roman","serif"; font-size: 12pt; display: none; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-hide: all;'></span>&nbsp;</p> <table style="width: 100%; mso-cellspacing: 0in; mso-yfti-tbllook: 1184; mso-padding-alt: 7.5pt 7.5pt 7.5pt 7.5pt;" class="MsoNormalTable" border="0" cellSpacing="0" cellPadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody><tr style="mso-yfti-irow: 0; mso-yfti-firstrow: yes; mso-yfti-lastrow: yes;"> <td style="padding: 7.5pt;"> <p style="text-align: center; line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0pt;" class="MsoNormal" align="center"><b><span style='color: rgb(102, 51, 0); font-family: "Garamond","serif"; font-size: 14pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";'>Girls' Club Goes to School</span></b><span style='color: rgb(102, 51, 0); font-family: "Garamond","serif"; font-size: 14pt; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";'></span></p> <p style="text-align: center; line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 14pt;" class="MsoNormal" align="center"><span style='color: rgb(102, 51, 0); font-family: "Garamond","serif"; font-size: 14pt; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";'>More churches are requesting Girls' Clubs. Barb and the mentors do an orientation for two new clubs next month. All of the lessons we have written are now being edited with the goal of being published and creating a unified curriculum for schools and churches.</span></p> <p style="text-align: center; line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0pt;" class="MsoNormal" align="center"><span style='color: rgb(102, 51, 0); font-family: "Garamond","serif"; font-size: 14pt; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";'>A sister denomination's school recently adopted the project, which means that it is registered with the government's department of education. This is a huge undertaking, but we believe God is opening doors.</span></p> </td> </tr> </tbody></table> <p style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0pt;" class="MsoNormal"><span style='font-family: "Times New Roman","serif"; font-size: 12pt; display: none; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-hide: all;'></span>&nbsp;</p> <div align="center"> <table style="background: rgb(218, 209, 176); width: 100%; mso-cellspacing: 1.5pt; mso-yfti-tbllook: 1184;" class="MsoNormalTable" border="0" cellPadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody><tr style="height: 0.75pt; mso-yfti-irow: 0; mso-yfti-firstrow: yes; mso-yfti-lastrow: yes;"> <td style="padding: 0.75pt; height: 0.75pt;"><br></td> </tr> </tbody></table> </div> <p style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0pt;" class="MsoNormal"><span style='font-family: "Times New Roman","serif"; font-size: 12pt; display: none; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-hide: all;'></span>&nbsp;</p> <table style="width: 100%; mso-cellspacing: 0in; mso-yfti-tbllook: 1184; mso-padding-alt: 7.5pt 7.5pt 7.5pt 7.5pt;" class="MsoNormalTable" border="0" cellSpacing="0" cellPadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody><tr style="mso-yfti-irow: 0; mso-yfti-firstrow: yes; mso-yfti-lastrow: yes;"> <td style="padding: 7.5pt;"> <p style="text-align: center; line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0pt;" class="MsoNormal" align="center"><b><span style='color: rgb(102, 51, 0); font-family: "Garamond","serif"; font-size: 14pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";'>A Breakthrough for Berea</span></b><span style='color: rgb(102, 51, 0); font-family: "Arial Narrow","sans-serif"; font-size: 18pt; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";'></span></p> <p style="text-align: center; line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 12pt;" class="MsoNormal" align="center"><span style='color: rgb(102, 51, 0); font-family: "Garamond","serif"; font-size: 14pt; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";'>Dwight started a new season of classes in the Berea Institute. This year we have guest teachers from the Baptist Theological Institute presenting one workshop each month.</span><span style='color: rgb(102, 51, 0); font-family: "Arial Narrow","sans-serif"; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";'></span></p> <p style="text-align: center; line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0pt;" class="MsoNormal" align="center"><span style='color: rgb(102, 51, 0); font-family: "Garamond","serif"; font-size: 14pt; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";'>Patricia Cofre, the Rector, recently led some rich conversations on studying the Bible within the Mapuche culture. On other weeks we do Mapudungun and English classes with discipleship studies. Community appreciation of the Mapudungun language recovery keeps growing, and we have three students who are teaching their language in area schools.</span><span style='color: rgb(102, 51, 0); font-family: "Arial Narrow","sans-serif"; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";'></span></p> <p style="text-align: center; line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0pt;" class="MsoNormal" align="center"><span style='color: rgb(102, 51, 0); font-family: "Arial Narrow","sans-serif"; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";'></span>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center; line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0pt;" class="MsoNormal" align="center"><span style='color: rgb(102, 51, 0); font-family: "Garamond","serif"; font-size: 14pt; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";'>Patricia invited Alfonso Coñoepan, one of the most knowledgeable Mapudungun speakers, to be a guest lecturer at the Institute. He will do nine presentations on Mapuche culture that we hope will stimulate an appreciative approach to doing mission with Mapuche churches.</span><span style='color: rgb(102, 51, 0); font-family: "Arial Narrow","sans-serif"; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";'></span></p> <div align="center"><br></div> </td> </tr> </tbody></table> <p style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0pt;" class="MsoNormal"><span style='font-family: "Times New Roman","serif"; font-size: 12pt; display: none; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-hide: all;'></span>&nbsp;</p> <div align="center"> <table style="background: rgb(218, 209, 176); width: 100%; mso-cellspacing: 1.5pt; mso-yfti-tbllook: 1184;" class="MsoNormalTable" border="0" cellPadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody><tr style="height: 0.75pt; mso-yfti-irow: 0; mso-yfti-firstrow: yes; mso-yfti-lastrow: yes;"> <td style="padding: 0.75pt; height: 0.75pt;"><br></td> </tr> </tbody></table> </div> <p style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0pt;" class="MsoNormal"><span style='font-family: "Times New Roman","serif"; font-size: 12pt; display: none; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-hide: all;'></span>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center; line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0pt;" class="MsoNormal" align="center"><b><i><span style='color: rgb(102, 51, 0); font-family: "Garamond","serif"; font-size: 16pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";'>"open to us a door for the word, that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ</span></i></b><b><i><span style='color: rgb(102, 51, 0); font-family: "Garamond","serif"; font-size: 14pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";'>" </span></i></b><span style='color: rgb(102, 51, 0); font-family: "Arial Narrow","sans-serif"; font-size: 18pt; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";'></span></p> <p style="text-align: center; line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0pt;" class="MsoNormal" align="center"><span style='color: rgb(102, 51, 0); font-family: "Garamond","serif"; font-size: 14pt; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";'>Our newest endeavor is about to reach its first goal: the reopening of a rural health clinic in Curihue.</span><span style='color: rgb(102, 51, 0); font-family: "Arial Narrow","sans-serif"; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";'></span></p> <p style="text-align: center; line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 12pt;" class="MsoNormal" align="center"><span style='color: rgb(102, 51, 0); font-family: "Garamond","serif"; font-size: 14pt; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";'>What began as a simple rainwater collection project has expanded in ways we never imagined.</span><span style='color: rgb(102, 51, 0); font-family: "Arial Narrow","sans-serif"; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";'></span></p> <p style="text-align: center; line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0pt;" class="MsoNormal" align="center"><b><span style='color: rgb(102, 51, 0); font-family: "Garamond","serif"; font-size: 14pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";'>What if God's dream is bigger than ours? </span></b><span style='color: rgb(102, 51, 0); font-family: "Arial Narrow","sans-serif"; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";'></span></p> <p style="text-align: center; line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0pt;" class="MsoNormal" align="center"><span style='color: rgb(102, 51, 0); font-family: "Garamond","serif"; font-size: 14pt;'>For over a year, we felt God prodding us to pray about a site in Curihue and its use for church and community development projects. It used to be a health clinic but its services were suspended ten years ago.<br> <br> Every time we passed it, we imagined lots of "what-if" scenarios, until finally we realized God was inviting us to ask for it.<br> <br> Then one day the Spinners' group that Barb works with told us that they had helped form a community health committee. This committee, made up of the leaders of the three indigenous communities, was asking us to partner with them in the development of the site. The local government gave them rights to administer the property and agreed to return medical services. </span></p><p style="text-align: center; line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0pt;" class="MsoNormal" align="center"><span style='color: rgb(102, 51, 0); font-family: "Garamond","serif"; font-size: 14pt;'>We now have permission to demonstrate a rainwater collection system on the site and to develop the site as a community development center for the classes and projects we do with the churches. God is able to do far more than we <font size="3"> </font></span></p><div style="text-align: center;" align="center"><span style="font-family: garamond, times new roman, times, serif; font-size: 14pt;">can think or imagine for </span><span style="font-family: garamond, times new roman, times, serif; font-size: 14pt;">the dream of Shalom,</span><span style="font-family: garamond, times new roman, times, serif; font-size: 14pt;"><span> the good news of the kingdom!</span><strong> </strong></span></div><p style="text-align: center; line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0pt;" class="MsoNormal" align="center"> </p><div style="text-align: center;" align="center"><span style="font-family: Garamond, Times New Roman, Times, serif; font-size: 16pt;"><strong>Will you pray for us and our partners here, using the Colossians verse above?</strong></span></div><p style="text-align: center; line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0pt;" class="MsoNormal" align="center"> </p><div style="text-align: center;" align="center"><span style="font-family: Garamond, Times New Roman, Times, serif; font-size: 16pt;">That's what it's all about! </span></div><p style="text-align: center; line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0pt;" class="MsoNormal" align="center"><span style='color: rgb(102, 51, 0); font-family: "Garamond","serif"; font-size: 14pt;'><font color="#000000" size="3" face="Times New Roman"> </font></span></p><table style="width: 100%; mso-cellspacing: 0in; mso-yfti-tbllook: 1184; mso-padding-alt: 3.75pt 3.75pt 3.75pt 3.75pt;" class="MsoNormalTable" border="0" cellSpacing="0" cellPadding="0" width="100%"><font face="Times New Roman"> </font><tbody><tr style="mso-yfti-irow: 0; mso-yfti-firstrow: yes; mso-yfti-lastrow: yes;"><font face="Times New Roman"> </font><td style="padding: 3.75pt; border: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent;"><font face="Times New Roman"> </font><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;" class="MsoNormal"><strong><span style='color: rgb(102, 51, 0); line-height: 115%; font-family: "Arial Narrow","sans-serif"; font-size: 16pt;'>Thank you.</span></strong><span style='color: rgb(102, 51, 0); line-height: 115%; font-family: "Arial Narrow","sans-serif"; font-size: 14pt;'><?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p></span></p><font color="#000000" size="3" face="Times New Roman"> </font><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;" class="MsoNormal"><font size="3"><span style='color: rgb(102, 51, 0); font-family: "Arial Narrow","sans-serif";'>Your caring and compassionate gifts to our ongoing support make many good things possible. Your generous partnership with us has enabled us to reach consistently about 89% of our goal.</span><span style='color: rgb(102, 51, 0); line-height: 115%; font-family: "Arial Narrow","sans-serif"; font-size: 14pt;'><o:p></o:p></span></font></p><font color="#000000" size="3" face="Times New Roman"> </font><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;" class="MsoNormal"><strong><span style='color: rgb(102, 51, 0); line-height: 115%; font-family: "Arial Narrow","sans-serif"; font-size: 16pt;'>An opportunity to share.</span></strong><span style='color: rgb(102, 51, 0); line-height: 115%; font-family: "Arial Narrow","sans-serif"; font-size: 14pt;'><o:p></o:p></span></p><font color="#000000" size="3" face="Times New Roman"> </font><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;" class="MsoNormal"><font size="3"><span style='color: rgb(102, 51, 0); font-family: "Arial Narrow","sans-serif";'>Until July 31, The Luther Rice Society will match 100% all gifts to our ongoing support that qualify in one of two ways: </span><span style='color: rgb(102, 51, 0); line-height: 115%; font-family: "Arial Narrow","sans-serif"; font-size: 14pt;'><o:p></o:p></span></font></p><font color="#000000" size="3" face="Times New Roman"> </font><ol type="1" start="1"><font color="#000000" size="3" face="Times New Roman"> </font><li style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt; color: rgb(102, 51, 0); line-height: normal; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list .5in;" class="MsoNormal"><font size="3"><strong><span style='font-family: "Arial Narrow","sans-serif";'>if you are a</span></strong><em><b><span style='font-family: "Arial Narrow","sans-serif";'> regular donor</span></b></em><strong><span style='font-family: "Arial Narrow","sans-serif";'>, </span></strong><span style='font-family: "Arial Narrow","sans-serif";'>any amount over your regular gift will be <strong><span style='font-family: "Arial Narrow","sans-serif";'>matched.</span></strong></span><span style='font-family: "Arial Narrow","sans-serif"; font-size: 12pt;'><o:p></o:p></span></font></li><font color="#000000" size="3" face="Times New Roman"> </font><li style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt; color: rgb(102, 51, 0); line-height: normal; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list .5in;" class="MsoNormal"><font size="3"><strong><span style='font-family: "Arial Narrow","sans-serif";'>if you are giving for the </span></strong><em><b><span style='font-family: "Arial Narrow","sans-serif";'>first time</span></b></em><span style='font-family: "Arial Narrow","sans-serif";'>, your gift will be <strong><span style='font-family: "Arial Narrow","sans-serif";'>matched.</span></strong><o:p></o:p></span></font></li><font color="#000000" size="3" face="Times New Roman"> </font></ol><font color="#000000" size="3" face="Times New Roman"> </font><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><font size="3"><span style='color: rgb(102, 51, 0); font-family: "Arial Narrow","sans-serif";'>Of course, you may also designate your gift for this opportunity to another missionary of your choice, or where you feel it is needed most.</span><span style='color: rgb(102, 51, 0); font-family: "Arial Narrow","sans-serif"; font-size: 14pt;'><o:p></o:p></span></font></p><font color="#000000" size="3" face="Times New Roman"> </font><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><font size="3"><strong><span style='color: rgb(102, 51, 0); font-family: "Arial Narrow","sans-serif";'>Will you consider participating in this helpful way? </span></strong><span style='color: rgb(102, 51, 0); font-family: "Arial Narrow","sans-serif";'>Your prayers, interest, and partnership encourage us and keep us going. The truth is, all that we endeavor to do or aspire to do is modeled on your examples.</span><span style='color: rgb(102, 51, 0); font-family: "Arial Narrow","sans-serif"; font-size: 14pt;'><o:p></o:p></span></font></p><font color="#000000" size="3" face="Times New Roman"> </font><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><font size="3"><span style='color: rgb(102, 51, 0); font-family: "Arial Narrow","sans-serif";'></span></font>&nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><font size="3"><span><strong>Please click on the links below for more details, or to give online, by phone or by mail.<o:p></o:p></strong></span></font></p><font color="#000000" size="3" face="Times New Roman"> </font></td><font color="#000000" size="3" face="Times New Roman"> </font></tr><font color="#000000" size="3" face="Times New Roman"> </font></tbody></table><p style="text-align: center; line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0pt;" class="MsoNormal" align="center"><font color="#000000" size="3" face="Times New Roman"> </font></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;" class="MsoNormal"><span style="display: none; mso-hide: all;"><o:p><font color="#000000" size="3" face="Times New Roman">&nbsp;</font></o:p></span></p><p style="text-align: center; line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0pt;" class="MsoNormal" align="center"><font color="#000000" size="3" face="Times New Roman"> </font></p><table style="width: 100%; mso-cellspacing: 0in; mso-yfti-tbllook: 1184; mso-padding-alt: 3.75pt 3.75pt 3.75pt 3.75pt;" class="MsoNormalTable" border="0" cellSpacing="0" cellPadding="0" width="100%"><font face="Times New Roman"> </font><tbody><tr style="mso-yfti-irow: 0; mso-yfti-firstrow: yes;"><font face="Times New Roman"> </font><td style="padding: 3.75pt; border: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent;"><b><span style='color: rgb(102, 51, 0); line-height: 115%; font-family: "Arial Narrow","sans-serif"; font-size: 14pt;'>Quick Links</span></b><span style='color: rgb(102, 51, 0); line-height: 115%; font-family: "Arial Narrow","sans-serif"; font-size: 14pt;'><o:p></o:p></span><font color="#000000" size="3" face="Times New Roman"> </font></td><font color="#000000" size="3" face="Times New Roman"> </font></tr><font color="#000000" size="3" face="Times New Roman"> </font><tr style="mso-yfti-irow: 1; mso-yfti-lastrow: yes;"><font face="Times New Roman"> </font><td style="padding: 0in 7.5pt; border: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent;"><font face="Times New Roman"> </font><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;" class="MsoNormal"><span style='color: black; line-height: 115%; font-family: "Arial Narrow","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;'>To give online, click on the first link. To download a form to mail with your check, click on the second link. <o:p></o:p></span></p><font color="#000000" size="3" face="Times New Roman"> </font><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style='color: black; font-family: "Arial Narrow","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;'><br> <a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=0018kZ7Gs5rkNtkzSbLMSoCbZL4_2EXN77w3bm-LccSi5O6KaHSWaxvmaEVtExM45_jFxyenqOMJ8AlAW0xzbjanRGpjxvDSbRTVH7uusBZ1wCw6bUM2fCrZ_kDES4XI4h1eQb-0o3sq5SGX8hgFnYMWA==" target="_blank"><font color="#0000ff">http://www.internationalministries.org/drives/6</font></a><o:p></o:p></span></p><font color="#000000" size="3" face="Times New Roman"> </font><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;" class="MsoNormal"><span style='color: black; line-height: 115%; font-family: "Arial Narrow","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;'><a 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Chile, held their annual assembly last week.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>The new leadership invited Jose Norát, our Area Director from International Ministries, to introduce the <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">Appreciative Inquiry</i> process to our churches.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>This is a process where we learn to strengthen our mission not by focusing on problems and solutions, but by recognizing, appreciating and building on our best characteristics.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>One of the first questions Jose gave to one group of pastors was <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">“What was, for you, the best moment in the convention’s history?”<o:p></o:p></i></font></p><p> </p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;" class="MsoNormal"><font face="Calibri">Perhaps I didn’t follow the instructions exactly, because I could name several “best moments.” However, they all had to do with the same constellation of experiences that followed one defining moment—the earthquake and tsunami on February 27, 2010.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>This was one of the worst moments in Chile’s history, but it called out some of the best expressions of service, mission and fellowship in our convention’s history.</font></p><p> </p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;" class="MsoNormal"><font face="Calibri"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">(1)</b> <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">One of those best moments</b> occurred in the week following the earthquake and tsunami. Our family planned to arrive in Chile on Feb. 26, but delays in our paperwork caused us to change that arrival date to the 30<sup><font size="2">th</font></sup>.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Then we couldn’t arrive until March 15 because the Santiago airport was closed.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Those were three difficult weeks of waiting, often without communication. We realized that this was not about us.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>In fact, if we had been there our friends would have been distracted making sure we were okay.</font></p><p> </p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;" class="MsoNormal"><font face="Calibri">During those first two weeks, churches in the south and north, organized three caravans, bearing food, clothes, and water for our churches near the epicenter, particularly in Cerro Verde, which was devastated by the tsunami.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>They raised offerings and contributions, gathered any available vehicles, and made three trips to the coastal area.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>As they told us, they could not stay away, they had to go, see, and be with their brothers and sisters. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>These caravans united churches, formed and cemented ties of friendship, and started a volunteer movement of mission service that still animates many in those churches.</font></p><p> </p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;" class="MsoNormal"><font face="Calibri"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">(2) A second cluster of best moments</b> came in the year following the earthquake and tsunami.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>The <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">One Great Hour of Sharing</i> offering provided $150,000 to equip the convention to address the needs of those who lost their homes and were living in <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">mediagua</i> villages, or provisional housing.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>As we developed a strategy that would not duplicate what the government was doing, but rather address needs not being met, we asked seven churches in the affected areas to be <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">“the hands and feet of Jesus”</i></b> in sharing these resources.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Through these churches the food kits, insulation kits, and room additions reached ten communities, and improved their quality of life through two winters.</font></p><p> </p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;" class="MsoNormal"><font face="Calibri">One day we were walking in Cerro Verde with Pastor Luis Alvarado and we knocked on the door of a <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">mediagua.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></i>He wanted us to meet an elderly woman and her son who had broken their legs during the earthquake when a wall fell on them.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Pastor Luis did not know she was there, but inside we met Nidia, his wife.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>She was attending to the needs of the woman, feeding her and cleaning house.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></font></p><p> </p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;" class="MsoNormal"><font face="Calibri">This became a picture that I carry in my mind, of the ways many people in our churches are <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">being the presence of Christ to their neighbors, silently and often anonymously.<o:p></o:p></i></b></font></p><p> </p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;" class="MsoNormal"><font face="Calibri"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">(3) A third “best moment”</b> in the history of our convention was the raising up of an Emergency Relief and Reconstruction Network among our churches.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Volunteers from our churches went on many occasions to install the insulation and raise the room additions.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>The convention now recognizes this network of volunteers as a dynamic ingredient in the convention’s renewal for the part they play in linking churches in missional service. </font></p><p> </p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;" class="MsoNormal"><font face="Calibri">When we returned to Chile in March of 2010 we knew that life in Chile would never be the same again.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>The loss, anguish, and misery of those living in harsh conditions in <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">mediagua</i> villages are real.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>But the fact that it has been diminished in ten communities is amazing.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>It is amazing to those living in the <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">mediagua</i> villages that some churches have accompanied them, providing food, warmth, and more living space. It amazes them that volunteers from our churches come to install insulation and room additions.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>It has opened doors to share the gospel and what it means to follow Jesus.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>It is amazing that this kind of service to those in need has helped spark renewal and a cooperative spirit and perhaps a new missional movement in our convention.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>God is able to do far more than we can imagine.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>This is his mission.</font></p><p> </p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;" class="MsoNormal"><font face="Calibri">You are part of this mission in Chile and your generous gifts to One Great Hour of Sharing help make these good things possible.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Thank you!</font></p><p> </p> Sat, 25 Feb 2012 00:20:27 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/41866-three-best-moments-after-the-worst-disaster-in-chile https://internationalministries.org/read/41866-three-best-moments-after-the-worst-disaster-in-chile Signs of the Kingdom <P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt" class=MsoNormal><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 115%; FONT-SIZE: 12pt"><FONT face=Calibri>Just a Glimpse, Please<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p></FONT></SPAN></B></P> <P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt" class=MsoNormal><FONT face=Calibri>We keep our eyes and ears open for what we like to call “signs of the kingdom.”<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </SPAN>We don’t always see immediate results from the endeavors that we write about in these journals.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </SPAN><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp;</SPAN>Signs of the kingdom are the glimpses we get, now and then, of God working in people’s lives.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </SPAN><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp;</SPAN>They are ways that God may be using to tell us that we are on the right track.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </SPAN>They are motions of God’s grace in our lives that come as we give up relying on our own understanding and simply pray.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </SPAN><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp;</SPAN><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><o:p></o:p></B></FONT></P> <P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt" class=MsoNormal><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 115%; FONT-SIZE: 12pt"><FONT face=Calibri>Just Pray<o:p></o:p></FONT></SPAN></B></P> <P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt" class=MsoNormal><FONT face=Calibri>We don’t have a much better explanation for this than what William Temple said, in reply to critics of the practice of prayer, “<I style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal">when I pray, coincidences happen; when I don’t, they don’t</I>.”<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </SPAN>More than mere coincidences, we see paths opening up, confirmations that people really are being transformed, and things falling into place in ways we could not have engineered.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </SPAN>Here we want to share with you two recent glimpses of “signs of the kingdom.”</FONT></P> <P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt" class=MsoNormal><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 115%; FONT-SIZE: 12pt"><FONT face=Calibri>Mentoring- One Girl Catches the Vision<o:p></o:p></FONT></SPAN></B></P> <P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt" class=MsoNormal><FONT face=Calibri>Scarlet is a 12-year old girl in the Padre Las Casas church’s Girls’ Club, where Pilar has been her mentor for the last four years.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </SPAN>Pilar recently shared with us some amazing news about Scarlet.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </SPAN>Scarlet has some mild learning disabilities.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </SPAN>When she first came to the church she was timid to the point of not being able to engage in conversation or participate easily in group activities.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </SPAN>Doing the craft activities was so frustrating that at times she could only sit in Pilar’s lap and do them with her.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </SPAN></FONT></P> <P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt" class=MsoNormal><FONT face=Calibri>In December Scarlet will graduate from the Girls’ Club.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </SPAN>She will stay around as a helper/mentor for younger girls.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </SPAN>She carries herself with a confidence that comes from the security of her relationship with Christ and her friendships and mentoring relationship.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </SPAN>On her own initiative, she started a mentoring program at her school, wherein 6<SUP>th</SUP> grade children will be matched with 5<SUP>th</SUP> grade children to serve as their mentors or guides.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </SPAN>This was such an innovation that it captured the attention of CONADI, the government agency for indigenous people’s affairs.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </SPAN>They gave her an award recognizing her initiative in a public ceremony.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </SPAN>Wouldn’t you agree that this is a “sign of the kingdom”?</FONT></P> <P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt" class=MsoNormal><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 115%; FONT-SIZE: 12pt"><FONT face=Calibri>A Site for the Rainwater Collection Project<o:p></o:p></FONT></SPAN></B></P> <P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt" class=MsoNormal><FONT face=Calibri>Our other “sign” came unexpectedly during one of Barb’s meetings with the spinners’ group in Curihue.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp;&nbsp; </SPAN>The three indigenous communities own a site where the government once provided monthly medical services.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </SPAN>That service was discontinued and the site has sat vacant for six years.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </SPAN>We have been praying for a year&nbsp;about being able to use the building for the rainwater-collection demonstration project, as well as use the site for other development projects.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; We couldn't see how it would be possible, but still felt the Spirit nudging us to dream about it as an entry point of God's Shalom.&nbsp; Another project on the site had been abandoned because of community conflicts and access to the site appeared to be a legal tangle.&nbsp;&nbsp;<BR><BR>Then</SPAN> one day about a month ago, out of the blue, the spinners’ group told Barb they had asked for permission to use the site to meet and sell products to tourists.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; They asked us to help them prepare a proposal to present to the municipality, that would include our participation with the rainwater collection project, as well as future projects.&nbsp; </SPAN>The building needs improvements and we offered to help with that in exchange for access for the water project.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </SPAN>The local municipality agreed to provide funds to renovate the building.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </SPAN>We will have a partnership with the women’s group and the three indigenous communities. </FONT></P> <P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt" class=MsoNormal><FONT face=Calibri>The Mapudungun language recovery classes that we have held in the churches for several years laid the groundwork for this surprising glimpse of the Kingdom at work, because they helped create trust and respect for the church in the community.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </SPAN>Finally, more are understanding the reason for language recovery that we have projected for so long:<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </SPAN>recover of identity as people made in the image of God is one key to being equipped for God’s mission in their community.</FONT></P> <P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt" class=MsoNormal><FONT face=Calibri>Glimpses of the kingdom may come as we learn to “trust in the Lord with all our heart and lean not on our own understanding.”<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </SPAN>Thanks be to God.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </SPAN>May your Kingdom come.</FONT></P> <P>&nbsp;</P> Wed, 07 Dec 2011 07:36:14 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/40575-signs-of-the-kingdom https://internationalministries.org/read/40575-signs-of-the-kingdom White Earthquake! <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt;"><b><span style="LINE-HEIGHT: 115%; FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt;">Signs of Missional Life</span></b></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt;"><b><i><span style="LINE-HEIGHT: 115%; FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt;">White Earthquake!<span>&nbsp; </span>¡Terremoto Blanco!<span>&nbsp; </span></span></i></b><span style="LINE-HEIGHT: 115%; FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt;">That’s what they call a blizzard and huge snowfall in Chile. <span>&nbsp;</span><span>&nbsp;</span>The mountain town of Lonquimay, two hours from Temuco, has endured <i>white earthquake </i>conditions<i> </i>all winter.<span>&nbsp; </span>They received about three feet of snow in late July.<span>&nbsp; </span>Chile doesn’t have rapid snow-removal systems comparable to, for example,&nbsp;Indiana, Denver, or Philadelphia.<span>&nbsp; </span>So several thousand rural families, and the small town of Lonquimay, were isolated for several weeks.<span>&nbsp; </span>More snow fell in a few days than normally falls in a year.<span>&nbsp; </span>Livestock were unable to feed, water lines froze, roofs collapsed, and travel was impossible to and from rural schools and homes. </span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt;"><b><i><span style="LINE-HEIGHT: 115%; FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt;">Chile Baptist Emergency Relief Network is born.</span></i></b><span style="LINE-HEIGHT: 115%; FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt;">&nbsp;<span>&nbsp;</span>Since the earthquake and tsunamis in February 2010, our relief efforts provided food kits and simple improvements such as insulation, windows, and basic furniture to the emergency houses (<b><i>mediaguas)</i></b>.<span>&nbsp; </span>Many times the hands and feet of Christ bringing these gifts to people in distress and misery were a core group of men from our churches who left their homes on weekends to install insulation or build room additions in the <i>mediaguas</i>.<span>&nbsp; </span></span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="LINE-HEIGHT: 115%; FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt;">This network of volunteers also responded to the call for help in the repairs of some of the churches damaged by the earthquake.<span>&nbsp; </span>They enjoyed the satisfaction and good fellowship of these endeavors so much that the vision arose for an auxiliary unit of the convention, in the best Baptist volunteer spirit, able to respond rapidly to future natural disasters or needs for humanitarian aid.<span>&nbsp; </span><b><i>Friendship cultivated between our churches through volunteer service is one of the best ways we have for cultivating this missional spirit in the convention.</i></b></span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="LINE-HEIGHT: 115%; FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt;">The Network’s first test was to bring two hundred food kits for the three rural Mapuche churches near Lonquimay.<span>&nbsp; </span>Convention churches responded to an invitation to contribute to a special offering.<span>&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>The volunteers braved snow and icy conditions on the roads to bring needed relief and express solidarity with the Lonquimay communities.<span>&nbsp; </span>Now the priority must be to raise funds and establish procedures for future relief needs.</span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt;"><b><i><span style="LINE-HEIGHT: 115%; FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt;">Coronel Church on Mission in Tubul </span></i></b><span style="LINE-HEIGHT: 115%; FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span>We have already shared with you how the Coronel church, led by lay pastor Miguel Sandoval, is running with this vision of being the hands and feet of Christ in places of distress and suffering.<span>&nbsp; </span>They are still ministering in a <i>mediagua </i>village in Coronel through a Girls’ Club and visitation.<span>&nbsp; </span>Now they are serving breakfast and offering Sunday School-type activities in the Tubul <i>mediagua</i> village every week.<span>&nbsp; </span>Miguel visits in homes and offers worship services.<span>&nbsp; </span>Around fifteen people have accepted Christ, and Tubul is likely to become a mission site of the Coronel church.</span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt;"><b><i><span style="LINE-HEIGHT: 115%; FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt;">Ordinations of Co-Pastors Isaac and Nidia in Chillan<span>&nbsp; </span></span></i></b><span style="LINE-HEIGHT: 115%; FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt;">About ten years ago the Heneises and the Bonillas began teaching Isaac Venegas and Nidia Alegria in the Institute.<span>&nbsp; </span>They helped them discern their call, taught them and accompanied them on a long journey of pastoral formation.<span>&nbsp; </span>On August 13 they were ordained to the pastorate of the Chillan church. <span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Pray, rejoicing, for this couple and their four daughters. </span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="LINE-HEIGHT: 115%; FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt;">Grace, peace, and abrazos,</span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="LINE-HEIGHT: 115%; FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt;">Dwight &amp; Barb</span></p> Wed, 17 Aug 2011 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/38614-white-earthquake- https://internationalministries.org/read/38614-white-earthquake- Eight Wonders in Chile <p style="line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><b><span style="font-family: 'Garamond','serif'; color: black; font-size: 14pt;">You Pray for Us!<span>&nbsp; </span>How Wonderful!</span></b></p> <p style="line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: 'Garamond','serif'; color: black; font-size: 12pt;">Now and then, someone writes to tell us that they pray for us daily.&nbsp; Such a realization always encourages and delights us.&nbsp;&nbsp; It also humbles us, making us see clearly the nature of this high calling we are engaged in with you.&nbsp; Any good that we are doing is only because God, in his mercies and love, brings us together to pray, "Thy kingdom come," and to offer ourselves to the service of God's dream.&nbsp; Let us keep on praying for one another, and be ever more bold to walk into those "good works which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life."</span><span style="font-family: 'Garamond','serif'; color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-size: 12pt;"></span></p> <p style="line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: 'Garamond','serif'; color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-size: 12pt;"></span>&nbsp;</p> <p style="line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><b><span style="font-family: 'Garamond','serif'; color: black; font-size: 14pt;">“I asked for wonder”</span></b><b><span style="font-family: 'Garamond','serif'; color: black; font-size: 12pt;"> – Abraham Joshua Heschel</span></b></p> <p style="line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: 'Garamond','serif'; color: black; font-size: 12pt;">Like you and your churches, we have many good endeavors to carry out or to envision, which are God's invitation to participate in his mission.&nbsp; We see these ministries as <em><b><span style="font-family: 'Garamond','serif';">opportunities of wonder</span></b></em>, at God's goodness in giving us people to love, and for the hope that we feel from seeing how the gospel moves them to change their world.&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: 'Garamond','serif'; color: black; font-size: 12pt;"></span>&nbsp;</p> <p style="line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><a name="LETTER.BLOCK6"><b><span style="color: black; font-size: 14pt;">Eight Ways to Pray for Chile</span></b></a></p> <p style="line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span><span style="font-family: 'Garamond','serif'; color: black; font-size: 12pt;">This month we want to ask you to direct your prayers for us around eight aspects of God's mission here in Chile.&nbsp;&nbsp; Pray for excellence, steadiness, creativity, courage, wisdom, energy, health and self-care, whatever the Lord brings to your heart. &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span><span><span style="font-family: 'Garamond','serif'; color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-size: 12pt;"></span></span></p> <p style="line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span><span style="font-family: 'Garamond','serif'; color: black; font-size: 12pt;"></span></span><span><span style="font-family: 'Garamond','serif'; color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-size: 12pt;"></span></span>&nbsp;</p> <p style="line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span><span style="font-family: 'Garamond','serif'; color: black; font-size: 12pt;">We will be bringing you stories about some of the wonderful people in these projects and the movements of grace in their lives in the coming months:</span></span><span><span style="font-family: 'Garamond','serif'; color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-size: 12pt;"></span></span></p> <p style="line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span><span style="font-family: 'Garamond','serif'; color: black; font-size: 12pt;"></span></span><span><span style="font-family: 'Garamond','serif'; color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-size: 12pt;"></span></span>&nbsp;</p> <ol style="margin-top: 0in;" type="1"> <li style="line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 0pt; color: black;"><span><b><i><span style="font-family: 'Garamond','serif'; font-size: 12pt;">The Berea Institute</span></i></b></span><span><span style="font-family: 'Garamond','serif'; font-size: 12pt;">:&nbsp; We gather with the Mapuche churches twice a month, in two locations, to focus on ways of doing Bible study, improving reading comprehension and leadership practices that are appropriate for their cultural context.&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></li> <li style="line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 0pt; color: black;"><span><b><i><span style="font-family: 'Garamond','serif'; font-size: 12pt;">Wool project</span></i></b></span><span><span style="font-family: 'Garamond','serif'; font-size: 12pt;">:&nbsp; We now have a core group of women spinners whose work has met the high quality standards of the U. S. yarn distributor that is sponsoring this project.&nbsp; Pray for more women able to meet the productivity levels, and for the group of women to take ownership of this enterprise that can substantially improve their income. </span></span></li> <li style="line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 0pt; color: black;"><span><b><i><span style="font-family: 'Garamond','serif'; font-size: 12pt;">Girls' Clubs</span></i></b></span><span><span style="font-family: 'Garamond','serif'; font-size: 12pt;">:&nbsp; Four more new clubs started this month.&nbsp; The women leaders of the clubs, mentors whom Barb is mentoring, have found their own leadership gifts strengthened and called out by this ministry.&nbsp; They volunteer to go and provide orientation for the new clubs. </span></span></li> <li style="line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 0pt; color: rgb(102, 102, 102);"><span><b><i><span style="font-family: 'Garamond','serif'; color: black; font-size: 12pt;">Earthquake relief wrap</span></i></b></span><span><span style="font-family: 'Garamond','serif'; color: black; font-size: 12pt;">-<b><i>up:</i></b>&nbsp; Soon we will have used the last of the OGHS funds ($150,000) ministering to the needs of some communities in temporary housing.&nbsp; Pray for the new missions/preaching points in Iloca, Curepto, and Coronel that our churches have started because of this relief work.&nbsp; Click here to read a summary of the relief that your One Great Hour of Sharing funds made possible:&nbsp; </span></span><span></span><span style="font-family: 'Garamond','serif'; font-size: 12pt;"><a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?llr=zazeipdab&amp;et=1105165767639&amp;s=0&amp;e=0011taSM5AVCdSpoML4XIwXenX39faJFAlvR4YAnNDxhlYAaXgydHwXRO7lF9Pgd9FSo62KG8V0nEhh2p60y7f8BgXrwCE13-2uD4NOGC5Ga_CEMkrEH9HqFngq8hlgtwhRc8PM3mLphEKfudJPsqyrKA=="><span style="color: rgb(0, 102, 204);">http://www.internationalministries.org/read/33390</span></a> </span></li> <li style="line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 0pt; color: black;"><b><i><span style="font-family: 'Garamond','serif'; font-size: 12pt;">New president of our partner convention:&nbsp; </span></i></b><span style="font-family: 'Garamond','serif'; font-size: 12pt;">The National Baptist Convention of Chile has a new president, Daniel Vivanco. &nbsp;&nbsp;He has a strong vision for equipping churches for missions and service, and he even serves as a gifted teacher in the Berea Institute.</span></li></ol> <p style="line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in;"><b><i><span style="font-family: 'Garamond','serif'; color: black; font-size: 12pt;">Some</span></i></b><span style="font-family: 'Garamond','serif'; color: black; font-size: 12pt;"> <b><i>Big Dreams that Need Lots of Prayer!</i></b></span><span style="font-family: 'Garamond','serif'; color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-size: 12pt;"></span> <b><i><span style="font-family: 'Garamond','serif'; font-size: 12pt;"><br></span></i></b></p><p style="line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in;"><b><i><span style="font-family: 'Garamond','serif'; font-size: 12pt;"><br></span></i></b></p><p style="line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in;"><b><i><span style="font-family: 'Garamond','serif'; font-size: 12pt;">6. Rainwater Collection project:</span></i></b><span style="font-family: 'Garamond','serif'; font-size: 12pt;">&nbsp; We received a three-year OGHS grant to develop a viable, replicable demonstration of how rainwater collection can supply irrigation/potable water needs on Mapuche farms where annual summer droughts leave them without water.&nbsp; We have volunteer engineers from Colorado consulting with us.</span> <b><i><span style="font-family: 'Garamond','serif'; font-size: 12pt;"><br></span></i></b></p><p style="line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in;"><b><i><span style="font-family: 'Garamond','serif'; font-size: 12pt;">7. A New Dream:</span></i></b><span style="font-family: 'Garamond','serif'; font-size: 12pt;">&nbsp; <b>a sustainable/productive Mapuche demonstration farm:&nbsp; </b>This is still in the "dream incubator" stage.&nbsp; We want to help one Mapuche farm household discover ways to develop a sustainably productive small farm, beyond subsistence.</span><span style="font-family: 'Garamond','serif';"><span style="font-style: italic;"><span style="font-weight: bold;"><br></span></span></span></p><p style="line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in;"><span style="font-family: 'Garamond','serif';"><span style="font-style: italic;"><span style="font-weight: bold;">8. </span></span></span><b><i><span style="font-family: 'Garamond','serif'; font-size: 12pt;">Beekeeping:</span></i></b><span style="font-family: 'Garamond','serif'; font-size: 12pt;">&nbsp; Dwight is going to study and experiment with top-bar hives next season, (Spring in Chile is in September) which is a method that may be more sustainable for the rural Mapuche beekeeper, since it uses less equipment and more organic methods of disease control, while still generating income.</span></p> <p style="line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: 'Garamond','serif'; font-size: 12pt;"></span>&nbsp;</p> <p style="line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: 'Garamond','serif'; font-size: 12pt;"></span>&nbsp;</p> <p style="line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><a name="LETTER.BLOCK7"><b><span style="font-family: 'Garamond','serif'; color: black; font-size: 14pt;">A New 4 x 4 Truck</span></b></a></p> <p style="line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span><span style="font-family: 'Garamond','serif'; color: black; font-size: 12pt;">As Paul says in Ephesians, God is able to accomplish abundantly far more than we can think or imagine.&nbsp; That is how we feel about the way the American Baptist Women of Indiana addressed and solved a pressing need for our ministries in Chile.&nbsp; How were we going to be able to, (a) keep on using our ten year-old vehicle in rural Chile without it wearing out, or (b) raise the money necessary to replace it with something more functional and durable?</span></span><span><span style="font-family: 'Garamond','serif'; color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-size: 12pt;"></span></span></p> <p style="line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span><span style="font-family: 'Garamond','serif'; color: black; font-size: 12pt;"></span></span><span><span style="font-family: 'Garamond','serif'; color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-size: 12pt;"></span></span>&nbsp;</p> <p style="line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span><span style="font-family: 'Garamond','serif'; color: black; font-size: 12pt;">Please click on this link to read the story of the gift of a new truck and the Chile visit of the Indiana group.&nbsp; </span></span><span></span><span style="font-family: 'Garamond','serif'; color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-size: 12pt;"><a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?llr=zazeipdab&amp;et=1105165767639&amp;s=0&amp;e=0011taSM5AVCdSpoML4XIwXenX39faJFAlvR4YAnNDxhlYAaXgydHwXRO7lF9Pgd9FSo62KG8V0nEhh2p60y7f8BgXrwCE13-2uD4NOGC5Ga_CEMkrEH9HqFngq8hlgtwhRc8PM3mLphEKDrKd3j5buKA=="><span style="color: rgb(0, 102, 204);">http://www.internationalministries.org/read/34398</span></a></span><span style="font-family: 'Garamond','serif'; color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-size: 12pt;"></span></p> <p style="line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: 'Garamond','serif'; color: black; font-size: 12pt;"></span><span style="font-family: 'Garamond','serif'; color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-size: 12pt;"></span>&nbsp;</p> <p style="line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 8.35pt;"><span style="font-family: 'Garamond','serif'; color: black; font-size: 12pt;">The deepest word in our hearts and lives we want to share with you is thank you.&nbsp; Thank you, ABW of IN, and thank you, churches and individuals that responded to their Macedonian call.&nbsp; This gift of a strong, sturdy vehicle will make many good things possible in Chile.</span></p> <table class="Table" style="width: 100%;"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="border: medium none rgb(240, 240, 240); padding: 3.75pt; background-color: transparent;"> <p style="line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><b><span style="font-family: 'Garamond','serif'; color: black; font-size: 14pt;">“they will be called oaks of righteousness,…”<span>&nbsp; </span>Isaiah 61:3-4</span></b></p> <p style="line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: 'Garamond','serif'; color: black; font-size: 12pt;">According to Jesus' vision, those who hear the gospel "will be called oaks of righteousness," rebuilding/ restoring what has been ruined.&nbsp; God is laying hold of our lives for this purpose.</span><span style="font-family: 'Garamond','serif'; color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-size: 12pt;"></span></p> <p style="line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: 'Garamond','serif'; color: black; font-size: 12pt;"></span><span style="font-family: 'Garamond','serif'; color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-size: 12pt;"></span>&nbsp;</p> <p style="line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: 'Garamond','serif'; color: black; font-size: 12pt;">May God bless and equip you with every good thing for doing his will.</span><span style="font-family: 'Garamond','serif'; color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-size: 12pt;"></span></p> <p style="line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: 'Garamond','serif'; color: black; font-size: 12pt;"></span><span style="font-family: 'Garamond','serif'; color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-size: 12pt;"></span>&nbsp;</p> <p style="line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: 'Garamond','serif'; color: black; font-size: 12pt;">Grace, peace, and abrazos,</span><span style="font-family: 'Garamond','serif'; color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-size: 12pt;"></span></p> <p style="line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: 'Garamond','serif'; color: black; font-size: 12pt;">Dwight &amp; Barb Bolick</span><span style="font-family: 'Garamond','serif'; color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-size: 12pt;"></span></p> <p style="line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: 'Garamond','serif'; color: black; font-size: 12pt;"></span><span style="font-family: 'Garamond','serif'; color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-size: 12pt;"></span>&nbsp;</p> <p style="line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: 'Garamond','serif'; color: black; font-size: 12pt;">Temuco, CHILE</span><span style="font-family: 'Garamond','serif'; color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-size: 12pt;"></span></p> <p style="line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: 'Garamond','serif'; color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-size: 12pt;"></span>&nbsp;</p></td></tr></tbody></table> <p style="line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="display: none; font-family: 'Garamond','serif'; font-size: 12pt;"></span>&nbsp;</p> <table class="Table" style="width: 100%;"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="border: medium none rgb(240, 240, 240); padding: 3.75pt; background-color: transparent;"> <p style="line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: 'Garamond','serif'; color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-size: 12pt;"><a href="mailto:dbbolick95@yahoo.com"><span style="color: rgb(51, 0, 204);">dbbolick95@yahoo.com</span></a></span></p> <p style="line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: 'Garamond','serif'; color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-size: 12pt;"></span>&nbsp;</p> <p style="line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 6pt;"><b><i><span style="font-family: 'Garamond','serif'; color: rgb(51, 0, 204); font-size: 12pt;">You are invited to join the Missionary Partnership Network </span></i></b><i><span style="font-family: 'Garamond','serif'; color: rgb(51, 0, 204); font-size: 12pt;">of individuals and churches who partner with the Bolicks.&nbsp;&nbsp; To receive a pledge card, receive their e-mail journals, or learn more, please contact the Coordinator,, Betty Helpa at betty.helpa@gmail.com </span></i><span style="font-family: 'Garamond','serif'; color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-size: 12pt;"></span></p></td></tr></tbody></table> Wed, 13 Apr 2011 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/34976-eight-wonders-in-chile https://internationalministries.org/read/34976-eight-wonders-in-chile Indiana Mission Team’s Encounter in Chile <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Verdana; FONT-SIZE: 10pt;">A mission encounter team of sixteen men and women from ten ABC churches in Indiana recently visited our missionaries Barbara and Dwight Bolick in Chile.</span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Verdana; FONT-SIZE: 10pt;"></span>&nbsp;</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Verdana; FONT-SIZE: 10pt;">Our visit had a dual purpose. First, 5 years ago our region signed a covenant of partnership in ministry with the Convention of Baptist Churches of the Chilean Mission. We went to see first hand the work of our missionaries and the partner convention and to continue to build the relationship we have with both our missionaries and the people among whom they serve. Second, we also went to celebrate the fact that over $45,000 was given to the State Project Fund during the past year by American Baptist Women’s Ministries of IN for the purchase of a new 4 wheel drive vehicle for the Bolicks. We saw first hand the need for a well built, specialized vehicle and the ministries it will enable the Bolicks to continue and expand. Their new vehicle arrived weeks after our visit with them.</span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Verdana; FONT-SIZE: 10pt;"></span>&nbsp;</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Verdana; FONT-SIZE: 10pt;">The first week we visited Cerro Verde, Concepcion and Coronel, areas damaged by last year’s earthquake and tsunami. We learned that ABC, working with the churches of our partner conventions, has centered relief effort in 10 communities and that funds from One Great Hour of Sharing are assisting families who lost their homes and most of their possessions because of the tsunami that accompanied the earthquake.<span>&nbsp; </span>Dwight Bolick, as our ABC representative in the field, has carefully directed the relief efforts to ensure that our projects compliment and do not duplicate what the government is doing.<span>&nbsp; </span></span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Verdana; FONT-SIZE: 10pt;"></span>&nbsp;</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Verdana; FONT-SIZE: 10pt;">In the first months after the earthquake relief efforts focused on basic needs – food kits, drinking water and hygiene kits.<span>&nbsp; </span>Once temporary shelters were provided by the government, the focus shifted to improving the living conditions for those who have to spend 2 to 3 years in these 10’ x 20’ foot “mediaguas”. Local Chilean churches assisted by sending work teams who brought building materials and provided the labor to insulate the mediaguas.<span>&nbsp; </span>They added framed windows and better doors; built tables, chairs and bunk beds for each family; and for families with more than 4 members, the work team built on a 10’ x 10’ addition as a second bedroom area.</span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Verdana; FONT-SIZE: 10pt;"></span>&nbsp;</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Verdana; FONT-SIZE: 10pt;">We saw first hand the ministry of local churches among the displaced families in their own areas.<span>&nbsp; </span>The benefit is that churches throughout the Chliean convention are developing a new sense of volunteerism and service as they send teams to help in the devastated areas.<span>&nbsp; </span>This, in turn, has built stronger and deeper relationships between churches and between the individuals who have served together.<span>&nbsp; </span>During our visit to Coliumo, one of the mediagua camps, we had an unexpected experience, that of feeling for ourselves a 6.9 earthquake tremor.<span>&nbsp; </span>Fortunately, there was no were no deaths or damage from this brief but rather strong tremor.</span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Verdana; FONT-SIZE: 10pt;"></span>&nbsp;</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Verdana; FONT-SIZE: 10pt;">The second half of our encounter was split between Temuco, where the Bolicks have their home and the Mapuche area where they focus their ongoing ministry to the indigenous people. We were privileged, as former Indiana teams have been, to help host two summer gatherings of the local Girls Clubs begun by Barb Bolick and the local churches. We also met with 10 Mapuche women in Repocura as they were preparing final samples of the hand spun and naturally dyed yarn to be sent to a well know yarn company in the United States.<span>&nbsp; </span>The contract that is being negotiated will expand the present Weavers Project to include the production of high quality merino wool yarns for export to a world wide market.<span>&nbsp; </span>The development of these projects, as well as the Bee Keeping Project for honey production, has enabled individuals to increase their very minimal incomes by as much as an additional 40 percent.</span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Verdana; FONT-SIZE: 10pt;"></span>&nbsp;</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Verdana; FONT-SIZE: 10pt;">It was our added privilege to worship together with the church in Concepcion and with 3 Mapuche churches in the south, as well as being able to pray with members of several other churches.<span>&nbsp; </span>We returned home from our encounter touched by the ministry and commitment of our missionaries, proud of the use being made of our world relief funds, and cherishing new friendships with our fellow Baptists in Chile.</span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Verdana; FONT-SIZE: 10pt;"></span>&nbsp;</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Verdana; FONT-SIZE: 10pt;">The members of our team were: Rodger &amp; Mitzi Chappelow, Corri Catellier, Hugh Daugherty, Marian McKittrick, Barbara Mills, Janet Moore, Janice Mott, Tom &amp; Shirley Pavey, Lee &amp; Lynn Riggs, Kelli &amp; Carl Thoele, Barbara Trapp and Helen Wise.</span></p> Sun, 27 Mar 2011 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/34398-indiana-mission-team-s-encounter-in-chile https://internationalministries.org/read/34398-indiana-mission-team-s-encounter-in-chile One Year After the Fifth Largest Earthquake <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="LINE-HEIGHT: 115%; FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt;">In the pre-dawn hours of February 27, 2010, the lay pastor of the Curico church, Vicente Montero, and his wife, Margarita, were vacationing in the coastal fishing village of Iloca.<span>&nbsp; </span>They were asleep in a cabin by the beach when the fifth strongest earthquake in recorded history –8.8 Richter scale—jolted Chile awake around 3:30 AM.<span>&nbsp; </span>Everyone realized immediately the danger of a tsunami, so they fled up the hill behind the town.<span>&nbsp; </span></span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="LINE-HEIGHT: 115%; FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt;">Vicente said that hundreds of people huddled up there, under moonlight, and watched the sea pull back, leaving rocks and ocean floor exposed.<span>&nbsp; </span>Then, in complete silence, amazement, and terror, they watched the first of four twenty - thirty foot waves crash into their homes and buildings along the coastline.<span>&nbsp; </span>Fishing villages like Iloca along a four-hundred mile coastline suffered similar experiences, destroying houses, as well as livelihoods. <span>&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt;"><b><span style="LINE-HEIGHT: 115%; FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt;">But God Was Not In The Earthquake</span></b></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="LINE-HEIGHT: 115%; FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt;">“But the LORD was not in the earthquake,” nor, we may say, in the tsunami.<span>&nbsp; </span>We keep returning to the well of that silence in Iloca, like the “crushed silence” of I Kings 19:12-13, realizing that God called all of us, Chilean Baptists along with you American Baptists, to accompany those who lost everything and help restore dignity to their lives.</span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="LINE-HEIGHT: 115%; FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt;">Soon after the Haiti earthquake, a Reformed pastor in Argentina, Gerardo Oberman, wrote a poem to counter the wrong notion that God used that earthquake to punish people.<span>&nbsp; </span>(read a translation by our colleague, Stan Slade, here:<span>&nbsp;&nbsp; </span><a href="http://www.xtremeteamonline.org/read/17581">www.xtremeteamonline.org/read/17581</a>)</span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt;"><i><span>The earth shook like an enraged beast,<br>the mountains trembled and the sea unleashed its fury,<br>the soil opened its mouth wide and swallowed whole buildings,<br>and a people exhausted from suffering, suffers anew.<br>We saw their faces and heard their cries,………..</span></i></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt;"><i><span>someone stretched out a hand to help,<br>and thousands of hands joined in.</span></i><i><span style="LINE-HEIGHT: 115%; FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt;"> </span></i><i><span style="LINE-HEIGHT: 115%; FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt;"></span></i></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt;"><b><i><span style="LINE-HEIGHT: 115%; FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt;">And God was among them.</span></i></b><i><span style="LINE-HEIGHT: 115%; FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt;"> </span></i><span style="LINE-HEIGHT: 115%; FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt;"></span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="LINE-HEIGHT: 115%; FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt;">And so it is that your gifts for Chile Earthquake Relief through One Great Hour of Sharing have mobilized and equipped Vicente’s church in Curico and eight other churches to provide materials that&nbsp;protect those living in provisional housing&nbsp;from the winter cold and rains, as well as spiritual friendship. <span>&nbsp;</span>God has been among us.</span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt;"><b><span style="LINE-HEIGHT: 115%; FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt;">What the Earthquake and Tsunami Did</span></b></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="LINE-HEIGHT: 115%; FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt;">The earthquake and tsunamis impacted a 78,000 square mile area.<span>&nbsp; </span>Five hundred twenty four people were killed.<span>&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Over 288,000 homes were destroyed or damaged by either the earthquake or the tsunami.<span>&nbsp; </span>Damage to bridges and roads, and structural damage to buildings was widespread, but it must be said that Chile’s infrastructure and construction standards prevented a worse disaster.<b></b></span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt;"><b><span style="LINE-HEIGHT: 115%; FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt;">The Current Situation</span></b></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="LINE-HEIGHT: 115%; FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt;">In Chile, the classic emergency shelters are called <i>mediaguas, </i>which are 10 ft. X 20 ft. uninsulated structures.<span>&nbsp; </span>The government provided 80,000 <i>mediaguas</i>, placing them either on-site of the destroyed home, or creating “villages” of from 100-400 shelters<i>.</i><span>&nbsp; </span>To date, only 20-30% of those families who lost homes have received subsidies to replace their house.<span>&nbsp; </span>The government hopes to have them all relocated by 2012.<span>&nbsp; </span>Therefore, the families in <i>mediaguas</i> will pass another winter in overcrowded, cold conditions.<span>&nbsp; </span>In most cases, from four to as many as eight people are in one <i>mediagua.</i></span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt;"><b><span style="LINE-HEIGHT: 115%; FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt;">Our Strategy</span></b></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="LINE-HEIGHT: 115%; FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt;">Our strategy is to help restore dignity and comfort to families in the <i>mediaguas </i>by providing insulation materials and/or by providing room additions, to ease overcrowding.<span>&nbsp; </span>These units cost on average $500 and include better doors and windows.<span>&nbsp; </span>We have also provided food and hygiene kits, which each have an average cost of $25.<span>&nbsp; </span></span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="LINE-HEIGHT: 115%; FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt;">We have already administered $100,000 of OGHS funds for <span class="yshortcuts1"><span style="COLOR: windowtext;">Chile</span></span> Earthquake/Tsunami Relief and are now working to put the remaining $50,000 to good use in locations we have surveyed and started relationships with the communities.</span><span style="LINE-HEIGHT: 115%; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Console'; FONT-SIZE: 10pt;"> </span><span><span>&nbsp;</span></span><span style="LINE-HEIGHT: 115%; FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt;">Here is a breakdown of how the funds have been used:</span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="LINE-HEIGHT: 115%; FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt;">We worked in eleven communities.</span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="LINE-HEIGHT: 115%; FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt;">747<span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Food kits</span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="LINE-HEIGHT: 115%; FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt;">103 <span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Hygiene kits</span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="LINE-HEIGHT: 115%; FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt;">188<span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Insulation kits</span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="LINE-HEIGHT: 115%; FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt;">54<span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Room additions</span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="LINE-HEIGHT: 115%; FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt;">164<span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Electrical installations</span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="LINE-HEIGHT: 115%; FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt;">51<span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Basic home furnishings (table, chairs, bunk beds)</span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt;"><b><span style="LINE-HEIGHT: 115%; FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt;">Baptist Solidarity and Mission Spirit </span></b></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="LINE-HEIGHT: 115%; FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt;">One of the most gratifying experiences out of everything is to see the mobilization of a core group of volunteers from our churches that has united to work in four projects installing insulation and room additions.<span>&nbsp; </span>This is the Baptist mission heartbeat at its best.<span>&nbsp; </span>These teams come to work at a significant personal cost, without income, but they have discovered a deep joy in this “fellowship of the hammer.”<span>&nbsp; </span>Last weekend, a group of students from our Theological Institute and the convention’s youth group took on the responsibility for installing insulation kits in Iloca.<span>&nbsp; </span>It is refreshing to witness this spirit of solidarity and voluntarism in our partner convention.</span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="LINE-HEIGHT: 115%; FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt;">In April, a group is coming from Crossroads Church in Colorado, to join hands with our Chilean work teams.<span>&nbsp; </span>Yes, there is still work to be done to manifest to the families living yet another winter in the <i>mediaguas</i> that they are not forgotten, that God is among them.</span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><b><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif';">How to Participate</span></b></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif';">We invite you to participate in the Chile Earthquake/Tsunami Relief by designating your gifts to the One Great Hour of Sharing.<span>&nbsp; </span>Donations for Chile Earthquake Relief can be made through your church or sent directly to <b>International Ministries, P.O. Box 851, Valley Forge, PA&nbsp; 19482</b>.&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;Be sure to designate “<b>OGHS-Chile Earthquake Relief.”&nbsp; </b></span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><b><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif';"></span></b>&nbsp;</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><b><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif';"></span></b>&nbsp;</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><b><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif';">March 5, 2011</span></b></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><b><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif';"></span></b>&nbsp;</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><b><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif';"><a href="mailto:dbbolick95@yahoo.com">dbbolick95@yahoo.com</a></span></b></p> Sun, 06 Mar 2011 19:00:00 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/33390-one-year-after-the-fifth-largest-earthquake https://internationalministries.org/read/33390-one-year-after-the-fifth-largest-earthquake Two Great Things I Know <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: 'Garamond','serif';">Isn’t there an old hymn that says “<i>Ask Ye What Great Thing I Know</i>?”<span>&nbsp; </span>That is on my mind as I reflect on&nbsp;our recent&nbsp;travels and activities.<span>&nbsp; </span>We have seen two great things recently that demonstrate the beauty and power of the gospel.<span>&nbsp; </span>We have seen servants of the gospel ministering grace, pointing the way to the Kingdom of God, and being empowered to rebuild the “former devastations” (Isaiah 61:4) in two places of profound destruction and loss, Haiti and Coronel, Chile.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: 'Garamond','serif';"></span>&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><b><span style="font-family: 'Garamond','serif';">HAITI</span></b></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: 'Garamond','serif';"></span>&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: 'Garamond','serif';">As you know, Dwight was in Haiti from September 22 through October 7.<span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Dwight was part of IM’s Haiti Development Advisory Team, along with missionary colleagues Ann and Bruce Borquist (Brazil), Ray Schellinger (Mexico), and Kihomi Ngwemi and Nzunga Mabudiga (Haiti).<span>&nbsp; </span>Our purpose was to help the Haitian Baptist Convention and International Ministries create a plan that can guide IM’s involvement in economic/agricultural projects in cooperation with the Haitian Baptist Convention and other identified partners in Haiti.<strong><span style="font-family: 'Garamond','serif';"><span>&nbsp; </span></span></strong>Our overall purpose was to begin a process of empowering the Convention to strengthen and equip its churches to be centers of integral mission and transformational development in their communities – to share “the whole gospel with the whole person.”</span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: 'Garamond','serif';"></span>&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: 'Garamond','serif';">We had many deep conversations with Convention leadership, and visited churches and other organizations already doing effective economic/agricultural development.<span>&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: 'Garamond','serif';"></span>&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: 'Garamond','serif';">As our missionary colleague in Haiti, Dr. Steve James, said, “<b><i>We saw many signs of the kingdom</i></b>,” where churches are going to be equipped to lead in the rebuilding of Haiti.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: 'Garamond','serif';"></span>&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><b><i><span style="font-family: 'Garamond','serif';">“Be with those who wake, or weep, or watch tonight”</span></i></b></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: 'Garamond','serif';">I cannot begin to describe all that I saw.<span>&nbsp; </span>One day we met with about sixty women that missionary Kihomi works with.<span>&nbsp; </span>One woman described how she lost her house, her husband and three of four children in the earthquake.<span>&nbsp; </span>The meeting turned into a time of weeping, then of spontaneous prayer and hymns.<span>&nbsp; </span>Kihomi led them in a pastoral prayer. <span>&nbsp;</span>The women of Haiti are carrying a great burden of grief and responsibility for their families’ survival.<span>&nbsp; </span>Even so, these women testified of their hope in God and the future.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: 'Garamond','serif';"></span>&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: 'Garamond','serif';">Our missionaries in Haiti are doing extraordinary work and they are superbly gifted by the Holy Spirit with compassion, pastoral wisdom,&nbsp;and love.<span>&nbsp; </span>I have never been more proud of our ABC-IM missionaries.<span>&nbsp; </span></span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: 'Garamond','serif';"></span>&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><b><span style="font-family: 'Garamond','serif';">CORONEL, CHILE</span></b></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: 'Garamond','serif';"></span>&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: 'Garamond','serif';">The earthquake/tsunami relief work we are doing among communities living in the temporary shelters (<i>mediaguas) </i>is always done in partnership with the local church.<span>&nbsp; </span>Our goal is to mobilize and equip the church to minister to material and spiritual needs, and discern where God may be inviting them to evangelize and plant a church.<span>&nbsp; </span></span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: 'Garamond','serif';"></span>&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: 'Garamond','serif';">The church in Coronel caught the vision.<span>&nbsp; </span>They have “adopted” a nearby community of thirty <i>mediaguas</i>.<span>&nbsp; </span>Five other churches caught the vision, too.<span>&nbsp; </span>A few weeks ago a team of twenty men and women came to Coronel from sister churches and worked alongside the residents to install eighteen 6 ft. x 6 ft. room additions.<span>&nbsp; </span></span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: 'Garamond','serif';"></span>&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: 'Garamond','serif';">The Coronel church has been holding worship services and doing pastoral visits in this camp for several weeks.<span>&nbsp; </span>We praise God for letting us see the church be the presence of Christ in this place; rebuilding lives, communities, and helping people find new life in Christ. </span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><b><span style="font-family: 'Garamond','serif';"></span></b>&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><b><span style="font-family: 'Garamond','serif';">Dwight and Barbara Bolick</span></b></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span class="MsoHyperlink"><b><span style="font-family: 'Garamond','serif';">You are invited to join the Missionary Partnership Network </span></b></span><span class="MsoHyperlink"><span style="font-family: 'Garamond','serif';">of individuals and churches who partner with the Bolicks.<span>&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>To receive a pledge card, receive their e-mail journals, or learn more, please contact the Coordinator, Betty Helpa at betty.helpa@gmail.com </span></span></p> Mon, 15 Nov 2010 19:00:00 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/29334-two-great-things-i-know https://internationalministries.org/read/29334-two-great-things-i-know The Chile-Haiti Connection <p class="style=&quot;MARGIN:">Haiti Devlopment Advisory Team</p> <p class="style=&quot;MARGIN:">Dwight has been in Haiti since September 23.&nbsp; He is serving on the Haiti Development Advisory led by&nbsp;IM missionary colleagues Bruce and Ann Borquist (Brasil), with Ray Schellinger (Mexico), and Nzunga and Kihomi Mabudiga (Haiti).<span style="">&nbsp; </span>We will be there until October 7.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>The purpose of this Haiti Development Advisory Team’s visit is to create a master plan that will guide IM’s and the Haitian Baptist Convention’s stewardship of the relief funds designated for economic development projects.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>We&nbsp;have had significant and exciting&nbsp;conversations with our Haitian partners and studied development projects that are producing results.<span style="">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Our purpose is to identify&nbsp;partnerships and recommend a process&nbsp; that will strengthen Haitian Baptists’ capacity to “raise up the former devastations” (Isaiah 61:4).<span style="">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="style=&quot;MARGIN:"><span style="">We are returning to our countries today, and praise God for the signs of the kingdom we have witnessed in Haitian churches and development ministries.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="style=&quot;MARGIN:"><span style="">Barb Speaking in Austin</span></p> <p class="style=&quot;MARGIN:"><span style=""></span>Please pray for us.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Almost as soon as I return, Barb will go to Austin, TX from October 11-19.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>She is going to display Mapuche weavings and attend the Global Voices Women’s Summit.<span style="">&nbsp; </span><a href="http://www.globalwomengo.org/summit/">www.globalwomengo.org/summit/</a><span style="">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>She will preach at FBC-Austin on Oct. 17, and will enjoy time with my parents and many friends.</p> <p class="style=&quot;MARGIN:">Earthquake/Tsunami&nbsp;Relief&nbsp;</p> <p class="style=&quot;MARGIN:">The earthquake/tsunami relief work still carries a sense of urgency.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>We are now serving ten communities, having discovered this month three more “villages” of temporary houses, or <i style="">mediaguas.</i><span style="">&nbsp; </span>Although we are entering springtime, these families face at least two more years living in 10’ x20’ shelters.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>We are still able to provide insulation, room additions, basic furniture, food and hygiene kits to help make their homes more livable.<span style="">&nbsp; </span></p> <p class="style=&quot;MARGIN:">A few weeks ago I was invited to a thanksgiving service in Cerro Verde.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>I listened to dozens of people stand up to say how much these “kits” have helped them through these months of loss.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>While we strive to make sure the help is channeled through the local church, they know that Baptist Christians in the U.S. love them and care about them.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>They are amazed and thankful.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>I wanted you to know this.</p> <p class="style=&quot;MARGIN:">First Mapuche Ordination in Decades&nbsp;</p> <p class="style=&quot;MARGIN:">The day after I return to Chile, we will go to a Mapuche church in a community called Llongahue, where our friend, Francisco Catrin, longtime lay leader, will be ordained for the role and service of pastor.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Very few Mapuche churches have ordained pastors because the dominant urban Chilean churches, and yes, missionaries, did not encourage the contextualization of the gospel in the Mapuche culture.<span style="">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Well, that alone is worth several future newsletters.<span style="">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>For now, let us say that October 9 will be a day of celebration for our Chilean Baptist friends.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Francisco will be the first Mapuche pastor in our convention in over thirty years.</p> <p class="style=&quot;MARGIN:">The Berean Institute will be re-starting classes and workshops in November.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Our Mapuche churches are re-christening it as a Center of Reflection and Development.<span style="">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>The vision is to equip Mapuche churches to live the gospel out of their own culture, in their own language, and participate in their own development.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>We’ll be starting with Mapudungun classes, and a combined biblical study with practice improving reading comprehension.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Once again, “the vision comes…, it does not tarry.”<span style="">&nbsp; </span></p> <p class="style=&quot;MARGIN:">World Mission Offering&nbsp;</p> <p class="style=&quot;MARGIN:">Your gifts toward our ongoing support make these and many more good things possible.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Your partnership and support is deeply gratifying.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>It pleases God and it serves the Kingdom.<span style="">&nbsp; </span></p> <p class="style=&quot;MARGIN:">We invite you to consider an annual or monthly gift to the World Mission Offering.<span style="">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Many of you already designate your WMO for our support.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>The World Mission Offering is a wonderful way to have 100% of your gift go to sustain missionaries, and the partners and projects that they serve.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>For example, the Baptist Theological Institute of our partner convention in Chile can keep on providing pastoral training because of the World Mission Offering.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>To learn more about the WMO, please see <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/drives/wmo_2010">www.internationalministries.org/drives/wmo_2010</a> .</p> <p class="style=&quot;MARGIN:">Thank&nbsp;You for Praying&nbsp;</p> <p class="style=&quot;MARGIN:">Remember, pray for Dwight’s Haiti trip, Barb’s Texas trip, and support the World Mission Offering.</p> Wed, 06 Oct 2010 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/27204-the-chile-haiti-connection https://internationalministries.org/read/27204-the-chile-haiti-connection Dwight’s Ordination and 7 Communities You are Helping <p style="LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><b><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif'; COLOR: #53423a; FONT-SIZE: 12pt;">A Time For Everything&nbsp;</span></b><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif'; COLOR: #666666; FONT-SIZE: 12pt;"></span></p> <p style="LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 0in 0in 8.35pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif'; COLOR: #666666; FONT-SIZE: 12pt;">Twenty-eight years ago, upon graduating from seminary, Dwight felt unready to take on the responsibilities of a pastor. Instead he chose to go into secular work and began his search for the work God would have him do. Now after ten years as a missionary, our Chilean friends often ask why he&nbsp;is not&nbsp;ordained.&nbsp; They&nbsp;tell him that he is doing the work of a pastor among them and that it is time for him to publicly accept the call to ministry that they affirm, and that God has placed in his heart.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;After wrestling with the decision over the last year, he also feels that the timing is right to surrender gladly to God's call. &nbsp;&nbsp;So, on July 13 we began the journey back to the US.&nbsp; &nbsp;Dwight will be ordained on July 25, at 4 PM,&nbsp;at Grace Baptist Church in Blue Bell, PA. &nbsp;&nbsp;We are thankful to each of you that has been a part of our lives and ministry over the last ten years. &nbsp;&nbsp;We want you to know that your encouragement has played an essential role in Dwight's decision to pursue ordination.&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><b><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif'; COLOR: #666666; FONT-SIZE: 12pt;">Collaborating with IM/Haiti Advisory Team&nbsp;</span></b><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif'; COLOR: #666666; FONT-SIZE: 12pt;"></span></p> <p style="LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 0in 0in 8.35pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif'; COLOR: #666666; FONT-SIZE: 12pt;">After Dwight's ordination, we will be staying in Pennsylvania for four days. &nbsp;During these days, Dwight will participate on the IM Haiti Development Advisory Team at IM in Valley Forge, along with missionary colleagues Ray Schellinger, Bruce and Ann Borquist, and Kihomi and Nzunga Mabudinga. &nbsp;Dwight is delighted to work with these experienced colleagues and offer whatever insight he can from his experiences in economic development and now disaster relief in Chile.&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 0in 0in 8.35pt;"><strong><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif'; COLOR: #53423a; FONT-SIZE: 12pt;">On the Home Front</span></strong><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif'; COLOR: #53423a; FONT-SIZE: 12pt;"><br></span><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif'; COLOR: #666666; FONT-SIZE: 12pt;">Barbara has been holding down the fort and the office at home accompanied always by two faithful companions, Jack and Will. &nbsp;&nbsp;Writing lessons for the Girls' Clubs, and guiding the developing yarn project keep her busy. &nbsp;&nbsp;The boys&nbsp; have just finished their first semester of school and their teachers report that they have both integrated and adjusted very well. &nbsp;&nbsp;We praise God for his grace that we see daily in our children.&nbsp;&nbsp;Now they are looking forward to a baseball game and a few days at the shore while in the US. &nbsp;They have been troopers and we are happy to give them this special treat during their winter vacation.</span></p> <p style="LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><b><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif'; COLOR: #53423a; FONT-SIZE: 12pt;">Seven Communities Helped by OGHS Gifts </span></b><b><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif'; COLOR: #53423a; FONT-SIZE: 12pt;"></span></b></p> <p style="LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 0in 0in 8.35pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif'; COLOR: #666666; FONT-SIZE: 12pt;">To date, through your donations to One Great Hour of Sharing, we have been able to insulate 87 shelters, enlarge 21 shelters, provide 340 food and 45 hygiene kits in 7 communities.&nbsp;&nbsp;Your gifts have helped 1,726 persons in distress.&nbsp; This effort continues to dominate Dwight's time, but we feel blessed to be able to provide support for these families in the midst of their sufferings. &nbsp;&nbsp;We thank you for accompanying us as we accompany them.&nbsp; &nbsp;May God continue to bring us closer together through the work He has invited us to share&nbsp;</span><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif'; COLOR: #666666; FONT-SIZE: 12pt;"></span></p> <p style="LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><b><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif'; COLOR: #53423a; FONT-SIZE: 12pt;">You Should Know a Pastor Named Lord&nbsp;</span></b><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif'; COLOR: #666666; FONT-SIZE: 12pt;"></span></p> <p style="LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif'; COLOR: #666666; FONT-SIZE: 12pt;">Lord Merino, the pastor of El Salitre Baptist Church in Temuco,&nbsp;is&nbsp;the person making our relief efforts efficient&nbsp;for the&nbsp;people whose lives were devastated by the earthquake and tsunami.&nbsp; He designed the&nbsp;kits we distribute to provide insulation/siding, and room additions for the emergency houses.</span></p> <p style="LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 0in 0in 8.35pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif'; COLOR: #666666; FONT-SIZE: 12pt;">He&nbsp;gets quotes on materials, negotiates discounts and delivery with suppliers, and accompanies Dwight on&nbsp;the trips to assess needs and deliver materials.&nbsp;&nbsp;He&nbsp;is&nbsp;leading his church in some innovative and authentic&nbsp;endeavors to&nbsp;be the presence of Christ in&nbsp;a marginalized community in Temuco.&nbsp;</span></p> <p> <table class="Table" style="WIDTH: 100%; BACKGROUND: white;"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="BORDER-BOTTOM: #f0f0f0; BORDER-LEFT: #f0f0f0; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; PADDING-LEFT: 8.35pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 8.35pt; BACKGROUND: #8d4537; BORDER-TOP: #f0f0f0; BORDER-RIGHT: #f0f0f0; PADDING-TOP: 0in;"> <p style="LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><b><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif'; COLOR: #f2991b; FONT-SIZE: 12pt;">6 Chilean Churches are Ministering to these 7 Communities</span></b><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif'; COLOR: #f2991b; FONT-SIZE: 12pt;"></span></p></td></tr> <tr> <td style="BORDER-BOTTOM: #f0f0f0; BORDER-LEFT: #f0f0f0; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; PADDING-LEFT: 8.35pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 8.35pt; BORDER-TOP: #f0f0f0; BORDER-RIGHT: #f0f0f0; PADDING-TOP: 0in;"> <p style="LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif'; COLOR: #53423a; FONT-SIZE: 12pt;">The churches in Curico, Talca, Linares, Chillan, Cerro Verde and Concepcion are accompanying the families living in the emergency shelters, "mediaguas," nearby.&nbsp; This is one of the most gratifying things we are seeing.&nbsp; We depend on them to help us assess and identify needs. </span></p> <p style="LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif'; COLOR: #53423a; FONT-SIZE: 12pt;">As we were leaving for the US, a team of twenty people from our churches converged on Chillan to help install insulation, siding, and room additions for eleven families living in mediaguas.</span></p> <p style="LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif'; COLOR: #53423a; FONT-SIZE: 12pt;">We will be telling you the stories of these churches and the communities they adopted in forthcoming newsletters.</span></p> <p style="LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif'; COLOR: #53423a; FONT-SIZE: 12pt;"></span>&nbsp;</p> <p style="LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif'; COLOR: #53423a; FONT-SIZE: 12pt;">Grace to you, and Shalom, from our Lord Jesus Christ, with thanksgiving for your partnership in the Gospel.</span></p> <p style="LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif'; COLOR: #53423a; FONT-SIZE: 12pt;"></span>&nbsp;</p> <p style="LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif'; COLOR: #53423a; FONT-SIZE: 12pt;">Barb and Dwight Bolick</span></p></td></tr></tbody></table></p> Thu, 22 Jul 2010 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/24011-dwight-s-ordination-and-7-communities-you-are-helping https://internationalministries.org/read/24011-dwight-s-ordination-and-7-communities-you-are-helping Five Ways You are Making a Difference in Chile, and Two Great Opportunities <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Comic Sans MS'; FONT-SIZE: 11pt;">Her Greatest Fear</span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Comic Sans MS'; FONT-SIZE: 11pt;">A reporter asked a woman now living in an emergency house after the Chile earthquake about her greatest fear. <span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>She replied, “<i>Being forgotten.<span>&nbsp; </span>We are afraid that we will languish here in our shelters and the rest of the world will go on as if we don’t exist</i>.”</span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Comic Sans MS'; FONT-SIZE: 11pt;"></span>&nbsp;</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Comic Sans MS'; FONT-SIZE: 11pt;">Two months after the 8.8 earthquake, and the massive waves of the tsunami that followed, Chile is deceptively calm.<span>&nbsp; </span><span>&nbsp;</span>But just below the surface are 2 million people displaced by the quake and the tsunami.<span>&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Approximately 370,000 homes were damaged or destroyed.<span>&nbsp; </span></span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Comic Sans MS'; FONT-SIZE: 11pt;"></span>&nbsp;</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Comic Sans MS'; FONT-SIZE: 11pt;">The main priority for the Chilean government has been to provide shelter from the cold and rainy winter that has already begun. <span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Though their efforts are laudable, time and limited resources allow for only a basic emergency shelter for each family. <span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>By June 11, 45,000 emergency houses will have been installed.<span>&nbsp; </span>These shelters (they are called <i>mediaguas </i>in Chile) take the form of 10x20 foot wooden structures with zinc roofs. <span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>There is no electricity, bathroom, running water, windows, or insulation. <span>&nbsp;</span>It will be a tough winter in damp and cold quarters, where respiratory illnesses and flu outbreaks are dreaded.<span>&nbsp; </span><span>&nbsp;</span>Everyone will be using community bath facilities, men and women, young and old, sick and healthy. <span>&nbsp;</span><b><span>&nbsp;</span>The government estimates that most families will spend one to three years in the temporary shelters, </b>waiting for new homes.</span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Comic Sans MS'; FONT-SIZE: 11pt;"></span>&nbsp;</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Comic Sans MS'; FONT-SIZE: 11pt;">Some hospitals in the affected areas are closed or they are reduced to 1/3 to 1/2 of their capacity.<span>&nbsp; </span><span>&nbsp;</span>Here in Temuco, our pediatric wing that normally has 100 beds is operating with 60.<span>&nbsp; </span><span>&nbsp;</span>It serves the entire region.</span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Comic Sans MS'; FONT-SIZE: 11pt;"><span>&nbsp; </span></span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><b><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Comic Sans MS'; FONT-SIZE: 11pt;">The Ways your Donations are Giving Shelter and Aid </span></b></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Comic Sans MS'; FONT-SIZE: 11pt;">Last week Dwight went to Penco with our friends, Lord Merino and Moises Cruces to help Pastor Luis build a small house for two women who lost their homes to the tsunami. <span>&nbsp;</span>Another leader from the Mapuche churches, Eugenio Leal, also left his small farm to come help.<span>&nbsp; </span><span>&nbsp;</span>This house will have windows, electricity, insulation and bathrooms, a mansion compared to the <i>mediaguas </i>just across the railroad tracks. </span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Comic Sans MS'; FONT-SIZE: 11pt;"></span>&nbsp;</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Comic Sans MS'; FONT-SIZE: 11pt;">As your representatives in Chile, we are called to bring hope in the name of Christ.<span>&nbsp; </span><span>&nbsp;</span>After meeting with pastors and residents in the affected area we are convinced that the best form that hope can take is improvements in the living conditions of the emergency camps.</span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Comic Sans MS'; FONT-SIZE: 11pt;"></span>&nbsp;</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><b><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Comic Sans MS'; FONT-SIZE: 11pt;">3 Ways to Make These Shelters Livable</span></b></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Comic Sans MS'; FONT-SIZE: 11pt;">With your help, we can significantly improve the life of a family living in a shelter.<span>&nbsp; </span><span>&nbsp;</span>Depending on the situations and various needs, here’s how: </span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Comic Sans MS'; FONT-SIZE: 11pt;"><span></span></span>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Comic Sans MS'; FONT-SIZE: 11pt;"><span>(1)<span style="FONT: 7pt 'Times New Roman';">&nbsp; </span></span></span><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Comic Sans MS'; FONT-SIZE: 11pt;">Insulation against wind and rain, two electrical outlets and a window can be added with $500.00 per shelter. </span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Comic Sans MS'; FONT-SIZE: 11pt;"></span>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Comic Sans MS'; FONT-SIZE: 11pt;"><span>(2)<span style="FONT: 7pt 'Times New Roman';"> </span></span></span><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Comic Sans MS'; FONT-SIZE: 11pt;">Two beds with blankets, a table with four chairs, and a kerosene heater can also be provided for $500.00.</span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Comic Sans MS'; FONT-SIZE: 11pt;"></span>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Comic Sans MS'; FONT-SIZE: 11pt;"><span>(3)<span style="FONT: 7pt 'Times New Roman';"> </span></span></span><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Comic Sans MS'; FONT-SIZE: 11pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span>We can add an extra room for approximately the same amount.<span>&nbsp; </span></span></p> <p class="MsoListParagraph" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Comic Sans MS'; FONT-SIZE: 11pt;"></span>&nbsp;</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Comic Sans MS'; FONT-SIZE: 11pt;">We have organized our relief efforts to be as responsive to the changing needs of the people as possible.<span>&nbsp; </span>We are working in coordination with the assessments of our local churches and community leaders.</span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Comic Sans MS'; FONT-SIZE: 11pt;"></span>&nbsp;</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><b><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Comic Sans MS'; FONT-SIZE: 11pt;">2 Ways to Meet Basic Needs</span></b></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Comic Sans MS'; FONT-SIZE: 11pt;">We are continuing to distribute food and hygiene kits to families throughout the region. </span></p> <p><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Comic Sans MS'; FONT-SIZE: 11pt;"><span>(1)<span style="FONT: 7pt 'Times New Roman';">&nbsp; </span></span></span><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Comic Sans MS'; FONT-SIZE: 11pt;">The food kits provide staples for a family of four for two weeks at a cost of $25.00 each. <span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Comic Sans MS'; FONT-SIZE: 11pt;"><span>(2)<span style="FONT: 7pt 'Times New Roman';"> </span></span></span><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Comic Sans MS'; FONT-SIZE: 11pt;">The hygiene kits supply the personal needs of a family of four for one month for $22.00.</span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Comic Sans MS'; FONT-SIZE: 11pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span><span>&nbsp; </span></span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><b><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Comic Sans MS'; FONT-SIZE: 11pt;">You Can Be Part of the Recovery Effort Now.</span></b></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Comic Sans MS'; FONT-SIZE: 11pt;">Many of you have asked us to let you know how you can help us. <span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Please know that we are fine, but many of our friends are not. <span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Please help us help them. Donations for Chile Earthquake Relief can be made through your church or sent directly to <b>International Ministries, P.O. Box 851, Valley Forge, PA<span>&nbsp; </span>19482</b>.<span>&nbsp; </span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Be sure to designate “<b>OGHS-Chile Earthquake Relief.”<span>&nbsp; </span></b></span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><b><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Comic Sans MS'; FONT-SIZE: 11pt;"></span></b>&nbsp;</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><b><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Comic Sans MS'; FONT-SIZE: 11pt;">2 Exciting Opportunities for First-Time Donors to our Ongoing Support</span></b></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Comic Sans MS'; FONT-SIZE: 11pt;">From now until May 31, people who are pledging for the first time to our monthly support goals will receive two wonderful privileges:</span></p> <p><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Comic Sans MS'; FONT-SIZE: 11pt;"><span>(1)<span style="FONT: 7pt 'Times New Roman';">&nbsp; </span></span></span><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Comic Sans MS'; FONT-SIZE: 11pt;">The first 360 donors (all IM missionaries included!) will receive a free copy of Tony Campolo’s book, <i>Letters to a Young Evangelical.</i></span></p> <p><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Comic Sans MS'; FONT-SIZE: 11pt;"><span>(2)<span style="FONT: 7pt 'Times New Roman';"> </span></span></span><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Comic Sans MS'; FONT-SIZE: 11pt;">Monthly pledges of $30 will be matched 50%.<span>&nbsp; </span>A matching gift fund established by a generous group of IM friends will turn a $30/mo. pledge into a $45/mo. gift.</span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Comic Sans MS'; FONT-SIZE: 11pt;">To qualify, all pledges must be made on the IM website:<span>&nbsp; </span><a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/drives/360_matching_fund">www.internationalministries.org/drives/360_matching_fund</a></span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Comic Sans MS'; FONT-SIZE: 11pt;"></span>&nbsp;</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Comic Sans MS'; FONT-SIZE: 11pt;">Thank you, our partners and friends in this Chile Mission Community, as we like to call it, for your support and companionship on this journey.</span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Comic Sans MS'; FONT-SIZE: 11pt;">May God richly bless you in every good work, <b>Dwight and Barbara Bolick</b></span><b><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Comic Sans MS';"> <span class="MsoHyperlink"></span></span></b></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span class="MsoHyperlink"><b><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Comic Sans MS';"></span></b></span>&nbsp;</p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span class="MsoHyperlink"><b><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Comic Sans MS';">You are invited to join the Missionary Partnership Network </span></b></span><span class="MsoHyperlink"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Comic Sans MS';">of individuals and churches who partner with the Bolicks.<span>&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>To receive a pledge card, receive their e-mail journals, or learn more, please contact the coordinator, Betty Helpa.<span>&nbsp; </span>E-mail:<span>&nbsp; </span><a href="mailto:betty.helpa@gmail.com">betty.helpa@gmail.com</a></span></span></p> Wed, 12 May 2010 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/21270-five-ways-you-are-making-a-difference-in-chile-and-two-great-opportunities https://internationalministries.org/read/21270-five-ways-you-are-making-a-difference-in-chile-and-two-great-opportunities Give Me Shelter &nbsp;<span class="UIStory_Message">Dwight&nbsp; is going to Cerro Verde, on the coast, with a four-person team from Temuco and the Mapuche churches, to build two mediaguas. We will be adding improvements that the standard mediagua does not have: insulated panels, water and electric installations, and a bathroom and windows. The government is install<span class="text_exposed_hide">...</span><span class="text_exposed_show">ing 40,000 mediaguas. The people are asking for better protection from the coming wet, cold, humid and long Chilean winter. We can provide a basic winterizing service for around $500. With this prototype we can start looking at putting volunteer teams to work.<br>Also distributing 150 food kits this week.&nbsp; Each food kit costs about $25 to assemble.</span></span> <div class="UIStoryAttachment"></div> Mon, 03 May 2010 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/20855-give-me-shelter https://internationalministries.org/read/20855-give-me-shelter Chilean Baptists and IM Put in Motion Relief for Tsunami/Earthquake Victims <p><span class="UIStory_Message">In Chile, we're mobilizing emergency food kits (staple food items for 2 weeks for families) for delivery to Cerro Verde and areas affected by the tsunami. We're modeling them on the CWS food kits, buying in bulk locally to economize. Going to Cerro Verde on Thursday to take first lot of food kits and survey where we'<span class="text_exposed_show">ll build two mediaguas. This is just for starters.<br></span></span><span class="UIStory_Message"><span class="text_exposed_show"></span></span></p> <p><span class="UIStory_Message"><span class="text_exposed_show">The cost of each food kit: $30</span></span></p> <p><span class="UIStory_Message"><span class="text_exposed_show"></span></span><span class="UIStory_Message"><span class="text_exposed_show">The cost of one mediagua: $1,600</span></span></p><span class="UIStory_Message"><span class="text_exposed_show"> <p><br>The government is starting to build mediaguas, but many will miss out on them because of bureacracy, and the basic model offered is barely sufficient to protect against the Chilean winter. We are working with the convention, coordinating and planning the relief and reconstruction efforts that we can accomplish with the funds available.</p> <p>You can designate your donation to Chile Earthquake/Tsunami Relief to purchase a Food Kit or a Mediagua.&nbsp; Chile is not in the news anymore, but the needs for food security and emergency housing remain great.</span></span></p> <div class="UIStoryAttachment"></div> Mon, 12 Apr 2010 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/19851-chilean-baptists-and-im-put-in-motion-relief-for-tsunami-earthquake-victims https://internationalministries.org/read/19851-chilean-baptists-and-im-put-in-motion-relief-for-tsunami-earthquake-victims Chile Baptist Churches and IM Map Out Immediate Strategy <p style="LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 0in 0in 6.25pt;"><b><i><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif'; COLOR: #333333; FONT-SIZE: 14pt;">It’s Not About Us</span></i></b></p> <p style="LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 0in 0in 6.25pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif'; COLOR: #333333; FONT-SIZE: 14pt;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Our original idea was to return to Chile on Feb. 26, which would have put us here for the earthquake on our first day.&nbsp; A series of circumstances made that date impossible, so our next option was March 2, but that flight was canceled.&nbsp; We are inclined to believe that God let us come back on March 16,&nbsp;two weeks after the earthquake, not&nbsp;really to spare us, but to let us know that <b>this is not about us</b>.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Our calling is to accompany people&nbsp;devastated by the earthquake and tsunami, care for them and help them rebuild&nbsp;their lives.&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 0in 0in 6.25pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif'; COLOR: #333333; FONT-SIZE: 14pt;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; This first report tells you about the impressive relief work our partner, the National Baptist Convention of Chile,&nbsp;is already doing with their own resources, and how International Ministries is&nbsp;coming alongside&nbsp;them, combining resources to help people recover.&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 0in 0in 6.25pt;"><b><i><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif'; COLOR: #333333; FONT-SIZE: 14pt;">What We’ve Seen</span></i></b></p> <p style="LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif'; COLOR: #333333; FONT-SIZE: 14pt;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Isaac Venegas and Nidia Alvarado are&nbsp;the co-pastors of the Nueva Esperanza (New Hope) Baptist Church in <b>Chillan</b>.&nbsp;&nbsp; They and their four daughters are sleeping outside in tents, a month now after the earthquake, because of the imminent danger of the&nbsp;parsonage's collapse.&nbsp; Indeed, thousands of families are in similar circumstances, waiting for adequate solutions to the need for safe housing.</span></p> <p style="LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif'; COLOR: #333333; FONT-SIZE: 14pt;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Dwight just returned from a five day tour&nbsp;to assess the damage in <b>Concepcion</b> and in <b>Cerro Verde</b>, a community hit by the tsunami.&nbsp;&nbsp;He also went to the cities of Talca, Curico and Chillan where our churches were seriously damaged.&nbsp;Pastors Lord Merino, Tomas Vivanco and&nbsp;the convention president, Mario Ramos, accompanied him.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif'; COLOR: #333333; FONT-SIZE: 14pt;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; In <b>Cerro Verde alone</b>, the earthquake and tsunami&nbsp;destroyed the homes of over 125 families.&nbsp;&nbsp;Multiply that 1,000 times to understand the impact on 200 miles of Chilean coastal villages and surrounding areas.&nbsp; Fishing boats and fish processing plants were&nbsp;wiped out.&nbsp;&nbsp;The port is contaminated with raw sewage, so it will be months before fishing will be allowed, even if they had boats.&nbsp;&nbsp;Water still must be trucked in.</span></p> <p style="LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif'; COLOR: #333333; FONT-SIZE: 14pt;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Many homes and businesses may look fine on the outside but have suffered&nbsp;structural damages that require demolition.&nbsp;&nbsp;The church in Talca sustained damages to three walls and they must decide whether to repair them or simply demolish the building.&nbsp; The church in<b> Los</b> <b>Angeles</b> also&nbsp;has a damaged wall that must be replaced.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;The church and parsonage in <b>Chillan</b>&nbsp;are severely damaged.&nbsp; All the supporting pillars are cracked, and the roofs are not supported soundly.&nbsp; All the walls must be replaced.</span></p> <p style="LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 0in 0in 6.25pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif'; COLOR: #333333; FONT-SIZE: 14pt;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Cost estimates for the repair work will be gathered, and the urgent repair work will begin immediately.&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 0in 0in 6.25pt;"><b><i><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif'; COLOR: #333333; FONT-SIZE: 14pt;">What Can We Do?<span>&nbsp; </span>An Immediate-Term Strategy</span></i></b></p> <p style="LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 0in 0in 6.25pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif'; COLOR: #333333; FONT-SIZE: 14pt;"><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Within a week of the earthquake and tsunami, churches in the National Baptist Convention collected over $2,000, which is a considerable amount in this context.&nbsp; Over two consecutive weekends they took caravans of trucks bearing food, clothes, water and personal care items to churches in the affected areas to minister to needs in the communities.&nbsp; Churches in the south are committed to a campaign using their own resources to assemble food and hygiene kits for transport to the communities most in need.&nbsp; Also, the Mapuche churches and other churches in the south are prepared to send teams to help people demolish their homes, salvage materials, repair homes, or winterize <strong><i><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif';">mediaguas</span></i></strong><em><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif';">.</span></em> </span><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif'; COLOR: #333333; FONT-SIZE: 14pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="LINE-HEIGHT: 115%; FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif'; COLOR: #333333; FONT-SIZE: 14pt;"><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Using the $20,000 from the <b>One Great Hour of Sharing- Chile Earthquake Relief</b> funds, <b><i>Relief </i></b>funds, and in coordination with the $25,000 which the National Baptist Convention received from the Baptist World Alliance, we are focusing on: </span></p> <p class="MsoListParagraph"><b><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif'; COLOR: #333333; FONT-SIZE: 14pt;"><span>(1)<span style="FONT: 7pt 'Times New Roman';"> </span></span></span></b><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif'; COLOR: #333333; FONT-SIZE: 14pt;">supplying <b><i>food and hygiene kits</i></b> to the most vulnerable communities we can reach, from the church and community of Cerro Verde outwards and,</span></p> <p class="MsoListParagraph"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif'; COLOR: #333333; FONT-SIZE: 14pt;"></span><b><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif'; COLOR: #333333; FONT-SIZE: 14pt;"><span>(2)<span style="FONT: 7pt 'Times New Roman';"> </span></span></span></b><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif'; COLOR: #333333; FONT-SIZE: 14pt;">We will collaborate with the Convention on the urgent need to <b><i>repair the church buildings</i></b>.&nbsp; </span></p> <p style="LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 0in 0in 6.25pt;"><b><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif'; COLOR: #333333; FONT-SIZE: 14pt;">(3)</span></b><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif'; COLOR: #333333; FONT-SIZE: 14pt;"> Much more is needed for families as winter approaches, such as <b><i>blankets, bedding, and adequate housing,</i></b> even if only provisional, such as<b><i> mediaguas</i></b> and winterizing improvements to them.&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 0in 0in 6.25pt;"><b><i><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif'; COLOR: #333333; FONT-SIZE: 14pt;">An Urgent Need – Please Join Us</span></i></b></p> <div> <table class="Table" style="WIDTH: 375.65pt;"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="BORDER-BOTTOM: #d4d0c8; BORDER-LEFT: #d4d0c8; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; PADDING-LEFT: 0in; WIDTH: 100%; PADDING-RIGHT: 0in; BACKGROUND: white; BORDER-TOP: #d4d0c8; BORDER-RIGHT: #d4d0c8; PADDING-TOP: 0in;"> <table class="Table" style="WIDTH: 100%; BACKGROUND: #ffffcc;"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="BORDER-BOTTOM: #d4d0c8; BORDER-LEFT: #d4d0c8; PADDING-BOTTOM: 3.75pt; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; PADDING-LEFT: 3.75pt; WIDTH: 100%; PADDING-RIGHT: 3.75pt; BORDER-TOP: #d4d0c8; BORDER-RIGHT: #d4d0c8; PADDING-TOP: 3.75pt;"> <p style="LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><a name="LETTER.BLOCK9"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif'; COLOR: #333333; FONT-SIZE: 14pt;">The thousands of families left homeless are waiting for government-provided shelters called <b><i>mediaguas.&nbsp; </i></b>These shelters are just that, shelters from the rain.&nbsp; They do not have insulation, windows, bathrooms or heat and they are meant to be provisional.&nbsp; <b>The government has just announced their plan to meet the housing needs of over 300,000 families.&nbsp;</b> As expected, it is a broad range of measures, from <b><i>mediaguas</i></b> for those in the most distressed economic circumstances, to subsidizing repairs or new houses for others.&nbsp; <b><i>We will be seeking to "fill the breach," finding ways to address the food, shelter, income-generating, <u>and pastoral care</u>&nbsp;needs of the most vulnerable and neglected sectors</i></b>.&nbsp;</span></a></p> <p style="LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif'; COLOR: #333333; FONT-SIZE: 14pt;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p style="LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif'; COLOR: #333333; FONT-SIZE: 14pt;"><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Dwight&nbsp;invited Patricia Cofre, Rector of our Baptist Theological Institute, to present some workshops on dealing with post-traumatic stress and grief, to be&nbsp;sponsored by the churches in some of the&nbsp;hardest hit areas.&nbsp; She is a graduate of Palmer Seminary and her major area of study was pastoral counseling.&nbsp; We believe this kind of helping presence is important, and our priority is to care for people who are bearing tremendous grief and stress.</span></span></p> <p style="LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif'; COLOR: #333333; FONT-SIZE: 14pt;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p style="LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif'; COLOR: #333333; FONT-SIZE: 14pt;"><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>One&nbsp;way we see to help in the immediate term will be to enhance the livability of the <b><i>mediaguas, </i></b>by adding insulation, windows, bedding, heat, etc.&nbsp; Our Chilean church teams are ready to go to work.&nbsp; We need to monitor the effectiveness of the government's plans even&nbsp;as we&nbsp;initiate our own strategy.&nbsp; We know that volunteers in the U.S. are willing to come and help in these rebuilding efforts.&nbsp; Please let us continue to see what the effect and extent of the government's program is before inviting volunteers to come.</span></span></p> <p style="LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif'; COLOR: #333333; FONT-SIZE: 14pt;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></p> <p style="LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span><b><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif'; COLOR: #333333; FONT-SIZE: 14pt;">How to Support Chile Earthquake/Tsunami Relief </span></b></span><span><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif'; COLOR: #333333; FONT-SIZE: 14pt;"></span></span></p> <p style="LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span><b><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif'; COLOR: #333333; FONT-SIZE: 14pt;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></b></span></p> <p style="LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span><b><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif'; COLOR: #333333; FONT-SIZE: 14pt;"><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></b></span><span><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif'; COLOR: #333333; FONT-SIZE: 14pt;">Donations can be made&nbsp;through your church or sent directly to International Ministries.&nbsp; Designate your gifts&nbsp;for<b>:&nbsp;&nbsp;OGHS- Chile Earthquake Relief</b>.&nbsp;&nbsp;Send to P.O. Box&nbsp;851, Valley Forge, PA&nbsp; 19482.&nbsp; Or you may give online&nbsp;at&nbsp;</span></span><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif'; COLOR: #333333; FONT-SIZE: 14pt;"><a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1103263698105&amp;s=0&amp;e=001VzKf3sCZBUmaGWBUY8X0jU4CABtvRilPMEejADNsDGGnuKUmRJDVEprXabatRJh9zXAaV9FJT9O9TP2YPhIThZlQ7pkC92xlBHmOtd0v3Li8Cc12kW1D8uPRiIgXVHHv5dv707srQxY="><span style="COLOR: #0066cc;">www.internationalministries.org</span></a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif'; COLOR: #333333; FONT-SIZE: 14pt;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; You may also wish to designate your gift for the reconstruction of the churches, or perhaps to&nbsp;support the&nbsp;costs of Chilean teams going to work, or to underwrite the&nbsp;improvements&nbsp;and building of mediaguas<b>.&nbsp;&nbsp; </b></span><b><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif'; FONT-SIZE: 14pt;"></span></b></p> <p style="LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><b><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif'; COLOR: #333333; FONT-SIZE: 14pt;"></span></b><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif'; FONT-SIZE: 14pt;"></span>&nbsp;</p> <p style="LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><b><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif'; COLOR: #333333; FONT-SIZE: 14pt;">&nbsp;THANK YOU!&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></b><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif'; COLOR: #333333; FONT-SIZE: 14pt;"></span></p></td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr> <tr> <td style="BORDER-BOTTOM: #d4d0c8; BORDER-LEFT: #d4d0c8; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; PADDING-LEFT: 0in; WIDTH: 100%; PADDING-RIGHT: 0in; BACKGROUND: white; BORDER-TOP: #d4d0c8; BORDER-RIGHT: #d4d0c8; PADDING-TOP: 0in;"> <table class="Table" style="WIDTH: 100%; BACKGROUND: #ffffcc;"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="BORDER-BOTTOM: #d4d0c8; BORDER-LEFT: #d4d0c8; PADDING-BOTTOM: 3.75pt; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; PADDING-LEFT: 3.75pt; PADDING-RIGHT: 3.75pt; BORDER-TOP: #d4d0c8; BORDER-RIGHT: #d4d0c8; PADDING-TOP: 3.75pt;"> <p style="LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif'; COLOR: #333333; FONT-SIZE: 14pt;">Our hearts are full with strong and wonderful memories of our time with so many of you.&nbsp; We are thankful for this work that has been entrusted to us and the confidence you have put in us through your support.&nbsp; </span></p> <p style="LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif'; COLOR: #333333; FONT-SIZE: 14pt;"></span>&nbsp;</p> <p style="LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif'; COLOR: #333333; FONT-SIZE: 14pt;">We know that <b><i>the deepest desire of your hearts is ours' also, "thy kingdom come, on earth as it is in heaven</i></b>."&nbsp; Our great joy is to be partners with you in the service and pursuit of God's Shalom as followers of Jesus Christ. </span></p> <p style="LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif'; COLOR: #333333; FONT-SIZE: 14pt;"></span>&nbsp;</p> <p style="LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif'; COLOR: #333333; FONT-SIZE: 14pt;">May God richly bless you with every good thing for doing his will,</span></p> <p style="LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif'; COLOR: #333333; FONT-SIZE: 14pt;"></span>&nbsp;</p> <p style="LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif'; COLOR: #333333; FONT-SIZE: 14pt;">Barb &amp; Dwight Bolick</span></p> <p style="LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif'; COLOR: #333333; FONT-SIZE: 14pt;"></span>&nbsp;</p> <p style="LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif'; COLOR: #333333; FONT-SIZE: 14pt;">Temuco, Chile</span></p> <p style="LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Garamond','serif'; COLOR: #333333; FONT-SIZE: 14pt;"></span>&nbsp;</p></td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr></tbody></table></div> Sun, 04 Apr 2010 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/19669-chile-baptist-churches-and-im-map-out-immediate-strategy https://internationalministries.org/read/19669-chile-baptist-churches-and-im-map-out-immediate-strategy Immediate relief continues in Chile <p><span class="UIStory_Message">Dwight went to Concepcion and Cerro Verde with two pastors from the southern district, Lord Merino and Tomas Vivanco. They will be bringing teams from here to help people demolish their houses and salvage materials. One short-term plan is to bring teams to make improvements on the temporary shelters the government will be supplying (they are called "medi<span class="text_exposed_show">aguas")to protect against the coming cold and rains. We may&nbsp;also build some mediaguas ourselves.<br>Immediate relief will continue with what the chilean churches started. We will assemble and distribute food and hygiene kits to address the most basic needs of those who lost jobs. The tsunamai wiped out the fishing processing businesses. This is what we are beginning to do with OGHS funds. </span></span></p> <p><span class="UIStory_Message"><span class="text_exposed_show">The government is about to announce their plan to address the housing needs of over 250,000 families.&nbsp; It will probably include mediaguas and subsidized new housing.&nbsp; We will be looking for the way to help the most neglected people.&nbsp; </span></span><span class="UIStory_Message"><span class="text_exposed_show"><br>Tomorrow I am going with the convention president to assess the damages to the churches and pastors' homes in Chillan, Curico and Talca.<br>Please pray for us.</span></span></p> Thu, 25 Mar 2010 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/19446-immediate-relief-continues-in-chile https://internationalministries.org/read/19446-immediate-relief-continues-in-chile National Baptist Convention of Chile takes more needed supplies to epicenter <p>The following is written by Mario Ramos, President of the National Baptist Convention of Chile, IM's partner.&nbsp; It is a summary of the most recent relief efforts of our churches to address immediate needs of the churches in the areas most affected by the earthquake and tsunamai.</p> <p>(We have arrived in Temuco, Chile and are getting the boys established in school, arranging ourselves as quickly as possible in the house, and preparing to take a first trip to the Concepcion area to assess immediate needs and address them with the resources from OGHS-Chile Earthquake Relief.)&nbsp; --Dwight Bolick</p> <p class="align=center" style="TEXT-ALIGN: center; LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><b><span style="FONT-VARIANT: small-caps; FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman','serif'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt;">From the desk of the President</span></b></p> <p class="align=center" style="TEXT-ALIGN: center; LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><b><span style="FONT-VARIANT: small-caps; FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman','serif'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt;">Convention of Baptist Churches of the Chilean Mission</span></b></p> <p class="align=center" style="TEXT-ALIGN: center; LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><b><span style="FONT-VARIANT: small-caps; FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman','serif'; FONT-SIZE: 12pt;">Second Assessment Post-Earthquake in Chile</span></b></p> <p style="LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman','serif';"></span>&nbsp;</p> <p style="TEXT-ALIGN: justify; LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman','serif';">On Saturday, March 13, 2010, our journey began at 5:30 a.m. toward the Eighth Region in Chile, one of the most affected areas after the Earthquake last Saturday, February 27, 2010. This time more brethren accompanied us in order to be in those places, comforting our people in the churches, as well as the many other people we were able to reach out to with what we were bringing from the Ninth Region. Our goal was to gather among the churches in the Southern District 1.000 kilos (2,200 lbs.) of flour, yet by God’s grace and the generosity of our brothers and sisters we gathered 2.500 kilos (5,500 lbs.), plus 500 kilos (1,100 lbs.) from our people in the Lakes District in the Tenth Region, which include our churches in our Convention’s Mapuche area. Besides those 3.000 kilos (6,600 lbs.) of flour, we were able to get with Convention resources, salt, yeast, rice, noodles, milk, sugar, diapers, clothing gathered in the churches, and toys for the children.</span></p> <p style="TEXT-ALIGN: justify; LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman','serif';"></span>&nbsp;</p> <p style="TEXT-ALIGN: justify; LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman','serif';"></span><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman','serif';"><span>&nbsp;</span></span><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman','serif';">On our previous trip (on Saturday, March 6), after sharing with a group of women that were not from the church (they were from the neighborhood where the sanctuary of the Baptist Church in <b><i><u>Cerro Verde</u></i></b> stands), we committed ourselves to return.</span></p> <p style="TEXT-ALIGN: justify; LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman','serif';"></span>&nbsp;</p> <p style="TEXT-ALIGN: justify; LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman','serif';">&nbsp;</span><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman','serif';">Mrs. María told us of her needs as well as her neighbors’ needs. Most of them are wives of fishermen that have lost everything. One of their most needed items was the flour and hence that was what we requested to our churches which once again responded with abundant generosity. We had committed ourselves with those women, children, and their families; we could not fail them and thanks to God we delivered. Watching their faces as they received what we brought confirmed that they were hungry for some food, and that is what we gave them. Besides distributing food supplies, we brought ingredients almost ready for lunch and shared a meal with all of them. It was of great joy to see my brothers and sisters willing to serve them and making them feel a bit of joy in the midst of so much sorrow.</span></p> <p style="TEXT-ALIGN: justify; LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman','serif';"></span>&nbsp;</p> <p style="TEXT-ALIGN: justify; LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman','serif';"></span><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman','serif';">Sister Wilma, from Baptist Church “El Salitre” in Temuco, brought her hair cut equipment and took care of children, adults, and women that needed a haircut. What a nice gesture from our sister! We brought 60 bags ready for distribution to people outside the church; families that had been contacted through those who visited the first time. To God be the glory! We were able to fulfill our commitment, yet there is still so much more that we need to do for them and that is what we wish to do with all of our hearts.</span></p> <p style="TEXT-ALIGN: justify; LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman','serif';"></span>&nbsp;</p> <p class="align=center" style="TEXT-ALIGN: center; LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman','serif';">When we left Temuco, we organized two teams of cars: four traveled directly to Cerro Verde, in the Vicinity of Penco, and two traveled to <b><i><u>Coronel.&nbsp; </u></i></b></span></p> <p class="align=center" style="TEXT-ALIGN: center; LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman','serif';"></span><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman','serif';">This area of Coronel was very important for their coal mining, but in the 90s almost 100% of the mines were shut down due to the risk to the miners working in extremely dangerous conditions. Today the city is one of the poorest in Chile with high alcoholism rates. Driving through their neighborhoods we saw a lot of destruction, especially their main silo in the city that is now completely destroyed. Water service is just being restored and a lot of people are still in the hills fearing the sea. We left some provisions again and talked to some of the brethren at church that said: “Brothers and sisters, we give thanks to God for the provisions you have given us so far. As you can see, most of us are well; the sanctuary has some minor cracks that need evaluation to assess the severity (though at first sight it doesn’t seem severe), so this help is enough for now. So, please concentrate on those that are most affected…” These words speak volumes of these brothers and sisters and their hearts as children of God. We will continue to labor and assist with God’s help.</span></p> <p style="TEXT-ALIGN: justify; LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman','serif'; FONT-SIZE: 8pt;"></span>&nbsp;</p> <p style="TEXT-ALIGN: justify; LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman','serif';">Also that day a team of brethren traveled from our country’s capital, Santiago. Those churches had gathered food, clothes, and money to help in another very affected area of our nation, the Maule Region. This team left on the night of Friday, March 12, led by Pastor José Marín from the Baptist Church “Cóndores de Chile” joined by 10 members of our churches. They began in Chillán to end in Curicó. This is a summary of what they were able to achieve based on the phone testimony by Pastor Marín.</span></p> <p style="TEXT-ALIGN: justify; LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman','serif'; FONT-SIZE: 8pt;"></span>&nbsp;</p> <p style="TEXT-ALIGN: justify; LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><b><i><u><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman','serif';">Chillán</span></u></i></b><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman','serif';">: There are serious structure problems in the parsonage and sanctuary; the pastor and his family (wife and 4 daughters) are living under a tent in the church’s lot until things become normal since the house is at risk and the aftershocks continue (there have been 316 registered aftershocks in the first 14 days post-earthquake). The main structures of the sanctuary are seriously damaged. This is to be evaluated by experts to see what needs to be done to it. Most likely it will need to be demolished. It will depend on such report. Also, two families in the church completely lost their houses. There will be need to help rebuild from scratch for these families. The team from Santiago left 30 boxes of food, clothing, and a love offering with the Pastors Isaac Venegas and his wife Nidia Alvarado, at Baptist Church New Hope in Chillán.</span></p> <p style="TEXT-ALIGN: justify; LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman','serif'; FONT-SIZE: 8pt;"></span>&nbsp;</p> <p style="TEXT-ALIGN: justify; LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><b><i><u><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman','serif';">San Carlos</span></u></i></b><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman','serif';">: Here the situation was a bit calmer. The families from the church are safe after the Earthquake, yet live in an area of marked poverty hence needing our continued support. The sanctuary did not suffer any damages. This new building (built with the financial support and labor of brothers and sisters from the American Baptist Churches who worked hand in hand with the members and neighbors of the local Church) resisted the Earthquake much better. The team that visited the Baptist Church New Hope in San Carlos (daughter of Chillán) also left 30 boxes of food and a love offering for the church members.</span></p> <p style="TEXT-ALIGN: justify; LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman','serif'; FONT-SIZE: 8pt;"></span>&nbsp;</p> <p style="TEXT-ALIGN: justify; LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><b><i><u><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman','serif';">Linares</span></u></i></b><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman','serif';">: Even though the city suffered a lot of destruction, since their houses are made of sun-dried clay brick (adobe), the church members are doing well. We do not have a sanctuary as the members meet in a school where Brother Jorge Durán works. They expect to begin construction this year in a lot they bought with help from the Convention. Likewise, 30 boxes of food, clothes, and a love offering were left with Pastor Ricardo Alfaro. When the team arrived to Linares they were getting ready to go in relief of Constitución, another of the damaged areas in Chile. So, part of the supplies they received, they shared in Constitución with those that lost everything.</span></p> <p style="TEXT-ALIGN: justify; LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><b><i><u><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman','serif';">Talca</span></u></i></b><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman','serif';">: This is another city in the Maule area that was widely shaken by the Earthquake and very close to the epicenter. The sanctuary was split. The members are not meeting in the building because of its dangers. Most likely it will need to be demolished for safety reasons. As in the previous churches, 30 boxes of food, clothes, and a love offering was left with the Pastor Isaías Sánchez Neveu and his wife Flor Vasquez.</span></p> <p style="TEXT-ALIGN: justify; LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman','serif'; FONT-SIZE: 8pt;"></span>&nbsp;</p> <p style="TEXT-ALIGN: justify; LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><b><i><u><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman','serif';">Curicó</span></u></i></b><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman','serif';">: Also a very distressed area after the Earthquake. Here the pastor’s house was severely damaged, as well as the sanctuary that sits in the same lot as the pastor’s. The damages are internal; therefore, at first sight or from the street they cannot be appreciated, but inside damages are more evident. Just like in all previously described church visits, 30 boxes of food, clothes, and a love offering was left with their Pastor Vicente Montero. The long journey of our brothers in Santiago finished here after such great labor of relief and comfort of our brothers and sisters.</span></p> <p style="TEXT-ALIGN: justify; LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman','serif'; FONT-SIZE: 8pt;"></span>&nbsp;</p> <p style="TEXT-ALIGN: justify; LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman','serif';">I would like to share a message sent to me by Pastor Vicky Machuca, from Baptist Church in Llo-Lleo, Vicinity of San Antonio, in the Fifth Region in Chile:</span></p> <p style="TEXT-ALIGN: justify; LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman','serif'; FONT-SIZE: 8pt;"></span>&nbsp;</p> <p style="TEXT-ALIGN: justify; LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman','serif';">"Dear Mario: Thank you so much for your concern. The team came bringing help and were such a blessing. Our people was very happy; besides they really needed it. Ernesto will tell you more. They also helped to clean and remove debris and rebuild a fence. There is yet a lot to be done, but they said they’d return. Ernesto is very, very efficient; and a very hard worker… Hammer in hand, removing huge rubbles, guiding the reconstruction process; I mean, I was really impressed for he looks very office-like, but he’s not so. God bless him and all who gave. On top of everything, my brothers and sisters really saw that we are more than what it looks on the surface. They always hear me talk of the Convention, their greetings, but now they could meet other people and see of their love for us. Thank you so much. God bless you."</span></p> <p style="TEXT-ALIGN: justify; LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman','serif'; FONT-SIZE: 8pt;"></span>&nbsp;</p> <p style="TEXT-ALIGN: justify; LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman','serif';">As I was finishing this report, I got a call from Pastor Héctor Cisternas of the Baptist Church in Traiguén, Vicinity of the Ninth Region in Chile. Two walls of this sanctuary fell and must be demolished as they are within the limits of a school and the Municipality Authorities have said they cannot remain in such state. Therefore, they too need of our support.&nbsp; </span></p> <p style="TEXT-ALIGN: justify; LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman','serif';"></span>&nbsp;</p> <p style="TEXT-ALIGN: justify; LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman','serif';"></span><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman','serif';">As you can see, this Earthquake shook many regions in our country; in each of them there are damages. Yet, the Seventh and Eighth Regions are the more severely affected of our long and narrow land. May God help us with wisdom to be good stewards of the resources that will become available so that we can support each one of our brothers and sisters and country people that has lost everything. May God bless each of you that read these lines and will be moved to compassion.</span></p> <p style="TEXT-ALIGN: justify; LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman','serif'; FONT-SIZE: 8pt;"></span>&nbsp;</p> <p style="TEXT-ALIGN: justify; LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman','serif';">“I will lift up my eyes to the hills… from whence comes my help? My help comes from the <span style="FONT-VARIANT: small-caps;">Lord</span>, Who made heaven and earth.” </span><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman','serif';">Psalms 121:1-2</span></p> <p style="LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman','serif'; FONT-SIZE: 8pt;"></span>&nbsp;</p> <p style="LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman','serif';">Un abrazo,</span></p> <p style="LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman','serif'; FONT-SIZE: 8pt;"></span>&nbsp;</p> <p style="LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman','serif';">Mario Ramos E.</span></p> <p style="LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman','serif';">Presidente</span></p> <p style="LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman','serif';">Convención de Iglesias Bautistas M. Ch.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 18 Mar 2010 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/19287-national-baptist-convention-of-chile-takes-more-needed-supplies-to-epicenter https://internationalministries.org/read/19287-national-baptist-convention-of-chile-takes-more-needed-supplies-to-epicenter