This morning is starting off chilly (55). We are finishing up a couple of projects and cleaning up around camp. We are planning to be at the airport by 5:30pm Chilean time, 4:30pm PA time. Our flight out is at 8:40 pm and we are scheduled to land in Miami at 4am. We have a 3 hour layover and fly out at 7am. We’re scheduled to land in Philly around 10am.
The time here has been great and getting to experience first hand the vision for this camp is exciting. I believe our team of 7 has become more aware and more supportive of the Valette’s ministry. I know personally it’s taken me deeper. To go from hearing about the Valette’s and what they’re doing in heir monthly letter to taking my partnership with them deeper by physically working alongside Dan. It gives a better understanding. Now when I will read about the camp and what is going on I will know exactly what they are talking about.
I am grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this team and serve our church by being here working with one of our missionaries.
This trip was made possible by many people partnering with us back home, financially, prayerfully, and through tool donations. Without you, we wouldn’t have accomplished nearly what we have. Next time we have a mission trip opportunity, I encourage you to prayerfully consider being a part of the team that goes, it will truly be a blessing.
We look forward to being home and sharing with you about the trip. We plan to have a picture slide show and a meal where we can present to you not only the work we did, but the food we are as a part of our cultural experience. Be looking for more information about a date for that in the near future.
“And the Lord said ‘Let my people go'” To be reading and studying from the book of Exodus here at Pirque Campamento Centros Biblicus at the base (1 mile away) of the Andes Mountains gives me goosebumps to say the least. It is and has been a blessing to share this week and be a part of the team.
Today being cloudy reminds me of how God led Moses and the Israelites by day with the cloud. The Andes were hiding yet his love shined through as I got to help and watch Rodger and Brian with their project of the stage.
Dan has been the great overseer in charge as Joseph was while at Potiphar’s house, showing godly character and vision.
The majestic mountains finally showed themselves around dinner time, showing God’s glory and beauty. As rocky as the area is it still took the rock ladies, Lori and Lynn, to help bring a firm foundation to the stage over and above their meal prep.
Mucho grande Gringo (that’s Tim). He got all of his metal fabrication done, in between helping with this project and that project. He taught me in the art of metal work(grinding, cutting and drilling).
Justin completed the deck which turned out stunning and will get much use.
Projects were filled with understanding and helped us to see the vision God gave to Dan for this camp.
All in all this short visit out of obedience has been a growing experience. Watching God work in each other. No commands of do this or do that. Just knowing why we are there. I really got to see this in helping Justin with the step for the deck, too much to write, ask when you see me.
The fellowship, the country, and the food.
The day started off early with breakfast followed by a short devotion and then off to work. Justin has been hard at work on the deck. Chuck and Tim are continuing to cut and weld for tables and wash lines. Brian and I (Rodger) are better than halfway through the design and building of the new worship platform. Lori and Lynn are keeping us well fed for breakfast and lunch. Plus they’re still gathering and washing rocks for the Gaibions as well as fabricating them for the platform.
The work is progressing as the time flies by. The camp is receiving a much needed face lift and we are all growing in our service of God.
For dinner we started with a fish & veggie salad. Then when had fire grilled pork chops with mashed potatoes. This all was followed by a vanilla flan for dessert.
After dinner we went back to work for a short time and then attempted to Skype the Awana kids. While it worked for a very brief moment we weren’t too successful. We followed this with a time of evening devotions and a hard earned rest, looking forward to Thursday.
We started the day of with a challenge from Dan to do things for God’s glory instead of ourselves. It is easy to be selfish and want everything to happen in our time frame. The Lord’s way is not our way.
We (Brian and Rodger)have been building a stage and my wife, Lynn, wanted to assemble the Gaibions a different way than I was thinking. Rodger told me to walk away instead of continuing the discussion with my wife. If someone else would have made the suggestion I would have said “ok” I’m sure I’m not alone when I want to impose my way on a loved one in this instance my wife.
We are getting a lot of work don, though it seems we’re going slow. Dan assures us that what we’re getting done would take he and Ivan months to complete. Lori and Lynn are “rock” stars as they have been gathering and washing rocks for the Gaibions. They also have been making breakfast each morning.
Tim is grinding and welding a whole bunch of things, clothes line poles, and various utility carts as well as pieces for the deck. Justin is building a deck that isn’t very traditional for North America. Chuck has been cutting and grinding metal for Tim.
Also, Tim found a “snake” under his pillow. I’m not sure how that got there!! (It was fake by the way).
We’re having a great time.
Lynn and I were up at 7:00 to start breakfast with Nichole the camp chef. We had breakfast outside facing the Andes mountains. Dan led us in Rule 2 of the Red Sea Rules. Today we heard how God gave very specific directions to the Isrealites, placing them in a valley with the Red Sea to their backs. Sometimes we’re placed with no idea “Why me?”. Instead of asking, why me, we should be asking, “How can my situation bring God glory.” After devotions, we reviewed our assigned tasks, cleaned up breakfast and off we went. Lynn & I were assigned the task is scrapping loose paint, stickers and glue off the walls and ceilings of 12 dormitory rooms. Annaese, Nichole’s 4 year old daughter asked to help and help she did. She speaks little English and I speak little Spanish, but we were chattering up and storm and having a great time together. Justin started a deck project for the caretaker’s home. Tim was pulled in all directions for his welding experience and general knowledge. He and Chuck worked on cloth line poles for the kids to hang their towels on after swimming or showers. These poles will prevent accidents of campers hurting themselves on traditional wash lines. Roger and Brian worked on the new stage. It’s two levels high and will connect with the existing stage. We had lunch at 1:00 and then back to our projects. It was warm, low 80’s, but comfortable. I am so in awe of the true mountains that we see every time we look up. God’s magesty and power are reflected in these mountains. We’ll be having dinner soon, (6:30), & I need to get to work on my next project, making Gaibions for the front of the stage. We are all so blessed to be here. Everyone is using their talents to serve the Lord. Dan Valette is a true visionary and it’s exciting to walk aside him to bring God’s plan to fruition. Thank you for your support to get us here and your continued support and prayers for the remainder of the trip.
Your Sister in Christ,
Rise and shine! The weather here is beautiful with cool nights (50’s-60’s) and warm days (80’s) with very little humidity.
We walked to church (Iglesias U.C.B Santa Elena) that was just a few blocks from the Valette’s house. The service was entirely in Spanish. It started with a couple of songs as more people filtered in. I was able to sense God’s spirit while we worshipped though we understood very little.The children and young were dismissed to their classes as a visiting pastor passionately preached from Mark 16 on the resurrection of Jesus. “Friends, is your whole life given for His glory? Is it given to share this tremendous story of the resurrection? Study the bible, know it in total so that you can give your all for your Savior, the one o died for you.” (Lynn’s interpretation).
After church we went to another missionaries home for lunch and fellowship. We ate a traditional meal followed by dessert. We then packed up for the Valette’s and headed to Camp Pirque where we will remain for the rest of the week working on the projects. The camp is situated about a mile from the base of the Andes Mountins and it is gorgeous. We ate empanadas at Ivan and Nicole’s (camp directors). After dinner we walked round camp and then discussed our work projects.
Today we arrived safely along with all tools and luggage! Landed in chile 6:30 Chile time, 4:30 PA time had breakfast with Dan and family. Tried to catch up on lack of sleep with a short nap in morning. Went into town using metro rail service. Thankfully our host know the language it’s hard to know when to get off when you can’t read signs or understand the announcements. We toured a local fort that gave a very good look out over the city of Santiago. Ate lunch in mall that very easily could have been dropped into the USA without any trouble. We chose to eat at a Chilean “restaurant” was different but good. Might have had gellato but only we know for sure! Will go to church tomorrow along with our first visit to camp.
The pictures are from the fort.
Today is the day we leave. Please be in prayer for us. Our first flight leaves at 4:05pm and our connecting flight leaves at 8pm, giving us just 50 minutes to catch our second flight. This second flight will we be the longest as we are in the air for 8.5 hours. We are scheduled to land in Chile at 6:35 am their time. They are currently two hours ahead of us. Come daylight savings, they will be only one hour ahead as they do not observe it this year.
On Saturday we will be spending the day with the Vallette’s at their home, catching up on sleep and getting over any jet lag. We will also do some site seeing as Saturday and Sunday will provide the only “free time” to do so.
Sunday we will head to church with the Vallette’s and go to Camp Pirque where we will be staying and working the rest of the trip.