Holy moly! Is it almost March already? Let’s fast-track this and do a photo journey through the last few months.
So, we came back to Chile on December 31st.
Boy, was it good to be home!
But before that . . . waaaay back in November, we went back to Mike’s mother’s house from the ICOM.
We enjoyed the holidays with family, and discovered that Lydia has a surprising talent for playing Jenga.
We also got to visit a different church every week, to update and present about our mission. If you want to see more pictures of that, there’s an album over at our Facebook page. You can find them in the Mobile Uploads album. Feel free to follow us there, because we update that pretty regularly!
We even got to do something special at Cornerstone Christian Church in Alliance, Ohio (our sending church)! Tabi and Lydia sang a very special song, and then Mike preached.
We stayed in touch with our church back in Chile, and (at their request) even sent videos with greetings and short messages!
On Sunday, December 30th, we went to our last church of the furlough. Mike preached. Then we had to hurry over to the airport to board our plane! Which brings us back to the beginning of the post– Boy, was it good to be home!
Getting back to Chile at the beginning of summer vacations means that church attendance is down, and classes are out. So . . . that’s the time to focus on friendships and learning more about Chile’s beautiful countryside and culture.
Have you ever had watermelon ice cream? Lydia has!
It’s been a summer of record-breaking highs. We’ve reached 104°, which is unusual for Santiago. Staying hydrated is very important!
We’re still working, though. Since we were gone for three months, Mike has taken over the preaching at our church, Iglesia de Cristo Maipo, for a while. While we were in the US, Tabi bought Lydia some Sunday School material to work on during the sermon. She has also found some good websites online. Any recommendations for further material (especially in Spanish!) are welcome, though.
Also while we were on furlough, Tabi picked up another translation project. We are very excited about this one! She will be translating half of Cottrell’s Commentary on Romans! She has already started, and has been working alongside LATM and Susan Calderon to make sure she delivers a quality product.
Along with this, she has continued the upkeep of the various websites associated with Cornerstone Chilean Mission. They are all listed at the end of this update, if you would like to check any of them out (or better yet, share them!). She has a series on baptism coming up in March, and she’s very excited about it! She enlisted the help of several authors– preachers, teachers, and missionaries. We appreciate prayers for this project.
Mike has continued to work tirelessly toward setting up the institute. Although it is vacation time, and classes are not meeting, he is still calling, visiting and talking to all the ministers associated with the project. He’s still looking for teachers, and would appreciate any prayers and recommendations you can send his way.
We have a separate blog update reserved for this, but we wanted to go ahead and share a little bit about this. At the end of January, we did our yearly retreat with Jaime Escobar (and family). This year, there were 80 people in attendance. Mike preached, and we did a meal setup for that. It was different, and people were intrigued, but liked it.
Perhaps most exciting, though, was that three people asked to be baptized. And while we were there, we asked if anyone else was ready to take that step, and a fourth came forward! Praise the Lord! They have all been attending church faithfully since then, and we are so grateful for more brothers and sisters. We ask for prayers for the continued growth of the church and His Kingdom.
Thank-you all for reading this update, and for supporting us financially, with prayers, and with encouragement. We feel privileged to be able to work here, and are so grateful. We pray blessings for you all.
Mike and Tabi