Wrapping up 2020

As we wrap up 2020 we are so extremely grateful to God for all of His blessings, many of which have come through our family, friends, and supporters. It has been a challenging year in many respects, but also a year of growth. Our heartfelt thanks to each of you for helping to make our mission possible and for going above and beyond to make sure that we are comfortable and have what we need. As I write this, just before Christmas, I am reminded, of course, of the generous birth of our Lord and Savior. He left some of His divine privileges to take on human nature and live among us. We know that His purpose in being born was to prepare a body that could be sacrificed on the cross, to be the atonement for our sins. That message was present from before His birth as the angel told Joseph that the baby to be called Jesus and known as Immanuel would save the people from their sins. This season is a time to reflect on the gifts God has given us, and primary among them, the salvation offered exclusively through Jesus Christ to all who would receive Him. We see God’s generosity to us in this reflected in your generosity toward our family and the mission here.

It will come as no surprise that 2020 has been a very different year from what was planned. At the beginning of the year I was excited to be working on a seminary project and brainstorming how to adapt to the new political situation in Chile. Covid restrictions have pretty well ended that endeavor for the time being. Class participation has shrunk. I still have two small groups active, but continuing will require major adaptation. That said, part of the adaptation is already in place. I started offering stand-alone classes with lower, shorter-term commitment and received much interest. Moving the classes to an online format has also allowed people from around Chile to be part of the classes, people too far away to be physically present. So, while my plans look little like what I was aiming for a year ago, the classes are progressing, and people are learning.

Our church group has gone through the same thing. We have been online since March as government restrictions prohibit gatherings of any kind (sometimes totally, sometimes just on the weekend). We moved into a more relaxed phase and were able to meet in person for two weeks, and then all of Santiago went back into the weekend lockdowns. So, our church services have moved online, through Facebook and Zoom. We have, in addition to Sunday services, two weekday Bible studies (one of which I teach) and a weekly prayer meeting. The church has seen some baptisms as a result of the online services, once again in areas we would not have reached otherwise. We have seen people coming to the Lord and growing in spite of the obstacles. Of course, there are challenges too as people feel isolated, struggle with economic and health fears, and don’t get the fellowship time that I think we all need.

Tabi has been striving hard to make progress on her translations while also practically homeschooling Lydia and taking care of a rambunctious toddler. Lydia is enrolled in a school, but the schooling has consisted in the teachers sending text messages with some assignments each week – not enough to challenge or teach Lydia, or really follow up on her progress. So, we have had to do that, but also supplement to make sure that she continues growing. Caleb is enrolled to start preschool next March but has some stuff we need to work on to get him ready for that. Still, somehow Tabi manages to get that done and work on her translation and is done with the first section of a Romans commentary she is working on with LATM.

With the uncertainty generated by Covid and the accompanying restrictions, Chile’s November vote to repeal its constitution (the new one is supposed to be written in 2021 and 2022) and continued social and political unrest (as the US embassy phrases it) it is hard to know how to approach plans for 2021. The plans we do have are for Tabi to finish her part of the Romans commentary, to figure out the kids’ schooling situation, to continue working in the church and continue with the stand-alone classes I have been doing online. I plan to rent an office space in January to try to increase productivity since working from home is difficult. We also need to figure out our furlough schedule (navigating quarantines, limited flights, and churches that aren’t doing physical meetings) and if/when furlough will be worthwhile. We appreciate your prayers for these situations and for wisdom as we look forward to working together in the Lord’s field in 2021.

Looking Back at 2019

As we finish up 2019, we give thanks for the coming of our Lord that has made possible our salvation and our service. This year has been a full one. Here are some of our highlights.


• Dios Altísimo, a theology book that will help ministers and others in their understanding of God and His plans, is in people’s hands.
• Translation of The College Press Romans Commentary is in progress. This is a work requested by missionaries that will help them in the planting of churches and in leadership development.
• Preguntas Teológicas is helping across the Spanish speaking world, it gets about 300 views per month. continuing to progress, small size but getting results, seeing growth.

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• Christian Restoration Bible Seminary is working to develop new leaders and strengthen existing leaders. So far, we have taught: Discipleship, Bible study methodology, basic doctrine, Restoration Movement history, preaching, Spanish grammar, finances, and more. Mike tries to write and teach at least one new course per year – this year will be the book of Acts.
• Continuing to progress. It’s a small size but getting results and is seeing growth and new interest.
• We’re finishing the year with about 15 students in two groups.
• We will be accepting new students in March 2020. The format is 6 hours of study, two Saturdays per month for three months. We do three trimesters per year.

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There have been shorter teaching events on evangelism, leadership, doctrine, and mental health. We traveled south, to the coastal town of Calbuco for one of them. The Mental Health seminar was approached from three points of view– psychological, Biblical, and ministerial. Mike addressed the Biblical perspective on mental health.

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Mike participated in the organization, planning and teaching. The event lasted three days, and was filled with fellowship, discussions, and messages.

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Iglesia de Cristo Maipo has had 14 baptisms in 2 years, and its average attendance is around 25 each week, finishing this year. We’ve been meeting in a restaurant, which is a set-up the members enjoy. Mike is one of the elders (along with Jaime Escobar), and Tabi participates in the music group.

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In July, Mike took a trip to the US, to do some extra fund-raising. In November, Tabi went up to Ohio with the kids to attend the ICOM with Rose.
We also try to take time to do things as a family, because we believe that keeping our family strong and united is important to the healthy continuation of our mission.

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• We continue to be grateful for those who sacrifice to contribute financially to our ministry. However, our account needs help. Our mission account has been sustaining a continued deficit. This is a source of stress for Mike.
• Our deficit this year came to $2549.49. If you would like a more specific breakdown of these numbers, feel free to email or message us, and we will send you the information.
• Getting $215 a month more would help make up for this deficit. Feel free to tell other churches and individuals about our mission if you think that they might be a good fit.
• Here are links to donate online and to learn more about us on our website and to follow us on Facebook
• Chile had massive protests regarding cost of living and asking for more benefits for retirement, healthcare, education, minimum wage, public transport, and the perception of heavy-handed police intervention in the protests among other things.
• The disorder interrupted travel and our ability to have classes for a few weeks, but things are a bit calmer now and we were able to finish out the year more or less on track.
• Chile will be creating a new Constitution and we are praying about that.
• The economy is expected to suffer due to the damage done in protests and looting.
• Christians, too, are quite divided on the underlying issues and what to do about them.
• It is always a challenge to see to the welfare of the family and all of the ministry obligations we have. Tabi feels this acutely as she tries to work on translation at home with the kids pleading for more attention.
• Pray that we will have wisdom in dealing with these challenges and continue to grow spiritually as a family

• This is a blessing that requires wisdom. Pray that we will be able to decide well.
• Mike’s ministries are progressing nicely, but as new doors open, we must decide where to invest our time, energy and resources. The need for solid Bible teaching is great and Mike has had more churches requesting classes, studies, preaching, and short seminars… all while the new church needs to continue to grow and find stability and develop new, Chilean leadership.
• In this area, prayers for more workers (national and/or missionaries) are appreciated — specifically qualified Bible and ministry teachers. One other ministry that Mike is doing that is not mentioned above is mentoring a newer missionary to help fulfill the work.

Hello? Anyone there?

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.  IMG-20181231-WA0002

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.

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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.

In Him,
Mike and Tabi
(and family)

Cornerstone Chilean Mission
Website     Blog     Facebook

Dosis de Doctrina
Blog     Facebook

Preguntas Teológicas
Blog     Facebook

El Discípulo Cristiano
Blog     Facebook

Can You Hear Me Now?

Can you hear me nowJust a brief update for now:

Recently, Mike has been collaborating with Habacuc Díaz to record a podcast.  The topic is the Bible– how did we end up with the books we have, who are the authors, what are the sections of the Bible?

They are currently unpublished because they’re still in the recording phase, building a buffer.  They should be available in a while, though.  We will post a link to them when they are available.  Until then, we appreciate prayers for this project.

All other missions march on normally.  Classes continue, blogs are updated, Bible studies, and sermons.  The kids have been battling colds, but are otherwise healthy.  We thank you for your support and keeping up with us.


Rough Roads Ahead


Written by: Tabi

Sometimes, when you face obstacles on your journey, it is that you may see the Lord clear the way before you.

March and April have been emotional months for us.

On Wednesday, March 14th, Mike’s father passed away suddenly.  It was a big blow to the entire family.  He was the kind of man you dream about having in a family.  Kind, caring, loyal, patient.  A good man, loved by almost everyone who knew him.

RIP.  Craig Boyce, loving husband and father.

We decided to fly up as soon as possible.  There was one setback, though– although we had begun the process to get Caleb’s passports (he has dual citizenship), we had not received them yet.  We spent all of Thursday explaining our situation to the proper channels and asking for expedited processing.  Thankfully, they complied, but couldn’t get us his Chilean passport until after the weekend.

We talked as a family, and decided that it was best for Mike to fly up that evening and spend as much time with his mother as possible.  We filed the paperwork necessary for me to travel alone with the kids (Chile has laws preventing parents from travelling alone with their children, to prevent kidnapping).  Buying the tickets was going to be a heavy blow to our budget, but it didn’t matter.  A close friend of Mike’s sent a message: “Let me and my family buy your tickets.”  I have rarely seen Mike so deeply moved, and this one one of those rare moments.

We bought the ticket and he flew out that night.  I stayed with the kids, for the weekend.  I’ll skip over the anxious days and several frustrating “not ready today” moments, straight to Monday.

Mike, on the airplane, ready to fly out.

I had read that morning that there was a big protest holding up traffic on the highway and delaying travel.  I hoped it all cleared up by the time I left that evening.  I called to see if the passport was ready.  The answer was a resounding NO.

I cried, and prayed, and cried some more.  I called to cancel my ticket, because they had assured me it would be ready on Monday.  I felt like we were facing obstacle after obstacle, and all I wanted was to have my family together.  Please God, just give me this.  My own spirit challenged me.  What if He says NO?  I pondered the question.  Reluctantly, I handed over my will.  I’m not happy about it, Lord, but I’ll take whatever You decide.

And around 4:00 PM, they called again.  “It’s ready.”

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Caleb’s passport, at last!

Overjoyed, I hurried off to retrieve it, and called to re-book the flight.  It was too late.  I would have to fly out Tuesday night.  No matter.  We had the passports, and our family would be together again.  I remembered then, about the protest.  Good thing you didn’t have to travel today.  It would have been very difficult to get there in time.

Tuesday evening, my friend Sara drove us to the airport.  She arrived much too early, but we went anyway, thinking a little extra time wouldn’t be such a terrible thing.  At the airport, we ran into Jim Hurley (a missionary friend), who was there to drop his parents off for their flight.  We commented on the coincidence, took some pictures, and continued on our way.

Sara, making silly faces with Caleb.

When Sara headed back home, I went ahead and started to go through security.  A little extra time spent inside the airport wouldn’t be too bad.  And that’s when I realized . . . I had forgotten the paperwork clearing me to travel alone with kids back at home.

I cried, and prayed, and cried some more.  I sent some messages to Mike, and he calmed me down.  I ended up calling our neighbor and close friend, Malli, who sent her son to our house to pick up the paperwork.  They called an Uber to take him to the airport.  Back at the airport, I paced nervously, waiting for news.  I berated myself and my forgetful brain, prayed some more, and paced some more.  Each minute that ticked by meant that we got closer to missing our flight.  Good thing Sara showed up too early.

I called again.  The Uber driver had refused to go to the airport, so they had called another one.  More minutes ticked by.  “He’s on his way” texted Malli.  One knot gone from my stomach, but he still had to arrive.  I prayed for no traffic, and no delays.  I got another message.  “The Uber driver refused to go into the airport, so my son is running up from the entrance to get to you.”  Mike suggested I see if Jim was still around.  I found him still at the airport, just getting ready to leave.  I asked if he would watch Lydia while I ran out to meet up with Malli’s son.  He did, and I ran to the entrance.  Good thing Jim just happened to be there when you needed him to be.

“Look who I found at the airport!”

I met up with Malli’s son and got the papers, thanked him profusely, and ran back inside.  I picked up Lydia, thanked Jim profusely, and we hurried into security.  They took the papers and the rest of the process went smoothly.  When we arrived at the gate, the agent waved us in, because it was time to board.  We made it in the nick of time.

Lydia, looking at the plane we’re about to board.

Once we were situated in our seats, I heaved a deep, deep sigh.  Gratitude, relief, and wonder filled me.  I realized then that, even if God had, indeed, said NO to this trip, I would have been all right.  But I was grateful for His help every step of the way, and for each “coincidence” that got me to this moment.

On the airplane at last!

We arrived in Pittsburgh on Wednesday afternoon.  The reunion with Mike was tender, and long-awaited.  For Lydia, the joy of rejoining her Papa was added to when she saw the beautiful and fresh SNOW.  And though it was probably not a blessing for many, for our little family, it was the promise of God’s pure and gracious provision for His beloved children.

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The beautiful SNOW!

Dolled Up and Dapper

An Update on the Boyces

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I was noticing that, unless you follow either of us on Facebook, you have heard virtually nothing from us since October!  It’s time to correct that.  So, hold onto your hats, because we’re going for a fun ride!


Some friends of ours asked me to take some engagement pictures of them.  I gladly obliged!

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Noche de Luz (or Night of Light)
Lydia participated in a church event called Night of Light as an alternative to Halloween.  She went as Rey from Star Wars: The Force Awakens.  Caleb went as Tigger.

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Reformation Day 2017
Starting back in August, I began posting the 95 Theses that Martin Luther nailed to the door.  I posted the last one on October 31st.  I made pictures out of them, so that they were visually engaging.  You can see the full series here.

The Institute
The institute was in full swing, with regular students and four teachers.  Every Tuesday and Thursday night.  Please visit the Facebook page to see more about it!

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I was invited to be an interpreter for a guest preacher at ICM.

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Fourteen Lessons on Grace
I finished translating a series I’ve been working on for a while now: Dr. Cottrell’s Fourteen Lessons on Grace.  If you are a Spanish-speaker, or know someone who is and want to recommend it, you can find the whole series here.

The Institute and Work
Classes continued.  Students attended pretty faithfully.  Mike also worked at his office three days a week, busy writing courses, contacting churches, and filming promotional materials for the Institute.  You can see the videos he and Habacuc Díaz have made together on the Institute’s YouTube Channel.  Check it out!

The Zoo
Mike and I purchased year passes to the zoo, so that we can take our kids regularly.  It has been a great and educational experience for Lydia.  While Mike works at his office, my main work is to be a mother.  You can see more about how my day goes here.  Some days, I take the kids to the zoo.  Mike has gone a few times, too, when the Institute is on summer break.  Here are some pictures I’ve taken at the zoo, the days that we do go.

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Leadership Retreat
Mike went on another retreat with just a few other men, to give them classes about Bible and leadership.  They spent a couple of days at the beach in study, prayer, and fellowship.

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Mike is invited to preach fairly often.  I’m listing it in December, but here’s a compilation of the various churches Mike has preached at.

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We spent Christmas Eve with our church group.  Lydia tried out her Christmas presents and made cookies.

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New Church in Lomas de Mirasur
Together with our neighbors and friends, Jaime and Malli, we began a work in our neighborhood.  At this point, the start-up church is meeting on Wednesdays.  We ask that you pray that this work be to the honor and glory of God.

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Our friends, Todd and Dany, got married!  Congratulations to them!  Incidentally, Dany is my future partner in the project of opening up the café.  I hope to write an update about her in the future, so you can get to know her a little more.

Family Retreat Las Peñas
Each year, Jaime and Malli organize a retreat at a retreat center up in the skirts of the Andes.  It’s a time to rest, fellowship, and spend time with family and friends.  Each year, Mike preaches one of the sermons.  This year, I did a workshop on rock painting.  People loved it!  I hope to do this again.  Each year there is also a clown troupe that does a show for the kids.  It’s wonderful, because they teach a Bible lesson in a fun and active way.

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And that brings us to:

With school on summer break, and everything in Santiago basically grinding to a halt because of vacation time, we’ve also taken a little time off.  Mike still goes to his office to work, but only twice a week.  And we took a couple of days to go to the beach.  Mike still managed to squeeze in an opportunity to teach at a camp for a day, but we’ve taken things at a slower pace, besides that.  Everything is scheduled to speed back up in March.

We ask for prayers for all of Mike’s ministries, and that I will be able to continue to find time to translate, since my blog traffic is holding steady.  We thank God for your ongoing support, and for all of you who have checked up on us regularly.  Thank-you, and may the Lord bless you!

In Him,

Mike and Tabi Boyce
(also Lydia and Caleb)


*Note: Original photos for the “Dressed and Dapper” photo, and the one where we’re dancing were taken by Donoso Carlhos.

* Note:  Original photos at the end of the blog were taken by Abraham Alarcón.

A Day in the Life: Tabi

A Tour in Black and White
(because I’m artsy and stuff)

Good morning.

My daily dose of caffeine.  You know what’s expensive in Chile?  Milk.  We buy milk anyway, for Lydia, but I found a recipe for oat milk.  Surprisingly similar to creamer!  And it’s cheap.  I’m sold.

These two.  They drive me nuts and fill me with joy.  Most of my day is about them.

Most days, after breakfast, we play or watch TV.   If it’s TV time, Mami has some time to spend on the computer, or to do housework.

If it’s a really nice day, we might take a dip in the pool.

Then it’s lunch time.  “Noonows, peas?”  Noodles, please?

Lydia often helps me cook.  She does very well!

Then it’s nap time.  Mami’s favorite time of day!

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This is the time of day when I can get some serious work done!  It’s during this time that I buckle down and tend to the website, update blogs, translate, do some studying, upload articles, work on newsletters, write articles, or work on photos.

When the kids wake up again, we might stay home and play.  Sometimes, though, we go out.  This may be to the mall or to a nearby park.

The mall has three free playgrounds, two fish tanks, several paid play areas, mechanical games, and, Mami’s favorite . . .

The Starbucks has a kids corner, where Lydia can play and color.  We usually get much cheaper drinks than in the picture, but I had a free drink pending on my account, so we enjoyed something nicer.

If we stay home, we might go to the store to pick up some fresh veggies, or some fresh bread.  Lydia likes to help me carry the bags.

On special days, we go out in the morning and do a day trip!  Lydia likes the bus, because she gets to sit like a grown up and look out the window.  We don’t get work done those days, but it’s a good time to bond.

They go to bed early, so I can have a little more time to work (as long as I don’t end up falling asleep as soon as they’re down!).  I use the night time to either have a little bit of “me time”, or to work some more on urgent projects.

And that’s what an average day looks like for me.  I am, first and foremost, a mother and wife, but I try to make sure to get my missionary work done as well.  Both are priorities to me, and I want to make sure they both get my time and attention.

I am grateful for my life.  It is blessed, and it is beautiful.  It isn’t always easy, but it is full of love, and that makes it all worthwhile.

Allergies and Vandalism

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It’s that beautiful time of year when everything blooms, the days get warmer, and allergies make everyone miserable!  Why is it particularly bad in Santiago?  Well, because of a tree called Oriental Plane.Atlas_de_poche_des_plantes_des_champs,_des_prairies_et_des_bois_(Page_144)_(6022048467)

It’s a nice-looking tree, fast-growing and shady.  Which is why landscapers decided to plant them all over Santiago.  It’s also highly allergenic.  Wherever these trees are planted, they compose a significant percentage of allergens.  And now they’re blooming.  Our go-to website for checking allergen levels showed the following levels for this week:


So basically, they consider any levels higher than 70 grains per square meter a high level.  And, as you can see, Oriental Plane is at 647 g/m, out of 864 g/m for all tree pollen.  Yes, we are sneezing our heads off right now.


On other news, adding insult to injury, yesterday Mike was driving home from work and some guys vandalized his and other cars.  In his own words:

“Last night on my way home I was waiting at a traffic light, in the left turn lane, when a car flew by in the median with a guy hanging out the window with some piece of metal scraping all the cars in the turn lane…”

So now we have a long scratch on our car.  The good news is that it wasn’t worse.  Still, it’s unpleasant, and we hope these young guys learn some respect for others.

Three Days to Rest

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We took a short trip about 6 hours north of Santiago, to take a rest.  Mike has been working very hard with the institute and the church, working several days a week at his office, and working late hours.  And we all needed some exclusive family time.

We went to La Serena and Coquimbo, which are two beach towns, side by side.  The climate is desert, though, so it was interesting to see that mix.

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Mostly, we just strolled around town and visited the beach.  It was a very relaxing trip.

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We took the long way back home and found this beautiful cross at just the perfect time of day!

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We arrived home refreshed and ready to continue with work.  We are thankful for the chance to get out for a few days and enjoy God’s great creation, and human creations, too!

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