August 2020 Newsletter

2020 has been, without a doubt, the year of the unexpected. I’m sure you’ve seen the lists compiled and circulated on Facebook. It isn’t all bad news, for Chile. This year Santiago has had record rainfalls, which they desperately needed after a 13-year drought. Whether it’s the end of the drought or just a respite is anyone’s guess, but it was certainly a small good thing amidst so much change.

A global pandemic has changed the face of church and missions everywhere. Missionaries and ministers have struggled to decide what the “right” decision is, regarding church meetings and the continuation of ministries. Given that Chile eventually settled on putting all of their largest cities in complete lockdown, our church opted for switching completely online. We have more about this in the newsletter.

Although our missions changed in many ways, we are still doing everything we can to continue in our service to the global Church, and we want to let you know what that looks like now.

Mike’s Ministries

Mike’s primary goal has always been to teach and train leaders in Chile. Several years ago, with the help of several local ministers, he managed to get an institute started. The format has changed several times throughout these years, but the heart of it remains the same– to teach doctrine to those who wish to learn. The latest change in this series of changes, of course, was a transition to fully online classes through Zoom. Due to the constant need for Zoom meetings, both for Mike’s classes and for church use, we decided to pay for a subscription, so that we could get the best use out of it that we can. He is currently teaching three of his Institute classes.

Given the possibility of an expanded platform, however, he decided to offer an additional class, to anyone, anywhere. His first class had about 45 computers connected. We speak of computers, rather than students, because some of the accounts connected had more than one person sitting and listening from there. As is common in classes, eventually this number went down to 25 computers, but it has been holding steady there, and that is encouraging.

His students are mostly in the Santiago area, but also hail from other parts of Chile. Overall, it has been a good experience.

Mike also recently began a channel on YouTube, where he posts videos with teaching, as well as some of his sermons and classes. Feel free to visit and follow. Click on the following link to visit: Dosis de Doctrina

Tabi’s Ministries

In order to focus on translating the Commentary on Romans, regular translation and uploads of articles to Preguntas Teológicas has been suspended. In order to keep that page going for the time being, Tabi welcomes two things:

  • Translators willing to pick up a couple of short projects, and translate some articles to be published on the website.
  • Submissions of articles, especially in Spanish, for publishing on the website.

She will review all the work for a approval, but doesn’t have time for much more.

Progress on the book has been slow, but steady. She spends two hours a day translating, so that she can keep going on.

Iglesia de Cristo Maipo

Since the quarantine in our area has yet to be lifted, our church continues to meet online. They had been streaming exclusively on Facebook, but starting in August, they transitioned to doing part of it on Zoom, in order to provide more of a sense of community.

You can view the videos by visiting the page: Iglesia de Cristo Maipo.

The service is comprised of some pre-recorded material, edited to fit the format of the video, and some live material, streamed live on Sunday morning. Mike preaches two Sundays, and Jaime preaches two Sundays. In July, we had guests speakers send in sermons for a month focused on missions. We have done our best to maintain excellence, as well as encourage a sense of community. Through it all, though, we yearn for the day we can meet again, and see each other face-to-face.

We also have two Bible studies a week (different groups), as well as a prayer meeting.

Respite

Chile currently has enacted the longest quarantine during this pandemic. As of the 8th of August, it was 142 days long, with no clear end in sight. There is a plan, with stages, but no timeline for when they were going to actually go through with it.

We had a little bit of money saved up “for a rainy day”, and we finally decided that this was our rainy day. So on July 2nd, Tabi and the children traveled up to the United States to stay there for a month. The goal was to give the children a little bit of breathing room, as our house has restricted space, and they weren’t allowed to go out, even to a park or for a walk. The month spent there was a time of rest and blessing. We are deeply grateful to have had this opportunity.

We returned to Chile on July 31st, and have been in a strict, 14-day quarantine, with which we have complied.

What now?

So what do we do now? We still don’t know when quarantine will be lifted in our area, or if we will go back into lockdown if things don’t go well. What do we do with our ministries? The church? Our family?

We hold steady.

Mike will continue to give his classes online, as he has been doing. He has considered offering another massive class, once his current extra one has finished. It has had a good reception, and is reaching people he had not been able to reach before. He hopes, once the quarantine is lifted, to engage in “transitional classes” of sorts, that will occur in person but also be transmitted online for a time.

Iglesia de Cristo Maipo will continue to meet online, partly through Facebook and partly through Zoom. The Bible studies and prayer meetings will continue to meet online as well. When the quarantine is lifted, the possibility of having small reunions will be considered, but we try to comply with government and health standards as much as we are able. We are considering maintaining a presence online, at least for a while, until the transition has been made fully back to in-person gatherings.

Tabi’s translation will continue as it has, with two hours of dedicated time a day. She will also be focusing on schooling Lydia with the material provided by her school. For the time being, schools are not reopening, and we do not know when they will do that, so homeschooling is our option now. Tabi is using the materials provided by the school, as well as other various materials in English, in order to bolster that side of her education.

  • Pray for Chile and its leaders as they decide how and when to enact their plan for reopening.
  • Pray for those in lockdown who are in need of basic goods and services, and unable to work.
  • Pray for our church and its leaders as they decide best how and when to transition back to in-person gatherings.
  • Pray for Mike’s classes, as he finds ways to incorporate in-person classes, along with availability online.

September 2019 Newsletter

We’re wrapping up winter and all the cold months.  The plants are starting to flower, allergies are starting to act up, and the skies are getting fewer and fewer clouds.  September also has the distinction of being the month in which Chile celebrates its independence.  So there are a lot of fun activities coming up, but let’s take some time to rewind (there’s a term the younger generation won’t understand) and check out the last few months.

The Church

In the last newsletter, we had announced that we were changing buildings, because the church had outgrown its house setting.  I can say that, when all the members come, this is still very much the case.  And we have been adding new members since then, as well.  But of course, as any church knows, we struggle to encourage faithful attendance.  Still, little by little, our members are beginning to show more stable attendance.

On August 18th, the church hosted a lunch.  They asked each member to invite their whole family.  We were very encouraged to see that many of the families who don’t attend did come to the meal.

The children also now have a separate class.  This has been a huge blessing, and we are grateful to their wonderful volunteer teacher.

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USA Visit

In July, Mike headed up to the USA to make a special fundraising trip and meet with several churches and people.  He stayed busy there, as well as continuing his ministries here, via video chat.  Tabi and the kids held up the fort in Chile.

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The Eclipse

“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.”  Romans 1:20.

In July, we headed to La Serena for a trip to watch one of the most beautiful works of nature– a total eclipse.  We met there with another family of missionaries (the Hurleys) and had a wonderful time of fellowship.  On July 2nd, the Hurley opted to stay at the cabin, while we packed up our kids and headed toward the mountains, where totality would be the most complete.

We all enjoyed it very much.  The excitement building up, then the beginning of the eclipse.  Mike took video and Tabi took pictures (both cameras protected, of course).

Our trip back was very long.  What had taken us 3 hours on the way up, took us 8 hours in traffic on the way down.  But it was worth it.  So worth it.

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Translation

Work is slow, trying to balance being a mother, a wife, a housekeeper, a missionary, and a translator.  But little by little, the work does get done.  Tabi continues to chip away at translating the Commentary on Romans.

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The ER

These last couple of months were rough for Lydia.  We had to take her to the emergency room twice.  The first time was on August 3rd, for a fever that shot up from 98 to 104 in a matter of hours, and which Tabi couldn’t bring down with Tylenol.  Mike was in the US, so a friend drove her to the ER.  She was diagnosed with pneumonia and a partially deflated lung.  She received treatment for it, and soon was on the mend.

Then, on September 1st, we were getting ready for church.  Tabi came out of the bathroom and didn’t see Lydia slide her finger in the door where the hinges are.  *slam*  Once again, we were off to the ER.  They took her in right away and cleaned up the wound, but told us she would need reconstructive surgery on her finger.  So, after much paperwork and waiting, they checked her into the hospital.  That evening, they did the surgery, and afterward, the doctor explained what had happened.

  1. Although she practically amputated the very tip of her finger, there was a sliver of skin left attached. And it happened to be the place right where the blood vessels run through the finger. This meant that the tissue was still alive and had a very good chance of having the best reattachment possible.
  2. She’s young. He would have just removed the piece from an adult, but children have bodies that heal much more efficiently than adult bodies.

So, she’s currently healing from that.  Subsequent checkups have been good.

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The Institute

The institute continues forward, with new classes and a few new students.  We are happy to say that classes continued even when Mike was in the US, via video call.  He has two classes that meet once a week, one on Thursday, another on Friday, and another class that meets every other week, on Saturday.  They are currently wrapping up Basic Bible Doctrine and Hermeneutics.  Then all three classes will be moving on to Homiletics.

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Pastors Retreat

Each year, ministers of the Christian Churches/Churches of Christ from all across Chile gather to have a retreat.  This year, one of the groups of ministers in Santiago offered to host the event, so it was held in a town very near our home.  They decided to speak on the topic of eldership this year, and the topic for Mike’s speech was a defense of plurality of eldership.  We’re told it caused quite a stir, and much debate.  Some of the ministers in more remote areas of Chile had never even heard of the concept!  More than one pastor?  Intriguing!

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A Taste of Chile

And just as a little bonus to wrap up this newsletter, we’d like to tell you about one of the foods you’ll find in Chile.  It may come as a surprise, but a favorite food here is hot dogs!  They do look a little different, though.  A completo has the hot dog, then a layer of mashed avocado, then chopped tomatoes, and a generous helping of mayo to top it off.

Like in the US, there are other toppings to choose from, of course.  Some come with onions, parsley and sauerkraut.  Some come with tomatoes and green beans.  But you must never forget the mayo!  It’s Lydia’s favorite topping for everything.  Don’t offer her ketchup (she doesn’t like it).  Give her mayo every time!

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Thank you for reading through this newsletter.  We are blessed to have such wonderful supporters, and we are grateful for every single one of you.  We love to hear from you, and are especially blessed to know you are praying for us.

As always, we remind you to go check out our Facebook page.  We also would like to remind you that we have a page where you can donate online to make things easier!

 

P.S.  Feel free to go check out our friends’ mission at Christian Chile Mission!  They’re awesome people, and Dany is working toward setting up a Christian café, which is a dream we have both wanted to move forward for a long time.  Simples Delicias.

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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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It’s been a summer of record-breaking highs.  We’ve reached 104°, which is unusual for Santiago.  Staying hydrated is very important!

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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.

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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

Newsletter: August and September 2018

A newsletter that isn’t six months late?  WHAT?  Is there something wrong with me?  Shh.  Just enjoy it while it’s happening.

Regarding Furlough

Before we go any further, we’d like to let you all know that, thanks to some generous donations from friends and family, we will be able to make our furlough trip this year.  If you are a church that supports us, please check your email for a message from us.  We’d like to visit you this furlough!

Ok, moving on . . .

Regarding Ministries

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IMG_20180817_181713August and September have been pretty great months!  The kids are transitioning into new, interesting stages.  They’re learning so much, and I love seeing how they grow!  As I have mentioned in previous letters/entries, we decided, as a family, to invest in year passes to our local zoo.  It’s educational for Lydia, and great for a day trip.  Lydia isn’t homeschooling yet, but I take every opportunity when we’re out to teach her something new.

There’s a section at the zoo that has to do with dinosaurs and archaeology.  Lydia really likes to “discover” the dinosaur buried in the sand.  We had quite a few really nice days, and it was good to get out of the house and let the kids play.

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I finished up the Discipleship class with Malli, and now we’re working on Basic Bible Doctrine and Hermeneutics.  Honestly, it’s been a real blessing, because the way she applies the knowledge I give her is just amazing.  I may have the book information, but she has the experience to apply it in ways that are wise.  I teach, but I also learn.

Women’s Fellowship

On September 8th, I participated in a Women’s Fellowship event.  I preached one of the sermons for the day.  I talked about attitudes that kill the spirit, and practical steps to address them.  The sermon was called “Emotional Cancers”.  It was a good day, and I made a lot of connections.

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Whenever we’re home all day, I keep up with websites and blogs.  At the moment, I manage a website, five blogs (and do occasional write-ins at another), the Facebook and Twitter pages for each of those blogs, and I write the newsletters.  It takes a lot of time, but I enjoy doing what I do.  See the bottom of this newsletter for links, if you’re interested in knowing what websites and blogs these are.

Mike

IMG-20180716-WA0022Mike has been teaching two short classes at two churches– Montijo (teaching Hermenutics) and Pudahuel (teaching Basic Bible Doctrine).  The Institute is currently on break, and will resume classes when we return from furlough.

He has also continued participating in meetings for ministers.  They formed the first group several years ago, seeking to encourage unity, spiritual growth, and mutual encouragement.  They’ve had their ups and downs, but have continued to meet regularly to study the Word and encourage each other.

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Church/Bible Study

Iglesia de Cristo 1The church has been doing well.  Most of the member attend faithfully every Sunday. The Wednesday night Bible study has begun streaming video, so that members who can’t make it then, can still listen in from their homes.  It includes a chat room where they can add comments if they have any.

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Events
Minister’s Retreat

We attended a retreat for ministers and their wives.  There were services, workshops, a day trip to see the surrounding area, and a concert in the evening.  Overall, a nice experience.

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And that’s what we were up to in August!  Thanks for reading this, and we hope to see you soon.  Many blessings!

Mike and Tabi Boyce

 

 

Cornerstone Chilean Mission Website, Blog, Facebook
Preguntas Teológicas Website, Facebook, Twitter
El Discípulo Cristiano Website, Facebook
Dosis de Doctrina Website, Facebook
Tabicat Blog Website, Facebook

Newsletter: July 2018

It’s nice to read about exciting things happening, and big events.  Most of life, however, is made up of the small moments strung together, of the daily toils adding up to a life that July 2018reflects Him.  It is the many links that form a strong chain.  We have had some exciting events in the last few months, but we have also had many days where we continue chipping away at our missions.

Mike does a lot of work preparing courses, classes, sermons, and devotionals.  He also teaches and preaches, as well as recording a podcast.  Tabi continues to translate and tend to the various websites associated with the mission.   She has recently also begun having a Bible study with a friend, and has participated more actively in the women’s ministry at Iglesia de Cristo Maipo.

The Institute

The Institute had a good start, but has met with challenges.  We expected these challenges to come, so we have several plans of action to implement in response to the difficulties.  Class participation tends to drop off toward the end of each semester, so we are working on ways to keep the students motivated.  Although many of them say that they value the emphasis on theology and Bible, they have a hard time setting aside the time to attend the classes and do their homework.

LogoWe ask that you keep this ministry in your prayers.  It was started a little earlier than anticipated because the local ministers asked for it.  And although they have been supportive of it, they cannot obligate their members to attend.  So the challenge now is to promote the institute, and to encourage students to attend faithfully, in order to gain the greatest amount of profit from it.  We are also looking for more teachers.

Iglesia de Cristo Maipo

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Not long ago, we collaborated with some Chilean friends to start a church in our neighborhood.  Jaime and Malli Escobar are a couple with a heart for the Lord and His work.  In the time we have known them (about 6 years), we have seen them plan yearly retreats focused on families, do marital ministry, start a Bible study for non-Christians (they called it Come and See), and now start a church.  We have had the privilege of participating with them in most of these activities, usually with Mike as a teacher.

Starting this church has gone surprisingly well.  It already has a youth group, women’s group, prayer group, and Bible study group, in addition to the Sunday morning services.  It is facing challenges, of course, but we are grateful and happy with its progress so far.

On Sunday the 22nd of July, we had a special service.  Two members, Joana and Nico (mother and son), had asked to be baptized.  Joana got baptized first, and then baptized her son.  Later, they joined us in taking the Lord’s Supper.

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The women of the church have started a series on prayer, and stay in touch through Whatsapp, encouraging each other to pray every day.

Maipo, by the way, is the name of the province where this church is located (a little like a county in the US).

Life Between Ministries

When we’re not working on our ministries (institute, church, websites, translation), we spend time with our family and our friends.  It’s important not to get lost in the work, and neglect our relationships.

We thank you for your prayers and support, and pray that God blesses you as richly as He has blessed us.

Supporting Your Missionaries: Investing in the Kingdom

Supporting your Missionary

Dear friends, family, and supporters,

We are always grateful to have the privilege to work overseas, in Chile. Our years here have been abundantly blessed, as we strive to be a blessing to those around us.

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We try to gear our work to our strengths, which is why Mike has focused on teaching, and Tabi has focused on translation and website upkeep. These ministries don’t occur in a vacuum, so between the work and the long hours writing and preparing, we also make sure to extend and maintain the bonds of friendship.

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We also do our best to stay connected to you, our supporters, and to keep you informed of our ministries and our day-to-day life through newsletters, Facebook updates, and blog updates.

We have, for the 9 years we’ve been here, returned to the United States every 2 years, in order to reconnect with our supporters and supporting churches and give detailed updates in person. These furloughs are good times for us, and have been even better as our family grows.

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We strive to be honest and transparent about our life and ministry here. We want our supporters to always feel confident in their decision to choose us as their missionaries. We know that times are hard and money isn’t easy to come by. We want you to know that you have made a solid investment in the Kingdom by investing in us. We also recognize the sacrifices so many of you make for us other missionaries and your generosity.

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So, in an effort to be transparent, we have written this letter to let you know that our plans this year have hit a snag– due to our funding steadily declining over the last few years, we do not have sufficient funds to do our furlough this year. Unless our funding goes up, or we receive a special offering, we will be unable to make the trip up with all our family.

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We want you to know that we are committed to staying in Chile, and have no intention of letting hardships get in our way. We believe in our mission here, in the value of teaching and training leaders, and of providing accessible materials for the Body of Christ. We have a calling, and we will heed it.

We also want you to know that we will still be trying to get at least one of us up to do the furlough, but we would like our whole family to go, if possible.

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We would like to be able to share our successes and joys, our sorrows and yes, even the times we feel we dropped the ball. We want you to be able to share in our ministry, as you have these last 9 years.

Thank you for giving us the time to read this letter. Thank you, as well, for being our supporters through these years.

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If you would like to donate to our mission online, please click on the button to donate.

May the Lord bless you all, and fill your lives with His joy and peace. “We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Thessalonians 1:3

Blessings,
Mike and Tabi Boyce

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Online Giving

 

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We live in an age that is increasingly digital.  As more things move to digital formats, we have striven to stay abreast of the changes.  We have been asked, many times, if we have a way to donate to our mission online.  Until now, we did not.

But.

Now we do!

It should now be easier than ever to send donations to our mission.  Follow the link on the “Support Our Mission” page,  You’ll find it both on our blog and on our website.

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Supporting Your Missionary: Exchange Rates

By: Mike and Tabi

P1350678Let’s talk money.

We aren’t complaining or suffering. Things are a little tighter right now, and we thought we would explain something most missionaries deal with.

But why?  You send your money to our sending church, and they pay us our salary.  It’s always the same amount, and no changes are made unless they’ve been discussed in full by our missions board.  We’ve been doing fine so far, so there’s no reason why we should be struggling now, right?

Well, not necessarily.  Because the salary we get paid does fluctuate; not in dollars, but in pesos.Supporting your missionary coins

To get an idea of how exchange rate impacts our budget. Earlier this year we were near 700 pesos per dollar. We recently dropped to near 610 per dollar. Now it has rebounded a bit to about 630 per dollar. Below I use 690 for the before and 620 for the after.

Our rent costs 253000 Chilean pesos (this is really, really good!). A couple of months ago it was $370, now it is $408

A monthly grocery shopping trip might cost 100000 pesos. It has gone from $144 to $161

All our utilities together come to about 100000, so about $144 to $161

Our health insurance costs about 170000 pesos a month, so $246 to $275

IMG_20171003_101508417_HDROur public transport, cellphones, gasoline, doctor visits, clothes, diapers, and other expenses all do the same thing. We are easily looking at a 10% variation in monthly expenses. We also had a stretch for a couple of years after we got to Chile where it was at or below 500 pesos per dollar.

Let’s pray it doesn’t go back there!

Fiestas Patrias

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September is an interesting month in Chile.  Spring is just coming in.  The cold days are warming up, the sun is shining, and the flowers are blooming.  It’s the perfect weather for parties.

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For the most part, people are gearing up to celebrate “El 18” or “Las Fiestas Patrias” or “Las Fiestas Dieciocheras”.  There’s a lot of games, fairs, music, dancing, and revelry.

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The few days that are the exception to this are the days surrounding the 11th.  This is the day that Chileans remember the “Golpe”, the day of Pinchet’s military coup.  These are often troubled days, and so we usually stay indoors, or at least are home early.

Once these days are past, though, the celebrations begin in earnest.  Music plays everywhere, dancers take to the streets with their cuecas, and the sky becomes a murky gray from all the “asados” (BBQs) going on.  It’s a time for family, for parties, and for fun.  Work basically comes to a grinding halt during these days, and people from all walks of life find a way to enjoy the holiday.

We have, so far this year, been to two asados (BBQs), and gone to two fondas (a fair).

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Padre Hurtado

The first asado was at a church in Padre Hurtado on Saturday.  What you see above are called “anticuchos”, and they’re basically kebabs.  Down at the end, there are sausages, for the traditional “choripan”, which is two words smooshed into one: chorizo (sausage) and pan (bread).  We also had empanadas, which are the Chilean version of a pasty.

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This church has a lot of Haitians who have started attending.  They love Caleb, and Caleb loves them.  We did a lot of dancing.  Goodbye, uncomfortable shoes!  Eventually, Lydia got tired, so we went home.

 

 

Jesús es el Camino (JEEC)

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Our second asado was programmed to be at the park near our home, on Sunday.  You know, this one.  However, when Mike went over early in the morning, it was already full.  So, the asado was moved to our house.  We prepared meat and grilled it.  It was a wonderful time of fellowship and laughter.  We took Communion sitting around the table together.  And then we sang songs.

 

 

El Quisco and Algarrobo

On Monday, we went to the coast with our friends, Jim and Kari Hurley (and family).  We stopped by the beach, first, to let the girl climb on the rocks for a while.

We then went to the fonda in Algarrobo, where we got some food.  We ended the day at the beach, the adults playing a game while the kids played in the sand.

Fonda Buin

Finally, on the last day of celebrations, we went to the fonda in Buin, just for a few hours.  Lydia had way too much sugar, and got to jump on a trampoline.  We had way too much sugar and grease.  It was a good time.

So, the celebrations over, we now turn our attention back to work.  Mike goes back to working regularly at the Institute, and I go back to being a SAHM, and keeping websites updated.  Ahh, life.  Isn’t it wonderful?