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Vision for Children – 2014 Chile Missions Trip – Work Pictures

My church people sent me on an all expense covered – paid trip to serve in Chile for three weeks. Most days we started with breakfast at 7am and then an hour of devotions and prayer time. Then we worked until lunch at 1pm and then worked until dinner time at 7pm. There were often activities in the evening and usually the only day we weren’t really busy was Sunday. Vision for Chile has built over 13 buildings over the last decade in Chile and this was a work trip. Some people were unable to come on this trip so we had four workers including me. We did a lot of work but it was a lot of fun. There was also time to see some of the sites and go out to dinner. The best part was seeing the rooms get used for ministry as soon as we finished them.

Click here to listen to “To the End of the Earth – 10 Things Pastor Chris Learned in Chile”

Here are a some pictures of my time working at the House of Hope in Santiago, Chile. There are more pictures on their Facebook page

I led devotions each day using the Bible and Francis Chan’s book Crazy Love since I was able to get an English and Spanish copy of it before I left Minnesota. I learned to use an interpreter since I don’t speak Spanish and many of the people there did not speak English. We took turns making breakfast. Our building goals were to put siding on the new 12,000 square foot building and sheetrock/finish the micro business/music training/classrooms. Saturdays were volunteer days so the four of us led teams of volunteers to work on the building.

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Final Update Team VFC

March 19, 2014 by Leave a Comment

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Official House of Hope Final Update:

The trip is over the team has left Chile and are now home however the last few days of the trip were awesome.

On the Saturday before we left, the House of Hope had it’s first “ Kids Zone “day.  And wow was it crazy. Kids Zone is like a wild and crazy Sunday school class for unchurched street kids. Being our first class we had no idea of how many kids would show up. We estimated about 10 to 12… However, they came, some more came and then more came. We ended up with 33 kids, some moms and dads and a stray dog. It was great to see and feel the energy and see the Holy Spirit move. Thank you Lord. Please pray as we continue our Kids Zone every Saturday throughout the year.

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Along with Kids Zone, the House of Hope will begin teaching classes for guitar, drums and English as a second language. Our goal is to reach La Pintana for Jesus !

We want to thank our team, Bob, Debbie, Lee, Kerry and Chris. It was a great 17 days. A lot of construction work was completed and ministry was accomplished. Again, thank you Jesus.

We want to compliment and thank the young women and staff of the House of Hope. What a great group of people. Thank you for an awesome time of fellowship and working together to the glory of God. See you in October !

Tom  http://visionforchile.org/2014/03/final-update-team-vfc/

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Consider going to Chile in October for the next missions trip see http://visionforchile.org

Soaked up the Andes Mountain view in the hot salty water of Baños Colina natural hot springs

Daniel and I went up to the Baños Colina natural hot springs at the base of the San José volcano. The temperature of the 8 different pools was warmer at the top and cooler toward the bottom. I was surprised that it was hot salt water and the bottom of the pool was like sheetrock mud. Continue reading Soaked up the Andes Mountain view in the hot salty water of Baños Colina natural hot springs

My Trip to the Andes: World’s Longest Mountain Range

After a couple weeks in Chile while I was working at the House of Hope, Daniel the Director of Vision for Children – Chile took me on a one day trip to the Andes mountains.

Here is where we went in the Andes Mountains
Here is where we went in the Andes Mountains

Here are some pics of our trip up the mountain in a little Chevy Sprint and of a little restaurant we went in to.

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Overlooking the City on San Cristóbal Hill – Santiago, Chile

Here are some pics I took on Cerro San Cristóbal (San Cristóbal Hill) is a hill in central-northern Santiago, Chile. It rises 880 m AMSL and about 300 m above the rest of Santiago; the peak is the second highest point in the city, after Cerro Renca.

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Am I the master of my fate – Am I the captain of my soul?

This picture of me that was taken at Ocean Pacific’s Restaurant in Santiago, Chile reminded me of the quote from “Invictus” that ends with “I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.” – William Ernest Henley, British Writer. Is that true?  Continue reading Am I the master of my fate – Am I the captain of my soul?

Scenic Pictures from Bicyle Riding 1000 Miles Around Belle Plaine Minnesota

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Here are some pictures I took this summer as I rode my bike around Belle Plaine, MN and the surrounding area. I rode my bicycle over 1,000 miles during the summer of 2013 – every now and then I would stop and take a picture with my camera phone. I will add more pictures later so you might want to check back and see what I photos I added. Click on thumbnail for bigger image. Continue reading Scenic Pictures from Bicyle Riding 1000 Miles Around Belle Plaine Minnesota

The Early Walker Catches the Goats in the trees

I made a commitment to exercise an hour each day and would occasionally get up early before the Sun came up to go for a walk around town. This one day in the early morning twilight I saw these goats at Emma Krumbees in Belle Plaine, MN were attempting to climb the trees. Since it was still dark I could not get a good quality picture but if you look carefully you find goats are climbing the trees. I know it has been said, “Early bird catches the worm” but now we have proof that “The Early Walker Catches the Goats in the Trees”

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