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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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Missionaries are like Superheroes

When I was working upstairs at the new House of Hope building for Vision For Children – Chile I heard someone downstairs speaking English at a fast rate (just the way I like it) and I soon realized this same man could speak Chilean Spanish at a fast rate too. Chileans are known for speaking very fast – some Spanish speaking people from other parts of the world say they can’t understand Chilean Spanish yet Bob (with SuperHero ability) is able to speak and understand people in Chile (the country in South America). Here is a  picture of me with Bob and Cheryl before lunch at the House of Hope.

Chris Teien with the Fugates in Chile Alliance Missionaries
Chris Teien with the Fugates in Chile Alliance Missionaries

Bob and Cheryl are Christian and Missionary Alliance Missionaries who serve in Chile and Mexico. Their love for the people they serve and their ability to understand the language and culture where they are serving make them superheroes of the faith in my eyes.

Bob and Cheryl Fugate are ministering to the professional class of Santiago Chile and they are Pastoring a Church Plant Chicureo. They also minister to the Alliance Girls Home with 77 girls age 3-18 yrs. old and to House of Hope. We minister to families through the outreach of Marriage Encounter and to women through Women’s Encounters.

Keep up with the Fugates at http://www.cmalliance.org/worker/fugate-robert-cheryls

Sad to See Homeless Dogs All Over Santiago, Chile

I spent three weeks in Santiago, Chile surrounded by dogs. There were two dogs within the gates where I stayed serving as watch dogs and there were dogs all over the streets all around the city. Most of them just sat there and watched you go past them. I saw a lady with car trunk full of dog food feed a dog that was in the grass at the gas station. You could hear the dogs barking all night. You could hear the guard dogs barking at other dogs on the other side of the fence. It was sad and it was also bizarre that there could be so many homeless, uncared for dogs – some estimate there are 250,000 homeless dogs there. Continue reading Sad to See Homeless Dogs All Over Santiago, Chile

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?