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Chile, 2015, Part Five

August 10, 2015

The work may be done but the day is not over.  Maria and Hans are members of the Valparaiso Church of the Nazarene. They have been here helping the team build the addition on the “Look of Love” School. They are expecting their first child in the near future.

Hans and Maria

Hans and Maria

A precious part of the trip was celebrating the up-coming birth of baby “Allison Emily”, who will bring much joy to Maria and Hans! The ladies of our Team joined Maria’s church family in giving a baby shower for them. It was such a fun party, from the games and the opening of tiny, girly gifts, to the wonderful refreshments! Women are the same the world over…we love sharing together during life’s most special occasions! Blessings, baby Allison!

Gifts for baby Allison

Gifts for baby Allison

Maria opening the gifts for baby Allison Emily

Maria opening the gifts for baby Allison

What a wonderful way to end the day being able to fellowship with the women from the church, friends and the Chicago Heights team. We see the joy on Maria’s face and know that God has been gracious in blessing them with a precious new life to love and nurture!

As a new day arrives here in Chile, it is Sunday and we are looking forward to attending the Valparaiso, Chile, Church of the Nazarene. We were happy to see many of the students and their parents from the “Look of Love” school attending the service. The service started with a number of songs.

Leading us in song

Leading us in song

The team joined in leading us in singing the song “He Touched Me”. This prepared us for the sermon, shared by Pastor Andy, based on the verse from Isaiah 64:8 “Yet you, Lord, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.”

Pastor Andy from the team gives us a wonderful sermon.

Pastor Andy from the team gives us a wonderful sermon.

After the sermon we were treated to a performance by the students of the “Look of Love” school. Some of the students came dressed in the traditional Chilean dress, and proceeded to do some Chilean national dances.  It was enjoyable for us to see some of the things these students were learning at the school.

Students who danced for us

Students who danced for us

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All of the students who attended church with us

It was explained to us that there is very little support for people who are mentally challenged in Chile. These students would normally be cared for in their homes without the opportunity for skilled counseling or teaching and affording very little respite for the parents. The “Look of Love” school provides an opportunity for the students to get out of the house, and learn some new skills while giving some free time for the parents. The school also provides an opportunity for the Church to minister to both the students and parents as they participate in programs like the dancing we were privileged to see,  a support group for the mothers, and being able to hear the gospel message and see it demonstrated through the love of the staff.

After Church we went to lunch with several of the people from the Church. We had a great meal at the Panda buffet restaurant. The food was great as well as the fellowship. Many of us took advantage of the abundance of food and felt stuffed after lunch.

Wonderful fellowship

Wonderful fellowship

Great Buffet

Great Buffet

After the buffet we all felt the need of a little exercise so it is off to the National Botanical Gardens, (Jardín Botánico Nacional) in Viña del Mar.

National Botanical Garden

National Botanical Garden

Flowers in the garden

Flowers in the garden

 The botanical garden is a reminder of  the passage in Genesis 2:9, “The Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground—trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food”. What a wonderful God we follow as we stroll through the gardens, seeing some of the beauty of Chile. Later in the afternoon we returned to our Hostel for the evening to reflect on the blessings we have received this day.

 

 

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