Dearest Summit Park family,
At this point you’re probably thinking, “She IS alive!” I had the best intentions of giving you regular updates of my time here in Chile, but my follow-through was very poor. For that, I am very sorry. As Thanksgiving has arrived, I am truly thankful to God that He has brought me here to Chile for these two years. Like the first, this second year has been really wonderful. But with this special holiday, I keep thinking about home; about my family and my church family who are all so far away. I am so so thankful for you all. Through you, God has provided so abundantly for me to be serving down here at Santiago Christian Academy.
This year has been very different from the first year, mostly because there are new people serving with me at the school. It has been great to get to know the newcomers, and I’m so thankful for the friendships that God gave for this year. I absolutely love my new roommate, Allie. She is from Minnesota and is teaching art for the elementary grades.
I am still the teacher’s assistant for both 1st and 2nd grade, and I so enjoy seeing the kids each day. However, as the semester has progressed, I now spend most of my time in the 2nd grade classroom. The first grade teacher doesn’t need an assistant, and in 2nd grade there is a lot more grading to do. I teach the Bible lesson every morning for 2nd grade again, and help them memorize their verse for each week. With only 9 students, this year has been very easy compared to the challenge of last year’s 2nd grade class. I even got to be teacher for a few weeks while Becky Gonzales went to the States. It was a major challenge, but also very rewarding.
GO STAMPEDE!! Like last year, I participated in the Ultimate Frisbee team at SCA for this semester. I love being a teammate to the other students and staff who are involved. Our team is officially a part of the Ultimate league here in Santiago, and we play many games against Chilean teams throughout the season. We don’t play at quite the level of the other teams, but we have a lot of enthusiasm and heart, which earned us the Spirit Award! This has allowed me to be involved with the high school students too, which I absolutely love.
I am also thankful for the further ministry opportunities that have opened up to me this year. A small group of us have a Sunday evening service in English every other week as an opportunity to worship and hear the Word of God in our own language. I usually pick out a few songs from YouTube and “lead” the worship time. My Chilean church, Iglesia Biblica Roca Grande, has asked me to help with the worship most Sunday mornings. There’s just a small group of singers. That was a bit more scary, because all the songs are in Spanish! It has gone really well though, and I enjoy it.
Thank you so much for your prayers for me while I am here! I do have a few requests. Next semester, Rob and Sherry Hagerty have to return to the States for 6 months because the USA requires it every few years or so. The school has a director here already who will do Rob’s job, and Allie and I have been asked to do a lot of what Sherry does at the school with the junior and senior classes. She does so much, we don’t know how she accomplishes it all.
So please pray for Allie and I as we learn what to do and try to do it well. Also, many of the missionary families who are involved on staff and who send their kids to school are members of a Southern Baptist missions organization. Their mission board is requiring many of their missionaries to retire, but are giving compensation to those missionaries who choose to leave. It is a major struggle for families who have been serving as missionaries for years and years and who still feel called to remain. Please pray for them as they seek to make the difficult decision. Their children are struggling as well with the possibility of a difficult transition.
Finally, Happy Thanksgiving to all!! Please email or message me anytime with questions or updates of how you are doing! I miss you all so much. I will be home very soon it seems, and will be able to spend two months at home. I’ll get to welcome my new niece and celebrate in my sister’s upcoming marriage in February! God is so good!
Lots of love to each one,