Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Go Buy Stuff Online from Almond Surfboards & Designs!
My friend Dave, who is the owner of Almond Surfboards & Designs, has committed to donate 15% of all ONLINE Almond sales to Fuego Urbano from now until Oct 31st! So go check out the Almond website for rad retro and old school surf stuff, and order online before Oct 31st to help support Fuego Urbano!! Thanks Dave!! You're the man...

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Friday, September 3, 2010

My Second Mission Email: Sent On July 22, 2010

Friends and Loved Ones,
To continue filling you all in on the journey I've been on towards Chile and Fuego Urbano, please read the previous blog post that has the first Email Update I sent out to people, as well as this one where I have Copied the 2nd Email Update I sent out on July 22, right after I got back from my scouting trip in Chile. As you can see, God made it so clear to me in this trip that this was exactly the place He had prepared for me, and the exact right people and ministry to work with. Please read Below:

"Friends & Family,

I hope this email finds you well wherever you are. I have some exciting news I want to share with you all, and while I'm just giving a short update now, I'll send you out more info in the next couple weeks as I put more of the pieces together.

As many of you know, I just went to Chile last week to look into some opportunities for me to do long-term missions and ministry there with some people I know from when I lived there 6 years ago. My week in Chile was absolutely amazing and I was stunned about just how clearly and completely God had woven together the perfect circumstances for me to walk into and commit my future to. It is truly exactly the kind of situation I was hoping for and praying God would lead me to. Praise the Lord, He has done just that!

Therefore: My plan now is to make arrangements to move long-term to Chile (10 years minimum) in late September, and partner with some close friends there in using all kinds of sports and activities to reach the younger generation of Northern Chile, and to partner with them in planting churches whose ministries and sports-outreaches will be unlike anything anyone or any church has ever seen in Chile. So I'm super excited to get moving!

As I said, I'll get more info and details out in the next couple weeks but I ask that you keep me in prayer over the next couple months and pray that God would take care of all the details and help me attend to all the things I need to attend to in order to make this transition...such as: stepping down from my position at CPC, selling belongings and my car, raising ongoing financial support, moving out of my house, shipping things to Chile, and finally moving to Chile myself. So it'll be a bit hectic but I'm really excited and trust that God will see me through this whole process. Still, I ask for you prayers either way.

Thanks so much for all your love and support, and thanks ahead of time for you prayers and encouragements!
Love you all,

My First Mission Email: Written & Sent On July 6, 2010

Friends and Loved ones,
Thanks so much for you love and support as I continue this journey to Chile to launch Fuego Urbano ministries and church with Jose & Gislaine Eyzaguirre! We are so grateful for your prayers and financial support, and ask that you would continue to support us in both these ways going forwards, as there will be great challenges ahead, both spiritual and economic. 

I thought it would be good to take all of you along with me on this journey from the beginning of my communication regarding long-term missions in Latin America, so you all can see the journey and path I've been walking down the past few months.

In order to do this, I have Copied below the first email I sent on July 6, 2010 where I asked people to pray for my decisions and future. What an amazing ride it has been so far...please read below and come along with me!!

"Dear Friends & Family,

I forget who I've communicated to about this and who I have not, so I thought it would be good to send out an email to let everyone know what's happening in my life and some of the big changes on the horizon.

As many of you who know me well are aware, I've always loved Latin America (having already lived there for 2.5 years) and the Spanish language, and for the past 5 years while going through seminary, I've known that after graduating from seminary I might return long-term to do missions and ministry in Latin America. In short, that time has come.

After much prayer and consideration, I realize that God is guiding my future to return long-term to Latin America to do missions/ministry. I'm not sure how long I will be there but I am approaching it with 10 years being a minimum and no real ending time in sight, so this is a major life-changing decision and process. To put it concisely, there are 2 main opportunities I'm still trying to discern between: one in Costa Rica and the other in Chile, but as of now I have not discerned which option I'll pursue. I leave this Friday July 9-19 for Chile to go scout things out more personally and then I'll be able to decide, so that by the end of July at the very latest, I'll know where I will go. Then sometime around September I will be stepping down from my position as College Pastor at CPC in order to move to Latin America wherever it is God leads me. I have already spoken with CPC (the church I work for) so they are aware and very supportive of my decisions.

I'll have more info to come and let you all know when I do, but I'd really appreciate your prayers over the next 2-3 weeks as I'm in Chile investigating the doors that have opened to me there and while I'm praying and asking God to show me His will in all of this.

Thanks for being the kind of people in my life that I turn to to share these kinds of things, and please pray that God would make it clear to me which option He wills for me.

I'll let you all know more as I learn and discover more myself. I love you all,