Monday, June 27, 2011
Blessings from Chile!! I hope this update finds you well and that you’re enjoying your summer so far. Here’s a summary of what has been going on with Fuego Urbano and our lives this June.
FIRST: Thanks so much to you who prayed, emailed, offered words of encouragement, and gave financially to help us recover what was stolen in the robbery last month. Thanks to you all we were able to replace the money that was stolen and even get a few other things we’ve needed for quite a while. We’re actually going to be moving out of our house very soon because we asked the owner to put bars on the windows to help protect us but he was unwilling, so we’re now looking for a house to move to right away. Due to the new baby Pepe & Gislaine are expecting and to issues of overall space for their family and for Guillerme & I, we’ll be looking for a small house for them and a nearby apartment for me and Guillerme (the Brazilian soccer player who has lived with us since January). While the individual rents will be cheaper then the house we’re renting now, added together this means our overall monthly rent and utilities bills will increase, so please pray that God would not only lead us to cheap prices both, but that He would also provide increased monthly support and supporters for us, as that continues to be our single greatest need at this point.
SECOND: ‘Profundo’ is our bi-weekly bible study & discipleship group and we now have 17 people who’ve committed to coming, which is more than we were expecting. We originally thought Profundo would be for Fuego Urbano leaders only, but we’ve opened it up as an in-depth bible study and discipleship for anyone who wants to come, provided they’re committed to studying the Bible and doing the work. We’re very encouraged by the number of people who want to participate and also to be able to form Fuego Urbano leaders from this group. We’ve also asked about 5-7 of the older kids to help us organize and teach the younger kids in our sports programs and they’re super excited about the opportunity, and to attend Profundo as well. Here's a picture of some from our most recent meeting.
THIRD: Sinergia had our first official meeting where we invited ministry, missionary, and Christian organizational leaders to come hear about our vision, purpose, goals and motives, and how we can all help one another to accomplish them. In all there were around 30 people representing roughly 18 different ministries, and just about everyone was really excited and positive about being part of Sinergia. Please pray God would give us a clear vision of where He wants to take us, but we’re really excited as this kind of partnership has never been accomplished in this are of Chile before. In the past all the different ministries have basically worked alone or in isolation, and therefore can only accomplish what each one can accomplish on its own. However by working together in a spirit of true unity and combining our talents, resources, experiences, etc. we’re very encouraged about being able to make some large-scale changes within the church of Chile in this region, and throughout the country in the years to come. I wish I had some pictures of our first major meeting but we all forgot our cameras so I’ll find some soon and get them out to you all.
FOURTH: Guillerme (the Brazilian soccer player living with us since January) is trying out for La Serena’s Under-18 soccer team. Please pray he makes it as this would open lots of doors for him personally and for us as Fuego Urbano. La Serena’s pro team (the next level up from Guillerme’s) plays in Chile’s first division and if Guillerme were able to get into their system it would open up tons of doors for him and us, as soccer is by far the biggest pro sport in Chile, Latin America, and the world.
FIFTH: Pepe will be co-leading a Sports-Evangelism Seminar July 1-3 right here in La Serena (See Poster Below). Pepe has taught a number of these seminars throughout the country but this will be the first one in La Serena and give people a much broader understanding of what evangelism is, isn’t, involves, doesn’t involve, etc. Those who come will learn the theology behind using all areas of culture as points of outreach, evangelism, and service to the community, and learn the practical steps of how to put these methods into practice in their own communities through sports specifically. Please pray lots of church leaders, youth leaders, pastors, and young people come and have open hearts and minds to learn.
SIXTH: Automatic Monthly Donations to Fuego Urbano are available on my Blog, and as always there are 3 ways you may give financially to Fuego Urbano. To sign up for Automatic Monthly Donations: You may sign up for amounts of $25, $50, $100, or $200 per month. Just go to the right side of my Blog where it says ‘Recurring Donation’ and adjust the monthly amount you would like to give; then click ‘Donate’ and it will take you through the process. One-time online donations are still available as well: just click the ‘Donate’ button just below where it says ‘1-Time Donation’.’ Or if you prefer personal checks, the process for those remains exactly the same and they should be made out to ‘Fishers of Men Fellowship’ and mailed to ‘Fishers of Men Fellowship’, PO Box 9284, Newport Beach, CA 92658. And as I’ve said before, increased monthly financial support remains our single greatest need at this point.
SEVENTH: I arrive home on July 29th and will be there until Sep 7th, and would love to see as many of you as possible, hear how you’re all doing, and share in person about how your prayers, encouragement, emails, and financial support have made such a huge difference here in Chile. I’ll be at CPC most Sunday mornings during that time and hope to have one or two sharing events there in August, as well as one or two at my parents’ house in Costa Mesa where I’ll be staying. Dates will follow in my next update.
Thanks so much for all you prayers, love, and support, and I hope to see you soon in CA!
Greg Haugh & Jose, Gislaine, Gabriel, and Soon-To-Be-Born Baby Eyzaguirre