Friday, September 23, 2011
Greetings from Chile!! After 5 weeks in the USA I’m back in Chile and moving forward with Fuego Urbano. It was great to see so many of you when I was home and I look forward to seeing you all again when I’m home next August. As for what’s going on now, please read below for all the latest:
FIRST: Upon arrival to Chile I found Pepe, Gislaine, & Gabriel doing well and Gislaine’s belly much more noticeable from her pregnancy. She’s feeling a bit better physically but is getting bigger as their Nov due-date approaches. They now know it’ll be a boy and will name him Gean Felipe, and Gabriel is super excited to have his first brother.
SECOND: I never thought I’d find a country more patriotic (for better or worse) then the USA but Chile might just be, and September is the month when it all comes out. Sep 18th is Chile’s Independence Day from Spain but they celebrate Chilean history, freedom, and culture all month long in their ‘Fiestas Patrias’, many of them even taking a whole week off from school. And perhaps the most surprising of all: you can actually be fined for not flying a Chilean flag on your house premises during these celebrations. Anyway, it has been fun and interesting to experience this for the first time and learn to appreciate more of the Chilean culture. In fact, Fuego Urbano actually participated in the ‘Fiestas Patrias’ parade in Las Compañías, marching along with a few thousand other people. Then on Sep 10th we had Fuego Urbano’s ‘Pampillada,’ which is the typical Chilean BBQ and all-day party they have for these celebrations. It was lots of fun and there were about 30 of us there. Below is a picture of the majority of the group, with about 5-10 more who aren’t in the photo.
THIRD: Our sports programs continue strong but we ask for your prayers regarding a few things. Recently the local neighborhood gang in Las Compañías has given us some small problems, though nothing too serious. Instead of responding to them with anger or hate, we’ve tried to take the way of Jesus and continue to love them by inviting them to our programs. To our surprise, they’ve started coming but push our rules and structure whenever they can. We hope this will be a door through which God might reach these guys but also realize we need your prayers for us and them.
FOURTH: The jail-ministry of Sinergia is growing and now we’re being asked to visit more jails to play soccer and do bible studies with the inmates. Our methods seem un-orthodox to many here (and they are) but they’re effective and more jails and people are realizing this. Please pray for us and Esteban who is our Sinergia ministry partner in charge of leading the weekly prison bible studies.
FIFTH: We’re still hoping & praying to be able to afford the apartment for me & Guillerme before November when Pepe & Gislaine’s new baby is due. I’ll keep you posted and thanks so much to all of you who have said you’d like to support us on a monthly basis to help with our monthly expenses; truly you’re all such a blessing. And like I’ve been sharing for the past couple months, those ongoing monthly financial commitments continue to be our greatest need at this point, though we greatly appreciate any and all the support we can get. Please pray for us regarding this and if you’d like to give financially there are directions how in the final paragraph below. And on a personal note, my wrist is still fractured and limits me but it gets better each day and I’m hoping to be at full strength in a couple weeks.
FIFTH: The ‘Lou’s BBQ Grill’ fundraiser for Fuego Urbano continues through Sep & Oct so go grab some incredible BBQ & country food at Lou’s and help support Fuego Urbano at the same time! Just print the Lou’s BBQ Fundraiser Flyer I attached to my monthly newsletter email and take it to Lou’s; then order some killer food and present the Fundraiser Flyer when you order and Lou’s will give 15% of all proceeds to Fuego Urbano whenever the Fundraiser Flyer is presented. You can print as many as you can and go as many times as possible (valid for dine-in or take-out) in Sep & Oct so go for it!! Lou’s is located at: 21501 Brookhurst Street, Huntington Beach, CA at Brookhurst & Hamilton.
LASTLY: As always there are 3 ways you may give financially to Fuego Urbano. For Automatic Monthly Online Donations you may sign up for amounts of $25, $50, $100, or $200 per month. Just go to the right side of my Blog (http://greghaugh.blogspot.com) where it says ‘Recurring Donation’ and adjust drop-down menu to the amount you’d like to give each month; then click ‘Subscribe’ and it will take you through the process. One-Time Online Donations are available as well: click the ‘Donate’ button on my Blog just below where it says ‘1-Time Donation’ and it will take you through the process. Or if you prefer Personal Checks you can make them out to ‘Fishers of Men Fellowship’ and mail them to: Fishers of Men Fellowship, PO Box 9284, Newport Beach, CA 92658. And all donations are fully tax-deductible.
Thank you so much for all your prayers, love, and support!!
Greg Haugh & Jose, Gislaine, Gabriel, and Soon-To-Be-Born Gean Felipe Eyzaguirre