Thursday, May 24, 2012
Reflections on the Lakers: Watching Lakers games is one of the simple things in life that I truly love, and when the playoffs roll around everything is magnified: the highs and lows, successes and defeats…the very future of the team is held in the balance. That’s how I’ve felt the past couple of months: significant challenges mixed with new & exciting opportunities. Keep reading to find out more!!
FIRST: Our greatest current challenge has to do with where we’re having our Fuego Urbano meetings in Las Compañías. For a couple months now we’ve been meeting in the house of a family who goes to Fuego Urbano because the multi-purpose room we were meeting in wasn’t conducive to discussing things at a deeper more personal level like we wanted. The acoustics were terrible and made it almost impossible to understand one-another while discussing things. The problem with the house we’re in now is that it only fits about 15 people, and in an effort to protect the house and family from a potential break-in that would be almost certain if we were to give out their address, we haven’t been able to invite new people to Fuego Urbano for a couple months now. That’s a bummer because we have about 40-60 people Tuesdays at our soccer programs and another 20 on Fridays for basketball, and a large percentage of those groups are pretty new to our programs. We did recently find out about 2 community Cede’s that we might be able to use, which would be awesome, but we’re not sure what will happen. We’d love it if you could pray that God would bring us a bigger place so we’re no longer hindered and limited like we are now.
SECOND: God is doing amazing things among the surfers here, so much so that we’ve just started a weekly surfers’ bible-study in my apartment. Its been so crazy to watch God move among some of the best surfers in the area, as well as the surf-shop owners and surf-school directors, to the point where after talking lots with a number of them I decided to start a surfers bible-study in my apartment and invite them all. We’ve only been going for 2 weeks now but both weeks have been awesome and led to lots of really good reflection & discussion. God is really opening up the doors for us into the community of surfers here and we believe He has really big things in store for both us and them and over the next year or so; so please pray for us as we move forward in faith and follow God’s lead on this one. Here’s a picture of me surfing a couple weeks ago (on my Almond) with some friends on a small but fun day:
THIRD: A brand new Christian school called ‘Amazing Grace English School’ is being built a few hundred yards from where we live and will launch the Fuego Urbano worship services in the hotel in January. It will focus heavily on English and sports, and their goal is to have a thousand or so students so we’re talking with the directors about possibly working together in some way in the future. It opens in 2013 and once again gives us tons of doors and opportunities than we weren’t even expecting.
FOURTH: We just met with the directors at the Hotel Costa Real again and its official that we have reserved Sunday nights starting in January for our Fuego Urbano service(s). The best thing is we can use the room anytime from and they won’t charge us extra. That means we can have up to 4 services or so but like I mentioned before, the rent is about $1280 per month so we’ll need to raise more support to help cover the cost. This location however will put us at literally the front steps of thousands of university students, young people, skaters, surfers, etc. and is easily accessible from anywhere in the city. It will enable us to focus on and draw from the entire city, which is what we’ve always wanted; and we actually just found out that the manager of the entire hotel is a Christian! She called us out of the blue when she found out about what we want to do there with Fuego Urbano, and told us she’s excited we're going to be there and wants to help us out in any way she can. Praise God!!
FIFTH: I’ve been asked to write and contribute to a Christian discipleship website called Trochia. The website http://www.trochia.org/ is dedicated to encouraging and equipping followers of Jesus Christ. I’ll be writing a few times per month and there are 6 other contributors too, so check out both the website and Facebook page, and sign up on both if you'd like for updates or ‘like’ it to get updated about new posts, devotionals, and daily reflections. My first post just got posted yesterday so go check it out if you can and try to make a habit of visiting the sight to help build up your faith on a weekly or even daily basis.
SIXTH: I’ll be home in CA from July 20th to early/mid September and would love to see or meet with you. I’ll be around to share with any churches, groups, organizations, small-groups, church-groups, families, ministries, student ministries, etc. that would like to hear about Fuego Urbano and what God is doing in Chile. Or if you’d like to meet up personally I’d love to do that too: just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll schedule it. I’ll also give more info as I get closer to the dates and schedule some sharing events for people to come to.
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 so much for your friendship, love, prayers and support, and I hope to see you real soon!
Greg Haugh & Jose, Gislaine, Gabriel, and Gean-Felipe Eyzaguirre