Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Greg's January 2013 Newsletter
HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM
!! As 2013 kicks off, we are also kicking off a new season of ministry for Fuego Urbano, so please read on to find out more about what God is up to. CHILE
FIRST: We just finished 3 weeks of intense summer-sports programs in Las Companias with help from the same Brazilian missions-team that helped us last summer. The group of about 15 people helped Pepe organize and run the whole thing. They did an amazing job serving and impacting the young people of Las Companias by allowing us to once again offer free summer-sports-programs for almost an entire month. Pepe continues to run the programs for all the older kids with soccer every Tuesday night and basketball on Fridays.
SECOND: We have just started having our Fuego Urbano gatherings in the event-room of one of the hotels right in front of the beach. After 2 years of being severely limited in our outreach and ministry because of the size and nature of the places we have been forced to meet in, we have finally found a centralized location that is big enough for us to literally invite everyone we come across; so this is just the beginning of lots of potential and possibility for growth that we are super excited about. We have already had two meetings there which went really well. In fact I would like to share with you the words that Gustavo, a guy I met at the skate-park who recently started surfing and who has been absolutely transformed by Jesus in the past 6-months, posted on his Facebook status immediately after our first meeting. Here are his (translated) words: “It is exciting for me to know that I am in a beautiful process of drawing near to God. I felt so much like crying, like letting go all these tears from the bottom of my heart and soul…It is a very different happiness and I invite everyone I know to integrate yourselves, if you like, to Fuego Urbano…to reflect and educate yourselves about God and faith in Him. It has been incredibly helpful for me. I was so lost all my life. Have you ever felt empty after getting wasted, high, or having sex without love or purpose? Filled with money but still empty in your heart? I have. Where do you think I now get my motivation, passion, and strength to surf, skate, and work with so much motivation? From faith in God, but I didn’t know it until I got involved in Fuego Urbano.” Gustavo’s words are powerful, and so is his testimony. He was a national-champ in-line aggressive skater who also started his own in-line skate company, and now manages that while taking up his new passion: surfing. We met in the skate-park one day after he had seen me surfing in the morning, and told me how he was learning to surf and was really motivated but also a little frustrated due to his lack of progress. After talking we met up to surf the next day and I gave him some pointers and invited him to Fuego Urbano. He was super excited about coming and as of now, there is no one in La Serena (who I know) more on fire to surf and to draw near to Jesus. He is advancing in both at breakneck speed. Thanks so much to all of you who support us and help so many personal transformations like Gustavo’s take place. Thanks to all your giving, we are able to continue to reach out to more and more people like Gustavo. Also: we are renting the event-room where we now meet, and have about half the yearly cost covered by donation; however we still need to come up with the remaining $7,000-$8,000 this year, so if you would like to help towards that cause there are giving instructions in my final paragraph below. Please pray for us!! Below are a couple pictures from our first 2 weeks in the hotel event-room:
FINALLY: 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.
Thanks so much for all your prayers and support, and Happy New Year in 2013!
Greg Haugh & Jose, Gislaine, Gabriel, and Gean-Felipe Eyzaguirre