Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Greg's March 2013 Newsletter
“Spring is in the air” goes the saying, unless you live in the southern hemisphere (like
it is Fall, not Spring, that is in the air. Still, there are lots of things
going on down here in La Serena so please take some time to read and see what God
has been doing this March. Chile
FIRST: We have been forced to look yet again for a different place to rent for our Fuego Urbano gatherings on Sunday nights, and I ask for your prayers in this process. The hotel where we have met for the past 2.5 months has turned out to be too expensive. This is due mostly to the fact that last year we received financial support from 3 different churches in the USA and we were hoping they would all continue supporting us through 2013, but we just found out that one of them will not be able to support us any longer, and therefore, the cost of the place we were renting is simply too high for us to keep paying. So as of now we will be moving our services yet again, and I ask for your prayers in that process: that God would open the doors for the best possible situation for Fuego Urbano, and with as low a cost as possible. And if you would like to give financially to help us pay the ongoing costs of renting the room for our Fuego Urbano service, there are directions on how to make tax-deductible donations below in my final paragraph.
SECOND: Gustavo (who I wrote about in my January newsletter) has been completely transformed by Jesus in the past 10 months or so, and God is already doing huge things through him. Gustavo was a multiple national-champion aggressive in-line skater who has developed his own in-line skate company and team, but who has now taken up surfing as his greatest passion. There is no one I know in La Serena more stoked and passionate about surfing and knowing Jesus, then Gustavo. Since his life was so drastically changed this past year, he has already been using his skills, contacts, and resources to begin giving free in-line skate classes to a group of about 10-15 young people between the ages of 16-24. But as he started to talk with them they told him they also wanted to learn to surf, but didn’t have anyone to teach them or help them out. Gustavo immediately began meeting with them and teaching them to surf too, since he himself just started this past year, so he is now passing on what he has learned but doing so with the divine purpose of reaching out to them and sharing his story and faith with them…and of course, inviting them to Fuego Urbano. As a result of all this, Gustavo and I will now be meeting with this group of people each Sunday morning to help them develop in their surfing, share our stories and faith with them, and invite them to Fuego Urbano. The hope is that with time, all of them will start to come to Fuego Urbano or the Surfers’ Bible Study that we are going to start again soon in my apartment. Please pray for Gustavo and all these young people he’s reaching out to! Here are 2 pictures from our time last Sunday morning with them: Gustavo is holding the camera and taking the picture while I am behind teaching 5 or 6 of the people from his group. Exciting stuff!!
THIRD: Pepe’s wife Gislaine started a bi-monthly women’s gathering at their house and already 8-10 women are meeting to have fellowship, share together, and pray for one-another. Please pray that God would continue to draw more and more women to Him through this group, and that they would be able to reach out to more and more of the women of La Serena.
FOURTH: The Surfers’ Bible-Study which met in my apartment all last year will start again in a couple weeks. I was not planning on continuing it any longer but many of the surfers and people who used to come have expressed their desire to begin meeting again, so we will start again soon but this time our gatherings will follow the topics of our messages from the Sunday service at Fuego Urbnao. That way it will provide a direct link for the surfers to make the connection between the gathering in my apartment and Fuego Urbano itself. Please pray God would put more hunger and thirst for Him in the hearts of the surfers here, and in their family and friends as well.
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!
Greg Haugh & Jose, Gislaine, Gabriel, and Gean-Felipe Eyzaguirre