Tuesday, April 23, 2013
GREG'S APRIL 2013 NEWSLETTER
I hope this finds you well and that you are enjoying the warmer Spring air in
the good old U. S. of A. Things have been cooling off here as Winter closes in,
but we have had all sorts of awesome things go on this month that I’d like to
share with you. Chile
FIRST: We moved our Fuego Urbano service to a much smaller multi-purpose room, which has been a blessing in disguise for us. We were forced to move from the hotel we were meeting in because of the high cost, and while the new room we are using is quite a bit smaller, it does allow us much more freedom to do more of what we would like to do. It has a much more familiar and inviting feel to it, and allows us to bring all the food and drinks we want so that everyone can hang out afterwards to talk, eat, and visit as long as they want. We have already seen more people come from the Surfers Bible Study and the Women’s group then previously too, so that is definitely encouraging. Please pray God will allow us to continue meet here as we continue to lay down our foundations and get our feet underneath us.
SECOND: After our monthly meeting with the Fuego Urbano elders, we sense God is calling us to focus during this period on developing the people we have and not trying to bring in the masses. This came out of conversation and prayer about why we have so many problems in securing places for our gatherings on Sunday, and we feel like maybe God keeps closing that door because we are not yet ready to receive so many people (which is true). So after talking, we feel like God is calling us to spend this year investing in the people we have so that in a year we will all be more prepared to reach and receive people in greater numbers. This year, therefore, we will invest in developing leaders from within our different ministries, gatherings, and groups, so that we will all be more equipped and prepared to move on to the next stage of ministry together. While we will still continue to grow and invite new people this year, that will not be our primary focus until next year when we feel like we will be more prepared to really reach and receive the masses. Please pray God would lead us in this and show us those He wants us to develop and prepare.
THIRD: God has been doing amazing things with The Surfers Bible-Study! Two weeks ago there were about 8-9 of us and last week there were around 14-15. For the first time ever I ran out of chairs, so I’ll have to go buy some stools in order to accommodate the numbers of people who are coming. It has been awesome so far. The Surfers Bible Study did not meet over the summer (Jan-Mar) because everyone travels and goes all over, but I am finally seeing the fruit from the past 3 months of spending so much time surfing, hanging out, and talking with all the surfers and their friends. We started meeting again 3 weeks ago, but already more and more people are finding out and wanting to come. Please pray God continues to draw more and more of these surfers, body-boarders, skaters, etc. to him through this weekly gathering.
FOURTH: As I mentioned in my previous letter, Gislaine started a bi-monthly Women’s gathering at their house and there continues to be around 10-12 women coming to share together, open the Bible, and pray for one-another. A number of the women had never been to Fuego Urbano but are committed and excited to go to the Women’s group; and just in the past couple weeks we have seen a few of them come to Fuego Urbano on Sunday. Please pray God will continue to bring more women to him through this group! Below I have included a picture from one of the recent Women’s gatherings:
FIFTH: Pepe has had so many people in the basketball programs that he has formed 2 teams to compete in some local tournaments and leagues. They just began their first games recently, so please pray God would allow those on the team to mark a difference among all the other teams.
Thanks so much for all your prayers and support!
Greg Haugh & Jose, Gislaine, Gabriel, and Gean-Felipe Eyzaguirre