Monday, February 24, 2014
Greg Haugh's Feb 2014 Newsletter: Moving Home
GREETINGS FROM CHILE…FOR THE LAST TIME: As I mentioned briefly in last month’s newsletter, I will be moving permanently back to California in early-March so this will be the last newsletter I write from Chile; but Pepe & Gislaine will continue leading Fuego Urbano and our hope is that, those of you who have prayed for and supported us during these 3.5 years, will consider continuing to support Pepe & Gislaine as they carry on the vision of Fuego Urbano. I will explain in more detail below…
FIRST: BEFORE ANYTHING ELSE, I WANT TO SAY ‘THANK YOU SO MUCH’
Over the last 3.5 years, so many of you have prayed for us constantly, offered assistance or help in different ways, and supported us financially. To all of you, I can only say from the bottom of my heart: ‘Thank You!’ Words fail to express the gratitude I feel for every one of you, and I have always been blown away and humbled by how many of you bless us in so many ways. I say this all the time but only because it is true: without you guys, we could not have done any of this. Period. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
SECOND: THERE ARE 2 MAIN REASONS WHY I AM MOVING HOME NOW
The two main reasons why I am moving home now are very simple. First: my own battles with being alone and isolated here have taken their toll on me over the years, to the point where I feel more and more drained and have realized I can’t keep going like this. Being away from family and friends for 3.5 years takes its toll on anyone, but when you don’t have a spouse or kids of your own to help fill that relational void, then the weight of it becomes even heavier. That is my situation now and after 3.5 years here, I have realized that it would not be good or wise for anyone if I stayed longer. The second reason has to do with my VISA. Normally I always come back to CA to visit in July, but because I had issues coming through Customs on my way into Chile last September, and because I am here on a Tourist Visa and can not get a Student Visa, Workers Visa, or Religious Visa (for various reasons), the Customs agent said I can not keep working the system like I have and that the next time I leave Chile I will not be able to get back in (unless I get a Religious Workers Visa, which I can’t). Because of the logistics of this situation, I must leave
by March 18th
when my current time-frame expires but they won’t let me back in once I leave.
That means my only option is to come home in March instead of waiting until
THIRD: I WILL BE LOOKING FOR A CHURCH JOB/POSITION SO PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF YOU KNOW OR HEAR OF ANYTHING, OR PASS MY RESUME & LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION ON TO ANYONE WHO MIGHT BE INTERESTED.
As I come home I will looking for a teaching/preaching position at some church, or some other position that would allow me to do that, since that is what I love and am most passionate about. I would also be open to doing something Missions related, or College/Young Adult stuff if it allowed me the opportunity to teach and preach in some way. So please email me if you know of anything or would like to try and pass on my info to anyone. I have attached my Resume and three Letters of Recommendation to the email I sent you notifying you about my newsletter, so you can find them there and email/forward them to anyone you think might be interested or looking for someone. Thanks!
FOURTH: PEPE & GISLAINE WILL CONTINUE LEADING ‘FUEGO URBANO,’ AND OUR HOPE IS THAT ENOUGH OF OUR SUPPORTERS WILL CONTINUE SUPPORTING THEM EVEN THOUGH I WILL NOT BE IN CHILE PERSONALLY: SO WOULD YOU PLEASE PRAY AND CONSIDER WHAT GOD WOULD HAVE YOU DO?
I know many of you have supported us financially over these past 3.5 years because you know me personally, and because of hearing from me about the vision of Fuego Urbano, you decided to support us (thanks again!). I also know that, as I return to
, some of you might be
hesitant on supporting us any further if I am not personally in California doing the ministry. I completely
understand if you do not feel comfortable continuing to support Pepe & Gislaine
who you do not know personally, as they continue to lead Fuego Urbano; but I would
just ask you to pray about it and ask God what He would have you do. I have
total confidence in Pepe & Gislaine on this matter and know they are
willing and able to move along with Fuego Urbano, but since I have raised
support for all of us to live for the past 3.5 years, it would be a huge hit to
the ministry if all of a sudden there was not enough support for them to commit
themselves like we all have for the past 3.5 years. I want you to know that I
will not be offended, or take it personally in any way, if you pray and decide
you are not comfortable or would not like to continue supporting them; but I am
asking you to please just pray about it first and then do whatever God seems to
be leading you to do. Just so you know: Pepe & Gislaine will need about
$2,000/month in order to support them and their two boys, depending on exchange
rates on any given month. Chile
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…we wish you all the best!
Greg Haugh & Jose, Gislaine, Gabriel, and Gean-Felipe Eyzaguirre