Friday, August 29, 2014

Greg's August 2014 Newsletter

Greetings from Costa Mesa: I hope you were able to enjoy this summer and that you will be able to take advantage of the last few days of it. I have been looking for jobs (outside of churches) and still have not found one, so that has been frustrating but I’m trying to stay positive and be patient. Now that Fall is here I will be really trying hard to find something and I would appreciate your prayers regarding that. Also, Pepe & Gislaine have sent me their update for August so I will include the translated message below.

“Grace and peace friends, we greet you from La Serena, Chile in the love of the Lord:
We hope that you, your family, and your congregations are doing well. We want to begin this new report with the following citation: ‘always giving thanks for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, to God the Father (Eph 5:20).’

The month of August started abruptly with the news of the death of “Adalto,” the brother of Gislaine (my wife), who died in a tragic motorcycle accident while on his way to the university in Brazil. At the time, I (Pepe) was training some leaders in Bolivia and had to return to La Serena. Thanks to God, the very people I was training in Bolivia raised an offering for me and I was able to get a flight that night, because I needed to support my wife Gislaine who was very affected by the news.

This was a new challenge to our faith because most of the time we are the ones supporting people who suffer loss or who are going through personal problems like marriage separations and personal struggles in different areas of their lives; but this time it was our turn to ‘suffer.” It was our turn to cry and confront this loss without our faith falling away. How could we worship and thank Him during the suffering? Without a doubt we were able to put to the test the saying that we are stronger in our weakness. Thanks to God, we have received the peace of God in our lives and we rest in the love and faithfulness He shows to His children. Today we can say we love Him and that God can use even death itself to give ‘spiritual’ life; and that Gislaine is in Brazil along with our youngest son Gean Philippe to be by her mom, who is the only Christian in their family. We ask for your prayers so that she can give testimony of the love of Christ to her family and friends.

We are very grateful to God for backing us up in setting up a bible-study, once again, at Henry’s house in Las Compañías; and every Friday we are surprised with a new visitor. Last week we received ‘Boty,’ who is an old friend of ours since he was little and a very good skater. Unfortunately he left all that behind and joined a gang that dedicated itself to robbing and selling drugs. It really surprised us to see him and my wife was able to give him a big hug. He is looking for a change in his life and we want to be by his side to help him. We ask that you would pray for ‘Boty’ (together with Gislaine in the photo below) and that God would continue to work in his life. “

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 ( 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