Last month we received a team from Youth With a Mission (YWAM) in Frankfort, Germany. They were here to serve through work projects and evangelism as part of a YWAM training course.
I really enjoy receiving teams and helping to facilitate their time in Chile, and this time was no exception. I just sort of made myself a part of the team and had a lot of fun serving with them. Though they came from Germany, there were also representatives from three other nations: the Philippines, Switzerland and the Netherlands.
One of the main ways I was able to help with the team was through translation. While they were here we had times of evangelism, sharing with people in their homes, and church services where they needed someone to translate. It’s always more of a challenge when I have to translate from English to Spanish, but it was good for me to continue improving my Spanish and ability to translate both ways. Thankfully there were several other people who also helped in this area.
Most of our mornings were spent painting the outside of a local church. The pastor (Carlos) told us that he’d been wanting to paint the church since he’d taken over seven years ago but hadn’t had the means to do it. The team’s arrival and their willingness to serve in any way they were needed presented the opportunity for us to be an answer to this pastor’s prayers. We participated in several other activities with this church and it’s opened the door for me to work along side Pastor Carlos in forming a missions department for the congregation. Please pray that God would put it on the heart of one of the church members to be trained and lead the department.
It was really exciting for us when church members would join in on the painting. This is Maria, and we had so much fun getting to know this hard working sister in Christ.
Pastor Carlos’ wife, Rosa, is in charge of Operation Christmas Child here in Temuco. A shipment of 8000 OCC boxes arrived from Canada, and part of the team helped unload them from the shipping container.
Here’s the team pictured with some of our YWAM Temuco staff and Pastor Carlos standing in front of Pablo.
It just so happened that Pablo and I were walking through some difficult situations while the team was here, but their visit was truly a gift to us as it brightened our days to spend time with them and be a blessing to our city while serving with them in ministry.