The past two Sundays have been incredible around here! On October 29th, we held a special sending service for Pastor Tito Orellana, his family and around seventy members of our church who left to begin the new work in Macul, a neighboring suburb. After eight months of pretty intensive preparations, everyone was ready for this change to come about. We have been teaching and preaching special messages during the year to help prepare us all for this move. Offerings were taken up, work was done on the rented church building and we sent this new family off to their church with nearly everything they could possibly need. Now we have two Santiago works, so we will have to refer to the “mother” church as the work in “La Reina” and the new work as “Macul”.
Last Sunday, November 4th, we held our own separate meetings for the first time. Here in La Reina we had over 140 in attendance, and over in Macul there were over 80. And in spite of all of the changes to our teaching staff and attendance, the transition went very smoothly, and our people are excited about their new and continuing ministries.
This coming Sunday we will be meeting during the afternoon with all of the members of the work here in La Reina. There is much to do as we prepare to finish up the school year, plan for programs, camps and Summer Vacation Bible School, and to just take time to visit with one another!
Saturday, November 18th, we will be heading over to the new work to spend the day helping the folks there to pass out tracts and invitations for the following day. This is also an evangelistic project assigned to our Bible Institute Students, so we expect to have a large team of workers on that day.
We are happy to see this work in Macul initiated and are excited about the future as we continue to prepare new laborers for the harvest. God has allowed us to be a part of challenging, preparing, and sending young families into the fields through the missionary effort you have so generously supported over the years.
Thank you for your prayers and support,
Dave and Peggy