Everywhere Mom went God used her. Many times through translation, other times directly in English, but each time arranged and propelled by the Holy Spirit. Someone commented after her whirlwind 11 days here, "She'll have her vacation when she gets home!" One special way God used her was in Ines' life. Like Mom, Ines is a widow. She is in her mid 80's and on the whole in good health. Like Mom, she is actively involved in ministry. She lives in Viña, not far from where we lived in Villa Alemana and Mom had met Ines on several occasions prior to this one.
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The last part of Acts 2:11 in the NIV says: we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues! This makes me think of one of the important principles of the Reformation: the use of the language of the people to spread the Message and to worship.
I have been thinking about this a lot recently. We are serving in a congregation now where quite a few people speak Mapudungun, the language of the Mapuche people. Some of them did not know any Spanish until they went to school. But they are perfectly bilingual now.
- Dear Friends and Family,
The week before last Heidi received a phone call. The caller was the Jacquie, the lady leading the Women's Cursillo #51. Jacquie asked Heidi if she could help as part of the team on the Cursillo to be held August 9-12. (A team member had had to drop out and Jacquie thought Heidi would be the perfect replacement.) We prayed. We consulted with the principal where Heidi teaches. We got the go-ahead. So Heidi will be working at the up-coming Cursillo and as part of that she will share some of her life story from the perspective of faith.
Beginning on Sunday, April 1st, Palm Sunday 2012, we will be at "El Salvador" Church in the Santiago borough of San Joaquin. There we will be assisting our diocese's assistant bishop, Abelino Apeleo Puel, who is the pastor there, and his wife Patricia. Bishop Abelino is being called on more and more to carry out episcopal duties around the diocese, which obviously means he has less time to dedicate to the local congregation. Because of that, when a diocesan Missionary Implementation Committee met, he requested that we be sent to help him.