by Seth Hansen
Since my arrival in Chile, it has been amazing to watch the Lord work so rapidly. New vicars, new members, and a new steeple on the way...all new things and all great things seem to be coming our way!
On October 31, our entire Chilean synod celebrated a joint conference in Santiago at which Missionary Tim Erickson ordained two new vicars, Victor Henriquez and Mario Gálvez. That brings the total of Chilean pastors to four, along with Missionary Erickson and Vicar Guillermo Ruz of the Puente Alto congregation. We were all happy to to join them in this emotional service, as the Chilean synod´s pastor count doubled in a single moment. We at the Linares church look forward to watching them grow with us and continue to serve the Lord in the work of the Kingdom.
In addition, at that same Reformation Day service, one of our own Linares members was confirmed as a full communicant member of the church. We welcomed Carla into the family of believers, as she professed her faith in front of the joint conference. A few weeks later, our congregation received a nice Christmas gift...another confirmation! Olga (pictured above at the ceremony with Pastor Erickson) became a full communicant member at Unidos por la Fe in Linares. Two new members in less than two months has meant a lot of cause for celebration. It seems the Lord is blessing our family abundantly, because it keeps growing.
But the good news does not end there. The Linares church was happy to received a donation from my own home church, Gloria Dei Lutheran in Saginaw, Michigan. While the Linares congregation has raised most of the money for construction themselves, this timely donation of VBS offerings will allow the Linares church to build a new steeple onto the existing converted house where we meet for worship. A big problem for us is visibility, and the steeple will very easily help people identify Unidos por la Fe as a church!
I look forward to learning and growing in the ways of the Lord with my Chilean Christian family.
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows – James 1:17
In : Chile