Friends, as you are probably aware, an 8.8 earthquake, the 5thworst recorded in history, struck near Concepcion, Chile, early this morning and reports are coming in about the destruction and loss of life. Here is what AD Dave Ellis writes:
Things are still a bit chaotic in the country, with communication to Chilean leadership anywhere between Santiago and Concepción still very difficult if not impossible . . . the international airport, in Santiago, is still closed and with so many bridges having collapsed along the highways we are not totally sure about ground transportation into the country. We will monitor the situation at the airport and the possibility of entering the country by ground from Mendoza, Argentina and keep you informed. We have heard that many flights have been diverted to Mendoza but we just need to see if it is possible to get to Santiago from there as of now.
[We]are attempting to make contact with national church leadership to determine the need. Josh Renfro lives north of Santiago and felt the quake up where they are but reports no damage up in their city of La Serena.
We’re continuing to monitor the situation and are grateful that the loss of life has not been worse considering the magnitude of the quake . . .
Our missionaries are okay, Convoy of Hope is standing by to help, and we are simply awaiting further word. Do pray for our Chilean brothers and sisters.
I have lived outside of the United States for over 10 years now. I studied Spanish at a language school in Costa Rica for 8 months. My husband only speaks Spanish, so I speak it all the time. However, I despise speaking in Spanish in front of a large group of people. I stress, I panic, I freak out. Give me a group of kids and I'm good. Give a small group and I'll do it but don't ever ask me to preach in Spanish. I have lived in complete fear for over 10 years. Fear of man! Fear of being judged and made fun of (which happens all the time). For 10 years I literally have been saying no to God. I can't and won't do it. I won't be made to look like a fool. I can count the number of times I've preached or spoken to a group of adults on one hand.....in the last 10 years. Why? Because I said no. I can't do it. Even with my husband encouraging me," Kristal, you CAN do it. God uses you. You have a word." I'd say, "No, no, and no!"
I have been a runner since a very young age because I enjoy it. It helps me clear my head, think, and pray. I am a runner but never before had I ran a 10k.
The last time I was training for a 10k my husband was viciously attacked at gun point and lost his eye. It was a few short weeks before the race and because of the situation we weren't able to run it. Since then I have moved to a different country and have had two kids.
I live in a small city on the coast of Honduras that doesn't really have races except for one called Palma Real Extreme. Because of nursing and time (or the lack there of) it has been rough getting back into running since having my last child. Thankfully, a friend of mine started motivating me to run again. So we started back and it was hard because I was comparing myself to before, which you just can't do. My body has changed and things are different. When I heard about the 10k I asked her if she wanted to run it with me …
It has been a week since the Honduran Presidential Elections and the TSE has not announced a winner. I'm not going to go into detail but you can Google Honduras Elections and get the gist of things. I'm experiencing things, after 10 years of living overseas, I have never experienced before. Three days into the chaos I wrote this.
"It's only been three days of chaos,fear, uncertainty and worry. We had an escape plan; but now, even if we wanted to leave, we couldn't because every bridge is blocked. I've never experienced that feeling before. A feeling of entrapment or in a way, a feeling of abandondment. You start to wonder about your own country, who, at the moment, act like nothing is happening. Do they even care about the U.S. Citizens that are here? Why haven't they done anything? They could send us a message on STEP or at the very least a statement on their Facebook page acknowleding the situation.
It is surreal hearing gun shots and smelliing the burn…