From Ricardo and Beth Gomez

This weekend, all of the Chilean pastors moved one step closer to helping Chile heal. It was a spiritual step, taken at a retreat for all FM pastors and their families.

Guillermo Flores, Southern California Regional Superintendent for Hispanic Region, provided very helpful, pastoral, biblically-based teaching during the 2 ½ day retreat. Participants were also able to relax and enjoy a change of scenery and escape from the routine/stress in which we minister. Of course, the 5.9 aftershock on Sunday morning helped remind us of the reality of our situation.

This spiritual step is/was an important one in the recovery process. Thanks for making it possible through your giving. There are, however, still many needs yet to meet. Can you help Chile heal?

Working together to help Chile heal
We were greatly encouraged this weekend by the news of a 14-year-old Michigan boy who wants to Help Chile Heal. Our good friend, Pastor Ivan Timm, called on Saturday and told us that a teen in his church decided that his church should have a benefit dinner to help raise funds for Chile. Therefore, later this month the church will host a chili dinner for Chile. We’ve offered to attend, via Skype, and answer questions and/or give a report.

A member of another church wrote to us asking for pictures. Her church has decided to take up a special offering for Chile. She was given the task of putting together a PowerPoint presentation to help present the need to the congregation.

If you, or your church, would like to pool your resources in order to help Chile heal more quickly, please feel free to contact us via email for more information or to schedule a video conference. Be creative; helping others can be a lot of fun in addition to being a blessing for all involved!

Reconstruction Progress
We still have 44% (or $39,022) left to raise for the Help Chile Heal budget. Don’t worry! It isn’t too late! The needs still exist and so the account will be open until the goal is met. With all of the cooler temperatures Chile is experiencing, we hope that will be soon.

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