Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. Matthew 28:19-20
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Chile, officially the Republic of Chile, is a country in South America occupying a long, narrow coastal strip between the Andes Mountains to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west. It borders Peru to the north, Bolivia to the northeast, Argentina to the east, and the Drake Passage in the far south. With Ecuador, it is one of two countries in South America which do not border Brazil. The Pacific coastline of Chile is almost 4,000 miles.
Franklin Conference Mission Board Involvement
Support for Travis and Bekii Kisamore (Falling Spring Presbyterian) began in August 2009. Their work in Chile includes leading Bible studies for adults and children and building relationships with the people of Quemchi, Chile. To develop relationships Travis enjoys playing basketball with the men and Bekii participates in a weekly aerobics class with the women.
The Work in Quemchi
- The majority of people in Quemchi are Catholic, though very few are practicing Catholics.
- Superstition is very strong.
- Depression and alcoholism are big strongholds.
- The season’s are reversed. The rains last from about April thur November. It’s not a tropical island, there are lots of muscles and clams but not many fruits and veggies.
Stories from Quemqui
Cultural Understanding: Travis was waiting for wood to arrive at the house (all homes are heated by wood stoves). The wood man called and said he would be there in “Un ratito”, literally translated “in a little bit”. Travis waited and waited and waited and eventually gave up and left. The wood man called me back 8 hours later wondering where Travis was at. Travis thought “Where am I at…it’s been 8 hours…where we you at?” Travis learned that when some one tells you in “un ratito”, it means possibly sometime today but probably tomorrow.
God at Work: After a devastating time in the life of a friend here, two of the children of the family came to the house to talk and pray. The boy expressed, not disappointment in God, but that he felt the devil had done this to try to destroy his family. His faith and his insight at such a young age were really special and hearing the two children pray for their mother in the situation was very powerful.
Spring Missionary Conference Report 2013