Watch Out Chile; Here I Come!

June 18, 2014 at 5:32 pm (Missions) (, , , , , , , , , )

Mission Trip to Santiago

Hello Friends!

First off, I want to thank you for all of your support in prayers and finances. This trip would not be possible without you.

I can’t believe we’re leaving tomorrow!! We have been preparing for this trip for a year now, so it feels a little like Christmas. I wanted to let you know some specific prayer requests before I go. AND it turns out I will probably have nightly wifi access! So, I will try to post a (very short) daily update on our ministry and any further prayer requests. So be sure to check back!

I’ll tell you: the thing I am most excited for on this trip is the time we will be spending as a team. These kids are very special to me as I have seen many of them grow up over several years. We will get some processing time each night, and I will be praying for wisdom and discernment; for God to speak through me to these youth about this experience. Missions were an integral part of my faith journey, so I hope that this trip produces long-term effects not just for the church in Chile, but also in the hearts of the youth on our team (and us adults, too, of course!).

The following prayer guide was provided to me by our Project Director Stephanie French:


Our team is heading to Santiago, Chile from June 19 through 29. We are partnering with IberoAmerican Ministries and local pastor German and his wife Carmen Gloria to serve the people in their growing church as well as help to build bridges to their community.

Please join our mission team in prayer as we conclude our preparations and travel to Chile to share the Good News we have in Christ.


By partnering in prayer, you can join the team it comes face to face with people who need compassion and hope. We will be ministering to people of all ages as we engage in various projects: painting a mural, training workshops for their children’s ministry volunteers, and story-rope workshop for women. In addition, our team will produce an evening VBS for the children with the purpose of introducing them to God’s love and forgiveness.

Be sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s prompting to pray at different times throughout the trip. Intercession prompted by the Holy Spirit is powerful, and God responds when his people ask. Feel free to use the general requests listed in this prayer guide as well as the specific daily prayer guide.


Team members:

Stephanie French, Project Director

Kayla Gunderson, Project Director Assistant

Nathan French

Julie Orr

Jessica Orr

Lisa Clark

Dana Williams

Jonathan Williams

Amanda Williams

Clara Hanson

Gabriel Hanson

Carmen Chasse

Bryson Wilhite

Matthew Wilhite

General requests

Spiritual needs:

  • Pray that the team members will connect with God through their daily quiet times.
  • Pray that team members will perceive the needs of people around them.
  • Pray that God will use experience to help team members understand his greater mission for their lives.
  • Pray that team members will infuse their home, church, schools and community with the love of God upon their return.

Practical needs:

  • Pray for good health and an abundance of energy and strength.
  • Pray for restful sleep at night in unfamiliar surroundings.
  • Pray that the team members will use what they learned during their training.


  • Pray for loving relationships among team members, and that they will have patience with one another.
  • Pray that team members will maintain positive attitudes in all situations and be flexible as plans change.
  • Pray for adjustments to cultural differences and understanding of cultural differences.


  • Pray that God will sustain the Project Directors through the intense physical, emotional, and spiritual demands of leading the team.
  • Pray that the Project Directors would seek God’s will as they guide the team physically, emotionally and spiritually.
  • Pray for discernment in menu selection, transportation safety, daily schedules, and other needs.


  • Pray that team members will adjust well to re-entry into American culture.
  • Pray that the team will be able to communicate what God did through the trip.
  • Pray that the people the team encountered will continue to grow in their faith.
  • Pray that the trip will result in long-term relationships and partnership.



Daily Prayer Guide

Day 1Thursday, June 19 Team leaves from Sea-Tac Airport.

  • Pray for all the final preparations to be made smoothly.
  • Pray for team unity and bonding during their time spent en route.
  • Pray for safe travel.
Day 2Friday, June 20 Team arrives in Santiago, Chile at 8:10 am. Afternoon: Get settled and rest. Evening: Meet and greet / orientation.

  • Pray for rest and refreshment from the traveling.
  • Pray for sensitivity and understanding toward our new culture.
Day 3Saturday, June 21 Morning: Soccer ministry. Afternoon: Community outreach project (evangelism). Evening: Attend Identidad (youth group).

  • Pray for God to take away anxiety over being away from home.
  • Pray that the team will be filled with the Holy Spirit and boldly proclaim the Word of God.
Day 4Sunday, June 22 Morning: Attend church. Afternoon: Community outreach project. Evening: Team Meeting at La Farfana.

  • Pray that our team is able to worship as one with the Chilean Christians and to be respectful of differences we encounter.
  • Pray that God will work in the lives of the community members that our team will encounter.
Day 5Monday, June 23 Morning: Church projects. Afternoon: Community outreach project. Evening: Children’s Vacation Bible School (VBS) Carnival.

  • Pray that each team member will feel peace and security in God’s plan for him or her to be there.
  • Pray that we the team will boldly proclaim the Word to the children through our drama, songs and games.
Day 6Tuesday, June 24 Morning: Church projects. Afternoon: Team Meeting. Evening: Soccer ministry.

  • Pray that the team will develop lasting relationships with the church as they work together.
  • Pray for team members to encourage one another as well as the local people we are working with.
Day 7Wednesday, June 25 Morning: Church projects. Afternoon: Community outreach project. Evening: Children’s VBS / Women’s Ministry.

  • Pray that the team will boldly proclaim the Word to the children through our drama, songs and games.
  • Pray that God would use our love and compassion to touch the hearts of the women we meet this week.
Day 8Thursday, June 26 Morning and afternoon: Tour city. Evening: Children’s VBS / Women’s Ministry.

  • Pray that God will prepare the hearts of people that we might meet in the city, and that we will speak with boldness and discernment.
  • Pray that God will continually refresh each member of the team as the days pass.
Day 9Friday, June 27 Morning: Church projects. Afternoon: Community outreach project. Evening: Children’s VBS / Women’s Ministry.

  • Pray that God would remind us of the seeds we are planting, and that they will yield lasting fruit, both seen and unseen.
  • Pray that team members will begin to process their mission experience and the implications on their lives at home.
Day 10Saturday, June 28 Morning: Soccer Ministry. Afternoon: Children’s Ministry Leader’s Training. Evening: Attend Identidad (youth group).

  • Pray for each team member to be physically strengthened today. We have been giving of ourselves tirelessly and need replenishment.
  • Pray that the relationships formed among team members on the mission field will be lasting and meaningful.
Day 11Sunday, June 29 Morning: Teach Sunday School. Afternoon: Free time with families. Evening: Depart Santiago at 9:10 pm.

  • Pray for refreshment as we travel today.
  • Pray that the team members will be filled with gratitude for all that God has done.
  • Pray for safe travel.
  • Pray for the families and friends at home as they await their loved ones’ return.

Thank you for partnering with the team during this trip.

Your ministry of prayer is vital and so appreciated!



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