Over the past three days, we have seen and heard about a lot of heartache across our city and other parts of Chile. Despite all the chaos, the Lord allowed our team of churches to hold normal Sunday morning services across the country. At our church, only about half of our people were able to make it due to the civil unrest in their neighborhoods. At the end of our service, I had a young man let me know that the Lord has been working in his life and he surrendered to be in the ministry and follow the Lord’s leading in his life. We are very excited about how God continues to work among us even during this difficult time. We will continue to trust Him and make much of the name of Jesus.
Please continue to pray for the people and leadership of Chile. Also, pray for the lawbreakers (mostly young people) to stop the violence, quit stealing, turn to Christ, and be saved. Now is a great time for people to be receptive to the gospel. We will be going out to evangelize heavily this week. Over a hundred grocery stores have been looted and many have been burned, as well as many other retailers, banks, pharmacies, and homes. Subway stations, trains, buses, and cars have also been burned. At least 10 people have lost their lives. The main reason for the original protests was due to a recent increase in the price of public transportation. There are also other frustrations concerning increasing costs of utilities, the price and quality of education, among many others. Below is a pic of a Lider (our Walmart) that was looted and burned just a mile away from our church.