February 8, 2017
The Lord Undertakes as Camp Meeting Begins in Chile
From the Superintendent's DESK
Last week, Sam Ajayi, Director of South America Work, and his wife, Shade, traveled to Chimbarongo for the Chile camp meeting, which began this past Sunday,
February 5. They had expected to be joined by a team of eight from the United States (Andres and Zaida Mercedes and Elvido and Jayne Ortiz of the Bronx,
New York; Dial and Carrie Keju of Washington, D.C; and Duane and Yvonne Wilson of Portland, Oregon), but six in the group had flight delays.
Brother Sam wrote that this was not the only concern as the camp meeting began. One of the congregations was grieving as two of their members recently passed away on the same day. Also, wildfires have been spreading across Chile since mid-January, burning over one million acres, threatening communities, and leaving several thousand homeless. Our team was advised to bring face masks because of the thick smoke.
Despite these issues, the camp meeting began as scheduled with Sunday school. It was led by Eladio Retamal, pastor of our Limavida and Rauco churches. As he taught the lesson titled “Jesus’ First Miracle,” he reminded everyone that camp meeting was a good time to draw close to the Lord and expect miracles.
Brother Sam said everyone was strengthened by that message and went into the morning meeting rejoicing in how the Lord had already begun to undertake. The air had cleared, making the face masks unnecessary, and it was learned that one of the people who recently passed away had been singing praises to the Lord in the days before. In addition, two brethren from different locations in Chile told that their houses had been encircled by flames without being touched.
The morning message echoed the theme of the camp meeting taken from 2 Samuel 24:14: “Let us fall now into the hand of the Lord.” The congregation was reminded that there is no better place to be than in the hands of the Lord where there is mercy, joy, gladness, and transformation. Everyone was eager to pray after the service and a good prayer meeting followed.
Four more of our team from the United States arrived in time for the evening service. There were many inspiring testimonies, including from one young man who said he had experienced a sudden ailment and didn’t know what to do. Then, during a young people’s prayer meeting, he placed the problem in God’s hands and was healed.
The evening message was given by Israel Monardes, the leader of the work in Chile. He took his text from Ephesians 3, and spoke on the access everyone has to God’s grace. He emphasized that God has a purpose for each person, starting with salvation. Another good altar service followed the meeting.
Brother Sam said that despite the initial concerns, the camp meeting had an inspiring start. Please keep these meetings in your prayers as they continue through February 12.