Sunday, January 27, 2008

A Visit to Chile, Part 1

From January 15 to 23, my wife and I were on a trip to Chile in the regions around Viña del Mar, Valparaíso, and Frutillar all of which are located in the Northern half of Chile. Viña del Mar and Valparaíso are large cities located along the coast of the Pacific Ocean. The Frutillar which we visited is located further inland in the Andes Mountains northeast of the above two coastal cities.

Our church relates to a sister church in Viña del Mar named Tabernacle of Christ. My wife and I went to continue building relationships with the people of that church. For two days, we assisted with a summer Bible school near Frutillar. Much of the rest of the time was spent with people from the Tabernacle of Christ church visiting in their homes over meals, attending a couple church services, and also seeing some of the local sites of interest. As we were leaving, my wife was told that our visit was much too short.

At times communication was a challenge. Yet between the English that many of them know, the limited Spanish that my wife and I know, the use of our hands, and the help of a Spanish/English English/Spanish dictionary, we were able to have much meaningful conversation. The members of the Tabernacle of Christ Church also knew how to make us feel like family. And two families down there told us that anytime we come back their home would be our home. These people live the love of Christ and it shows in everything they do. They truly are my brothers and sisters in Christ.

Below are an initial sampling of more pictures to come from our time in Chile. Following posts will show more pictures from the Summer Bible School, other church meetings, a fish market in Valparaíso, and some nature pictures from along coastal regions and in the mountains.

Summer Bible School in Frutillar

From a church service in the Frutillar church

Fellowship over refreshments after a service at Tabernacle of Christ

A view of a neighborhood near where we stayed in Viña del Mar

A scene from the fish market in Valparaíso

Cactus on a mountain side in Frutillar

A view of another part of Viña del Mar

My wife and I on the sand dunes near Viña del Mar

Saturday, January 05, 2008

A Trip Back to our Honeymoon, Campobello Island, Canada, ocean

Back in September, my wife and I went on our honeymoon in Maine, USA and Campobello Island, Canada. The following photos are some scenes from Campobello Island.

FDR's summer home looking towards Maine

FDR's summer home close up
Believe it or not, this summer home is officially called a cottage

To the beach

On the beach towards the Atlantic Ocean
Facing the bluffs of Grand Manan Island six miles out

Another bluff and beach view

The curving shore line

Campobello Island coast line

Another bluff and coastline view from Campobello Island