Saltos del Laja

by CameronM Wed, March 29 2006 22:06

Todey we left San Pedro (via Concepción) and headed to Saltos del Laja, which is a waterfall located near the town of San Rosendo. The place was deserted, as it is getting a little cool for camping and also because schools have just gone back. We had the whole campground to ourselves and were able to make as much noise as we liked.

The waterfall is very impressive, even though it is not the best time of year to view it. Yerko and Luke got soaked when they tried to get as close as possible to the falls. They have vowed to conquer the falls and swim to the very base on Thursday.

At night was sat around the camp fire and started the Life Direction Seminar, which was actually very good. We had done a few hours prior to leaving Santiago, mainly about personality types, but the two sessions at Saltos de Lajo cover things like setting out a Mission Statement for your life and determining what is important. I thought it was great to take some time out and think about what I want to do with my life and how I have been 'wired'.

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San Pedro Outreach Service (2)

by CameronM Tue, March 28 2006 22:04

Another short prayer walk to the bridge leading from Concepción to San Pedro, then more preparation for the night meeting.

I was teamed up with Yerko for the afternoon door-to-door, which was scary as I knew he would ask me to say something - and he didn't let me down!

Thankfully I was able to ask the questions in English (with Yerko trasnlating of course) and I shared a short testimony with a few people. All in all it was quite good and the afternoon went quickly.

We had a bigger turnout for the night service, thankfully mainly due to visiting members from two sister churches. I got off easy and did not have to do anything tonight, which was nice.

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San Pedro Outreach Service

by CameronM Mon, March 27 2006 21:59

After a morning prayer walk, we had time to practice our dramas and catch up on our devotions, before heading out in the afternoon to go door-to-door inviting people to the evening meeting.

I teamed up with Claudio, a young man from a sister church, who spoke less English than I spoke Spanish. We managed to communicate enough with shrugs and gestures to get our designated streets finished. Sadly, only 10 people wanted to speak to us and many people did not answer or were not home.

The occupants often have high fences with locked gates and will speak from the front door or via an intercom. The idea was to have the people answer a short questionaire before asking them to come, however most said they had no time to complete a 'religious' questionaire, so we never even got past the front gate.

In the evening we ran a service, but attendence was not surprisingly small. I played in two dramas, which was fun, as at least that way I don't have to share my testimony or anything:)

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San Pedro (Concepción)

by CameronM Sun, March 26 2006 21:56

An early morning departure from one of three bus terminals in Santiago, but first of all we had to wedge all our gear onto a micro. Thankfully being a Sunday meant that there were only a few people around early in the morning.

It was a six hour bus ride to Concepción, where we met a pastor who drove us to San Pedro in a school mini-van. San Pedro is only about 20 mintutes outside of Concepción, so the trip wastn't too bad.

We were 'camped' out in the loft above the church building. The three single girls in a big tent and myself in a small two-man tent.

Luckily, the married couples were able to bunk down in two brand new offices the pastor had constructed just for the occasion.

Although we were all wasted from the trip, our first service was at 7pm and we had to take the whole church service. The church is very small, only about 20 people, so at least we didn't feel too intimidated.

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