Chile, Day 12
Well since the last time I wrote a lot has happened. We moved to a new city, had a hospital visit and enjoyed some beautiful sunny days! The last two days in Consitućion were just perfect. We got to rest, enjoy more food and finally went to visit the ocean! The Chilean coastline is incredible. For anyone who has been to Big Sur it would remind them a lot of that famous coastline. Huge cliffs leading down to beautiful beaches and rocky shorelines. We watched waves crash upon the rocks and wandered around barefoot on the beach. Everything about that day, minus the sunburn, was perfect.
There's even a legend at this beach. Right at the ocean there's a large rock feature that has a hole in it leading to the ocean. Legend has it that if you and your partner walks through this archway then your love will be eternal. Nothing and nobody can break the bond of the arch... So after hearing this legend the 5 of us jumped down the cliffs and ran across the beach to find this legendary spot and to our surprise right at the entrance was a dead sea lion. Yummy eh? Luckily it didn't smell too bad, but it certainly didn't leave a "romantic" feeling to the famous spot.
That night, back at the base we were blessed with one of the most incredible sunsets I've ever witnessed. The sky was blood red and fiery orange, so saturated it seemed unreal! It was a great way to end our last night in this beautiful city.
The day after, our last day in constitućion, we went downtown and tried our hand at street evangelism. It went quite well and we met some neat people, but it was difficult to get very far without speaking any Spanish. So we sang lots and tried our best with what we had. It may not have been ideal, but we had lots of fun doing it and through our joy we were able to bring smiles to the people who walked by.
Later the day we cleaned and washed up so that we would be ready to leave that night. It went by really fast and before I knew it we were on the road again, heading inland towards a new city where new adventures would begin. The very next day we started up again, heading to a school way the heck out into the mountains! It was so unbelievably beautiful out there, the school located right in the middle of mountains and giant jungle trees. We had a ton of fun with the kids, playing rodeo and pato, pato, gonzo (duck, duck, goose). It was a really cool and I'm so glad we got the opportunity to go out there.
Following that day we got to do a full day of evangelism. Wandering the streets of Talca talking and praying for people. Unfortunately for me it was a bit of a bummer day. I didn’t get a large response from any of the people I talked to and actually got mainly shot down the entire time. But hey, I guess that’s what happens sometimes. The food we go to eat that day certainly made up for it. Both pork ribs and chicken thighs were served with potatoes and soup! It was such a large meal, but worth eating every bite. Honestly though, people in Chile eat so much!
The next day we got to go to another school and really had a great time! We went from class to class talking and playing with kids from the age of 4 to 16. The kids were fantastic and loved hearing stories from us. They especially loved it when Johannes would yodel along with his guitar, it was a great day and I really hope I get the chance to go back to that school and some point while we are here.
Our second last day in Talca was pretty chill, we went for a drive out to this base that’s slowly being built out in the middle of nowhere to help build a bit... We thought we would be spending the afternoon building away, but as it turned out when we arrived there wasn’t much they wanted us to do. We started swinging away building supports for the roof, hammering nails and cutting boards, but after about 30 minutes and 4 supports being built our Chilean leader clapped his hands and sat in the shade. That was the work for the day. A measly little job with just a few boards being nailed together. At this rate this place will never be built, but hey, I guess there’s no rush when you live in this part of the world!
later that night one of our friends there took us up to the top of one of the mountains overlooking Talca. We got a final view of the city and enjoyed the sun setting off in the distance behind vineyards and mountains. A lovely last night in a lovely city.
We left Talca at 7:30 on Sunday morning and made our way even further south to a city called Temuco. A beautiful city right in the middle of a bunch of rolling hills and full of sweet looking building. The house we are staying in is wonderful, beds are comfy and we get to cook our own food! It’s a fantastic place to call home for the next two weeks, and a bonus too is that we finally have wifi. Whether that’s actually good or bad, I don’t know. It was nice being disconnected for that while, but it’s nice that we can use the internet for new music and skit ideas and change things up.
This new week in Temuco should be really interesting, and im a little bit interested to see how it turns out. If you could all keep praying for us that would be awesome, I think we are realizing now how unprepared for the kind of works we would be doing down here, but our team is doing great at being very flexible and working at the last minute, so that’s a bonus!
Well that brings ya’ll about up to date with the goings on so far. Till next time, Dios te bendiga!