·In our experiences with the Mapudungun classes and the Weaving project we have seen amazing answers to prayer and an affirmation of the vision for equipping Mapuche churches for mission based on a recovery of their identity.
·We have sponsored literacy classes in two church communities and have seen a veritable revival of the language and its use in the church. The enthusiasm and participation went beyond our wildest expectations. We now have ongoing weekly classes in two locations reinforcing fluent speakers and teaching young people who want to learn their true native language.
·Readership and use of the Mapuche New Testament has increased. It, along with choruses in Mapudungun, is being integrated into worship.
·A musical group has formed. They want to wear traditional clothing and sing at outside events as a means of outreach and service.
·Witnessing their pride and satisfaction in recovering the use of their language has been the most gratifying thing we have ever done.
·Weavings: Patty Conoepan, the leader of the group is now teaching groups of novice and experienced weavers in three new communities.
·One of Patty's weavings was just given to Chile's president, Michelle Bachelet, as a gift by the nearby town of Panguipulli!
·For wisdom, in everything, as we seek to strengthen Mapuche churches through these programs.
·For safety, as we travel frequently, or one of us has to be away for a few days.
·For the growth of our outreach and service to other commuities. We recently began a beekeeping project in one new area and are working with a weavers' group in another community.
·Barb is coordinating a womens' congress in May '07, uniting the two historically divided Baptist conventions in Chile. It will equip them for social ministries. As many as 1,000 are expected.
·We will be hosting three, possibly four, church groups from January through April '07. Pray for the planning and preparations and for an enriching experience for all.
If you have not already done so, we encourage you to consider giving generously to the 2006 World Mission Offering in one of the following ways:
1. If you attend an American Baptist Church, the best way that you can support us is by giving to your church's collection of the annual World Mission Offering.Most American Baptist Churches take this offering in September or October.If your church does not normally promote this offering, we would encourage you to talk with your pastor about the possibility of adding the World Mission Offering to your church's schedule.
2. If you are not a member of an American Baptist Church, or you prefer to make a direct contribution to our ministry, then send your gift to the following address.
2006 World Mission Offering
International Ministries, ABC
PO Box 851
Valley Forge, PA 19482-0851
It is also possible to give electronically by going to: http://www.internationalministries.org
Thank you for your prayers, your words of encouragement, and your financial support.
Yours for Christ in Chile,
Barb and Dwight Bolick