I have to share the story of Cristobal, a cute little curly-top Chilean boy in our mission church. For a 2 1/2 year old, he has a huge vocabulary and a crystal clear cartoon voice that is usually competing with my husband during the sermon!
But we love this kid to pieces, especially since as an infant he was diagnosed with a serious kidney disease. His parents are thankful to doctors who performed a tricky surgery removing the damaged kidney and making changes so he could survive with just one.
In December he went for his regular check-up to make sure the kidney is functioning well. After several tests, the doctor shared a surprising update with his mother. It appears that the kidney that had been removed has grown back – perfectly! The doctor couldn’t explain how. He said, “This just doesn’t happen”.
Filled with excitement and gratitude, Cristobal’s mother told the doctor she knew how it happened. “We pray to an all powerful God. There is nothing impossible for Him. All glory and praise be to our Lord Jesus Christ!”
Watch for God’s mercy and power all around you. He’s making miracles happen daily. He comes to us in the miracle of a helpless Babe in the Christmas manger. He comes out of the tomb and announces victory over sin, death, and Satan. His body and blood miraculously come to us in the bread and wine for our forgiveness.
Join us in thanking God for Cristobal’s miraculous healing!
It’s fun to observe the signs of Christmas in different countries. Chile is definitely similar to the USA in the shopping category! People are going CRAZY in the malls and streets. Lots of special “Christmas Fairs” are set up. They’re like big flea markets of EVERYTHING you might need – including the Santa (Viajito Pascuero) climbing up a ladder that everyone hangs in their kitchen window.
In Venezuela kids took to the streets on roller skates and roller blades during the holidays. Here in Chile I saw something unique tonight…Street Ping Pong! One family rolled their ping pong table out of their garage onto the street between 2 parked cars. When it’s a pleasant 70 degrees, why not?!
Tuesday is easily becoming my favorite day of the week! Just half a block from our apartment, they close off the street to traffic and it becomes a “feria” – an outdoor market with vendors of all kinds. You can purchase eggs or a plunger, fresh cilantro and ginger or the newest product to whiten your sneakers.
For instance, today I went out with my “carrito” and spent about an hour shopping on the street. There were moms and big sisters with little kids weaving between shoppers on their trikes. There were fathers and uncles looking for the best prices on veggies and fruits for their families. The sounds of hawkers advertising their products and the street entertainer with his out-of-tune guitar hoping for the jingle of coins in a plastic cup hanging off the neck of his instrument, mixed with the laughter of market day.
I had to agree with a little boy walking with his mother in front of me – the air was filled with the smell of “frutilla” – strawberry, which is at the peak of its season. But that was interrupted when I came up to the fish stand and purchased today’s lunch – fresh “reineta” (my dictionary says it’s Pomfret??!!) But soon I found my favorite herb stalls and breathed in as much basil as possible!
By the time the sun was at its hottest, my cart was overflowing – watermelon, grapefruit, beets, a new laundry basket, an electrical adapter, corn-on-the-cob, fragrant nectarines, juicy strawberries and cherries…and even a new blouse to wear to church Sunday! All for about $30!
I am SO nervous! My husband, Jim Tino, is about to speak on the radio here in Santiago, Chile!
He spoke! Ay – que emoción!
Last week he was invited by the director of the “Lutheran Hour Ministry” in Santiago to be interviewed on a local radio station.
They discovered his “radio voice” and now he’s got a side job!
It is definitely a thrill to put yourself at God’s disposition. You never know where He will take you.