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Nine Days Way Too Fast – The Chile Trip Report

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The mission team to Chile is back from its nine-day trip to Santiago in which they helped with youth outreach and a massive construction project that reaches hundreds of at-risk children for Christ. In spite of the fact that the entire team—consisting of people from Timberline and two other churches—only met after they were on the way to Chile, they worked very well together.

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The highlights of the trip seemed to come every day as they reportedly had lots of fun together and laughed all the time. A construction high point: the team of missionaries on top of a 12-foot scaffolding successfully tying rebar by hand!

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The team not only worked on construction but they also explored the city, played with local kids and enjoyed multi-cultural Sunday worship in the youth outreach center our missionary partners, the Mazureks, have helped establish in a nearby mining town. The preaching was in Spanish and the songs were in Spanglish, but the joy of worshiping the same God together was the language of the trip.

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The Chile journey went beyond expectations. The only regret the team reportedly had was that the nine days went way too fast.

If you would like to help out in Chile, please visit the Mazureks’ site, Reaching and Raising at: http://reachingandraising.com/ Their ministry supports a church, school and rescue mission for abused kids in a place where 70% of all children are born outside of marriage.

Construction Team Headed for Chile on September 19th

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Jim & Ester Mazurek live in Santiago, a city of 6.5 million people where over 70% of all babies are born outside a marriage. Currently, the Mazureks are building a Church/School complex of buildings to house the Santiago Children’s Ministries Outreach Center. In this center, they hope to roll together a church, school and rescue mission for abused kids that can reach hundreds of children for Christ.

Timberline—along with 2 other Assemblies of God churches in Greeley and Del Norte—has answered the Mazureks’ call for help as we send over a dozen workers to Chile from September 19-29th, 2016. The team aims to accomplish two main tasks while on location. First, they will work in a small mining town at a new youth outreach facility that Timberline Church helped acquire through a generous contribution. Second, the team will continue with construction on the sanctuary at the main complex in Santiago.

Please pray for the entire mission team as they travel to Chile to help the Mazureks. Pray for health and protection. Pray for swift and sturdy construction of all structures. Pray for open hearts ready to build not just structures but also relationships. And pray that people will be encouraged in both the southern and northern hemispheres as we continue to see what God does in Chile.

Are you interested in more information about the Mazureks and their Santiago-based mission? Please visit their website: http://reachingandraising.com/

They could always use your help and prayers.

Meet The Missionaries: Jim and Ester Mazurek

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For the past 20 years, Timberline Church has partnered with missionaries Jim and Ester Mazurek as they reach at-risk children in Chile and raise up leaders throughout Latin America. In addition to financial support, a construction team went five years ago to build a church building. In the spring of 2016, the partnership will continue with another construction trip, this time to expand the Children’s Outreach Center. Jim and Ester visited Timberline Church this past weekend and provided an update on their ministry efforts.

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Ester Mazurek is the founder and director of the Santiago Children’s Ministry Outreach Center, a ministry that reaches out to at-risk children in Santiago, Chile (pop. 7 million) with evangelism, discipleship, hot meals, educational reinforcement, medical and foster care, shelter, and rescue from child prostitution.

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Jim shared that the largest unreached people group in the world today is children with the 4-14 window (age 4 to 14) representing the biggest challenge and opportunity in missions today. The Mazureks are currently building a facility that will house a church, school, athletic area, and overall ministry offices and are seeking funds and construction teams to complete the project soon.

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Meanwhile, Jim Mazurek is also the Adjunct Coordinator of the Christian Education Service of the Assemblies of God and gives oversight to a variety of ministries ranging from Sunday Schools to graduate school. Each year he travels extensively and teaches seminars throughout Latin America including Cuba.

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Sixty miles south of Santiago sits the city of Rancagua (pop. 217,000), a “dormitory town” for the workers in the world’s largest copper mine. Despite the prosperity the mining industry brings to the city, the children are the ones to suffer most when criminality, alcoholism, and drug addiction persist. In 2012, the Mazureks began outreach ministry to the children of Rancagua and in 2014 were able to rent an events center building near downtown. These ideal facilities are now for sale for under $100,000 and the local church of new believers is stepping up with the down payment for a loan while praying for provision to reduce the balance due quickly.

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Both locations are already making plans to bless 200 children with a Christmas celebration and special gift for each. Many of the children come from environments marked by poverty, drug addiction, alcoholism, absent fathers, domestic violence, and neglect. For some, the present the Mazureks and their ministry provides is the only gift they will receive. A gift of just ten dollars would secure a gift and snacks for one child.

How can you help their ministry?

1) Pray for provision for their ministry and personal safety as they travel to dangerous areas in Santiago and the region.

2) Connect so you can stay aware of their ongoing needs and project reports. Visit their website at www.reachingandraising.com, Facebook page under Jim and Ester Mazurek Missions, or sign up for their e-newsletters.

3) Give towards the costs of a particular project through links on their website. Ministry costs money and Jim shared that they pay $6.50 for a gallon of gas!

4) Go with a construction team to help complete the Children’s Outreach Center. Stay tuned for more details as Timberline Church is sending a team in 2016.