A funeral

I don’t have pictures, because it wouldn’t have been appropriate. But let me describe the scene to you: I went to Luciano’s grandmother’s wake. In Chilean Spanish, a wake is a “velatorio.” ┬áVela means “candle.” I’m not 100% sure it’s related, but I would imagine that a “velatorio” originally meant “candlelight vigil.” For many Chileans

6 specific ways to get involved with and support the Chilean mission

Many of you, my readers, take an active interest in supporting missions with your prayers, donations, and talents or service. And I know that many of you are interested in learning what you can specifically do to support the church in Chile (the southernmost ELS-WELS Lutheran congregation in the world). There are several ways in

Goals for month at home

This year, I’m home in Minnesota for about 4 weeks. Typically, I think most mission workers agree that the 3 goals of any time home would be: 1) To spend time with family and friends 2) To rest and re-charge 3) To promote mission work. That being said, there are a variety of ways to

What does an actual Chilean recommend in Chile?

Sara, one of my English students, wrote this short article as part of her class homework. The goal was to write a convincing tourism article for a magazine or blog. Sara is in her 20s, and is studying English Education. She’s also improving her fluency and skills through English classes with me at Learn for

Was I prepared to go to Chile? Yes…and no.

When I received the phone call about an opportunity to teach English in Chile, I kept my cool. But inside, I was jumping, ecstatic. After the phone call, the inside jumping turned into literal outside jumping. I bounded around the house and shouted. Luckily, I was by myself. I always had an interest in foreign

Why my heart is full this March

It’s been awhile, hasn’t it? Well, I’m glad to be back and blogging. Tomorrow, Monday, I begin teaching English again, after a summer pause. (Summer in Chile! Working on sending the sun back to Minnesota!) This past week has been full of phone calls and e-mails and teacher-student meetings. Tomorrow and Tuesday, 12 students will