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ImageA couple of months ago I walked into the office of one of the local radio stations to get a quote on playing some radio spots for outreach in the area.  One of the first things out of the mouth of the sales representative that was giving me a hand was, “Do you play baseball?”  I went on to tell him that I did growing up but not in an organized way since then.  I also informed him how the missions team that I am on is partnered with another organization to mentor kids at a local orphanage through the sport of baseball.  He ended up inviting my teammates and me to go out and practice with the team that he was forming.  

This encounter is more random in Chile than you might realize.  Yes, in other parts of Latin America the sport of baseball is important and common.  Fox News Latino says that 24% of current MLB players were born in Latin America.  That does not include those with hispanic roots that were born in the US.  So, yes, baseball is a significant sport in Latin America in general, but not in Chile.  

I have encountered a number of people here in Chile who do not know what the sport of baseball is until you begin to describe it.  Even the vast majority of those who have heard of it could not tell you the basic objectives or rules.

So when the sales rep. asked me if I played baseball I was surprised.  

We took him up on his invitation and have occasionally joined them for practice and a few of their games.  It has been a great way to get to know a whole other network of people, both our teammates and the couple other teams in the area.  

Baseball is not a very well known sport in Chile, but it is slowly growing.  It has been neat to discover this piece of home so far away.  Now I just have to remember how it’s played.  I have gotten very rusty over the years!

ImageLast weekend Wes got away with our two interns from Abilene Christian University, along with teammate Reid, to get a little skiing in.  Just 2.5 hours from Concepción is some of the best skiing in South America.  This was only Wes’ second time to go since living in Chile.  This was a sort of “farewell” to our excellent interns, Gabe and Philip, who spent the last eight weeks with us serving and learning.  It was a great time.  On Wednesday they headed back to the States.  We’re gonna miss ’em!

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We recently celebrated Lincoln’s first birthday. We had a great time! Wes cooked steaks and shrimp on the grill, we had cake, and opened presents with a few friends. We love our little boy so much! It is hard to believe a year has already gone by.

Lincoln

Lincoln

Lincoln crawling. He is 11 months old!

Lago Lleu Lleu

Recently we were able to get away for a few days when we traveled south to Lake Lleu Lleu. Lake Lleu Lleu is located about 3.5 hours south of Concepción by car. It is known as the cleanest lake in Latin America. Imagine that!

We went with some of our good friends and had a blast swimming, cooking out, and being out of the city for a bit. The stars there at night are magnificent!

Us at Lake Lleu Lleu.

Us at Lake Lleu Lleu.

Halloween in Chile

¡Dulce o truco!

An imported American tradition that makes us feel a bit at home…Halloween. It seems this year the holiday is more popular than the year before. I am sure it will continue to trend since there is plenty of money to be made.

When I went to the grocery store this afternoon to pick up a couple bags of candy to hand out, they already had the Christmas merchandise on display. That might rival American commercialism! The Christmas merchandise is another sign of the influence of our home in the north. As you probably know, Christmas in Chile is during the summer time. However, the stores have no hesitation selling snowmen, Santa in his heavy red outfit with gloves and hat, along with other winter themed decor. It becomes much more apparent here that Christmas is largely about the $$$$$$$$.

Family Picture

We went to the University of Concepción with our teammate and friend Deanna for a photoshoot. We got a keeper! Can you believe Lincoln is already almost six months old? God has really blessed us with an amazing son.

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