Recently, we had the chance to catch up with our international church partners at Centro Shalom! It was a great opportunity to be reminded of how global the church of Jesus Christ truly is. We affectionately call The Shalom Center, "Camp Christian South America" and our shared ministry between Chile and Ohio is linked by a long history of delegations, shared resources, and mostly through ongoing prayer and continued relationship rooted in the Holy Spirit.
When we were chatting, we talked about all the similarities going on in our two ministry contexts. Although we are in totally separate hemispheres, both our ministries have had to alter programming, switch to virtual worship, and change many of our "traditional" ways of being church.
In our conversation, Patricia Gomez, the Director of the Shalom Center, shared that the most important thing we in Ohio can know is that the church in Chile is praying for us and that they are grateful for our prayers for them.
As we all find ways to move forward in this strange season of our lives, may this be a reminder that we are never alone, that God is caring for all of our siblings around the world, and the church universal can be in prayer for one another as we strive to do faithful ministry together.
Also, if you are curious about more information on the Shalom Center, please check out this YouTube Video! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0bH3cFNGLoY&t=3s (The subtitles are in English)
Lastly - you should know(!) - when it is safe to do so, we will plan another delegation to Chile as we have done several times in the past, and if you're interested in being part of this program, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know. We'll be sure to keep you updated with future plans for our continued relationship with the Shalom Center!