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Solving poverty in impoverished communities is no easy task. Poverty is present everywhere we minister. Giving people welfare relief may have an air of compassion but we have recognized that it could hurt them in the long run. How does White Fields address this portion of our ministry to become a solution instead of compounding the problem?

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Motherhood: A Strenuous Occupation

Serving little ones as a mother is never an easy task in life. Mothers fulfill the incredibly powerful role of nourishing and protecting the infant human life in their bodies until delivering the child at birth.  The job is not finished at birth, intense as that process may be. In continuation of that role, mothers raise the children of the next generation. Birth brought the child into a hostile world. A newborn baby is not capable of surviving without a caregiver; God blessed them with a mother. Mothers, including adoptive moms, spend countless sacrificial hours guiding, encouraging and nourishing children into adulthood.

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Rodrigo Avila

Recent Ministry

Our things arrived in Chile

We were excited to know that our stuff arrived safely in Chile. As you know, we did not send a lot, since we had given away most of our things and had sold a few things. We sent some kitchenware, toys, and personal items of sentimental value, but most of what we sent was books. Of the 117 boxes we sent, 85 of them were books. A seminary graduate and preacher, home school mom, two young readers, and a picture-book loving baby make for a lot of books!!

Opportunities to share our future plans

Rodrigo has been meeting with pastors and leaders of local churches in Minnesota. They believe that the most effective way to share the burden for Chile is to continue meeting with people face to face and especially to present in front of congregations and/or missions committees.

We were invited to present our future plans at Southeast Christian Church in Minneapolis, MN. It was a great blessing to get to know the saints there and serve them by opening the Word of God. They did a Q&A session with us during the Sunday school hour and then Rodrigo preached in the morning service on Psalm 23. They blessed us with a meal afterward and a generous financial gift toward our relocation.

We were also encouraged by the brothers and sisters at Christ Fellowship Bible Church in St. Louis, MO, who have never met us, but heard of our work upon the recommendation of our GCC pastor, and joyfully sent a generous gift for our return to Chile.

We are thankful for churches who are excited about God’s work in Chile and have partnered with us on a monthly basis.  Cornerstone Bible Church in New Jersey supported us during our time in seminary and has partnered with us now.  We look forward to a Skype meeting with them in the coming weeks.  Also, after meeting with the mission team and the elders of Sheila’s home church, Hope Summit Christian Church has confirmed their monthly support.

We praise God for these churches and the many individuals who have partnered with us!

Violent Protests in Chile

I want to share a condensed and edited version of what I posted on social media concerning the social crisis in Chile.

For those who do not know, a few weeks ago massive groups of high school students began to evade the payment of the Metro, which is a rail transport system, as a protest against a price increase. I noticed that many Chileans on social networks, to my surprise, instead of condemning this type of robbery, applauded these youths and considered them as heroes and as the only ones who dared to do something about the problems in our country.

Then the chaos began. Looting and burning of buildings and businesses, committed by the masses. The government reversed the price increase, but this did not cause the delinquents to cease chaos. In fact, they continued their vandalism with more vehemence. Subsequently, the government proceeded to declare a state of emergency and curfew in many cities of the country, which were deposed of a few days later.

The reality is that those who are in favor of Marxist ideologies are clearly behind this chaos. They are responsible for inciting the masses to respond to the problems in an exaggerated, violent, and extreme way. The far-left in Chile promotes ways of thinking, especially through the indoctrination of the youth, that has undoubtedly been the moral and intellectual fuel of the protests. They have incited unjustified hatred towards the rich, the police, and the military in general, which has inflamed the violence, looting, and vandalism in streets.

Now, as Christians, we know that ultimately things are the way they are because the heart of man is “more deceitful than all else and is desperately sick.” And as our Lord said, “For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed the evil thoughts, fornications, thefts, murders, adulteries, deeds of coveting and wickedness, as well as deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, and foolishness.” And we also know that there is nothing that man can do for himself to change his sinful nature.

People have asked me if I still want to return to Chile in view of this anarchy. Others urge me to stay here in the United States. My answer is that now, with greater reason, I want to return. If it were for me I would go back tomorrow.

Chile Needs God.

The majority in Chile do not know the gospel of ChristFaithful churches are too few. And those who preach a superficial or false gospel abound. The result is the moral and social disaster we see today.

None of this should surprise us. God tells us in his Word that men will go from bad to worse as we approach the second coming of Christ.

May God have mercy on my country and continue to raise faithful men who preach the truth in love and without fear.

We are grateful to have you as partners in this endeavor. Thank you for your prayers and support.

Rodrigo & Sheila
Ian, Evan, and Susana

The Kids Enjoying their New Season!!!

Prayer Summary:

  • Praise God that our things arrived safely to Chile.
  • Praise God for the partnerships forming for the Gospel in Chile.
  • Please pray that we would have more opportunities to share our future plans.
  • Please pray that more people will partner with us financially, especially on a monthly basis.
  • Please pray that our family would grow every day closer to the Lord and to each other.
  • Please pray for the salvation of our children and for wisdom to lead them in God’s ways.
  • Please pray that God would raise many faithful men to preach the gospel in Chile in this difficult time.

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Introduction Letter

We are very happy to share with you some exciting news. First, Sheila gave birth to our new baby daughter, Susana, on Monday, March 11th.  She weighed 6 pounds and 5 ounces and measured 19 inches.   Mommy and Susana are doing very well.  Her brothers and I are all thrilled to welcome her to our family. Our second big announcement is that God willing, we will be returning to Chile this year to begin pastoral ministry starting a new church.

We have an intense burden for Chile.  According to the last census, sixty-seven percent of all Chileans consider themselves Roman Catholic. Only seventeen percent are Evangelicals. Twelve percent say they don’t belong to any religion.  We have decided to return because we know that in Chile, there are millions of people who have heard of Christ and the Bible, but who do not know the true biblical Gospel and have not been born again.  

Additionally, we have noticed that in Chile, there is a growing interest, especially among young people, to know biblical and historical doctrines.  We believe that this opening interest is both a sovereign and merciful work of God. In answer to our prayers, God is opening a door for us to return to Chile for ministry.

In response to the trends that we see in Chile, we desire to plant a church in Valparaíso, my hometown, in which I can preach regularly and serve as the pastor. We want to evangelize the lost so that they may turn to Jesus Christ and then disciple the believers so that they grow in his Word and become like Christ.

I am a member of Grace Community Church and a graduate of The Master’s Seminary. I have taught and led Bible study groups during the time I served in this church. Currently, I work at Grace to You as a sermon editor and Internet coordinator. The knowledge and experience I have gained in these organizations have been vital to my spiritual and personal development. I thank God for giving me the privilege of being part of these ministries. We desire to return to Chile to put into practice all that God has taught us through godly men and women who have influenced our lives for good during all this time.

It brings tremendous joy to me that Sheila, my beloved wife, is entirely supportive of this new stage of our lives.  She speaks Spanish fluently since she learned the language during her time as a missionary in Chile for six years. She knows the Chilean culture and has an excellent relationship with my family who will be welcoming us back to my hometown.  The transition for her from living in the US back to Chile will be easier for her than for someone who has not lived in another country.  Our two boys, Ian (10) and Evan (7) are very excited about our move to Chile. They are eager to learn Spanish more fluently and get to know the culture and the popular places in Valparaíso and the rest of the country.  They are also happy to know that they will now have a deeper and closer relationship with their grandparents, uncles, and cousins.

I have been researching the ministry potential and the reasons for us to return to Chile for quite awhile.  Interviewing current pastors around Valparaíso has led me to some important conclusions. There are over three hundred thousand inhabitants but only a few biblical churches. What the region needs is a church committed to biblical preaching and the training of future church planters.

God has opened a relationship with a mission organization that has been supporting National Pastors since 1956. White Fields Ministry has the same purpose and convictions that we share—we are committed to establishing strong, self-sustaining national churches whose pastors live among the people providing an example of a biblical Christian in the context of the local community. The President of White Fields is a graduate of The Master’s Seminary and was previously a staff pastor at Grace Community Church. With their encouragement and assistance, we believe that we will be able to establish a faithful church that will become a training ground for future Bible preaching pastors.

We are writing to you to share that we need your help. First, we need you to pray for us. Pray that God will provide everything necessary to reach the goals that we are certain He has placed in our hearts.  You can join our prayer team by adding your name to our list to receive emails and read our latest news reports.  You can also visit our information on the website: http://www.whitefields.org/pray/pray-for-a-pastor/chile/ 

Secondly, we are seeking to raise financial support. You can make your donations through White Fields in the best way that works for you. You can donate from your credit card or from your checking account online at the webpage, or you can mail a check with the enclosed giving slip in the envelope provided. You can give a one-time gift or prayerfully join us with automatic monthly donations.

We would also appreciate if you would help us share the news of our ministry goals. Your church mission committee might be interested in allowing us to share our plans with them to consider supporting us, or maybe you have some mission minded friends that you could give our brochure.  We trust that God will provide all that is necessary through the generosity of His people. The Apostle Paul shared, “I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always offering prayer with joy in my every prayer for you all, in view of your participation in the gospel from the first day until now.” Philippians 1:3-5 [NASB]

We are approaching the “first day” of our new ministry in Chile. We hope you will join us as partners in this gospel ministry. 

In Christ,

Rodrigo, Sheila, Ian, Evan & Susana