Rodrigo Avila español

Carta de Introducción

 Estamos muy contentos de compartir contigo algunas noticias muy emocionantes. En primer lugar, Sheila dio a luz a nuestra hija, Susana, el lunes 11 de marzo. Ella pesó 3 kilos y midió 48 centímetros. Mamá e hija están muy bien. Sus hermanos y yo estamos encantados de darle la bienvenida a nuestra familia. Nuestro segundo gran anuncio es que, si Dios quiere, regresaremos a Chile este año para comenzar el ministerio pastoral y empezar una nueva iglesia. 

Tenemos una intensa carga por Chile. Según el último censo, el 67% de todos los chilenos se consideran católicos romanos. Sólo el 17% son evangélicos. Y el 12% dice que no pertenece a ninguna religión. Hemos decidido regresar porque sabemos que en Chile hay millones de personas que han oído de Cristo y la Biblia, pero que no conocen el verdadero Evangelio bíblico y no han nacido de nuevo.

Además, hemos notado que en Chile existe un creciente interés, especialmente entre los jóvenes, por conocer las doctrinas bíblicas e históricas. Creemos que este interés es una obra soberana y misericordiosa de Dios. Y Él por su gracia ha respondido a nuestras oraciones al abrir una puerta para volver a Chile y dedicarnos al ministerio. 

Soy miembro de Grace Community Church y graduado de The Master’s Seminary. He enseñado y liderado grupos de estudio bíblico durante el tiempo que he servido en esta iglesia. Actualmente, trabajo en Gracia a Vosotros como editor de sermones y coordinador de internet. El conocimiento y la experiencia que he adquirido en estos ministerios han sido vitales para mi desarrollo espiritual y personal. Agradezco a Dios por darme el privilegio de ser parte de ellos. Deseamos regresar a Chile para poner en práctica todo lo que Dios nos ha enseñado a través de hombres y mujeres piadosos que han influenciado nuestras vidas para bien durante todo este tiempo. 

Me alegra enormemente que Sheila, mi amada esposa, apoye totalmente esta nueva etapa de nuestras vidas. Ella habla español con fluidez, ya que aprendió el idioma durante su tiempo como misionera en Chile durante 6 años. Ella conoce la cultura chilena y tiene una excelente relación con mi familia la cual nos dará la bienvenida a mi ciudad natal. Debido a esto, la transición será más fácil para ella que para alguien que no ha vivido en otro país. Nuestros dos hijos, Ian (10) y Evan (7) están muy entusiasmados con nuestro traslado a Chile. Están ansiosos por aprender español con mayor fluidez y conocer la cultura y los lugares populares en Valparaíso y el resto del país. También están contentos de saber que ahora tendrán una relación más profunda y cercana con sus abuelos, tíos y primos. 

He estado analizando por bastante tiempo el potencial del ministerio y las razones por las cuales queremos regresar a Chile. Y después de haber investigado y conversado con varios pastores de Valparaíso y sus alrededores he llegado a algunas conclusiones importantes. Hay más de 300 mil habitantes, pero solo unas pocas iglesias bíblicas. Lo que necesita la ciudad son más iglesias comprometidas con la predicación bíblica y la capacitación de futuros plantadores de iglesias. 

Dios ha abierto una relación ministerial con White Fields, una organización misionera que ha apoyado a pastores nacionales desde 1956. Con el Ministerio White Fields compartimos el mismo propósito y convicciones: estamos comprometidos a establecer iglesias nacionales fuertes y autosuficientes cuyos pastores sean un ejemplo de un cristiano bíblico en el contexto de la comunidad local. El presidente de White Fields se graduó de The Master’s Seminary y fue pastor de Grace Community Church. Con su aliento y ayuda, creemos que podremos establecer una iglesia fiel que se convertirá en un campo de entrenamiento para futuros pastores que prediquen la Biblia. 

Te escribimos para compartir que necesitamos de tu ayuda. En primer lugar, necesitamos que ores por nosotros. Ora para que Dios provea todo lo necesario para alcanzar las metas que estamos seguros que Él ha puesto en nuestros corazones. Puedes unirte a nuestro equipo de oración agregando tu nombre a nuestra lista para recibir correos electrónicos y leer nuestras noticias más recientes. También puedes visitar nuestra información en el sitio web: www.whitefields.org/pray/chile-espanol 

En segundo lugar, necesitamos que consideres apoyarnos financieramente. Puedes hacer donaciones a través de White Fields de la manera que mejor funcione para ti. Puedes donar con tu tarjeta de crédito o con tu cuenta corriente en línea en la página web. O puedes enviar un cheque con el comprobante de entrega adjunto en el sobre provisto. Puedes dar una donación de una sola vez o unirte a nosotros con donaciones mensuales automáticas. 

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También agradeceríamos que nos ayudaras a compartir las noticias de las metas de nuestro ministerio. Puede que el comité de misiones de tu iglesia esté interesado en permitirnos compartir nuestros planes con ellos para que consideren apoyarnos. O tal vez tengas amigos con mentalidad misionera a quienes puedas entregar nuestro folleto. Confiamos en que Dios proveerá todo lo necesario a través de la generosidad de su pueblo. El apóstol Pablo dijo: “Doy gracias a mi Dios siempre que me acuerdo de vosotros, orando siempre con gozo en cada una de mis oraciones por todos vosotros, por vuestra participación en el evangelio desde el primer día hasta ahora” (Fil. 1:3-5). 

Nos acercamos al “primer día” de nuestro nuevo ministerio en Chile. Esperamos que te unas a nosotros como socios en este ministerio del evangelio. 

En Cristo,

Rodrigo, Sheila, Ian, Evan & Susana

Rodrigo Avila

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.

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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

SHORT TERM TRIPS

Some people are available to visit one of our churches and use the gifts God has granted them to assist and advance the cause of Christ. These trips require preparation and planning. We have several possible trips that you may be interested in participating in during the year 2019.

You are responsible for raising your funds to cover the costs of the trip. We require your testimony of how you became a believer in Jesus in the application form. You will also need to provide a recommendation from your pastor or a church leader stating that they believe you would be an excellent resource for our team. Travel can be exhausting, so you need to prepare for the adventure. You will meet new friends and have experiences that will expand your knowledge and test your faith.

Even if you are not able to go, you can support one of our teams to reach their financial goals. You may designate your gift by putting the name of the team member and the country in the “note” section of your check out.

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Japan Trip in August

One of the trips will be to Japan, a beautiful country that needs help with evangelism. A great way you can help is to be an American English speaker during a week-long VBS class for the local children. It will be helpful if you have trained at your local church to work with children. This trip will be approximately ten days long beginning on August 2nd returning on August 12th.

There is a nonstop flight from San Diego to Tokyo that is about twelve hours long. You will be traveling with a small team of workers. There will be a few sight-seeing adventures along the way as well. The expected cost for the trip will be $1,900.

You will lead a VBS for children during the week.

Be prepared for fun and new food

You will visit beautiful places and have new experiences

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Uganda Trip in Late July

The second trip we are planning this year is to Uganda. You will be living among impoverished people and will experience first-hand the conditions of poverty. The flights to Africa can be as long as twenty-nine hours, so be prepared for long travel. The expected cost for the trip will be $2,600.

The visit to Africa will change your life forever. The people are wonderful and God is working in a mighty way among our churches. There will be some long van rides to reach the ministry sites, but once you are there the interaction with the people will be rich and rewarding. We visit homes and each member of the team is able to participate in sharing their testimony and bringing a small gift to bless the family.

Visiting homes in the remote regions

You will experience church in a whole new way

You will have the opportunity to meet many new people

You will bring relief to the needy;
you might even make a brick!

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Take the First Step

For both of these trips – you must have a passport.
The trip to Uganda also requires a visa for entry.
You are also required to have a Yellow Fever Vaccine for entrance to Uganda. We will help prepare you for the rest of the travel including the visa application and medical preparation assistance. The best way to get started is to contact our office and fill out the initial application.

We can answer any other questions you may have. Call (760) 846-8610 or email – info@whitefields.org