Dear Friends & Family,
“Plans are subject to change at any time without any notification.” We have said this to our children many times over the years. The year 2020 seems to be the year for changed plans and unforeseen circumstances.
In Santiago, a person can leave the house just twice a week or face hefty fines. The coronavirus numbers continue to climb. The first quarter of school will be virtual with the second quarter is on a “wait-and-see” basis.
Due to restrictions, Dan cannot go to camp and the camp cannot function at this point. Please pray about this. In the light of these circumstances, it was suggested that we take a six-month furlough, visit our churches and supporters, and present camp. God has provided housing, transportation and other blessings.
So, our plan was to bring Vanesa to the states after graduation so she could work at camp beginning June 15. Due to circumstances in Chile (significant spike in COVID-19, lock-down quarantine measures, cancelled flights, etc.) we decided it was best to leave together as a family. We purchased new tickets, flew into Miami on the only airline flying to and from Chile and made our way to PA. We left Chile June 2nd and arrived in Pennsylvania June 10th.
- The lock-down quarantine in Santiago and other parts of Chile. Social and economic effects are already being felt. So many people have lost work.
- The drought situation. Last year, the camp limped along with very low water levels. We are praying for snow and rain during the winter months (June-August)
- Keven, Bryan & Vanesa as they prepare to attend college at their respective Bible colleges this Fall. Pray for God’s leading in their lives, a good local church and godly friends.
- Please pray as we schedule meetings to visit our supporting churches and individuals.
We are thankful for…
- God’s timing – we were planning a furlough in 2 years. Due to circumstances, it makes sense to take furlough now.
- God’s provision – we have had reliable transportation and housing since we arrived. We are thankful for continued prayer and financial support.
- Technology – we are thankful for good internet so everyone can finish their studies. It is nice to remain connected with our church and camp in Santiago.
- A home/sending church that we can truly call “home” while we are in the States.
Dan & Becca Vallette
Keven, Bryan, Vanesa & Camila