Dear Friends and Family,
First, we would like for everyone to know that we are okay. Friday, October 18th is a day we will not soon forget. Social/political protest broke out on this day here in Chile and seemed to take everyone by surprise. The metro system, which serves almost 2 million people every day, was heavily damaged by arson and vandalism. The president of Chile implemented a mandatory curfew of 8:00 p.m – 6:00 a.m.. and the military were in the streets. Most of the protests have begun peacefully but have deteriorated into violent confrontations between some protesters and police. Looting, vandalism, burning of buildings, are on the news constantly. We wait most nights to see if school is cancelled for the next day. If there is school, the dismissal is earlier than normal, allowing students and teachers to arrive home earlier before things become ugly. The social/political issues are many, complex and deep-rooted. While we do not fully understand the complexities and implications of this unrest, we do know that the only true, enduring answer is found in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Secondly, many have asked about Bryan. Due to some health issues Bryan withdrew from Bible College this semester. Bryan is now here in Chile and we are seeking medical treatment for him. Please pray for his recovery.
Thirdly, a camp update. We had two work teams from Pennsylvania come recently to help at camp. The remaining section of the front wall is almost completely finished. The siding on the newly renovated building was put on, giving it a much more finished look. The bathroom/shower section is just weeks away from being ready to use. We are thankful for the willingness of people to come and serve even in the midst of social/political unrest.
Lastly, prayer requests: Wisdom. Discernment. Safety. Compassion. Understanding. Knowing when to speak and when to be quiet.
Thank you for your prayers for us. We do not know what tomorrow holds, but we do know Who holds tomorrow.
Dan & Becca Vallette
Keven, Bryan, Vanesa & Camila