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Hallelujah Moment from Chile: Holes Are Filled

by Becky Harrell and Debi Tyree

 
Anna, House Mother at Instituto Agricola Kusayapu, Methodist Extension to Andean Youth (EMANA). Through the ministry of Becky Harrell and EMANA, children like Anna discover and freely share that God's love has no beginning and no end.
Anna, House Mother at Instituto Agricola Kusayapu, Methodist Extension to Andean Youth (EMANA). Through the ministry of missionary Becky Harrell and EMANA, children like Anna discover and freely share that God's love has no beginning and no end.
Image by: Becky Harrell
Source: Mission Education

August 14, 2009

Seven years ago, Becky Harrell arrived in the Andean region of Chile as an individual mission volunteer. During her first year of her service, she read Henri Nouwen's book Gracias: A Latin American Journal, in which the author describes his time as a missionary in a Peruvian pueblo called Ciudad de Dios. Nouwen shares his growing awareness that people living in poverty around the world have a very special relationship with God, one that many others may long for. He found that they turn to God for provisions, shelter, and comfort.

Harrell, now a missionary, came to realize that many persons who want to see only beauty and eat only delicacies have "holes" within that go unfilled. She says, "During my years in Chile, I have witnessed a filling of the 'hole' among many members of Volunteers in Mission (VIM) teams or individuals who have ventured to live and work with those living in poverty."

In the pueblo of Pachica, children like Anna have grown up with these VIM witnesses in their lives. In turn, the children of this impoverished pueblo near Atacama, the driest desert on earth, are channels of God's grace and love, the fillers of "holes" to those who have found their way there. Many of these children have gone on to work in government positions, open their own businesses, or like Anna, return to her alma mater, Instituto Agricola Kusayapu.

Anna is now a house mother at the boarding school of the Methodist Extension to Andean Youth (EMANA). She is caring for children and sharing God's love with them in the same place that provided love and care for her.

Through the ministry of Becky Harrell and EMANA, children like Anna discover and freely share that God's love has no beginning and no end. Such an awareness, in an Andean child or a mission volunteer from abroad, fills holes in people's lives.

Speaking of this awareness, Harrell says, "This is an easy thing for us to forget in our wealth, but an important fact we must hold on to if we are to live the lives our Creator has intended."

Ways to Support this Ministry

You can share gifts through The Advance or by designated giving through your local church:

# 15141Z — Becky Harrell, Coordinator of the Methodist Extension to Andean Youth (EMANA), Area Financial Executive for the Methodist Chruch of Chile

# 14791T — Andean Youth Project, EMANA

Hallelujah Moments
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Worship Bridge

The refrain of "Gloria" (Global Praise 3, #28/29) can be used in worship in the same way that you would use a musical setting of the "Gloria Patri." Repeat the refrain three times using the given text to sing after the stanzas. Singing the refrain three times completes the praise to the Creating God, Lord Jesus, and the Spirit. Also sing this any time you need a praise statement in worship such as after the Gospel lesson. Once the congregation is comfortable singing the refrain, consider asking the choir or a soloist to sing the stanzas, to use the entire work as a song of praise. Accompany this song with keyboards and add guitar and percussion as available. Churches with liturgical dance teams will want to ask the dancers to choreograph this song using brilliantly colored streamers or ribbons.

Global Praise 3 and all Global Praise resources are available from Cokesbury Music Service 1-877-877-8764 or email cms@cokesbury.com, from Cokesbury 1-800-672-1789 or www.cokesbury.com, or your local music dealer.

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Your local church may choose to enter into a multi-year Covenant Relationship with Becky Harrell,  or other United Methodist missionaries, for ongoing support of their work. For further information, please contact:

The Advance
General Board of Global Ministries
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New York, NY 10115
Phone: 212-870-3718
Fax: 212-870-3775

Email:
covenant@gbgm-umc.org

Web: advancinghope.org

You can make gifts to support the mission work of Becky Harrell, by making a donation through The Advance. The Advance is an accountable, designated giving arm of The United Methodist Church that ensures 100% of each gift reaches its intended mission or ministry.

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Checks may be written to 'Advance GCFA' and placed in collection plates at United Methodist churches, or mailed directly to:

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New York, NY 10087-9068.

Credit card donations may be made by calling
(888) 252-6174.

Please note on your check the name and The Advance Number of the missionary you are supporting:

Becky Harrell, Advance Number: 15141Z
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Date posted: Aug 14, 2009