Harry Hamilton has worked as a missionary in Santiago full time since 1991 and has been associated with mission work since 1982. His mission has been to establish churches and be involved in leadership training. Bertram has supported Harry many years. The following report is the most recent provided by Harry.
Report- December 13, 2018
Greetings from Santiago, Chile. I hope that all of you are doing well.
I spent September and October, 2018 in the United States. While in Houston, I taught 1 John in Spanish at the Hidden Valley congregation. I have taught there several times over the years. I also gave presentations to several congregations.
While I was in the States, the ladies here in Santiago hosted an International Women’s Conference. Ladies from all over Latin America and the United States participated. Even though I was not there, I had several ladies stay in my house. During the conference, seven ladies were baptized. Several of our ladies gave presentations in the conference. I helped Elizabeth and Yesenia with their presentations. Everyone told me that they did a great job. I am always inspired by the spirituality of our excellent sisters and the great work they do. Over the years, I have worked with a lot of people, both men and women, to help them be better servants of the Lord. It is in the interest of the church that we raise up as many spiritual men and women as possible.
Shortly after I returned to Chile, we held our annual retreat in la Villa. I presented the theme of the Holy, referring to the Hebrew word, kadosh, which means holy. I explained that the holy life begins with knowing what our limitations are. In Leviticus, God distinguishes between the pure and the unclean. The identification of that which is clean and that which is not teaches the people of God the distinction between that which is acceptable to God, and that which is not. We need to be aware of what lines to not cross. I talked first about God being holy. Then I explained that he allows us to be holy, which is possible through the sanctification of his people. Several things that we participate in are holy, such as marriage and the church. They are holy because God allows us to participate with him in them. I ended the retreat with a sermon on Sunday morning from Ephesians 4:17-24. Through the Word, God renews the understanding of his people, which results in his people being a holy people for him. During the retreat, one young man, Arturo, was baptized.
We also held an area wide church service, which the congregation in La Villa hosted. Our brother Marcos preached. He did a good job, but it was a long sermon. I visited with several people that I do not usually have a chance to see.
One of the things we are doing in several different congregations is we are having a visitor’s day, on the first Sunday of each month. It has brought several new people in, some of whom have been baptized. In La Villa, I think we have had fourteen baptisms this year. In the other congregations, I have not heard yet.
Except for the time I have been in the university, I have spent all my adult life in Chile, which currently is twenty-eight and a half years. I have known several of our young adults, such as Romina, Rodrigo, Paulina, Javiera, Tomas, and several others all their lives. Needless to say, I have a lot of love and affection for them. One of the things I love to tell them is that I have been in Chile longer than they have. They probably hate that. One of the young adults that was a part of our group is Milton Andres. He spent a good portion of his life living the rebellious life. Just like everywhere else, one of the difficulties that we have in Chile is passing our faith on to our children. I learned that Milton Andres was baptized while I was in the States, which made me very happy, as well as a lot of other people.
Another one of our young adults, Tomás, whom I have known all his life, had a conversation with me, where he told me he wanted to turn his life around, so he confessed his sins, and we prayed together. He had been baptized several years ago, but strayed from the path. His desire to return to God also made me very happy.
Another young man from that same group is Daniel. He has been helping with a lot of things at church, including he helped with the retreat, in leading singing and some things like that. I think he would like to be a minister, but I have not had that conversation with him yet.
Another young man that I find impressive is Mauricio, Paulina’s husband. Many of the things that he says shows me that he has spent a lot of time thinking about godly things. He has a friend that he really wants to convert, but the young man has not shown much interest yet. I do not believe in giving up on anybody, so the thing to do is be patient. There are a lot of people here in Chile who told me that they would never be members of the Churches of Christ, that are now members of the church.
While I was in the States, I learned that my sponsoring church of twenty years will be ending our relationship in a year and a half. So at that time, I will lose my sponsoring congregation and over two thousand dollars a month. Obviously I am looking to replace that loss. It is my intention to continue as a missionary in Chile. When I returned to Chile, I learned that a couple of our ministers also have lost their support. In addition, I understand that the only other missionary in Chile lost his support and will be returning to the USA. So I will once again be the only missionary here in Chile. I am looking for any congregation or individuals that would like to help the work in Chile, so any suggestions that you might have toward that end would be helpful.
One of the blessings of being a missionary living in Chile is that I am a part of the lives of a lot of people here. The greatest blessing about being a missionary is seeing people´s lives change.
Thank you for your support. May God bless you. Please remember the work here.
History of Work
“My ministry in Chile began on April 18, 1982. I spent two years in Chile (1982-1983) working with a teamin Santiago, the capital city. I then returned to the United States. In 1991, I returned to Santiago in 1991 with the intention of working on three goals: ministry leadership, establishing acongregation in the southern part of Santiago, and working toward the evangelization of the entire country of Chile.
Over the years, I have helped many members of the church become ministers. These men have been active in spreading the góspel not only in Chile, but also in Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia and Venezuela. Two ministers, Pedro Sanchez and Milton Muñoz, have even held meetings in Mexico and the United States.
During the time that I have been in Chile, the church has grown from a metropolitan church located primarily in Santiago to a national church with congregations from the northern city of Arica to the southernmost city of Punto Arenas. In addition, we have had hundreds of baptisms.
The congregation in La Villa, which is the congregation that I work with most, has grown over the years. We recently bought a property and are desirous of constructing a building, as soon as we can get the funds. The number of members is increasing. We recently had over 80 in attendance.
I also work with other congregations such as the church in Rancagua, which is to the south of Santiago, the congregations in Domeyko, Los Nogales, and La Florida.
The church in Chile is growing. For that we can give thanks to God.”
Bertram Church of Christ is supporting Harry monthly.
Sep 7, 2018- Fine Christian Women
Both young ladies moved here from another country.