by Kay (Stotts) Godoy

FM Missionary
Santiago, Chile

Superintendent Sergio [leader of the FM Church in Chile] just told me of a lovely moment in Talcahuano recently, while he was headed to deliver food and water supplies to our pastors in that most distraught of areas.  Along the road, Superintendent Sergio and his team noticed an elderly man seated on the curb of the sidewalk, head hung in despair and hopelessness.  A teen on the truck called out, “Sir! Please come over here!”  The gentleman slowly lifted his head with a blank stare. No reaction.  The teen shouted again, “Sir! Please come!”  The man slowly rose to his feet and hesitantly walked in silence toward the vehicle. The teen handed him a large grocery bag and said, “Here, this is for you!”  The elderly man peeked into the bag stuffed with food and water and a huge smile came across his face. “Margarita!,” he called loudly.  “GOD sent us food!  We have food!”  From the old, now mostly-destroyed, house appeared his wife.  As she took in what was happening, she joyously made motions of great thanks and gratitude. The team continued on their way to a part of the city called Centinela Hill, where a church is being planted.  Bet the team will be back to visit that dear couple and make sure they´ve had a chance to know the Bread of Life and Living Water.

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I want to share part of a letter that our dear friend, Kay (Stotts) Godoy, just sent today.  She is a FM missionary living in Santiago, Chile.  We became very close as we lived and worked together as fellow missionaries from 2006-2008.

In June 2009, Max and I had the opportunity to travel back to Chile to attend and participate in Kay and Leo’s wedding.  What a joyous occasion it was!

One year later, precious little Sofía arrived:

Tales from the Twentieth Floor …
written by Kay (Stotts) Godoy

The past week has seemed like ten; we´ve slept little and have experienced wide ranges of emotions.  Our 20th floor apartment, with its spectacular view of the Andes, now feels way too high above the earth far below!

At 3:34am on Saturday, February 27, we were jolted awake by tremendous shaking and rocking as if on a fast rumbling roller coaster ride.  Chile is known for its frequent tremors, but right away we recognized that this one was very different.  Bolting out of bed, we found we were unable to even stand up in the hallway as Leo and I got thrown back and forth against the walls. We ran to grab Sofia [7 months old] out of her crib and made it back out to the entryway, trying to avoid falling bookcases, wall pictures, etc.  We could hear glass breaking in the kitchen and later found that a loud noise in the bedroom was the closet being ripped off its track and 5 shelves worth of clothing, supplies and odds and ends spewing across the floor.

There came a slight lull in the movement, and we hoped the quake might be subsiding, but within seconds it struck with more force than ever.  Death seemed absolutely imminent.  We are ready to meet our Maker, but in that moment we just wanted to survive!  Sinking to the carpet in a tight huddle around her, Leo and I cried out to God for His mercy, pleading with Him to stretch out His powerful hand and miraculously calm the earth beneath us.  Sofia clung on with white fingertips and eyes wide as saucers. I was frozen in fear on the floor, but Leo began to work on getting us out. He quickly grabbed formula, water, a bottle and a blanket and then I ran to find my glasses.  They had fallen off the night stand. As I frantically searched in the dark under the bed, the Lord seemed to place them into my hand!

We now know you need to open the main door immediately when an earthquake occurs.  Ours was jammed shut by the time we tried to leave.  Leo pulled and pulled. Finally it opened!  The long trek down twenty floors of stairs, baby in tow, seemed unending. But we made it, emerging to find hundreds of others already in the lobby and outside the apartment.  Our [Chilean] pastors Karim and Carmen, who live on the 8th floor, came running up with life-grateful hugs!  We located friends and neighbors among the crowd and waited through the remaining hours of darkness … filled with great relief at having survived so far, still filled with fear as aftershocks continued rocking the ground beneath us, filled with assurance that God in His sovereignty is in control and filled with hope that He will help each and every person in their plight.

The earthquake is, of course, the #1 topic of conversation now.  And many are much more open to spiritual things. Please pray for us, as we have many opportunities to introduce people to the God who saved them and who wants them to know Him personally.

For those of you that don’t know, my family and I lived in Santiago, Chile, from 2006-2008.  Tears continue to well up in my eyes as I think and pray for our friends, co-workers, neighbors, and church people.  Our church denomination has set up a website with the latest news:  Help Chile Heal

We are receiving bits and pieces of information from several people and are trying to understand how best to help.  We are praying.  We are communicating.  We are translating.  Of course, we want to do more.

Last night, our 6-yr. old Jacob came up to me, gave me a big hug, and starting crying, while saying that he wished he could go and help his friends.

Yet, I need to remind myself that by praying, we ARE doing more…  We trust in a God who is in control.  We believe He is right there with our Chilean friends.  In fact, our Chilean friends are reminding us of that very thing even as they gather in the street to sing praises to our God!

I am trying to keep my facebook page updated with information.  Please visit… please pray with us.

(Ephesians 3:16-21)  I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with powerthrough his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge–that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.  Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

I always enjoy taking time in late December/early January to think about the year ahead.  What are my goals for the year?  How do I break those goals down and take steps day by day, week by week, and month by month so that I can see those goals accomplished by the end of the year?  Even though it takes a little while, it is worth it for me to take that time to think, write, and decide.

My list of goals are grouped into three different categories: personal, home (family), and work.  Once I have a realistic listing of 5-6 goals for each group, I decide on specific deadlines for each one.  Then, I print my list out and keep it in my journal.  At the end of each month, I take a couple of minutes to read through the list again to see what I have accomplished – I love checking things off! 🙂 – as well as see if I am on track to accomplish those goals that are more long-term in nature.

One of my personal goals for 2010 is to continue to memorize Scripture, so I have updated that SK webpage and will attempt to list each month’s passage.

Have you taken the time to list your goals for 2010?  If not, I would encourage you to do so!

Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.  Proverbs 16:3 (NIV)

Wow!  It has been awhile, hasn’t it?  I can’t even believe how quickly the time has gone!  Since my last entry, we have changed seasons three times – plants have budded, blossomed, and withered.  Spring brought fresh air and cool nights; summer was full of carefree days of swimming, sports, and travel; autumn has brought fabulous color and daily routine to life.

For us as a family, this autumn brought a new ‘season’ of life.  All four of my children are now in school all day.  What a change that has brought to this home and to me, personally!  Gone are the days of having to attempt to get household chores and projects done while changing diapers, reading A-B-C books, taking morning walks, preparing lunches, getting home in time for afternoon naps, etc.  But then again, maybe not… (more…)

It has been a joy to have the conversations with our older children move to deeper and more serious levels.  We look at it as a privilege to be able to be the ones to introduce our kids to the various important topics of life, whether it be faith, sex, politics, healthy relationships, or current world events.  Our children know that they are completely free and encouraged to ask us any question at any time.

striped-pajamasI have been looking forward to having our oldest child read the book, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, and then take the time to watch the movie together.  [That’s the rule of the house – you have to read the book before watching the movie. 🙂 ]  What a creative, unique way to take a look at the Holocaust.  It is a vivid, heavy look at the atrocities of that time in history, shown through the “innocent” perspective of two young boys.  This story offers a wonderful opportunity for today’s children to “put themselves in their shoes” and envision what it might have been like to grow up as a Jewish or German child during the years of World War II.

I look forward to the discussions that this story will bring to the dinner table as well as to the trips to soccer practices.  I pray that God will, once again, help us as parents to weave His truths into those conversations.

Deuteronomy 6:4-9 (NLT)  Listen, O Israel!  The LORD is our God, the LORD alone.  And you must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength.  And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today.  Repeat them again and again to your children.  Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when your are going to bed and when you are getting up.  Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders.  Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.