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  • Photo Gallery: Caring for the poor and needy--Peru | The Family International
    Family Mission Statement Worldwide Work Children Viewpoints Contact Email Us Sitemap Home Worldwide Work America South Hispanic South America Caring for the poor and needy Peru Photo Gallery Photo Gallery Caring for the poor and needy Peru Tweet America South

    Original URL path: http://www.thefamilyinternational.org/en/work/america-south/more-projects-south-america/projects/aid-distribution/photos/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Resiliency for Earthquake and Tsunami Victims | The Family International
    more than 18 months since the 8 8 degree earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit central Chile Many of the people in the coastal towns are suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder These symptoms are especially aggravated in the cases of families who are still living in precarious conditions have not recuperated their source of income or have lost loved ones This stress also surfaces through conflicts within the camps etc Many people feel stretched to the limit and have lost patience in dealing with issues that arise daily With the help of a Christian sociologist we were able to cover the following topics Resilience its meaning and strategy Finding and giving support The therapy of gratitude The importance of a good sense of humor Defeating fear Defining our true objectives Strategies for getting along with others Divine help In this all day seminar we laughed cried danced sang expressed our fears and opened up our hearts There was a delicious lunch served serenade included and afterwards we took time to speak with some of the attendees personally They each also received a practical motivational book called From Jesus with Love Success with People The women all left with lighter hearts

    Original URL path: http://www.thefamilyinternational.org/en/work/america-south/articles/2011/245/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Description of the TFI works in Chile as of March, 2011 | The Family International
    seminars workshops and fellowships They are active in many cities giving Bible studies in homes and offices as well as offering prayer coaching and spiritual guidance Our communities have a hot line open for prayer and counseling to help counteract the plagues of modern society depression stress addiction inter family problems etc We are committed to helping the people of Chile activate their faith and learn to bring God s power and guidance into their homes and daily lives To this end we distribute inspirational and faith building publications such as the Conéctate monthly magazine Aurora books publications and audio visual aids We also work to be a positive force in our communities by helping with high risk groups institutions and in economically depressed areas In response to the earthquake 8 8 on the Richter scale and subsequent tsunami of February 27 2010 we have had the privilege of ministering to the people in the affected coastal and central parts of Chile Our commitment is to continue these relief trips as long as our ministry is needed There has been grief and trauma in every sector of society as people lost their homes their livelihoods and even loved ones We have had the opportunity to provide a kind of ongoing therapy as we have been able to befriend many grieving families who have lost loved ones as well as visit other displaced people who now live in the temporary government camp sites Thanks to generous donations from TFI members throughout the world and other concerned friends we have taken food toiletries cleaning items warm pajamas and other clothing sheets towels and blankets toys gifts motivational books for adults and children and Conéctate magazines to the people in the affected regions We usually divide up into teams and go wherever the

    Original URL path: http://www.thefamilyinternational.org/en/work/america-south/articles/2011/229/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Chile Earthquake 2010 | The Family International
    of a sudden it seemed like we were navigating in the ocean fighting the surf Soon after a tsunami struck 30 cities towns and fishing villages in the central and southern part of the country leaving hundreds of victims Witnesses say that the waters sounded like the roar of a hundred lions The images repeatedly shown on television were horrific The devastation was overwhelming We cried for those affected People needed help urgently in every sense of the word physically emotionally and spiritually Thanks to the help of many donors teams of Family volunteers gathered basic food supplies water blankets toilet paper clothing and children s books and toys We also collected books and publications of comfort encouragement and faith for the adults of the affected areas We made trips to Paine Boyeruca Constitución and Cauquenes Following is an account of our trip to Constitución a costal town near the epicenter It took twice as long as it normally would to reach our destination due to the damaged roads there were fallen bridges gaping cracks in the road and weakened structures Close to the city groups of people ran to the road to beg us for food and basic necessities All commerce had halted and there were shortages everywhere We were impressed by the solidarity of the Chilean people they had come out in full force to help the needy The highway was full of trucks and cars carrying help with flags waving and signs that read Fuerza Chile Stand strong Chile In this country that has yet to overcome its political differences as the new president aptly expressed in his inaugural speech Nature has once again reminded us of the importance of our national unity we are all survivors of this tragedy We found the central part of Constitución a city of approximately 50 000 totally devastated Never had we seen such destruction It was shocking We had to use surgical masks as protection from the odor of rotting fish and from the sicknesses that floated in the air Our team had brought rice beans noodles cooking oil salt canned fish bleach toilet paper blankets cookies and 100 coloring books along with 100 boxes of color pencils 120 children s books and motivational books and magazines for adults We left part of the provisions we d brought in a distribution center and the rest we took to a section of the city that help had not yet reached Close to a hospital we made bags of basic provisions rice noodles oil fish etc adding also an Activated magazine with articles on faith and hope In every part of the city where we distributed supplies we were thanked with smiles and tears Soon after we arrived we realized that the emotional and spiritual needs were as urgent as the physical We stopped to listen to the stories and miracles of rescue The majority of those we met had lost their homes belongings livelihoods or a friend or loved one But

    Original URL path: http://www.thefamilyinternational.org/en/work/america-south/articles/2010/171/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Our second trip to Constitución | The Family International
    said We used to all swim in those waters now we look at it with fear Thanks to a generous donation we were able to buy wholesale warm pajamas for men women and children which they were very thankful for We had met a woman who works in the municipality and she knew where the greatest needs were She drove us to several apartment buildings that had been damaged by the earthquake so we could drop off supplies The apartment dwellers are sleeping in tents and cooking outside in makeshift communal kitchens as their apartment buildings are unstable now There was one four story apartment building with outside stairs that came loose during the earthquake they are now hanging by a few wobbly bolts The families have to take their chances going up the stairs if they have to get anything from their apartments The economy in this town is at a virtual standstill the fishing industry the cellulose factory and the shops in the downtown area are all damaged and awaiting repair Many people here live day to day or paycheck to paycheck and so even those who still have homes are missing their basic needs right now because of lack of supplies I just can t do the subject justice With our group of 11 we improvised a show for the displaced who are basing out of one of the schools which has now been turned into a shelter The young people sang and did action songs with the kids I was a clown we made balloon figures Jonathan organized games and we passed out prizes snack bags and hygiene kits We also went to a camp of makeshift wooden shelters Every little cabin had its own story but the last person we talked to really touched us

    Original URL path: http://www.thefamilyinternational.org/en/work/america-south/articles/2010/172/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Assistance for children with cancer | The Family International
    offering comfort and support as well as physical aid to those battling cancer The doctors and nursing staff have requested our spiritual aid for their young patients and their parents as they have witnessed the comfort and healing this provides for the children They have often guided us to other patients in need of this spiritual assistance The words of encouragement the support and comfort and the prayers and supplications

    Original URL path: http://www.thefamilyinternational.org/en/work/america-south/articles/2008/4/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Ministering to the Blind | The Family International
    motivational tips Over the last ten years our missionary center has carried out a ministry to the blind in Santiago Chile We get together to read from Conéctate Activated magazines have Bible classes fellowship and enjoy recreational activities In the beginning our numbers were small but we always told our friends that even if there was only one attendee it was worth our while Little by little the group grew and now there are anywhere from a dozen to twenty guests at every meeting Apart from our regular meetings we organize outdoor activities to enable members of the blind community to try out new experiences in an adapted and safe environment Twice every summer we arrange free entry for them and their families at the municipal swimming pool We also regularly take smaller groups for a day at the beach We go to a small cove surrounded by pine covered hills where the water is quite warm In Chile the ocean is generally ice cold because of the Humboldt Current which comes from Antarctica On another occasion we took some to the mountains to experience the snow and we all enjoyed a picnic on the slopes Our blind friends also

    Original URL path: http://www.thefamilyinternational.org/en/work/america-south/articles/2007/213/ (2016-02-15)
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  • "Start Early" Project | The Family International
    our presentations we challenge the children to do what they can to make the world a better place We also lead them in prayer to receive Jesus into their hearts Who better to guide them and teach them how to go about changing their part of their world We also present each participating school with a set of Family produced educational videos and a subscription to the Family s Contato

    Original URL path: http://www.thefamilyinternational.org/en/work/america-south/articles/2007/212/ (2016-02-15)
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