Jim and Ester Mazurek: Assemblies of God Missionaries to Chile since 1984: Ester is founder and Director of the Santiago Children’s Ministries Outreach Center. The ministry focusses on “Reaching Children, Raising up Leaders” in Santiago, Chile (pop. 7 million). Ministry includes: evangelism, discipleship, hot meals, educational reinforcement, rescue from child prostitution, shelter, medical and foster care. At this time the Mazureks are building the campus of the Outreach Center. This facility will include a church, a school, an athletic area, and the offices for the overall ministry.
About the Center
The lot where the Children’s Ministry and Outreach Center is located was purchased from a Muslim man. This lot was on the market for $350,000. He had an offer for that amount from a party that intended to build a brothel. Jim Mazurek was out of town at the time, so Ester approached the man and said that her group wanted to buy the lot to build the Children’s Center, but that they can only offer $155,000 (less than half of what had been offered). The Muslim man was not keen on having his land used as a brothel so he asked if they had the money. She said no, but that their God would provide the money. The seller gave her a period of time (I think it was one to three months) and said we will see how great your God is. At the appointed time Ester and her group came with the money and they bought the lot. The Church building is the first structure of the complex to be built.
The area in which we worked was a hard-hat area. This was required by the local building codes. The building codes also require a substantial use of rebar in the concrete that is to be poured, as well as sound structural steel because Santiago is in an earthquake area. Jim made sure that they met or exceeded the code requirements for the building materials.
Of the seven team members, five (Demar, Jordan, Matt, Sam, and Henry) were from Centerpointe Church and two (Bob and Nolda) from Word of Life International Church. Our work was to do finish work on the interior of the church building. The interior of the brick walls is going to be the finished view. In the construction process they had been marred with mortar and cement drippings from pouring concrete above the brick walls. The cleaning process was to use muriatic acid and bristle or wire brush. Other duties involved carpentry and masonry work. We worked with the local folks, all were from the fellowship of the believers.
On our fun day we toured the Naval museum and the waterfront and harbor of Valparaiso and Viña del Mar. There also was time to see the city of Santiago and do shopping.
Jim arranged for me to see our friend Paul Hoff. He is 93 years of age and has been a missionary to South America from early on. Paul is doing fairly well. He and his late wife Betty started the Bible School in Santiago that was designed to serve the independent Pentecostals that are numerous in Chile. Paul expresses his thanks to Centerpointe Church for the financial and prayer support for him. Our church has supported Paul since around 1990.
On a Personal note
I was able to give out a number of Gideon Personal Workers Testaments, (PWTs) 10 in Spanish and five or six in English. The PWTs have the New Testament with Psalms and Proverbs; also a help section. On the way home at the Santiago airport, a couple sitting near me noticed our team shirts resulting in a conversation. At one point I offered the man one of my English New Testaments. He received it and I was able to share the Gospel with him. I mentioned that the Gospel of John was a good starting point. I drew his attention to John 3:16-18, mentioning that verse 18 was crucial as it states that not accepting Jesus is what condemns us. In support of that, I mentioned John 14:6 where we read that Jesus is the only way to God. I should mention that he was Jewish. He was very interested in what I said. The part about accepting Jesus is what drew a sad confession from him that that was the part where he comes up short. But the seed is sown.
On behalf of the team and, for the King and His Kingdom, I submit this report.
Henry Weigel, Missions Coordinator
Centerpointe Church at Fair Oaks
Nolda- Cleaning Bricks