June 21, 2014 by Alex Johannigman
I want to thank you all once again for helping to support my missionary year here at Christ in the City through your encouragement, your prayers, and, in many cases, your monetary support. It is because of each of you that I’ve been able to serve those in greatest need in Denver for an entire year and learn lessons about poverty that I will keep with me forever.
As my missionary year is approaching its end, I’ve been offered an opportunity to do something amazing: Help Christ in the City expand internationally for the first time. Beginning this summer, we are going to have a presence in Santiago, Chile! Because Chile is one of South America’s most prosperous nations, the epidemic of homelessness in Santiago strongly resembles what we encounter here in the USA, so we believe that our approach to the homeless, which has been developed over the past few years in Denver, will be more appropriate and effective there than it would be in many other countries.
But in order to make this happen, we need to be able to get there. Fortunately, our expenses will be very low once we get to Chile thanks to support from the Christian Life Movement and members of the parishes that they are affiliated with down there. However, I still need to raise $2000 over the next month so that I can join a few other missionaries in Chile to train young Chilean missionaries on how to minister to those living on the streets of Santiago. In addition to sharing the insights that we’ve gathered this year, we will also be visiting the sick and elderly, leading catechetical activities for kids, and doing some outreach of our own by going door to door offering basic services to those in need.
Here are 2 ways that you can help:
1. Pray for me and the other missionaries who are going by name (Alex, Melissa, Halee, Yvonne, and Adam), especially from July 22-31 while we are physically present in Santiago.
2. Donate from your treasure. The easiest way is to donate money via Paypal here (the link is also on the sidebar now), or you can send a paper check made out to “Christ in the City” to:
1840 Grant St.
Denver, CO 80203