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The copihue, Chile's national flower


... was registered with the Charity Commissioners for England and Wales in March 1992. Its funds are used "for the advancement of the Christian religion and the relief of poverty and sickness among persons resident in Chile and for such other similar charitable purposes as may from time to time be agreed by the Trustees".


Map of Chile

”When I got here everything was ruined, everything was all burned.
I stood there, among the charred remains, and I could only say what Job said: ‘The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken it away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.’

Valparaiso, the name of Chile’s main port, means ‘Paradise Valley’. However it was more like Hellfire Mountain on January 2nd. A terrible forest fire, fanned by a strong wind, destroyed many houses and buildings before the fire fighters could bring it under control. Among the buildings burned down were both the house and church of 72 year old Pentecostal Pastor José Canipane and his nearly blind wife Adela.

Valparaiso aflame January 2nd 2017

The couple are now living in what is ittle more than a garden shed, yet they are determined to continue their ministry for Jesus. They have erected a marquee to serve as a tabernacle for the remaining twenty members of Los Hermanos Pentecostal Church, and on the one remaining wall they have bravely painted the words of Nahum 1.7: ‘The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; he knows those who take refuge in him.’

Pastor Canipe by temporary church and house

The city of Valparaiso suffered from a major fire on January 2nd 2017

Pastor José Canipane's temporary church and 'house'.
José is pointing right, Adela is talking to a second man.

Adela said, “The fire consumes everything as God's Word says. He sent us this test to see which are his children and who are not his children. I know that He is going to do something great, because he has always worked miracles and He is the same yesterday, today and forever. I miss my home because as one who has little vision I knew where things were. But I thank God for this other house and I am hoping that He wants to help us to raise the temple again. In the meantime, I will continue to praise his name.”

God is good painting in temporary tabernacle

"You never give to God, He only lends to you."

The original two-storey church building measured 6 x 16 metres, but the first floor was still not finished. A lot of equipment and furniture was lost too, including musical instruments, two computers and two cooking stoves from the church kitchen.

Pastor Canipane estimates it would cost about £7000 to build a new church in brickwork. To date they have collected only about £860. There are people in a sister church who would contribute workers, but they need an architect or technical draughtsman, an additional builder and a carpenter. Get in touch with us if you could help! José tells his congregation,
“You never give to God, He only lends to you.”

'The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble'

Ten church families have also lost their homes, so there are few local resources to help José and Adela.

We would like to raise as much money as we can for them to use as they see fit, but we have no sources of funds apart from what people like you donate. Will you help us to help them in the name of our Lord Jesus? Whatever you give will go 100% to José and Adela, except for the unavoidable charges made for foreign bank transfers. We are a UK registered charity, and copies of our current accounts can be seen on request.

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Forest fire fighting

The January Conflagration

At the height of the January forest fires over 2000 square miles of Chile were ablaze, with 216 separate fires.

8 fire fighters died and at least 3 civilians died in the recent forest fires. The entire town of Santa Olga and its one thousand homes were destroyed.

At least some of the fires were started deliberately by discon-tented factions within the country. In the commune of Empedrado firemen were actually attacked by strangers. Many people blame the rapid spread of the fires on the monoculture of huge radiata pine plantations for the manufacture of wood pulp and timber exports. A lack of adequate (1 km) fire breaks, planting too close to houses, not avoiding power lines and similar practices have added to the risk.

The financial loss has been estimated at over US$ 300 million.


Pray for the new young mayor of Valparaiso, Jorge Sharp, as he juggles budgets and resources to help families and business whose homes and livelihoods have been destroyed. On entering office in December 2016 he learned that the city was already fifty thousand million pesos in debt, equivalent to £63,000,000!

Jorge Sharp and colleagues

New management team on the way!

This year the Chile for Christ Trust celebrated its 25th anniversary! Its founding director, Arnold Page, also celebrated his 75th birthday in July, so last year he decided that this would be the right time for him to retire. The trustees decided on a complete renewal of the Trust, and after much prayer and advertising we are delighted to announce that three very suitable candidates have been found and appointed. Further details will be provided shortly!

Thank you to everyone who prayed about this significant development in the life and work of Chile for Christ.

Jorge Sharp, centre, Valparaiso's first politically independent mayor

Chile for Christ is registered in England and Wales as charity no. 1009678. Registered address 86A Totteridge Lane, High Wycombe, Bucks HP13 7PN. |

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