|At church they made me stand at the front of the stage and chant Vi VI VI Le Le Le Viva Chile!! They seemed to get a real kick out of it!|
|This is me after they dragged me to the center of the Circle.....What have I gotten myself into?! haha!|
Just to give you an idea.... It is MANDATORY that every household or building hang a Chilean Flag
In most of the schools ( Our English One included) the students begin at Pre-K to learn the different historic and native dances of their country. In total Our students performed 8. They represent all the regions, the North the South and the Middle ( Santiago). They have totally different costumes, the music sounds different, but they have the one thing in common, they represent the history and people of Chile. Every dance performed whether at the school performance or at the stadium, is recieved with cheering, whistles and loud singing.
One thing I have heard over and over again is "Vi Vi Vi Le Le Le Viva Chile!!" And ill never forget feeling the bleachers rumble with the strength and the force of all those voices united singing to their country.
Many of the schools have the entire week of the 18th off, and many Jobs got a couple days off as well. I have enjoyed the time spent with friends I have made here, and felt the excitement personally right along with them, a sense of Pride in what a great country Chile has to my ignorant surprise turned out to be.
|Oh just random dancing that you see as you walk through the streets.|
|This was inside a Mall...|
|The day of our Schools Chilean Fiesta!|
|Our outfits Represent the North of Chile! This is my little Ming-Zhe who did SO WELL in the dance!|
|Singing one of the Chilean Anthems!|
|Pre-k was combined with Kindergarten!! Ahh there they go!! :)|
|Ready for the Horse Show to begin!!|
|This particular Group represented the Native Indians of Chile. They were encredible.|
|This was when everyone crowded the floor and began to chant Viva Chile and dance the Cueca!! I think I had goosebumps for about 30 minutes straight!|
|Friends for Life|
|Awesome Firework show!!|
|The whole gang!|
|This was what they rescued the cole miners with! Very neat to be able to see this!|
|Dinner and A Show!|
|I had never seen horses do what they were able to do at this show. Here he is dancing with the lady!!|
|More dancing with the horses!|
After the Big Horse show they opened up the entire stadium to Cueca dancing and lit up the dirt ground with lights and struck up the band. It was amazing how quickly that floor about the size of a football field filled up with teenagers on up to white haired couples ready dance the historical and patriotic dance of Chile.
Today I've been invited with some missionaries to a cookout ( which is a cool similarity to the States during July) and I am looking forward to the fellowship.
As I was writing this blog I was again struck with an overwhelming sense of Gratitude to not only the Lord but to the ones who are supporting me to be here. Thank you for your friendships, your prayers, and your support along the way that have led me up to this point. The Lord knows His plans for me, and they continue to humble me, break me, build me back up, and change me. To God be the glory, and to Him I commit this beautiful country and pray for a revival to take place. The Catholic Church was present also at the Horse show as a statue of "The Virgin" was walked out on a wooden plank as a very somber song bellowed out of the speakers...of which I only picked up "Maria" numerous times. It was walked by 5 men to the middle of the stadium and then taken to sit at the head of the stadium throughout the whole show. It was so heartbreaking yet also predictable. These people need the truth, they need hope, and they need Jesus Christ. Please pray with me for the Pastor's and the church's here who are trying to be a light amongst people who much, truly believe they already are Christians!