With 4 years of saved up airline miles, the income of lots of photography jobs, and some awesome friends to babysit our 4 daughters, we were off to discover the world’s most remote inhabited island.
Our first day on Easter Island we rented a little jeep, bought a guide book, and were off! Once out of the Hanga Roa village, we were completely alone on the island 90% of the time. We kept asking ourselves, “Where are all the people?” We explored everyday, all day until the sun set at 9:10 pm – allowing us to squeeze as much of the island into one day as possible.
There are certain trips you take that you build so much in your mind that once you arrive, you’re like, “Ah, this is not that big a deal.” Easter Island was not like that at all – it definitely did not disappoint! We went to see the Moai stone statutes, but we discovered that there was so much more: beauty of untouched landscape, three volcanoes, 3,000 wild horses running loose, white sandy beaches, intimidating cliffs, surfing and diving, and beautiful polynesian people speaking their native Rapa Nui language. Since the island is 2,200 miles from civilization, it forced us to unplug from all internet, social media, and TV. It felt like what a vacation should feel like.
Easter Island is one of the those places where it was hard to take a bad picture. Here are some of our favorite pictures from our trip.
The volcanic quarry at sunrise: the birthplace of the Moai.
Overlooking one of the volcanic craters.
Can you see the Moai statues through the imported palm trees?
Running wild and free!
Exploring the caves where many Rapa Nui lives in the 1960s
One of our best vacations ever!
Stay tuned for some reflections about what we experienced on this mysterious island.
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- Please pray that the future church planting team would continue to take form, deepen friendships, expand their vision, and development a more robust theology.
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We held our first overnight family retreat for Iglesia Cristo Rey. It was well attended and a great time of fellowship, teaching about the family and fun. You can check out all the retreat pictures here.
We have had an incredible short term team season this year! One of our highlights was having Covenant Presbyterian Church, Little Rock, AR here for the first time. They are one of our amazing supporting churches that faithfully and generously gives financially, prays for us, sends us care packages and keeps up with us throughout the year. They were such servants and only God knows all the seeds that were planted during their hard working week with us. They served through word and deed in our new Arevalo hospital on the outskirts of our city. Here are some highlights from the week. . .
A couple of weeks ago, we had a very encouraging visit from Christ Covenant Presbyterian Church (Hernando, MS). This church has been partnering with Cristo Rey since it’s beginning and now coming along side as we look to form a church planting team to plant in another city. They are a new church themselves, planted by Pastor Clint Wilcke (right) five years ago, so they know well the challenges. Clint has also been one of Allen’s mentors and accountability partners for the past 10 years, so it is great to have him involved in the work here. Bob Barber (middle) who is vice president of our CMS board is a founding member of Christ Covenant and also knows the ends and outs of church planting and was a huge encouragement to the pastors, apprentices and university ministry.
Our girls hanging with the “teenage” girls from the Christ Covenant team.
Thanks Christ Covenant!