I’m think I’ve alluded to “El Oasis” in my previous blog posts, but I’ve been meaning to write more about it…it’s been a big part of my life here in Chile! El Oasis is a gathering place for Christian university students/young adults. It meets twice weekly at a house which has been converted into a space to accomidate the 60+ people who come to be fed, physically and spiritually. There are 8 staff members/interns who run the show, one of which is a Hope alumni! And my connection to El Oasis! It’s almost all Chileans, except me and a few of the interns, so I get LOTS of practice speaking Spanish there.
The Monday night gathering, called “Donce” (I’m not sure why…), consists of dinner, a short Bible message from one of the staff members or interns, dessert, and always concludes with a wacky game. Last Monday we played “extreme pictionary.” We split up into teams and which ever team loses has to “lavar la losa” (translation: wash the dishes).
On Thursdays I show up to El Oasis early for “Café a lo Gringo,” where I get to drink REAL coffee and talk in English/play goofy games with the students who are studying or want to learn English. It feels good to be on the other side of the language-learning every once in while! We also have dinner together on Thursdays, followed by an informal worship service. There’s singing (it was a bit rough at first, but I’m getting better at singing in Spanish), a skit, and a message from one of the staff or interns.
Going to El Oasis has been one of the best parts of my experience so far in Chile. I love being plugged into a Christian community and the people there are so so so friendly! I always get lots of hugs and besos (kisses) when I come and go.
A few of the people at El Oasis have asked me why I chose to come to Chile. And I never know what to say, because I feel like Chile chose me! But that’s part of the adventure, finding out why I ended up here, but I have a feeling that El Oasis has something to do with it…