Elena Huegel has been serving in Chile for over 10 years as the representative of the United Church of Christ and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). She was instrumental in starting the spiritual and environmental retreat facility, Centro Shalom, in the foothills of the Andes Mountains. She has worked closely with the people of the local churches in the Pentecostal Church of Chile, our Mission Partner, and with Bishop Ulises Muñoz, who leads that denomination. She has worked with delegations from our MACUCC churches, and she has been active in trauma and relief efforts following the earthquake and tsunamis of February, 2010. Her updates from the ground are below.