Bienvenidos a la Mision Chile Santiago Norte! We love the Savior, and are blessed to be part of this great work, to share His gospel, and invite others to come unto Him. We are grateful to have this incredible opportunity to associate with such fine young men and women and other couples who are serving in this wonderful part of the vineyard. We decided to share this mission through a blog, with any who would like to know more.... All of the lessons, talks, training, conferences, and meetings are obviously done totally in Spanish, but for the sake of this writer, the notes are here in English, for speed in typing, and therefore, mixed with a bit of both worlds. We hope all of our missionaries, families, and loved ones can enjoy this blog, in spite of the writing, grammar, language, errors, etc. This will be a miraculous journey, and we invite you to share and enjoy it with us.

Lovingly, con cariño,
Presidente Michael May
Hermana Carol May

Saturday, February 27, 2010

News from Chile after Earthquake

Dear Friends, Family, loved ones and parents of our dear missionaries of the Chile Santiago North Mission,

We know that many of you are often on the mission blog, so we decided to post our latest news as we have it currently:

Thank you for your love and concern on behalf of all the great people here in Chile. We especially appreciate your prayers for the welfare of your wonderful missionaries you have entrusted here to serve the Lord. We want you to know that all of our missionaries on the continent in our Chile Santiago North Mission are accounted for as of this moment. They are full of faith, happy and surprisingly so optimistic that it touches us to hear their wonderful outlook. We had one slight injury with an Elder, and he is happily here in the mission home doing fine, with his companion, where we can actually keep an eye on him! We are hearing of many miracles where we know they were protected by angels.

Now finally, after trying all day, just spoke to the Rundquists, our senior couple we have serving on Easter Island, and they too are fine. They are bringing our small flock of the branch for an evening of FHE/activity, to their apartment that is situated up on one of the highest hills. They are trying to gear up and be prepared for the possibility of the coming tsunami there. They too are cheerful and encouraged; glad they had recently been grocery shopping and happy that they can help the other members be safe too. What great examples to us!

However, our hearts are filled with prayers and concern for our last two, fine Elders we have presently serving on the Isla Juan Fernandez/Robinson Crusoe Island whom we haven’t heard from yet. There has only been spotty information rec’d here in Santiago regarding the status of all on the island, after the tsunami has already hit there. We don’t know the condition or status of our dear Elder Mitchell and Elder Marin at this time. Please, continue to pour out your hearts in prayer for their safety, well-being and protection at this time. We know that the Lord is mindful of them, and He loves His missionaries, so we are full of faith and hope and have asked our missionaries to continue to pray for them by name.

Our daughter Sarah, who is with us here in Santiago, is fine, as is our son, Elder Gregory May, who is serving in Chile Concepcion Mission (epicenter of the earthquake) , along with all of the missionaries accounted for in his mission too, thankfully. We have been in constant communication with Salt Lake City, and then trying to reach and receive calls from our dear missionaries, so forgive us for not calling back, answering email, and responding individually. We have had quite a bit of experience in our lives with earthquakes, living in So. California, including the devastating challenge of having our home in Valencia destroyed in the 1994 Northridge quake. Preparing to deliver our daughter, Sarah, now 16, that very morning, we learned so much through that experience that we are seeing come into play in this time in Chile. We know that the Lord is so aware and instead of trying to hustle our four small sons out of the way of the breaking glass, swinging chandeliers, crashing bookcases like we did in 1994, we now are thrilled to hear that our 170 ‘mighty Elders and Hermanas” are also safe and moving forward with faith wherever they are. They have been contacting each other, lovingly checking on the sisters, walking to each others apartments, helping with some of the clean up, etc. What incredible young people these are and we love them dearly. We see the Lord’s hand in these miracles.

Please pray for the people here in Chile, and especially our Elders Mitchell and Marin. May you parents know how we cherish and love your dear missionaries.
Con amor y cariño,
Presidente y Hermana Michael May


  1. thank you for posting this information. I have a prima :) serving in Chile, her name is Claudia Marin and I was concerned about her safety. gracias! Liliana (Uruguaya living in Missouri).

  2. We will definitely pray for all of you and I will check back to see news of the 2 Elders. We have a son currently serving in the South Dakota, Rapid City mission; so anything that happens to any missionaries, really touches my missionary-mom heart.

    God Bless,
    Sister Qualheim, Logandale, NV

  3. Regards,

    Please let us know any other info about Elder Marín, we love him!!

  4. David & Terri PapenfussFebruary 28, 2010 at 3:02 AM

    Dear President & Sister May,

    Thank you so much for posting this information. We are very glad that our daughter is safe. We are praying for Elders Mitchell & Marin.


    David & Terri Papenfuss

  5. Thank you so much Hermana, we're always grateful for the information!

  6. Sunny Street BronsonFebruary 28, 2010 at 5:55 PM

    Thank you for posting information yesterday, we were very worried about all of you. Also, I did not know about this blog so this great to see!!
    Sunny Street-Bronson
    Skyler's mom

  7. Jeff and Teresa MayhughFebruary 28, 2010 at 6:13 PM

    Thank you so much, we are grateful to know now that all of the missionaries are safe, including our Hermana Mayhugh. We are praying for all of you in Chile.
    Jeff and Teresa Mayhugh, Leavenworth, KS

  8. Thank you so much for posting this information. My son will be coming to your mission in 6 weeks- he is currently in the MTC. It is comforting to know he will be with people who will help and support him.

    Sincerely, Heather Brey