Two years in Chile: Crestview missionary returns with new life lessons

Published: Monday, April 14, 2014 at 01:53 PM.

"It was the hottest place in Chile to be in," he said. "It was like an oven."

Spanish immersion

Though he's now fluent in Spanish, Linares said when he departed two years ago, he could barely speak the language.

"I spoke just a few phrases," he said, laughing. "I had all the animals memorized."

For his mother, Amy, a clinical home health liaison, Andrew's missionary trip was a mixed blessing of pride and maternal concern.

"The hardest thing was in two years I spoke to him only six times," she said.

Missionary rules allowed Andrew to call his mother twice a year, on Mother's Day and Christmas, though he was also allowed to call on two emergency occasions: when he lost his credit card and when a death occurred in the family.

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