November 27th, 2015 by admin

Wests: Not Idle!

Missionary appointees to Argentina David and Patti West write this month:

Dear Prayer Partners,

I recently had an interesting question asked of me that really got me to thinking. We were enjoying a family function of some friends of ours. One of the family members asked, “how were you able to get time off to attend this function?” (the get together was on a week day). Now, when I was a pastor, many of our folks thought it was funny to chide me on my work schedule which consisted of working only one day a week. They thought it was funny. I thought it was funny – most of the time. However, this inquirer at the family meeting was in earnest (and yes, they knew we were missionary appointees). It got me to thinking, “do all of the people we come across picture us as one day a week workers?” True, many missionary appointees work a secular job while on deputation, but the majority of them must travel a great deal and be away from home enough to not be able to work a steady “paying” job. Does this, then, imply that most of us are just “idle?”

In our ministry we are occasioned with much work time as well as down time. Our down time is mostly about rest and catching up on things like wash, housekeeping and a diversion or two. Our work times consist of record keeping for ourselves and our Mission, endless phone calls and emails to secure meetings, thousands of miles of travel (in our deputation we have traveled to literally every corner of the country), and so forth. That takes time and much planning.

There are two activities, however, that are beginning, finally, to take up more of our time. As we draw closer to language school we are stepping up our efforts to learn the basics of Spanish (vocabulary, phrases, simple sentences, etc.). Patti and I both have engaged a tutor to help us do this better. Patti meets weekly (when able) with a former missionary to Columbia. Melody sits with Patti for an hour or so going over Bible verses, pronunciation and general conversation. Dave does the same with an employee of his favorite Mexican restaurant. Juan meets with Dave on Tuesdays at the library. This involves daily study and weekly meetings for both of us.

In addition to stepping up our language studies, Dave has been working on the program for the future school. For the past few years he has met with different men connected with Faith Baptist Bible College and Seminary who have helped him to understand the building blocks of a teaching institution. Putting together a prospectus, developing a core curriculum and writing student learning outcomes are just a few of the many considerations that occupy a great deal of thought and effort. The net result is a nice pamphlet and a platform upon which the future school of ministry will be built.

So, no, we are not idle. Our work may not be “conventional” but it is profitable and time consuming. We love what we are doing and we look forward to the day, soon, when our efforts will land us in Argentina. We are so grateful for the partnership we enjoy with you as you pray for and support us toward that goal.

Your Partners in Christ,
Dave & Patti West

November 27th, 2015 by admin

Morrell Family First Year

Missionaries James and Donelle Morrell write to express thanksgiving to God for the ministry God has given them:

Dear supporters and senders,

Give thanks to the Lord for He is good!

We have now past the one year mark of our ministry here in Argentina. With that in mind, we have much to be thankful for.

We have received several work teams over the course of the year resulting in much progress at camp. The cabin is well under way with all of the walls up and the rough electrical and plumbing almost complete as well! Our goal is to have our first major activity at camp for our annual men’s retreat at the end of April. Please continue to pray that we would make significant progress to help us meet this goal.

Our U.S. paperwork has been completed and we are starting the process here to establish our residency.

God has provided us with a new house on the southern end of Chivilcoy. The house even has a yard for the kids to play in! One of the blessings that we are looking forward to is that the new neighborhood has a lot more kids. This provides us with opportunities to minister into the lives of children. Please pray that God would give us opportunities to minister to the children in the neighborhood.

This week (Nov. 26-29) we are having our first mission conference here at the church. Please pray that hearts will be softened to serve the Lord more in missions whether that will be through praying, giving, or going.

Several people have made decisions to follow the Lord this year. Please pray for them as they grow in the Lord and that they would not be drawn away by the lure of the world.

The kids are really adjusting well to the culture and the language. Hannah and Jaimie have even done some translating for the groups that have been here. Please pray for their continued adjustments.

Please contact us if you would like to be a part of a work team.

Give thanks to the Lord for He is good!

Resting in Christ,
James and Donelle Morrell

November 17th, 2015 by admin

Homegoing of Pastor Robert Martin

We just received news that Pastor Robert Martin went home to the Lord last Friday and that the service was Monday morning November 16 at the Ballycraken Baptist Church in Bangor. Pastor Martin was Chairman of our GMSA Council in the U.K. for many years, greatly loved and respected by all. His gentle Christ-like spirit was a challenge to us all. He was a humble servant of his Lord.


Pastor Martin is seated in the above picture in 2014 in a retirement home north of Belfast. He is pictured with Gordon (right) and Margaret Wells (left) and Carol Thompson (center).

Pastor Martin was missionary Sadie Minnis’ pastor in Belfast, Northern Ireland for many years. The late missionary George Black often mentioned Pastor Martin for his sound doctrine and practice. Please remember his family in prayer, and join us in thanking the Lord for His dear servant who faithfully held forth the Word of God and encouraged the Lord’s servants as they witnessed for Christ in Chile (Sadie Minnis, Dorothy Foster, Pauline English and others).

Hebrews 10:24 “And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works.”

November 7th, 2015 by admin

On the Road Again…West Update


Missionaries David and Patti West wrote recently:

Dear Prayer Partners,

“And I told them of the hand of my God which had been good upon me.” When Nehemiah addressed the Israelites who were living in Jerusalem with these words it became the turning point for the rebuilding of the city of God. It is one thing to see a need and quite another to do something about it. If we are to be convinced that a thing ought to be done it is a great encouragement to see “the hand of my God which had been good upon me.”

One year ago, Patti and I realized that if we were to continue to believe that God was leading us to Argentina we needed to see that good hand of His on our progress. We suggested a prayer initiative with our prayer partners that we would see 50% of our support by February of this year. While that 50% didn’t come in completely until April, it still came in. In addition to that, the Lord provided a replacement for our aging van. In addition to that, the Lord provided all the funding for our language school (for both of us, for both semesters, rent, books, tuition, everything). In addition to that, the Gospel Mission of South America received it largest gift ever and it was directed to the camp facilities in Chivilcoy. The gift was large enough to make the camp operational by next year if all things work out properly. For us it means that facilities will be ready and available by the time we are ready to start classes. We see God’s hand all over this ministry! You, our prayer partners, were instrumental to our receiving these blessings from the Lord as you prayed faithfully for us. We can never thank you enough, but we certainly do thank you.

As we head into our next year of full time deputation, we are starting another prayer initiative. We are asking the Lord to bring in 75% of our support by the end of the year (or annual business meetings). When that happens, we apply for language school, and then head to Argentina when the remaining 25% comes in. As we pray for this, will you daily join with us? This is something all of our ministry partners can do. You encourage us mightily with your prayers. If you would like to participate in our new prayer initiative by daily praying for the above goals, would you please let us know? If you let us know that you are joining in the prayer initiative, we will keep you updated on the support progress. May God bless you.

We would also invite you to check out our Facebook page called Wests2Argentina.

Your Partners in Christ,
Dave & Patti West

November 7th, 2015 by admin

Pastor’s Conference in Mendoza


About 83 of the Lord’s servants from Chile, Argentina and Uruguay gathered in Mendoza for three days of fellowship, singing, prayer and (mainly) Bible training with good preaching of God’s Word. Ron Self ministered the Word. The theme of the conference was “Interpreting the Bible in It’s Historical, Cultural, and Geographical Context.” Each of the pastors received a Bible study book to complement the training.

October 10th, 2015 by admin

Camp Work Team Going Strong

The work team is working hard in Chivilcoy, Argentina. If you are interested in going to the southern cone and working in a church, camp, or Bible institute, check out our work trip program.

Hats off to the ladies - well done!

Preparing walls for stucco

October 5th, 2015 by admin

Work Team In Argentina Right Now

A large work team has arrived in Argentina to advance the Bible camp near Chivilcoy. Please pray daily as they prepare camp for ministry in 2016.


October 3rd, 2015 by admin

Where in the World are the Marshalls?


It has been a while since we featured Dathan and Allison Marshall on the Sentinel. The editor of this blog caught up with them in June and through their recent prayer letters.

Tell us about this past year. We have been on deputation for the past year. Deputation is a ministry of preaching the gospel, presenting God’s call for us to go to Argentina, encouraging and edifying pastors and church leadership, engaging with church body, worshiping with them, and seeking to build relationships for praying and financial partners for ministry.

How many churches have you been in? About 25.

What are your biggest challenges? Traveling and being away from our home church presents a challenge because we cannot stay as connected with our peers in the church since we are out at many other churches.

Why are you going to Argentina? Our goal as a mission is to glorify God by planting churches in or near Chivilcoy, Argentina. So our first goal is church planting, discipleship, and establishing the church. To do this, we plan to help train leaders in the BA area and around the Chivilcoy camp.

What are you doing right now? We have been in language school since August, and expect to be here until May 2016. We will study for two semesters at Rio Grande Bible Institute to learn as much as we can about the Spanish language.

What are your prayer requests? That we would do well in language school; for safe travel, for health (Dathan has type I juvenile diabetes). Our deputation will not stop while we are at language school because we are concerned for the salvation of souls here too. Pray also for meetings for 2016, more prayer partners, etc. Long days of travel may mean high blood sugar for Dathan who is insulin dependent. Please pray that we would be disciplined to study hard and that we would understand and grow in the Spanish language!

How have you changed this past year? We both have grown a lot from this the last year; we have grown closer to each other, we have a closer walk with God; we are learning to be content while in ministry now, instead of being impatient or anxious to be in Argentina. We have learned that ministry starts now, not in the future.

How are things in Argentina right now? The camp in Chivilcoy, Argentina, has had several major improvements since our April newsletter, including: gravel being laid on the camp dirt road to help access during rainy weather, new stainless steel kitchen appliances, cement poured around buildings, and the putting up of steel structures for the new cabin.

Pray with the Marshalls as they continue their journey of faith in world missions. Remember with them that God sent His Son into the world, not to condemn it, but to save it; and He is pleased to allow us to serve Him in the Great Commission. John 3:17 and Matthew 28:18-20.


September 25th, 2015 by admin

Gracias Por Sus Oraciones – Thank You For Your Prayers


Missionaries Sergio and Andrea Duarte write in their September 2015 update:

Pastors, church family and friends: June 26, 1996 we arrived to Uruguay with all of our belongings and eager hearts to serve the Lord in this land. Now, 19 years have gone by, and we thank God for the many lessons He has taught us during these years, for our personal growth in trusting in Him, for the souls that came to Jesus, and for the privilege to serve Him.

All along you have been co-laboring with us through your prayers, through your giving, and some of you serving first hand in Uruguay. We are so grateful for your support and encouragement. May the Lord continue to bless and guide your lives.

The Bible Institute ministry is a source of blessing and encouragement in our lives. We count it a privilege
to have an active part in this ministry training men and women for His service. This past July we had a block course for pastors, pastor’s wives and leaders on the important subject of Biblical Counseling. Dr. Dan Skogen
from PA gave excellent teaching on this topic on an intense schedule of 25 teaching hours from Mon-
Fri noon. The Lord blessed us with 32 students. We enjoyed deeply the opening of the Scriptures as well as the great fellowship. Sergio had the opportunity to translate for the classes. It was intense thinking, but a blessing!

In November, Lord willing, FEBU plans the 2nd block course of the year which will expand and deepen on more specific areas of Biblical Counseling. Dr. Skogen will be back to teach. Sergio directs this program, it is a big responsibility, but he really enjoys this ministry.

September 23rd, 2015 by admin

Lois and Loida August and September 2015 Update

Lois McAllister had a special blessing on Sunday, the 26th of July as the only student just now in her Sunday School class received Christ as his personal Savior. He is an missionary kid named M, and his family just moved here last October as missionaries. He is still in the process of learning Spanish, so she teaches him in English and in Spanish. Her lesson that day was on the crucifixion of Jesus and he understood that Jesus died for his sins and wanted to be saved. Please pray for M as he continues to learn Spanish and learns to grow in Christ. In September, Lois had the privilege of leading an older lady to the Lord as well.

Please pray for

  • Families in the church who need to walk closer to the Lord
  • Tomorrow, four older teens will be traveling to a Bible camp in Paysandu, Uruguay.
  • This Friday, the church holds a men’s supper at the church. It will be a time of fellowship and outreach.
  • Friday October 2, a work team will be coming to work on the camp. Pray for safety and productivity.