May 24th, 2016 by admin

The L.I.F.T. Team is Back!

The Argentine Camp near Chivilcoy is getting a working over by the LIFT team from the United Kingdom. They are pictured below with some from the local church there. Thanks for all your efforts to move the gospel forward in Argentina!

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May 21st, 2016 by admin

Progress at Camp Pirque

Missionaries Dan and Becca Vallette sent their May update with a few pictures of the work and ministry at Camp Pirque, near Santiago, Chile.

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May 14th, 2016 by admin

Duartes on Furlough

Missionaries Sergio and Andrea Duarte are currently reporting to churches in the United States on their nearly 20 years of service in Uruguay. If you would like to have them visit your church, please contact them.

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May 10th, 2016 by admin

Canadian Board Meeting April 2016

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The Canadian board of Gospel Mission of South America consists of pastors and other men who minister to provide counsel and assistance the mission as well as oversight of certain homeland functions. Pictured above is the board as of May 2016.

Back rows: Board member and GMSA general director Terry Thompson, Harry Bouman, Scott Gordon, Treasurer Mark Switzer, board member and Canadian home director Pastor Eric Watson, board member Pastor Steve Gordon, chairman member Ed Stewart, Mel Smillie.

Front row: Carol Thompson, Domien Bouwman, Jordyn Gordon, Judy Watson, secretary Diane Stewart.

Pastor Steve Gordon joined the board in May 2016.

May 10th, 2016 by admin

U.K. Council Meeting May 2016

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Pictured above is the U.K. Home Council of GMSA. Visiting the UK from Argentina are missionaries Tom and Debbie Gibbons, on the far left. U.K. Home Director Nigel Kissick is in the front row, far right. In the front middle, holding the painting, is John Harrison, who retired from the Council at this meeting. To the right is Pauline English, who served with GMSA for many years. In the remainder of the back row are Mr. Joseph Crozier, Mrs. Daphne Hall, Rev. Paul Acheson (U.K. board chairman), Rev. Trevor Gillanders, and Pastor Ian Wilson.

May 8th, 2016 by admin

Just Add Water…Update from the Wests

Dear Praying Partners,

When I was a young believer living in California, I remember making a remarkable discovery. When one drives through the desert the only place you see life is where you find some water. The desert can seem like a dead and infertile land, but just add water and you will find life, even abundant life. The same is true when comparing summer and winter in California. The dry summers help to bring about those classic golden (read brown) California hills. But wait until winter and the seasonal rains will make those same hills turn as green as an Irish postcard. Just add water. The Spirit of God works much the same way. In His absence there is no life, no spiritual life in a human being. The life of a person without Christ is dull and without any meaningful, eternal fruit. But through faith in Christ, the Spirit of God comes in to abide as a life-giving presence and the believer’s life takes on an entirely new aspect.

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“If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, ‘out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’ But this He spoke concerning the Spirit . . . .” (John 7:37b-39a)

Our job as believers is to spread the message of the Gospel so that people might receive forgiveness and new life from God. Our job as missionaries to Argentina is to help train young Argentines to take leadership roles in the Gospel ministry in South America and beyond.

Your Fellowservants,
Dave & Patti West

May 8th, 2016 by admin

Southern Cone Connection Update

Dan and Liz Thompson in Lican Ray sent an update this month. Full text and pictures of their letter is available from their home page.

They are thankful for a call to shepherd a local church nearby their camp ministry. They report: “In March, the Lican-Ray Bible Church leadership called Danny to be their oversight pastor. As a family, we are thrilled to serve the Lord with this group of believers. Many may remember we had shared our desire to serve in a church closer to where we live, God has worked. An added blessing will be working alongside Angelo as he interns at the Church. Liz is also currently teaching the weekly ladies’ Bible study. Please pray for wisdom and strength as we ease into our new responsibilities.”

Dan is also teaching a class in the nearby Temuco Bible Institute on the cults.

May 8th, 2016 by admin

Gualeguaychú Flooding

At the end of last month, missionary Tim Goossen requested prayer for the church where they are ministering. After 24 straight days of rain, flood waters rose and caused their church family some problems. Three families they have contact with had to evacuate. Similar flooding occurred at the same time at the Uruguay camp property (again). Pray for cleanup efforts and that gospel ministry may go forward in spite of (perhaps because of!) these trials.

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May 8th, 2016 by admin

David Hamm’s Homegoing

Former GMSA missionary David Hamm was promoted to Heaven in April 9, 2016. He had been on hospice in Oregon for an extended period of time. He was preceded in death by his wife Evelyn and is survived by son Leroy. The memorial service was yesterday, May 7.

General Director Terry Thompson shared these recollections: “David signed me up for GMSA’s one year STOP (short term missions) program when I finished Bible School in the spring of 1970. The Hamms served a full term in Galvarino following the Bill Strongs. Pastor Alberto Huilipan told me that, as a boy, Evelyn gave him his first Bible.”

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April 16th, 2016 by admin

Brothers, Pray for Us

Missionary appointees Mark and Bekah Perry write in their April update some good reminders about prayer.

Continue steadfastly in prayer.

Missionaries are always asking for prayer. We are no exception: we always ask the churches where we minister to pray for us. We have prayer cards, refrigerator magnets, wrist bands, a website and Facebook page, and this prayer letter to help believers remember to pray for us. And we are not just saying that: we need your prayers! But how should we pray for missionaries?

Pray according to God’s will.

We can pray with confidence when we ask according to God’s will (1 John 5:14–15), and when we pray scriptural prayers, we know we are praying according to God’s will. First, we ask you to pray that God will use every circumstance he ordains in our lives to make us more like Jesus. Romans 8:28–29 says that God works every thing in our lives for our good, and specifically, to conform us to the image of his Son.  So our prayer request is that even more than raising support or traveling safely, we want God to change us to be more like Jesus Christ.

Second, we ask you to pray that God will use us to serve Jesus’ church. We often feel weak and inadequate, but we trust God to use our “watering” efforts to and make his church grow (1 Cor 3:6–7). We know that God delights to use weak vessels because then his power and glory are magnified (2 Cor 4:7).

Third, we ask you to pray that God will open our eyes and hearts to spiritual needs around us. We don’t just want to see the Water of Life flow to the deserts of northern Chile, but also to the thirsty souls around us (John 4:13–14). We want God to enable us to see the people we encounter and talk with as image bearers who need to be reconciled to God through Jesus Christ (2 Cor 5:20–21).

Finally, we ask you to pray that God will provide churches and individuals to partner with us. We don’t just desire people or churches who will write checks—we hope they will see us as members of the same team. We want them to realize that what we desire to do in Chile is obeying the same commission that Jesus has given us here!