February 23rd, 2017 by admin

Thankful for West Hampden Baptist Church

Missionary Mariano Proto writes that West Hampden Baptist Church has been a great help to the church planting ministry in Carmelo, Uruguay. They accomplished a lot of work in just a few days. Please pray for some who are traveling back home right now; others are staying to do more work elsewhere in South America.

The ministry has found a place to meet and is in the process of fixing it up. See some pictures of it below.

February 22nd, 2017 by admin

Update: 2017 Work Trips

Just in: An updated flier on the 2017 work trips planned for October/November to Christian camps in Chivilcoy Argentina and Santiago, Chile. Read here for more details on the trips. And check here for more about GMSA’s Christian camps. Contact us through the website or the email addresses published in the flier if you are interested in going!

February 20th, 2017 by admin

Work Trips for 2017 Have Been Scheduled

Are you interested in advancing the work of Christian camp ministries in South America? In October 2017 we have two trips planned for work in Chivilcoy, Argentina and Santiago, Chile. Please visit our website for more details or to contact us. This information is subject to slight changes, so stay tuned!

GMSA missionaries and church partners from South and North America as well as the United Kingdom have made great progress in the last year on our camp facilities. A new soccer field and new buildings to accommodate campers are among the improvements. But there is more that can be done! We would love to have you partner with us to make some more projects happen. Check out some of what has been done in the pictures below.

February 9th, 2017 by admin

Photos from the 2017 Missions Conference

Here are a few pictures of the GMSA family meeting for preaching, fellowship, and business at the end of January.

February 7th, 2017 by admin

2017 International Missionary Conference

The Lord answered our prayers with a very profitable Annual International Missionary Conference held at Lican Ray Bible Camp in southern Chile last week. Pastor Jason Ormiston who teaches at BJU was our main speaker and Pastor Bill Hixson spoke the last three days. Both were accompanied by family members who also participated in the meetings.

Please continue to pray for a very fruitful year of ministry in Argentina, Chile and Uruguay for His name sake.

January 31st, 2017 by admin

Wests Dunked into Language School

Dear Beloved Prayer Partners,

What encouragement it brings to us to know that you care about us and pray for us.  When we are going through a particularly difficult stretch we are helped tremendously at the thought of your ministry of prayer and support on our behalf.

We have been here in Texas now for a little over three weeks. We have settled into our new living quarters and have everything set up. We have begun getting to know the other missionaries in the language school as well as the college students who come from all over Latin America. We have had three weeks of classes with the first one being mostly introductions and just getting acquainted with the semester’s coming attractions. The last two weeks have been all about the process of learning to speak Spanish. The method of learning Spanish at the Rio Grande Bible College is called “immersion.”

Webster defines immersion thus: “To sink or push (something) briefly into or as if into a liquid.”

In the list of synonyms and related words, such terms as douse, dunk, submerge, drench and drown are used. Let me highlight one of those words – DROWN! We have had a few moments in these past couple of weeks when we were not sure if we were being “dunked” or “drowned.” The difference sometimes seems minimal. Our grammar class is half in Spanish and half in English. Phonetics lab and Conversation class are mostly Spanish (some English in lab). Our tutor time is “no English.” Chapel and Church services on Sunday are also in Spanish. It is wonderful, it is delightful, it is challenging and, at times, it is frightening! But it is the perfect environment to learn Spanish.

We are so glad we are here. It is basically the last thing we do before we head to Argentina (as long as the rest of our full support comes in this year). As we go through the challenges here, we remember your prayers for us and we are encouraged. We love you and count our partnership with you a great privilege and blessing. As you pray for us we also pray for you, that you would know the presence of God in your lives and ministry. We pray that you would see fruit in your labors for Him and that He would bless you.

Your Fellowservants,
Dave and Patti West

January 7th, 2017 by admin

UCB Conference and Upcoming Missionary Conference

UCB Conference at Lican Ray, Chile

This past week, those attending the annual UCB meetings in Lican Ray, Chile, received sound Bible teaching, good fellowship and made Spirit led decisions for advancing the Lord’s work in Chile.  Continue to pray for much wisdom for those in leadership.  

Please also pray for the General Council meetings that start there on the 20th and for the Annual Missionary Conference, which begins the 23rd, Lord willing, at the Lican Ray Camp. Many missionaries and speakers will be traveling.

December 28th, 2016 by admin

More Advances at Pirque December 2016 Edition

A huge amount of work has been accomplished at Camp Pirque (Santiago, Chile) in the past month. The stone wall behind the stage in the main building was a combined effort by a Canadian work team and a family from Pennsylvania. Many thanks to them for their hard labor. Many of the pictures below show the sequence of construction of that stone wall.

Let us know if you are interested in participating in a work team or short term trip to one of the GMSA camps in South America. You too can be part of building a facility that is being used to reach people for the Lord Jesus Christ.

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Other projects pictured above  include benches for the retaining wall surrounding the soccer field and swimming pool; the frame for the pump house; cages for the front wall columns and continuation of the wall around the pool; fixed the wooden bridge connecting the sand volleyball court with the old soccer field; and painting of the metal frames that are going to be used for fences around the pool and the front wall.

December 7th, 2016 by admin

Carmelo Answers TV

This article is about a unique outreach opportunity in Uruguay created by missionary Mariano Proto and his co-worker Pablo DeGodos. Mariano writes:

Back in April after our arrival as missionaries church planters in Carmelo Uruguay, our desire was to begin to get involved in our community right away by providing a tool that will help us to get in touch quicker with people, as well a tool to help people to realize their spiritual need for Christ. So we created Carmelo Responde (Carmelo Answers) Podcast. Carmelo Responde tries to provide answers to issues of life such depression, stress, anxiety, suicide, moral and emotional abuse, fear, etc. through the lens of the sufficiency and authority of scriptures for all matters of life. (2 Pet 1:3).

So with the tools that we had at hand we created a fan page on Facebook where people can follow and listen to 10 minute audio recordings about these topics. This permitted us to make contacts with people who “liked” our page or asked any questions. Our goal then is to be able to meet them on a more personal level by seeing them face to face. This model has been used successfully in other places around the world with radio ministry, and we wanted to see how God could use it here.

We were unsure how the Lord could use this idea to reach people in our town, but when we met Sebastian, the owner of Carmelo Portal, we came across an even better way to reach people. Carmelo Portal is a Facebook channel with more than 10,000 followers via Facebook in our community. I asked Sebastian for some tips on how to promote our fan page and be more visible in our community, He suggested that we broadcast a live program to the community through his Carmelo Portal page where we could get access to more people in the community. I thought that was an excellent idea, but it wasn’t free. He asked $142 dollars monthly to broadcast four programs a month. In that time, we could use a portion of time on live “TV” to talk about whatever topics we desired.

The Lord provided through an individual here in Uruguay $500 so that we could do this program until the end of December.

Now we have about 700 “followers” from Carmelo and also other Latin American countries. We are trying to visit as many of the local people as we can, and to give them a little Christmas gift of food, a tract, and a Bible or New Testament. We are praying God will supply our needs to make this possible so that we can focus the people we meet on the real meaning of Christmas. (In Uruguay, Christmas is “family day” and has no official connection to Jesus Christ.)

By God’s grace, we want to generate contacts that will form the future core group of a new local church in Carmelo, Uruguay. Carmelo Answers TV is one tool that we are using to accomplish that. We want to share the Scriptures to provide answers to people who are in real need, and then invite them to our Bible studies as we begin public services next year.

  • Would you pray that God will help us to run the program through 2017?
  • Would you pray that God will help us to make face-to-face contact with the people watching the program?
  • Would you pray every Monday at 7:30 eastern time that God will give us contacts through the TV program as well as other means so that we can see them added to the church?

Mariano Proto
marproto26@mac.com
WhatsApp +598-91434355
Watch us live until Dec 26 via FACEBOOK on CARMELO PORTAL or our FAN PAGE: CARMELO RESPONDE

December 1st, 2016 by admin

Canada at Work: Lican Ray Camp

A work team from Canada is busy at Camp Lican Ray in Chile. Thanks to you all for your travel, effort, and investment in the Lord’s work in South America!

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