August 27th, 2016 by admin

New Soccer Field at Pirque

With an average of 10 inches of rainfall every year, the greater Santiago area receives 1/3 of the rain that Detroit gets; and 1/4 of the U.S. national average. So, a good irrigation system is in order to keep the field in good health.

Missionary Dan Vallette reports: The work is in the final stages.  Seed has been planted and the irrigation system is working.  There are some minor adjustments yet to make, but things are progressing nicely.

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Upcoming ministries at the camp include a gathering of believers in the local churches surrounding Santiago, a number of between 250 and 300 people. Then, there is the pastors conference in October with about 80 in attendance. Then there is a youth leadership conference with an expected attendance of around 120.

August 12th, 2016 by admin

Facelift at Camp Pirque

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Thanks to many volunteers from High Point Baptist Chapel and East Brandywine Baptist Church who participated in advancing the Christian camp near Santiago, Chile. They did back-breaking work!

August 10th, 2016 by admin

Morrell Moments August 2016

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Missionaries James and Donelle Morrell write in their August update:

“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world.” Titus 2:11,12

The theme of our recent winter youth camp was to live soberly or prudently. We had sixty plus youth come together to study God’s word for the week. Please pray that they would continue to study and apply the word of God to their lives.

Because our camp facility is not yet ready for camps or retreats, we are still renting other camps. About a week before youth camp was to start, it was discovered that they had double booked their camp and we would have to cancel. By the grace of God, the camp team was able to scramble and find another available facility. We are thankful that the Lord provided this ahead of time for us in His sovereignty, but this also emphasizes to us once again to complete our camp so that this does not happen in the future.

We are now making great progress on our cabins as we have finally been able to get a mason to come in to assist with all the cement work on the walls of the first cabin complex. We have also completed the roof and main structure of the second cabin complex. We praise the Lord for His provision and ask that you would pray for continued advancement as our goal is to have the first retreat in May 2017.

A team is presently being formed from a variety of individuals and churches for Sept. 15-30. If you would like to be a part of this team please contact me as soon as possible.

Thank you for your partnership in ministry as we reach the people of Argentina together!

August 6th, 2016 by admin

A Transformed Life

Missionary Tim Goossen sends in a truly encouraging report from Gualeguaychú, Argentina about the work of God there.

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Background

Martín M. and his wife were saved shortly before they were married. They had four children, and brought them up in a Bible believing church. Their family underwent many trials concerning health issues, but the Lord brought them through each one. They were attending the Baptist church in Gualeguaychú when we arrived in that city in 1999 to plant a church. However, when the charismatic movement swept through their church, they decided to attend our meetings. By this time their four children were adults and making their own decisions.

Nancy, their second-born, attended our church very sporadically during the following 16 years. She became a Facebook friend of an unsaved male stranger living in Bolivia. After several months of Internet friendship, he decided to quit his job, move 1,200 miles to Gualeguaychú, and marry her. Her family, needless to say, was scandalously shocked. This relationship was doomed for failure from the very start. To make things worse, he found a room to rent around the block from where Nancy lived with her parents. Upon his arrival, when Nancy told him her family went to church, he said he didn’t mind, but he himself would never go. Thursday of that same week I was having a Bible Study with Nancy’s brother when he told me the story. He had asked this man if he would accept a visit from his pastor. So when Nancy’s boyfriend accepted, I had my job cut out for me that evening.

The Visit

His name was Martín B. We shook hands as I entered his one-room apartment. He was a thin long-haired man in his mid-thirty’s. Cigarettes and a lighter lay on a small table next to his bed. As we talked, his life story began to emerge: drug addiction, alcoholism, smoking, idolatry, a couple unwed relationships, and, foul language were all part of his life. He began to ask questions regarding religion, church and the Bible. I always tried to answer from the Bible. I told him Jesus Christ died for him in order to forgive his sins and give him eternal life. He confessed that he had been trusting in two “saints” most of his life: Gauchito Gil, and San La Muerte (Saint Death). He even had their images tattooed on his back.

Light Dawns and a Life is Transformed

I could see tears swelling in his eyes as he finally understood the meaning of the cross. After three hours he bowed his head, repenting from his sin, and asked Jesus Christ to be His personal Savior.

Martín B. began to grow in the Lord and attend our church. Now he desires to be baptized, has built a trusting relationship with his future father-in-law and is trying to be a faithful witness at work.

Our God has the wonderful ability to turn wrong human choices into ways of showing His grace and power.

Editor’s note: The author asked me to help ensure that no young person would read this and think that missionary dating is OK. It is dangerous. Sometimes God overrules our foolish decisions and brings salvation–but not all the time. A believer should never date or court unbeliever according to 2 Corinthians 6:14.

August 3rd, 2016 by admin

A New Creation

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Dathan and Allison Marshall just sent their July update.

2 Corinthians 5:17 – “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”

Have you experienced the transforming power of God’s grace?  Just as a nutritionist teaches a patient to forsake bad eating habits and seek a healthy, balanced diet and lifestyle, we (as followers of Jesus Christ) must also forsake our old, sinful habits and seek a new life that is spiritually healthy and fully devoted to pursuing godliness, purity, and holiness.  So here is where we must all evaluate our own lives…are we living in sin, or are we living in holiness?  This passage makes it very clear that there is a stark contrast between the ‘old’ us and the ‘new’ us, one living a sinful life and one living a holy life.  “…old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”  Are you and I finding ourselves returning to our old, sinful habits?  As believers of Jesus Christ who live in a sinful, self-satisfying world, we often find ourselves faced with temptations to ‘lure’ us back to a sinful lifestyle, also known as the old nature.  But do NOT forget the transforming power of God’s grace towards us, in that He sent His only Son (Jesus Christ) into the world to live a perfect and sinless life, to sacrifice His body and blood on a cross as the payment for our sins, and to raise Himself from the dead after three days (which is a picture of the new life we receive).  2 Corinthians 5:21 says, “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”  So as you read these verses and evaluate your own life before a holy, righteous God, remember that Jesus Christ not only came to crucify your old, sinful habits, but also to give you a new life that is holy and brings glory to God!

July 27th, 2016 by admin

Flincks Host Short Term Missionary

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During June and August, the Flinck family hosted Kati L., a short term visitor to the mission field from Minnesota. The time went by quickly, she became part of the Flinck family, and she will be missed!

David and Kristi look forward to other visitors to Antofagasta. Contact them to start your trip planning! You will see and learn a lot of new things if you visit this mission field!

July 16th, 2016 by admin

More Work at Camp Pirque

We had a good group of volunteers from High Point, Pennsylvania who have labored hard building the rock wall at the front of Camp Pirque near Santiago, Chile. Note the low snowline on the mountains in the background. It is winter there! The nights must have been cold in the cabins.

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June 15th, 2016 by admin

Blest Be the Tie that Binds

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Missionaries Mark and Becca Perry report on their recent trip to Antofagasta, Chile.

Our hearts are overflowing as we just returned home yesterday from a ten-day trip to Antofagasta with five young ladies from our church. It was great to spend two Lord’s Days with the believers there, to enjoy time with the Flinck family, and to get to show the ministry opportunities and needs to the girls.

Our goals were two-fold: serve like Jesus and see how Jesus is building his church around the world. The consensus that we and the Flincks came to was that we met those goals. We had opportunity to spend many hours with the believers from Antofagasta in their homes, in services, and in other times of fellowship. We also were able to travel five hours north to Iquique and view two churches and a crisis pregnancy ministry there.

The lessons we learned along with the girls were that Christian fellowship is just that—it is based in Jesus Christ, not language, age, interests, or nationality. We remarked at how close we grew to our Chilean brothers and sisters in such a short time and how much we missed them. We remembered that we have a church fellowship at home and we were challenged to put the same effort into growing our spiritual community with them as well. We were challenged to think about the extraordinary sacrifice of missionaries leaving everything for Jesus’ sake and the gospel and were also challenged by the ordinariness of it: Jesus demands no less of every one of his followers. I was reminded of John Fawcett’s words, written in 1782, but just as true in 2016:

Blest be the tie that binds our hearts in Christian love;
the fellowship of kindred minds is like to that above.
When we asunder part, it gives us inward pain;
but we shall still be joined in heart, and hope to meet again.

We encourage you to check out the many pictures we posted on Facebook at our page, Perrys to Chile.

June 6th, 2016 by admin

Interview with Mariano Proto

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Today we publish an interview with Missionary Mariano Proto, who along with his wife Becky and son Enzo are working in Carmelo, Uruguay.

Where were you before starting your present ministry? We were working in the city of Fray Bentos, a city of 24,000 people, under a veteran missionary. In general, the city was apathetic to the gospel. God allowed us to learn the culture and the importance and need of church planting and church revitalization while we were there.

Where are you working now and when did you start there? After our furlough last year, in March 2016, we moved to our new city of Carmelo, a city of 19,000 people. We began the process of planting a new church. One thing about Carmelo is that it is a city with an open mind concerning various aspects of life including the social and spiritual aspects of life. It seems to be very different from where we were previously. This allows us to tailor our approach (contextualizing our work) while maintaining the Biblical gospel message.

Who are you working with, i.e. your team members? We are working with Pablo and Marcela DeGodos. They have 3 children (Paloma, Melanie and Lazaro). They are from Argentina, sent by a sister UCB church in Chivilcoy.

What are your short term and long term goals? Our short term goal is to get to know our community by building intentional relationships with friends and share Christ with them. To be intentional means to be purposeful in building relationships with the end on mind to share Christ, and that is what we want to do. Our long term goal is to build a core group of believer that will help us to launch a new church and establish the leadership. After that, we aim to lead the church to reproduce itself. In other words, we do not want to just plant a church, but we want to plant a church that will plant other churches. This means that we are not only going to make disciples, but we want to train disciple-making disciples in the same way Christ did and in the same way the New Testament teaches.

Are there any physical or material needs that you have in the short term? We could use Spanish Bibles, good discipleship materials, including Lifeway Small groups books (in Spanish).

How about longer-term needs? In the longer term, we are praying about the purchase of a property that will suit a church.

How can we pray for you? Pray for connections with people to be able to share Christ. Pray for wisdom as we develop a core group of believers.

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May 29th, 2016 by admin

Marshall’s On the Road Again

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“Nothing can touch the Word of God. Not all the powers of earth and hell, men and devils combined, can ever move the Word of God. There it stands, in its own moral glory, spite of all the assaults of the enemy, from age to age. ‘Forever, O Lord, Thy Word is settled in heaven.’” – Charles Henry Mackintosh

Appointees to Argentina Dathan and Allison Marshall write this month:

Dear Family and Friends,

Thank you all for your faithful prayers and support!  It is a true blessing to have so many people who are praying on our behalf and who have given us so much encouragement and support.  Since our last newsletter, God has successfully carried us through a year of Spanish language training from Rio Grande Bible Institute in Edinburg, TX.  We praise Him for the many lessons He taught us, the people we met, the language we learned, and the ministries we served in.  During the past few months in the Spanish church plant in Mission, TX, God enabled us to preach twice in Spanish and to share the Gospel with fifteen children on ‘Día de los Niños’ (Children’s Day in Mexico).  Serving alongside Pastor Abbott and his family was a true blessing to us, as they challenged us to communicate in Spanish and more importantly, they challenged us spiritually to follow after Jesus Christ.  God knew how much we needed this humble, Godly family to encourage us, to teach us, and to serve in ministry with, and we praise Him for the many opportunities He laid before us to serve and be a witness of Him!

On May 10, 2016, our second and final semester of Spanish language school came to a close as we graduated with eleven other missionary language students.  Although it has been difficult to say goodbye to the many wonderful friends we made during our time at language school, we thank God for the excellent training we have received and the memories that were made.  Speaking of good memories, we had the blessing of having both sets of parents visit from PA during this past semester, which gave us a great boost of encouragement and support!  As the semester came to an end, God continued to give us multiple opportunities to serve Him, such as preaching during chapel, leading small group devotions, organizing tutor and professor appreciation events, and eating MANY tacos (it’s a difficult ministry!).  As a reflection of our language school experience, we are so thankful for the patience and training of the professors, the love and testimony of the students and their families, the leadership and humility of the president and staff, and the grace and power of God in enabling us to learn a new language and grow closer to Him!  We also want to say thank you to each of you who prayed for us and gave us encouragement through a challenging, exciting step of our journey.

As we have now returned home to PA, our goal and focus is to continue our deputation ministry of visiting churches and seeking more prayer and financial support, in hopes to reach full support and leave for Argentina in January 2017 to start the next chapter of our missionary life.  We again praise God for His on-going provision (which never fails), as we have reached 75% of our total support level!  We trust and know that God is completely able to meet our needs and He works through His people to do so.  Thank you all for your commitment to prayer, which is often times the most difficult, yet also the most essential, work in our lives for Christ!  We thank God for each one of you, and count it a privilege to serve with you for the glory and exaltation of our Lord Jesus Christ!  God bless.

In Christ,

Dathan and Allison Marshall