September 21st, 2016 by admin

The 18th of September

Missionaries Dan and Becca Vallette write: The “18th of September” in Chile is a patriotic holiday where traditionally all the churches of the UCB in the Santiago Area get together at Camp Pirque to celebrate.  We had about 350 people show up to this event. Here are some pictures.

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September 19th, 2016 by admin

Outreach: Carmelo, Uruguay

Missionary Mariano Proto writes: “Wow!” is all I can say. We were blessed with 60 men from all over Uruguay who came to lend a hand to Pablo and me to reach Carmelo. We did prayer walks through the city, passed gospel literature, and made some contacts. Now we will need to follow up with those contacts!

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This picture is of Tito and Lorenzo. This father and son team attend the Fray Bentos church. We met them on our first outreach activity in that city in 2011. Today they were here with us. Below are various pictures of the whole group.

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Editor’s note: Afterward, we heard that one of the men made a decision to follow Christ. God is at work in Uruguay!

September 18th, 2016 by admin

Advances at Camp Pirque

Thank you for your prayers for the ministry at Camp Pirque near Santiago, Chile. The grass is starting to grow on the soccer field.  The irrigation system is working manually for right now, and we are hoping to have it on automatic soon. We are building a cage rock wall around the pool area. There were some big rocks leftover from the front wall project that are being removed so the front area will look clean.

 Here are some pictures of the youth camp, the soccer field and other surrounding areas of the camp to show you some of the progress.

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September 4th, 2016 by admin

Team Idaho Working Hard at Lican Camp

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September 2nd, 2016 by admin

Idaho Work Team at Lican Camp

Please pray for the work team from Idaho helping to renovate the camp kitchen before the annual youth retreat (Sept. 18th). During our January 23-29 missionary conference, the entire mission family will enjoy the improvements made by this team and prior work teams. (Attached photos kindness of the Dan Thompsons).

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September 1st, 2016 by admin

Tri-Country Pastor’s Conference

October 17-20, 2016, pastors from Chile, Argentina, and Uruguay will gather for meetings, refreshment and Bible messages in Santiago, Chile. Please pray with us that this will be a fruitful time of ministry, helping to maintain a fundamental and conservative stand for theology among the UCB churches in South America.

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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.