October 6th, 2016 by admin

Harvest Time


Missionaries Dave and Patti West write in their October update:

Dear Friends and Prayer Partners,

It is harvest time here in Iowa. The farmer trusts that what he planted in the Spring will bring great delight and plenty during the harvest. It is always a big investment. Soil, weather, and pests all contribute to make the farmer’s work one of faith. Scripture captures this same principal in Galatians 6:9, “And let us not grow weary in well doing, for in due season we shall reap if we faint not.” Serving the Lord is not unlike farming in this respect. The servant of the Lord plants the seed of the Word in his ministry, and trusts in God’s timing and in God’s way, for a return on that investment.

The Lord has allowed us to invest a great deal in the past few weeks. We had the privilege to visit several churches either for a visit, a presentation, or an update. These visits are investments from which we trust the Lord will produce much fruit.

It is always our prayer that the Lord will impact the lives of believers as we challenge them in the area of ministry and missions. Maybe the Lord will encourage someone else to put their hand to the plow and serve Him. We anticipate prayer partners and perhaps some financial partners who will help us get to the field in Argentina. Perhaps the Lord will use us to bring the gospel to a lost soul that they might put their trust in Jesus for salvation. We never know how the Lord will use us. We just plant the seeds and trust that “in due season” we will see the harvest. At times we get weary, but we are constantly encouraged by the words, “if you faint not.” With the Lord’s strength we journey on. What a blessing to serve the Lord in faith. May He, through your continued prayers, bring in a bountiful Harvest.

Paz y Bendiciones,
Dave and Patti West

October 1st, 2016 by admin

The Blessings of Obeying God


Missionaries Dathan and Allison Marshall write in their September newsletter:

Deuteronomy 6:17-18 – “You shall diligently keep the commandments of the Lord your God, His testimonies, and His statutes which He has commanded you. And you shall do what is right and good in the sight of the Lord, that it may be well with you, and that you may go in and possess the good land of which the Lord swore to your fathers.”

As one reads the book of Deuteronomy, there is a major truth and principle that is highlighted throughout the book: obedience brings blessing (and disobedience brings cursing).  The nation of Israel struggled greatly with this principle, which is clearly exposed for us to read about today. When God spoke to them through prophets and through His commandments, instead of following Him and obeying His voice, often times they would rebel and disobey the clear commands.  Can you imagine yourself as a soldier in battle, who hears a set of commands from the commanding officer, yet you choose to disobey and do the exact opposite of the original command?  First, think about how that might affect the officer…  Second, think about how that might affect your fellow soldiers…  And third, think about how that might affect you.  The officer (representing God) is disrespected and his commands, although being completely trustworthy, are rejected.  Your fellow soldiers (representing believers) are challenged to either follow you or God, and fear/doubt begins to rule in their hearts.  And finally, you are now engaged in a war (by yourself) against an enemy far stronger than you are.  Do you see the truth here?  If you and I are going to succeed in our lives, we must obey the voice of God.  It is only because of Him that we find victory and blessings in our lives.  Let Him be your Commander, your King, your Authority, your Master!  And when we read His words and His commandments, let us put aside our pride and selfishness and simply obey our God!  Just as Deuteronomy 6:18 promises a blessing and reward for obedience, we also have a blessing to look forward to if we obey Him.

Dear Family and Friends,

We want to thank each one of you for your faithful prayers and support!  God has been using you to meet and supply our needs, and to give us love and encouragement during our deputation ministry.  During the past two months, God gave us the opportunity to visit several different churches to preach or present our ministry with them.

We want to thank each church we’ve visited for their hospitality, their love and prayers, their generous love offerings and gifts, and for their testimony of Jesus Christ!  You have been a huge blessing to us.  We praise God for His provision, strength, and people. Please pray with us about our health, support team, and preparations to go to the field sometime in Spring 2017.

In Christ,

Dathan and Allison Marshall

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!


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.




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).



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!