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GMSA exists to glorify God by helping sending churches and their missionaries to establish reproducing churches in South America. We work to accomplish this goal through evangelism, discipleship, and leadership development.

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Summer Camps in Lican Ray Chile

Dan and Liz Thompson report from Lican Ray, Chile:

This summer, our facilities were full and our staff stretched in serving many campers, but God’s Word was preached and taught! Most of our weeks we had over 100 campers and with staff, the numbers were generally over 130! Many of the campers, both in youth camps and family camps, were new to the ministry. How wonderful to see new generations being ministered to by a new generation of camp staff as well!

Idaho Work Team

Please pray for a work team from Idaho which is currently on the ground in southern Chile, working at the new Bible institute property and the nearby camp. We are thankful for the sacrifice they have made for the long journey and the hours of labor they are investing to advance the work of the Lord.

The team is currently working at Camp Lican Ray. The task before them is to start framing the new chapel building. Here is the latest progress:

3/9/2020 Picture Update

3/17/2020 Picture Update

In Memory: Helen Prado

Born on August 14, 1922, in San Diego, California, Helen Aurora Aguilar Prado was the adopted only daughter of Rogelio and Virginia (Pardo) Aguilar. She graduated from high school in Los Angeles in 1939 and participated in World War II efforts by working as a riveter for Long Beach Crafts and serving in the U.S. Navy as a chaplain’s assistant and radio singer at Camp Pendleton (San Diego) until 1946.

Helen heard the Gospel at a VBS at the age of 5 and later trusted the Lord Jesus Christ in her teens, through the ministry of pastor/hymnwriter Albert Simpson Reitz. Following her naval career, she trained first at Biola and then at the Los Angeles Baptist Theological Seminary during the 1950’s, while also working in a hospital ministry.

Helen’s first missionary service was in Santiago, Chile, under ABWE, in the aftermath of the 1960 earthquake. There she met Juan Germán Prado (John), a Chilean Bible institute student at the time. They were married in 1963 and celebrated almost 45 years together.

After their marriage, the Prados worked and ministered in the Los Angeles area for several years. In 1972 they joined the Gospel Mission of South America. Their first mission field together was in Fray Bentos, Uruguay.

Later, due to health considerations, they moved to the field of Chile, where they spent the remainder of their missionary career in evangelism and church planting in Los Trapiales-Temuco, La Serena, Quillota, Dollinco, and Coquimbo.

John was promoted to Heaven in 2008. Helen continued on for a few years, with the object of fulfilling his dream of opening a church in the Elqui Valley. She retired at the age of 88 and spent her final years at Advent Christian Village in Dowling Park, Florida.

Following a brief illness, Helen Prado passed into the presence of her Lord and Savior on December 31, 2019. Now rejoicing forever and reunited with husband John, she is survived by countless spiritual children and grandchildren. “Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, And to present you faultless Before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, To God our Savior, Who alone is wise, Be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and forever. Amen.” (Jude 24-25).

In Memory: Larry Woodward

Reverend Larry Allen Woodward, 81, Gardner, Kansas was promoted to glory, Saturday, December 21, 2019 at Olathe Medical Center, Olathe, Kansas. Graveside Service with Air Force Military Honors were held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, December 31, 2019 at Leavenworth National Cemetery, Leavenworth, Kansas.

Larry was born on August 23, 1938 in Russellville, Arkansas to Clarence S. and Florence (Reed) Woodward. He grew up in Russellville and graduated from high school in 1956.

After his graduation Larry joined the Air Force for four years. He married Lois E. Johnson on June 21, 1958 at Richard-Gebaur AFB in Grandview, Missouri. He attended Moody Bible Institute for three years and became an ordained minister.

Larry and Lois served as missionaries in Japan with The Overseas Christian Servicemen Center. Later, Larry attended Calvary Bible College to complete his Bachelor of Science Degree in Biblical Theology in 1970. While living in Florida, he earned a Masters Degree in Math Education at Nova University, which he used teaching math for 13 years in the St. Lucie county schools.

Upon retirement from teaching, he became the U.S. Director of the Gospel Mission of South America. Larry pastored several churches through the years in Kansas and Florida. When his health declined, he and Lois moved to Gardner, Kansas to be near family and became members of Ascend Church in Olathe, Kansas.

Larry loved his family and his country, but most of all, he loved his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, whom he served for over 60 years. His favorite Bible verse was II Corinthians 5:15, “And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.”

Larry was preceded in death by his parents and infant sister. He is survived by his wife Lois; daughters Kimberly Ann Woodward and Karla B. January – February 2020 Founded in 1923 by William Strong Sr. Helen A. Prado (Danny) Scherdin; grandson Seth Scherdin, all of Gardner, Kansas; and brother Conrad Woodward, of Russellville, Arkansas.

Editor’s note: I fondly remember Larry who, along with Lois, offered such friendly hospitality on the few occasions I saw them at the mission headquarters in Fort Lauderdale. He is missed. May more young men be raised up who share his 2 Cor. 5:15 passion. –Matt Postiff

Pictures from Argentina Work Trip 2019

Above are a few pictures from the work done last year in the fall in Argentina. This year, the same trip will run form Wednesday Oct 14 to Thursday Oct 29. We would love to have you join us and bring three to four workers with you. We will send more information in the near future!