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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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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!

Ministry Prayer Request

Missionaries Tim and Cristina Goossen work in a church in Argentina which is holding a Vacation Bible School this week. Each night they have had meetings with the children in the community. They have asked for prayer for it:

  • For children to come and to be attentive to the teaching of the Word of God;
  • For the teachers to be filled with the Spirit and teach God’s Word with power;
  • For a humble spirit in all those who will be working together in this evangelistic outreach;
  • For children to be saved;
  • And that many of these children would begin attending Sunday Bible School.

Would you pray right now for the ministry, the children, the Goossens, and especially for God to open hearts of children and parents alike to the gospel of Jesus Christ? Let us intercede for their souls. Soli Deo Gloria.

Sharon Bisbee Update from Northern Chile

GMSA Conference and Summer Ministry

Dear Friends and Family,

I am back in Chile and ministry has started once again. One of the first things I did was travel to Argentina for our missions conference. Our missionaries from Chile, Argentina and Uruguay were there. This was our first time at our camp in Argentina. It started on December 30th and ended the 5th of January. I then flew to Santiago and was there just over a week visiting friends. I am now back in Alto Hospicio.

One of the things that we usually do in February is have our summer vacation Bible school. Last year in October problems started in the country and many school classes were cancelled. Because of this, many schools may start early, in mid February instead of the beginning of March. We usually have our VBS the third week of February. Please pray for a time that will work for us and for the children.

I have been able to visit some of the children and even share some material I brought from the States.

Thank you so much for continuing to pray for me. God has supplied all my needs. I plan to help the church with some repairs that need to be done soon. Our church was broken into the other day but only a few things were stolen. We are in a poor area but God takes care of us. May God continue to bless each of you.

Love in Christ,
Sharon Bisbee

Conferencia y Ministerio de Verano

Queridos amigos y hermanos en Cristo,

Estoy en Chile nuevamente. Uno de las primeras cosas que hice después de llegar fue ir a Argentina por nuestra conferencia anual. Estuvo en nuestra campamento en Argentina por primera vez. Los misioneros de Chile, Argentina y Uruguay estaban allá. La conferencia empezó el 30 de diciembre y terminó el 5 de enero. Después viaje a Santiago, Chile y estuvé allí por un poco más de una semana visitando amigos. Ahora estoy en Alto Hospicio de nuevo.

Generalmente tenemos nuestra escuela biblica de vacaciones la tercera semana de febrero pero empezando en octubre del año pasado hubo muchos problemas y muchos colegios cerraron mucho antes. Por eso algunos colegios pueden empezar en la mitad de febrero. Oran que podemos encontrar una fecha para hacer la escuela biblica.

Gracias por sus oraciones.

El otro día algunas personas desconocidas entraron a robar en la iglesia de nuevo. No sacaron muchas cosas. Pero es difícil. Quiero ayudar con algunos de los gastos. Tenemos que reparar algunas cosas. Que lindo que Dios ha provisto por mis necesidades. Estamos en un sector pobre pero Dios nos cuida.

Que Dios les bendiga a cada uno de ustedes.

Con amor en Cristo,
Sharon Bisbee

We Know the Grace

Mark and Bekah Perry write in their update this month:

Paul, encouraging the Corinthian church to give toward the relief project for the brothers in Jerusalem, reminds them that they too have received grace: “For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich” (2 Cor 8:9). Paul uses the word “grace” interchangeably throughout this chapter to refer to “undeserved favor” and “freewill gift.” The Corinthians had personally experienced grace—the grace of Jesus Christ who humbled himself, took on humanity, and became poor for us. Those who have received grace show grace—if we have been the recipients of such self-emptying grace, why would we not be willing to impoverish ourselves to enrich others? After all, we know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.

We experienced God’s grace in many ways this past month. Although we never received the paperwork we requested, we were still able to travel to Argentina for our mission’s conference the first week of the year. Mark spent the following week in the south of Chile at the annual pastors’ meeting. God has been gracious to us.

Now we are in the middle of “summer vacation,” where our city has a different rhythm. Some of our church families have been traveling on vacation. The nightly violence downtown has continued most weeknights, with groups of hooded youths destroying, looting, and burning. Our hearts break for the destruction of jobs, property, and savings, but even more for the emptiness and desperation of heart that drives people to these deeds. Surely they do not know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.

We continue to await the processing of our residency paperwork as we enter the seventh month of an expected 11–13 month wait. Our church continues looking for a more permanent place to meet each Lord’s Day.

We appreciate your prayers for God’s grace in these things.

Opportunity: 2020 Work Trips

Missionaries Dan Vallette (Camp Pirque, Chile) and James Morrell (Camp Chivilcoy, Argentina), in conjunction with Pastor Bill Park who is helping to organize this year’s trip, have sent us information concerning 2020 work trips to South America. The following is a tentative schedule for work trips scheduled to Argentina and Chile in the Fall of 2020.

Camp Chivilcoy, Argentina

  • Leaving USA Thursday PM, 10/15 arriving Friday AM 10/16 in Argentina.
  • Leaving Argentina Wednesday PM, 10/28 arriving in USA Thursday AM, 10/29.

Camp Pirque, Chile

  • Team members who choose to travel from Argentina to Chile for the second leg of the work trip will leave Argentina on Wednesday, 10/28 will arrive in Chile on the 28th.
  • Leaving USA Thursday PM, 10/29 arriving in Chile Friday AM, 10/30
  • Leaving Chile Wednesday PM, 11/11  arriving in USA Thursday AM, 11/12 

We want to encourage everyone who travels to Argentina or Chile arrive in the country where they will work in the AM of the listed day and head back to the USA during the PM of the listed day. Some workers may stay for one week instead of two and their flight back to the USA will be on a different date than listed above. Workers will want to check their passport well in advance to make sure it is up to date.

This work trip is an annual occurrence over the recent years and has resulted in much productive work being accomplished for the Lord. Pray for 12-20 workers to be at each camp!