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Workers from Canada and Appalachian Bible College: Thank You!

About 11 days ago, the team that worked at Camp Lican Ray returned home. We are grateful for all the hard work and projects accomplished at Camp Lican Ray.

We are also thankful for Luke Stevens (Appalachian Bible College) who spent his spring break assisting James Morrell with camp projects.

To This Point

Last weekend, Bekah had the opportunity along with Kristi and Cle to fellowship with some pastors’ wives from our area.

In 1 Samuel 7:12, we read that “Samuel took a stone, and set it between Mizpeh and Shen, and called the name of it Ebenezer, saying, ‘Hitherto hath the Lord helped us.’” It’s always good to set up “monument stones” to help us remember all of God’s goodness to us. One of the things I like to remind myself every time we pray before a meal is that God has always provided for our needs and never once have we gone hungry. This month marks one year since we moved to Antofagasta. Thinking back over the past year, we’d like to enumerate some of God’s blessings.

We have both enjoyed great health over the past year. Besides the occasional colds and the aches associated with getting older, we have had no health issues.

The apartment we have rented has been a blessing. We have been safe and comfortable, we have been able to host visitors for meals and to stay overnight, and the location is ideal. Obviously we didn’t know a year ago that this would work out so well (but God did, and he was very kind to us).

Our church family has received us with open hearts and arms, showing great love and patience with us. They are not just our brothers and sisters, but our friends.

We have both made great strides in Spanish. It’s still our number one prayer request, but thinking back over the year, we have come a long way. Communication is essential in disciplemaking ministry.

Financially, God has met all of our needs through the faithful giving of his people and by allowing us to live more economically than I had anticipated.

God provided us with a reliable and very comfortable automobile when we needed it. Although we live in a city with good public transportation and outside of the city we generally have to fly, it has been a blessing, especially in helping others.

God has strengthened our marriage over the past year, because we get to spend a lot of time together and we have to depend on one another more. It’s a blessing to serve the Lord together.

God has taught us so much about Jesus’ beloved Bride, the Church. Getting to see Her a little more “in the rough” helps us appreciate her beauty even more. What an inestimable blessing we enjoy, Gentile sinners, brought into God’s family through his Son!

Thank God with us:

  • For his many blessings over the past year in our lives.
  • For his ongoing work making us more like his Son.
  • For the way Jesus is building his church here in Antofagasta.

Pray to God with us:

  • For his grace to give thanks in everything.
  • For his grace as our church pursues formal membership and considers another change in location.
  • For his grace to help us serve him and his church faithfully.
A reminder that we are fishers of men.

Editor’s note: Mark and Bekah post to Facebook and their own webpage quite frequently. We do not often post the same content here on the Southern Sentinel since we cross-post it on the GMSA Facebook page, but please do follow Mark and Bekah and pray for them!

Delphine Hammel’s Heavenly Promotion

On February 23, Delphine Hammel went home to heaven to be with the Lord following her husband, Chuck, who preceded her to heaven in November 2011.

Chuck and Del served in Chile from 1970 until Chuck suffered a stroke on December 31st 2004. They returned to the States in March of 2005 and officially retired in December of 2006.

The funeral service was held earlier today at Memorial Gardens in Mobile, Alabama. Pastor Bill Hixson, Chairman of the U.S. Board was in attendance on behalf of the Mission and officiated the service.

Please pray for God to comfort the family, and use His word mightily.

A New Chapter

Missionaries Sergio and Andrea Duarte share an exciting report this month:

As missionaries, our goal from the beginning of the church plant in Uruguay was to establish a solid work and leave it in the hands of a national pastor. We have been in this process in Fray Bentos for some years, and it is with great joy that we are now able to move on and leave the church in capable hands.

Gabriel Martinez and his wife Valeria (both from our church) will take on the ministry here. Gabriel was saved as a teenager at our camp where we also had the privilege to serve. A few years ago, he surrendered his life to full time ministry and moved to Montevideo to attend FEBU. He is one of our first graduates. After graduation, they came back to Fray Bentos to do an internship under our leadership. They are humble and teachable servants, and have done an excellent job during this time of practical training.

It is so exciting to see this fruit and what God has accomplished in and through Gabriel and his family. This is exactly the vision we have for FEBU, and we commit to the Lord that He will raise more “Gabriels” in this needy and hard country.

The Lord is now leading us to a new chapter in our ministry, and we are moving to the city of Montevideo to have greater involvement preparing men and women for His service at the Bible College. We will continue to be engaged in a local church plant but in a different role.

We covet your prayers for our family during this transitional time. Fray Bentos is a city of 24 000, but Montevideo has a much greater population: a million and a half. Dynamics of living are much different: transportation, security, education for our children, etc. Pray for our move, and some repairs needed on the house we are moving into.