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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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Antofagasta Update in Pictures

Missionaries David and Kristi Flinck sent in a recent report via photos.

You Can Lead a Horse to Water

In Chile there’s a proverb about “starting out like an English horse” (that is, with vim, vigor, and style) and “ending up like a Chilean horse” (that is—ahem—lame and sluggish. I didn’t make it up!)

We even philosophize about how our national soccer team “played better than ever, but lost the same as always.” SIGH…

That is not how we hope to finish 2019, but Punta Mira Bible Center is out of the gate of the year at a brisk canter, at least. By mid-March most of our regular ministry activities are well underway, including Sunday school with a full complement of classes, the women’s group, men’s classes, the couples’ club, and Counter Current (kids’ club) soon to follow.

Honestly, we aren’t sure how we could accommodate more ministries in the building or within the time slots available. With 12 ladies at this morning’s Bible study, some were sitting on the stairs. Sunday morning attendance is around 65-70 people.

However, we’re convinced the Christian life isn’t all about numbers or activities, for any of us. We don’t just want to start the year well, we want to finish well—and we want to model godly lives, habits, and thought patterns in the meantime. Some of the mistaken attitudes we see and hear convince us of the crucial importance of communicating to our people how to think critically and biblically in this world. Please pray for growth, maturity, faithfulness, and thirst for the Word. Isn’t there an English saying that “you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him think—oops, drink!”

Canadian Board Meeting

At the end of April, the Canadian board of GMSA met for business and fellowship. Here are some snippets from General Director Tom Gibbons’ report on the meeting:

We want to give thanks to the Lord for encouraging ministry Sunday in Ontario as well as an excellent Canadian Board meeting on Monday. Many visitors were present, mostly those who have served on building teams in the Southern Cone. Faith Baptist Church of Mount Forest, Ontario graciously hosted the meeting and served a delicious luncheon to all present. Dan and Liz Thompson were with us and were to be a few days in the area before continuing their road trip on to Washington State. Thank you for your prayers!

Pictured below you will see the UK Council and the entire group of friends who joined in fellowship.

Tom and Debbie Gibbons

Gibbons Reporting from Northern Ireland

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

May 9 was the annual GMSA fellowship meeting in Portadown, Northern Ireland. UK Council members and friends of the Mission were in attendance for the BBQ and meeting which followed. We are thankful for Marcella Wilson and Sharon Acheson, who both gave testimony about their time in Chile at the January 2019 conference. Their husbands, who are both council members, were our speakers. Participants in last years GMSA work team also shared. An estimated 130 to 140 were in attendance for the event. There were churches represented that had never been, and we were blessed by the testimonies of those who’ve been to Chile and Argentina in the last year. Please pray for another GMSA building team coming together for Camp Pirque in Chile. 

We have been blessed by the love for missions and the knowledge of the GMSA we’ve seen in the churches we’ve been in. Yesterday (Sunday) morning we were in Lurgan Baptist where former council member Gordon Wells and his wife Margaret attend. Some may remember the name Dorothy Foster, who served with GMSA in Chile until 1973. Dorothy was from Lurgan Baptist. In the evening we were in Rathfriland Baptist Church where Ian Wilson pastors. Thank you for your prayers.

Please remember Raul and Jane Villalba holding down the fort in Fort Lauderdale.

Tom & Debbie Gibbons

Vallette Update: Faithful Co-Workers

Often, we are project oriented, showing the progress on the new building, a snazzy World Cup worthy soccer field, etc. This time we would like to tell you about a family with whom we work very closely: Ivan & Nikol.

Several years ago, Ivan and Nikol met during a youth camp at Pirque.  As they completed their studies and their relationship grew, they continued to pray about serving the Lord full time at camp Pirque near Santiago, Chile. They were married in 2008. While waiting for God’s direction and timing, they served faithfully in a new church plant with the Rea family.

In 2012 they went to serve full time at camp in Lican Ray along with their daughter Anais. They served with missionaries Dan & Liz Thompson. While living at camp, they saw first hand what full-time camp ministry looked like. In 2014, the doors were opened to return to Santiago and work at Pirque. Ivan also began to work on a degree in Biblical studies at the Bible Institute in Santiago.

A modular home was put together for them and with Anais, they moved to Pirque in 2014. Ivan commuted to the Bible Institute by bus and metro for the first two years. They also returned to the church where they had previously served and continued to serve faithfully.  Ivan completed Bible Institute in 2018.

One of our prayer requests in heading to Chile almost four years ago was that we would “click” with our co-workers.  Ivan and Nikol were already living at camp. We would live in the city about 45 minutes away. How would this work?  We were confident that God was leading us to work at Pirque. God worked out all these details. We certainly “clicked,” and find it a joy to work with Ivan & Nikol.  Talents and gifts balance, personalities balance, and the desire to see lives change and the camp move forward by God’s grace binds us together. We are thankful for Ivan & Nikol’s influence in the lives of our children as well.

Ivan & Nikol and their growing family have been invited to visit a camp in Canada for several weeks beginning the end of July 2019.  What a great opportunity for them! We are excited for them.

Thank you for your continued prayers and financial support.

Serving Him,
Dan & Becca Vallette