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Gospel Mission of South America!

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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Missions Internship Program

Are you interested in learning more about missions? Gospel Mission of South America offers a program called “Training in Missions” (TIM) that offers on-the-job training with “real live” missionaries on the field. You can spend a few weeks, a few months, or even an entire year exploring the ministry of GMSA, church planting, Christian education and camp ministries, and South American culture.

Perhaps God would use such an experience in your own life to guide your future.

You can see a brochure here and visit the website for TIM here.

Duarte November 2019 Update

Sergio and Andrea Duarte send us this update:

The Lord has given us many opportunities to minister in churches through different ways: preaching; teaching; representing the Bible Institute FEBU; taking students with us to serve together in kids clubs, youth ministry, music, visitation, etc. We are so grateful to Him for opening each door. It’s been busy, and being away most every weekend has unique challenges, but we count it a privilege to have a small part in encouraging the believers, challenging them for service, and pointing them to Christ.

A work team (pictured above) from two supporting churches in Iowa and Wisconsin came to our home in Montevideo for 13 days. We tackled together a building project at the mission house were we live. They certainly were a tremendous blessing and encouragement! Each day was filled with much work, cooking, laughter, getting to know each other, sharing God’s Word, and enjoying the fellowship. They also ministered at a local church through testimonies and preaching, as well as at FEBU. God certainly used them in the lives of thetudents in many ways.

It never ceases to amaze us how God always works far beyond the intended purpose of the work trip. He gives renewed vision for other countries; strengthens bonds among team members, missionaries, and the people He places on their way; He deepens the burden to pray for that ministry, and a stronger desire to serve Him. These are a few of the reasons why we love to have people come down and experience life on the mission field first hand.

So…when are you coming?

Prayer Requests

  • FEBU Graduation ceremony – December 7th. Two students graduate from the 4 year program. Some will also receive a certificate of completion for half of the credit load, and five pastors will graduate from the Pastoral Program. Much to be thankful for!
  • Summer ministry opportunities and conferences.
  • Souls to be reached with the Gospel and solid churches established.
  • Opportunities to continue to reach our neighbors with the Word.

Bible Institute Property Development, November 2019

Terry Thompson reports from Pumalal, north of Temuco, Chile.

Just a note of thanks for your prayers as we worked at Pumalal this last week with three of our grandsons and short term worker Ethan. The Lord prospered His work. The tops of three Hualle trees broke out during the week due to the heavy foliage and seeds (no wind storms). One fell into the creek, one into the upper roadway and one into a neighbor’s field.

We’re thankful to see the stud walls going up on the first staff house. About 10 cubic meters of firewood was split, the Hualle lumber was stored to dry under a new make-shift roof, several trenches were hand dug and earth was removed from around the tool room/carport building. We are grateful for willing volunteers.

Update from Dan and Becca Vallette

November 2019

Dear Friends and Family,

First, we would like for everyone to know that we are okay.  Friday, October 18th is a day we will not soon forget. Social/political protest broke out on this day here in Chile and seemed to take everyone by surprise.  The metro system, which serves almost 2 million people every day, was heavily damaged by arson and vandalism. The president of Chile implemented a mandatory curfew of 8:00 p.m – 6:00 a.m.. and the military were in the streets.   Most of the protests have begun peacefully but have deteriorated into violent confrontations between some protesters and police. Looting, vandalism, burning of buildings, are on the news constantly. We wait most nights to see if school is cancelled for the next day.  If there is school, the dismissal is earlier than normal, allowing students and teachers to arrive home earlier before things become ugly. The social/political issues are many, complex and deep-rooted. While we do not fully understand the complexities and implications of this unrest, we do know that the only true, enduring answer is found in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Secondly, many have asked about Bryan. Due to some health issues Bryan withdrew from Bible College this semester. Bryan is now here in Chile and we are seeking medical treatment for him. Please pray for his recovery.

Thirdly, a camp update.  We had two work teams from Pennsylvania come recently to help at camp.  The remaining section of the front wall is almost completely finished. The siding on the newly renovated building was put on, giving it a much more finished look.  The bathroom/shower section is just weeks away from being ready to use. We are thankful for the willingness of people to come and serve even in the midst of social/political unrest.

Lastly, prayer requests: Wisdom. Discernment. Safety. Compassion. Understanding. Knowing when to speak and when to be quiet.

Thank you for your prayers for us.  We do not know what tomorrow holds, but we do know Who holds tomorrow.

Serving Him,

Dan & Becca Vallette
Keven, Bryan, Vanesa & Camila

Back in the Saddle Again: Camp in Lican Ray, Chile

Pastor’s Conference at Camp

Because of the unrest and looting in the capital city, we were asked to host the AVANCE pastoral, a conference geared for teaching and training pastors ministering in Chile, Argentina, and Uruguay. Although many pastors were not able to attend, the camp hosted 70 some men for two days of teaching. We thank God for the safety He gave to those who traveled, the fellowship around the table, and the workshops. As a staff and camp team, we were thankful for being able to buy the food necessary and have the camp ready in time for the event.

Please pray for upcoming events including workdays on camp, Bible quizzing competitions, and thanksgiving celebration with fellow missionaries. There is an upcoming retreat, baptism, wedding, and missions conference.

We are thankful to be home once again. After unpacking suitcases and getting our bearings, we dove into homeschooling, preaching preparations for the week, and working on camp. We are thankful for our coworkers who kept the camp looking tidy over the winter months and advanced some of the maintenance projects. This month our architect is working on drawing up the plans for the camp chapel and we are praying that soon those plans can be submitted to the municipality for approval. Pray with us that God would continue to supply the needed funds to build the chapel on camp.

As we returned to church life in Lican and Challupen, we were thrilled to see our loved ones there. Even better, we saw faces we did not recognize as new people have been coming recently. Pray with us that we would be an encouragement to the believers and to those who are just getting to know the church.

The kids are back in school and are counting down the days until their summer break. Yep, we just went from one summer in Chile, to one in the States, and now back to one here. We got a little behind with all the traveling, so we would ask that you pray that the kids be diligent to finish their school work on time to enjoy camp in the summer months coming up.