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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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Praying for Uruguay: Duarte Family

The Duarte family recently wrote an update filled with things for which we on the “home front” can pray. For example:

  1. The College of Biblical Studies in Uruguay has started second semester classes. Pray for the students as the Lord builds their lives to prepare for ministry.
  2. Earlier in the summer, teaching was offered at the college by Dr. Mark Minnick on the book of Romans. It was a great blessing to those who participated.
  3. The need for a more suitable property for the college.
  4. The desire to see more souls come to Christ.
  5. Some who professed faith have walked away from God.
  6. A young man preparing for ministry named Lorenzo–that he will experience the Lord’s provision for his needs.
  7. Godly wisdom in all aspects of ministry to the church family in Fray Bentos.

Camp Pirque Update September 2018

Missionaries Dan and Becca Vallette write on some “numbers” from near Santiago, Chile:

We arrived in Chile three years ago.  One son was left behind to study and now there are two sons studying at Bible College.  We are now left with two daughters who make life interesting.  It seems like we arrived just yesterday and at the same time so long ago.  So much has been accomplished to better the physical aspect of the camp as well as establish relationships with those around us.

The camp celebrated its 30th anniversary this past August.  It was neat to look back on the pictures and hear accounts of the beginnings of the camp by the first camp director, Terry Thompson, and others.  It is a privilege to be a part of serving at camp.  Thank you for being a part of the camp ministry as well.

The first church service was held at the newly renovated (small) church building on the camp property August 19.  Two years ago, a Bible student named Andres Cordero presented his senior thesis about planting a church in Pirque.  According to his research, the growth rate in Santiago proper was 8% while the growth rate in Pirque was 32%.  Many people are now living in Pirque for a variety of reasons – better air quality, open space, possibility of working at home, etc.

The church which we attend had the vision to send Andres and his wife, Mary, out as missionaries to Pirque.  Not only do they provide his financial support, they have formed a team that has helped promote this work and also helped with the physical renovation of the church building.  It is great to see the Chilean local church take responsibility and leadership for this new work.  We help and serve alongside them.

Unfortunately, after three years of building up a supply of tools for camp, the container in which the tools were stored was broken into and a large amount of tools were taken – drills, power washer, compressor, sanders, welding equipment, chain saw, etc.  The loss is estimated to be about $5,000.  The quick action of a neighbor prevented the loss from being even more substantial.

A work team from Orwigsburg, PA came here for one week.  Among the jobs they tackled was the sanding and staining of the entrance porch to the new camp office, paint the upstairs hand railing of the new building and a member of the team worked on the repairing of some of our small engine machines.

Camp Pirque Tools Stolen

Missionaries Dan and Becca Vallette reported last week that the camp tool shed in Pirque, Chile was raided by thieves and tools were stolen worth several thousand dollars. Please pray that the Vallettes and their colleagues, the Maluendas, will not be discouraged or troubled by this event.

We thank the Lord for what He is doing at this camp in the lives of youth, families, couples, church members, and pastors!

Chile Missionary Meeting

Earlier this month, the GMSA missionaries in Chile met for fellowship and business, in the northern city of Antofagasta.

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Here are some of the missionaries who were present:

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Editor’s note: This spot near the Pacific Ocean always seems to be breezy: thus the wind-swept look of some of these folks!

Holmes Family Moving to Bragado, Argentina

Dear Praying Friends,

Thank you all for keeping us in prayer these months. We have good news! We found a home to rent. Yesterday we put a down payment on the home and the 10-11 of September we can start painting and cleaning the house. We should be bringing our things from Buenos Aires to Bragado the end of the month. We are very thankful to the Lord for supplying a home with three bedrooms, garage, and a lovely patio.

Thanks so much for praying. Now the work begins! Pray for souls to be saved in Bragado!

In Christ , Our Hope,
Colby, Lesa and Jonathan Holmes

Here are some pics of the home we have rented. It hasn’t been lived in for over a month so it needs cleaning. Lord willing I will send more pictures when we get it painted and cleaned up!