By: Matt Postiff
October 26, 2019
Dan and Liz Thompson report from Fort Lauderdale, FL:
It’s hard to believe that our seven-month furlough is coming to a close in just a few short days. We left Washington State at the end of September for our month-long trip and made it last night to the mission headquarters in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
There is just not enough room in this newsletter to share with you all the wonderful stops along the way. We reconnected with three supporting churches, some individual supporters, friends, and family. God was faithful in providing for our every need along the way and we actually enjoyed our treck across the southern United States with the kids. Thank you for your prayers and especially for your warm welcome and encouragement along the way.
We were recently encouraged to hear about how God is working to provide for the building of a new camp cabin at the Lican camp. These little cardboard cabins will be used to collect change from the boys and girls in Sunday school classes in the UK. We are thankful for how God burdens hearts for his work in Chile.
By: Matt Postiff
October 21, 2019
Dan and Liz Thompson reported September 24 from somewhere on furlough:
In a couple days we begin our 5,000 mile journey to Ft. Lauderdale, FL. According to google maps this means 77 hours of quality family time in the car, at least we hope it will be quality time. As we travel, our stops take us to three supporting churches along the way where we are asking the Lord to renew contacts and raise up prayer warriors for the ministry in Chile. We also are looking forward to spending time with friends, individual supporters, and family before heading back to Chile on October 28th. We covet your prayers for safety as we travel, renewal of friendships, and special times with family.
We are thankful for the team God gathered to run the September youth retreat in our absence. God, in his goodness, prepared the service team, counselors, and speakers to serve and challenge over 100 young people. We trust Him for eternal fruit! Continue to pray for these lives and hearts impacted by the preaching of God’s Word to respond in obedience to what they heard during the retreat.
By: Matt Postiff
October 3, 2019
“Under the Southern Cross” is the missionary newsletter written by Curtis and Diane Steward. This month, they write:
September 29—our 40th Anniversary—has been marked on the calendar in red for months now, as we planned to share this celebration of marriage with the couples and families in the Punta Mira church as well as friends and Chilean co-workers in the area (the way we shared our 25th with friends in Santiago).
The preparations went on for weeks, and while the reception is over now, we’d like to pause to thank the Lord for the opportunity to bless and be blessed, to encourage and be encouraged, for the chance to renew old acquaintances and to give testimony of what God has done in and through our lives as a couple. “The best is yet to be!”
The newsletter also informs us that the Punta Mira church where the Stewards serve is busy this fall with all kinds of ministries. Please pray for their ongoing meetings with the men, the ladies, the elders in training, and the young people in the church. May the Lord strengthen His church. Let us also rejoice with the Stewards on the occasion of their anniversary.
By: Matt Postiff
October 1, 2019
The Morrells write in their September update:
Happy Anniversary!!! October 1, we celebrate 5 years since our arrival in Argentina. We are thankful for the Lord’s continued provision. Although our support level is at 75%, we have never had a concern for our regular needs being met and even when extra expenses have popped up God has always provided for them in His timing! We praise the Lord “Jehovah Jireh” for His constant hand of provision!
We thank the Lord for an excellent Winter Youth Camp in July with about 60 youth in attendance! Our speaker, fellow missionary, Colby Holmes brought challenging messages on “Giving the Lord the glory due His Name.” Please continue to pray for these youth that the Lord would continue to transform them into the image of Christ Jesus.
As we are gearing up for the summer camp season, we are excited to be receiving our annual work team on October 17 that is put together by Pastor Bill Park. This year we have a combination of two churches (Plantation Baptist in Florida and Cedar Creek Bible Church in Michigan) as well as other individuals which bring us to a total of 18 people! Our focus, Lord willing, will be to complete the second cabin, continue working on the pool, and construct temporary cabins that will later be used as buildings for special games like human foosball and GaZeeball. Please pray for safety for the team, funds to complete the projects and that much would be accomplished for God’s glory.
In July we asked for prayer for the continued struggle with our paperwork in the immigration process. To date we are still waiting for others to complete with what they need to do so we can move forward. At this point half of the family has an expired temporary residence status. I asked if that makes us illegal in the country to which they said no, but “irregular.” We were also advised to not leave the country as they will not let us back in. It is a mess, but we are thankful to be in God’s hands rather than in the hands of men. Please pray for us and fellow missionaries David and Patti West who are in the same boat, that God would move in the hearts of men to complete the work necessary so we can go to the Tri/Country Pastor’s conference in Chile beginning November 4. (For which, in faith, we have already purchased plane tickets.)
Last week I participated in a men’s retreat in San Martin de Los Andes (the southern middle section of Argentina) along with about 60 other men from the area. The topic of the retreat was focused on being men of integrity. We were challenged from God’s word to live lives that reflect and glorify the image of Christ.
The greatest blessing for me was hearing the stories of how God is working in the lives of the men in this area. About a year and a half ago God was working in the life of one man and his family. As they were growing in the Lord they were considering moving to another city because there is no church with sound doctrine close to where they live. They got in touch with one of our pastors, Ricardo Daglio, who lives 325 miles away. Pastor Ricardo encouraged them to stay there and he would travel to them for Bible studies and organize other pastors to do the same. The result is now a fellowship with about 20 in attendance. We praise the Lord as He is building His church. Please pray growth for these new believers and that God would provide a location to worship and a pastor to shepherd them.
By: Matt Postiff
September 23, 2019
Just in! A 7-page full-color report from Nigel Kissick and the GMSA family in the United Kingdom. Included are articles from Nigel and Charis Kissick, Marcella Wilson, Dan Vallette, Daphne Hall, Matt Postiff, and Trevor Gillanders. There is also news about progress on a cabin at Lican Ray camp in Chile, and a page about the May 2020 work trip to Camp Pirque in Chile.
The report is available here: GMSA UK Report.