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More Morrell Moments, October 2018

Missionaries James and Donelle Morrell report from Chivilcoy, Argentina:

Thank you for your continued support of the ministry here. What a great privilege it is for us to be working together to reach the people of Argentina for Christ!

We currently have our annual work team here. It is put together by Pastor Bill Park. It is encouraging for us to see familiar faces each year as we are co-laboring for the Lord. This year is even more unique as we have individuals and church groups that have each been here before, but never together. It is a blessing to see God weaving together His tapestry of building His church!

Our winter youth camp was a great success with about fifty youth in attendance. Although it ended up being a rainy, soggy, muddy week there was fun for all and the Word of God was preached! Please pray for continued growth and steadfastness in the decisions that were made.

James has some health needs that will require a surgery on November 12. We are praying that the Lord will supply for the second cabin and swimming pool to be finished. Please pray also for Colby and Lesa Holmes as they launch out on a new church planting endeavor in a city about 45 minutes away from us.

Fall 2018 Canadian Board Meeting

General Director Tom Gibbons reported that they had a very profitable board meeting and luncheon on Monday in Kincardine, Ontario, Canada at Lighthouse Fellowship Baptist Church. It was a blessing to see former Board member Pastor David Clark out for the luncheon (far left in the picture above). Pastor Eric and Judy Watson served as hosts for the Gibbons. Several friends of the Mission and some who have served on building teams were in attendance as well. Also pictured is Emily Freeland, GMSA’s newest missionary.

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!