By: Matt Postiff
March 21, 2018
Pictured above: David and Patti West, and their son Michael, commissioned for service in Argentina on February 25, 2018, at Wild Rose Baptist Church.
Dear Praying Partners,
It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto thy name, O Most High: To shew forth thy lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night, (Psalm 90:1, 2)
What a blessing you are to us. As we sit here at the mission house in Fort Lauderdale, I am looking at our luggage all stuffed, weighed and tagged. I think of all that we have had to do these past couple of days to work off our to-do list; a very long to-do list. I am thinking also of all the provision that the Lord has sent our way to make all of this manageable. And that makes us think of you. The Lord has used you to bring us to this day. Your prayers, your encouragement, your support have sustained us and enabled us to take this final step before leave for Argentina. How we thank the Lord for you.
Tuesday we headed to the airport, but some red tape prevented us from leaving for South America. So, we will try again Wednesday. Then Thursday morning, Lord willing, we will land in Buenos Aires and be off to Chivilcoy via the Morrell-mobile (one of our fellow missionaries in Chivilcoy). So, our next report will be the tale of our travels and our first few weeks on the field. I can’t tell you how excited we are to begin that for which we have shared with the churches these past several years. What a wonderful thing the Lord has done. Thank you for your part, your “stake” in this ministry.
Praises: All of our funding for outfit and passage has been provided. Our van was quickly sold here in Florida. The USA side of our documentation has worked out properly. We are in good health and ready to go.
Prayer: For our grown children that we have to say good-bye to, that they would live for the Lord. That the Lord would oversee our transition to life in Argentina; language, culture, paperwork, etc. That all of our luggage would meet us in Buenos Aires!
The Lord Richly Bless You,
Dave, Patti and Michael West
2 Timothy 2:2
By: Matt Postiff
March 20, 2018
Just in! A flyer calling for workers to help build at two Christian camps in South America in October and November of 2018. Do you have two or four weeks to invest in Christian ministry? This is a great way to invest that time for eternity. And, you will be changed forever by the experience!
The camp is in Argentina not far from the capital Buenos Aires, and the other is near Santiago, Chile.
Contact anyone listed in the flier shown below for more details. You may also visit this page for a little more information.
By: Matt Postiff
March 14, 2018
“Praise ye the LORD. O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.” Psalm 106:1
We praise God for his many blessings that He has poured out upon us! We appreciate His hand at work in our lives and the lives of the people around us. We recently had our very first youth camp here at the camp that we are developing in Chivilcoy. What a blessing it was to see the first cabin complex filled with youth who heard the gospel clearly preached by Pastor Mark Philbrick from Clinton, Maine. There were several that made decisions for Christ throughout the week. Please join us in praying for growth in these young people.
We have been blessed to see advancements here at camp in the last couple of months with the addition of a large swimming pool that is designed for sports activities as well as cooling refreshment! Because the water table can get very high here (within thirty inches from the surface), we had to construct the pool above grade. This of course adds to the expense as we have to add fill and retaining walls all the way around, but God is providing and we are grateful for His provision! In the next few months we will be receiving several mission teams including two from the United Kingdom who will focus on some of the finishing details. Please pray for the funds to complete the task and safety as we work.
The second cabin continues to progress toward completion. One of the bathrooms is virtually completed and we are now focusing on constructing the rooms on the four corners of the complex. This last week we received a team from Appalachian Bible College. While here they worked on pouring the concrete floor among other projects, like playground equipment! Please pray for the team as we work together March 5-10.
Thank you for praying!
By: Matt Postiff
February 21, 2018
Building projects are routinely underway on all three fields to facilitate local church, Bible Institute and camp ministries. We may never know all the details, but we see God’s generous provision all the time, both in man-power and finance.
We were glad to hear this morning of advances on the chapel in Radal, Chile, where Daryl & Earlynne Thompson serve. Daryl writes,
We seem to keep busy these days with the construction in Radal. About 80 percent of the roof is on. Hope to finish the rest this week. Have appreciated Ramon helping me to keep this in order. We are thankful for a number of volunteers who have helped to get the building roofed in.
Please remember in prayer the last youth camp of the season (ages 18-24) ending on Saturday in Lican Ray, Chile. These last two weeks of February are also when many churches hold their VBS.
By: Matt Postiff
February 9, 2018
General Director Tom Gibbons writes about a good problem to have:
For David and Kristi Flinck, diminishing space due to church growth has become an encouraging problem in Antofagasta, northern Chile, where they have served for seven years. Content just to find affordable housing in this prosperous mining city of 400,000, they rented a 10th floor apartment for their family of six in May of 2011. After two months, they began holding Wednesday night Bible studies in their apartment, and then the following month Sunday meetings. Before long, they were praying for a house with more space! Through God’s provision, such a home was able to be purchased thirteen months after their arrival. Today their living room is bursting at the seams. Why? Because the primary focus of their church planting ministry is people.
While compelled by the goal of God’s glory, our primary focus in church planting is never buildings, but people. Buildings become necessary tools for ministry, but when Jesus saw the multitudes (Mt. 9:36), He didn’t worry about where they would meet, dream about the facility he would build some day, or obsess over how he would ever pay for it. He was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. Missionaries who engage in church planting rarely do so because they’ve been promised the necessary financial resources to buy or build a facility. They do so because they have passion for the lost as Christ has passion for the lost.
The focus of church planting must always be people: their salvation and transformation. When the servants of God sow the Gospel seed, the Spirit of God works, and the Son of God builds His Church. Making disciples (rightly called the planting of the Lord) inevitably results in spiritual growth and numerical multiplication, which creates an encouraging problem: where to physically put the planting of the Lord for three or four hours a week, so they can be kept watered and growing. Having personally witnessed the process of establishing a church from birth to young adulthood over a span of 18 years, we marvel at how God took care of this practical need through every stage of growth, with perfect timing and always debt free.
Missionaries will usually choose a home in their host city with a large enough garage or living room to begin holding meetings. As Christ builds His Church, that space will grow cramped. In the summer it may be hot and stuffy, but the acoustics will make the neighbors think that hundreds are tucked away inside when they sing! What a thrill to “suffer” through this encouraging problem in the miraculous birthing process of a Christ-built church.
Were it not for Christ’s motivating passion for lost people, one might have reasoned that Antofagasta was too far north and way too expensive to make a go of planting a church there. However, we’re not called to “make a go of it” or “give it a whirl.” We’re called to go and make disciples. Christ has promised to build His Church…and in Antofagasta, Chile, His Church is storming the gates of hell.
The Biblical church-planting focus of reaching people for Christ has produced spiritual growth and numerical multiplication to the point where there’s no more room in the Flinck house. That’s a problem that encourages. Join us in praying for a strategic, God-tailored location where this young ministry will have space to keep growing. We know God is able.
If you would like to learn more about the challenge, contact David and Kristi Flinck. Please remember the Flincks, National Pastor Andrés and Cecilia Maluenda, and new missionaries Mark and Bekkah Perry, in their team effort to establish the church in Antofagasta.