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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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Summer Camping Season

General director Tom Gibbons writes about the summer camp ministry:

As many of you who are in the US, Canada and the UK huddle near a cozy fire to ward off the winter chill, in the Southern Cone of South America January and February mean summer camping season is in full swing!

I wonder if some of you point back to a specific camp you attended that ended up being a “watershed” experience in your spiritual life. Would you take a moment to pray for over a thousand people of all ages who will hear God’s Word at camp during the South American summer? Remember those who will hear the gospel for the first time, others who will be convicted about something specific in their life, and some who will be challenged to surrender to full-time Christian service. Pray for the GMSA missionaries and National brethren who are serving side by side during this camping season in Argentina, Chile and Uruguay.

Argentina, in Chivilcoy, Buenos Aires
Youth Camp February 5-10

Uruguay, in Paysandu
Family Camp February 5-10

Chile, in Pirque, near Santiago
Kid’s camp January 23-27
Family camp January 29-31 and February 1-3
Teen camp February 5-10

Chile, in Lican Ray, near Villa Rica
Family camps
January 22-27
February 5-10
February 12-17

Youth camps
January 29-February 3 (13-17-year-olds)
February 19-24(18-25-year-olds)

Potential Property for Bible Institute

GMSA missionaries and national church fellowship leaders hope to purchase a property next Wednesday for a new Bible Institute in Temuco, Chile. It has great potential with good drainage, multilevel landscape and some forest with a small creek in the bottom lined on both sides with second growth robles (a type of oak tree), plus a double access off the county road less than a kilometer in from the I-5 Pan-American highway into Temuco.

Please pray for this project to move forward so that the Bible institute can continue to carry out its mission, namely to train Christians to be the next generation of leaders in the South American churches.

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Annual Convention in Chile

This past Tuesday through Thursday Chilean pastors, church leaders and Chile Field GMSA missionaries gathered in Lican Ray, Chile for the Fellowship’s annual convention.  Nine pastors, pictured below, received recognition for completing over thirty years, and in some cases many more, in the ministry.  Please remember these servants as many labor well into their “retirement” years, and join us in praying “the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth (more) labourers into his harvest” (Matthew 9:38).

Pictured left to right are pastors who were recognized for 30 or more years of service in the fellowship: Celindo Marinao, Pedro Cabrera, José Pizarro, Victor Oñate, Cesar Sanhueza, Francisco Millanao, Ismael Vásquez, Miguel Mondaca, Alberto Gonzales.

2018 International Missions Conference

GMSA missionaries traveled overland and by air, from far and near, for the January 1-7 conference in Paysandú, Uruguay. At this writing some are still braving the Southern Cone highways and airports to make it back to their places of ministry.

“Thank you” hardly seems sufficient to express our gratitude to Dr. James Tillotson, President of Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary, for graciously accepting the invitation to speak eleven times to the GMSA team. As the delivered Word meddled in our spiritual lives, marriages and ministries in very down-to-earth ways, at times the chapel was filled with laughter and at times the solemn silence of personal conviction.

A very significant part of our conference involves ministering to the “MKs” (missionary kids). GMSA missionaries, David and Patti West (appointees to Argentina) and adult “MKs,” Danny and Kristi Gibbons (brother and sister) invested hours each day in the spiritual lives of our children and youth through Bible teaching, competitions and just “hanging out and having fun.” Thank you, Dave, Patti, Danny & Kristi!

Laughter often prevailed as missionaries gathered for food and fellowship. Times of testimony and prayer brought encouragement to burdened hearts.

Though sometimes it is difficult to make the time, trip and investment, conference is a much-needed highlight of our year as a mission family!

Perrys Welcomed to South America

The GMSA is pleased to welcome Mark and Bekah Perry to Chile for their first term of service.  Mark and Bekah join David and Kristi Flinck in a church plant underway in the northern mining city of Antofagasta.  The Perrys arrived in Chile just in time for a trans-Andean flight to Montevideo, Uruguay, then a five-hour road trip north to attend their first GMSA International Missionary Conference as missionaries.  Welcome Mark and Bekah!  Your arrival is an answer to the prayers of many!

“Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.”  Matthew 9:38

Pray for the Perrys, Flincks, and a third couple, the Maluendas (from Santiago, Chile), as they labor together to facilitate Christ building His church in Antofagasta.

The photo shows Mark and Bekah sharing their testimonies at the missions conference last week.