Going into Career Missions
Have you thought about serving the Lord in the Great Commission by going to a foreign field? Is the southern cone of South America where you might be called to minister? GMSA offers several ways that you can be involved by “going.”
The Need and Opportunities
Opportunities abound on all three South American fields. By 2011 counts, there are 40.7 million people in Argentina, 3.4 million in Uruguay, and 17.2 million in Chile. This makes for a total of 61.3 million souls. Millions upon millions need Christ as Savior and need to be part of a Bible-teaching, gospel-centered church.
As has been the case since our Lord spoke the words of Matthew 9:37-38, there is a “labor shortage” in fulfilling the Great Commission. We have been praying that the Lord will raise up another 100 missionaries from the U.S., Great Britain, and Canada to work in areas such as the following.
- One couple to help David and Kristi Flinck in the Antofagasta church plant. Antofagasta is a city of about 400,000 souls. God is answering this prayer with a new couple ministering alongside the Flincks starting in early 2018. They are Mark and Bekah Perry.
- Two couples to start a church in Arica, a city of about 190,000.
- Two couples to start a church in Calama, a city of about 140,000.
- Two couples to start a church in Curico, a city of about 120,000.
- Two couples to start a church in Iquique, a city of about 226,000.
- Multiple teams to plant churches in the greater Santiago area, a city of about 5.5 million inhabitants.
- Two couples to start a church in Chacabuco, a city of 35,000 people.
- Two couples to start a church in Zárate, a city of 114,000 people.
- Two couples to start a church in Pergamino, a city of 104,000 people.
- Two couples to start a church in Junín, a city of 94,000 people.
- Two couples to start a church in Bragado, a city of 40,000 people. God is answering this need with a by sending veteran missionaries Colby and Lesa Holmes.
- Two couples to start a church in Colón, Entre Rios, a city of 27,000 people.
- Two couples to start a church in Concepción del Uruguay, Entre Rios, a city of 65,000 people.
- Two couples to start a church in Mercedes, a city of 52,000 people.
- One couple to help at the Paysandú camp. Paysandú is a city of about 76,000 people.
- Two couples to start a church in Rivera, a city on the border of Brazil with 64,000 inhabitants. The immediately neighboring city of Santana do Livramento in Brazil makes Rivera an “international city” of 200,000 inhabitants.
- wo couples to start a church in Tacuarembó, a city of 55,000 people.
- Two couples to start a church in Trinidad, a city of 21,000 people.
- Two couples to start a church in Bella Unión, a city of 12,200 people.
In the entire GMSA
- There are dozens of other cities that are targeted for church planting.
- Bible institute and college-level training is an important facet of preparing national men and women for church ministry. We need 20 faithful servant-mentors willing to train the next generation of Christian pastors and teachers.
- Christian camps are a great tool for evangelism of youth, refreshment of pastors and missionaries, and the building up of Christian families. GMSA needs 16 camp workers to lead in camp ministries, camp facility development, leadership training to take advantage of the available opportunities.
- There are also opportunities for full and part-time office ministry for the home board, on the field, or at the international headquarters in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
Counting the Cost
Candidates should “count the cost” before applying, and be prepared to fully trust the Lord through the process of orientation, deputation, language training, and ultimately field work. Any sacrifice made for Christ here will be far outweighed by the exceeding and eternal weight of glory that awaits His faithful servants (2 Cor 4:17).
Candidates are channeled through the Home Council in the country of their application (USA, Canada, Great Britain). The respective Council will substantiate their soundness in the faith on all the fundamental truths as stated in our beliefs. Should their views on any doctrine or procedure differ or subsequently change, they are expected to inform the Mission. Mission leaders will arrange dates for an orientation program. Final acceptance is by the respective Home Council.