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!

 

Chile Missionary Meeting

Earlier this month, the GMSA missionaries in Chile met for fellowship and business, in the northern city of Antofagasta.

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Here are some of the missionaries who were present:

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Editor’s note: This spot near the Pacific Ocean always seems to be breezy: thus the wind-swept look of some of these folks!

 

Holmes Family Moving to Bragado, Argentina

Dear Praying Friends,

Thank you all for keeping us in prayer these months. We have good news! We found a home to rent. Yesterday we put a down payment on the home and the 10-11 of September we can start painting and cleaning the house. We should be bringing our things from Buenos Aires to Bragado the end of the month. We are very thankful to the Lord for supplying a home with three bedrooms, garage, and a lovely patio.

Thanks so much for praying. Now the work begins! Pray for souls to be saved in Bragado!

In Christ , Our Hope,
Colby, Lesa and Jonathan Holmes

Here are some pics of the home we have rented. It hasn’t been lived in for over a month so it needs cleaning. Lord willing I will send more pictures when we get it painted and cleaned up!

 

Emily Freeland Deputation Update

Emily Freeland is in her deputation assignment with Gospel Mission of South America. She writes about Camp Logos in Ohio:

“In late July, an unexpected phone call from a pastor looking for camp counselors turned into cross-border road trip. Camp Logos – from the Greek for “the Word” used in John 1:1 – is a ministry of several independent Bible churches in central Ohio. As a last minute addition to the staff, I had the privilege of leading a cabin of seven eleven-year-old girls for an entire week.

Away from daily distractions (and cell service!) in beautiful Tar Hollow State Park, we shared God’s Word with the campers through cabin devotions, chapel messages and missions-focused workshops.

At the end of the week, the campers learned about missionary families around the world (including some of my GMSA co-workers in Chile and Argentina) and spent time in prayer for their ministries.

While in Ohio, I also had the opportunity to share a testimony with the members of Athens Bible Church. As I went back through old pictures, pulling together a presentation, I was encouraged by reminders of God’s faithfulness throughout the past two years, from my first two-week visit to Chile in March 2016 to six months in the northern desert last year. Public speaking can be awkward sometimes, but I love talking about how God is at work!”

Emily was also able to spend a week of mornings at the Vacation Bible School of Faith Baptist Church. She has some prayer items as well:

Praise

  • The official beginning to deputation and pre-field ministry
  • Encouraging weeks at Camp Logos in Ohio and VBS at Faith Baptist
  • God’s strength and guidance throughout the busy summer season

Prayer

  • Fall ministry, including the weekly Awana program beginning in September
  • Wisdom in balancing work, ministry and school responsibilities
  • Continued opportunities to share what God is doing in Chile

 

Thank You Cedar Creek Bible Church!

Missionary Lois Kenney reports that a team from Cedar Creek Bible Church brought labor (and materials) to the Chivilcoy Camp. They just returned home today from Argentina. “It has been really nice having them in our home several times for supper, getting to know them better and having fellowship with them. We are thankful for their willingness to come and work on the camp construction project.”

There is a need to finish the second cabin complex before January/February 2019’s summer camp season. The building team organized by Pastor Bill Park needs additional laborers during the October 4-18, 2018 time frame. If you are able to go, please contact Lois or anyone you know through GMSA, and we can get you “plugged in”!

Thank you for your help in praying, giving, and going!

 

New Building, New Opportunities

A few months ago, the Lord provided a downtown location for the Antofagasta church to rent. The new location is right in the middle of everything in the center of the city and has provided some providential opportunities as well as challenges.

In the photo, the red arrow points you to where the rented building is located. Just to the right of the church location is a taller white building. It is a hotel that is used by people who work in the mining industry. Our new location has provided better exposure to those walking the streets in downtown Antofagasta. For example, two miners saw the church sign while walking by last night and attended the prayer meeting. They are far from their families and local churches and were please to find a church to gather with.

We are confident that the Lord has others in our city that He will save and we look forward to seeing how He will build His church in this needy city.

Prayers and supporters play an important role in this church plant. You are part of the Antofagasta church planting team!

 

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