Work Team at Chivilcoy Camp, Argentina

People love coming to serve the Lord in the construction of our camp facilities, cooking, and cleaning. They work for the Lord and the furtherance of the Gospel in every bit of energy expended while here. It’s also a blessing to them to participate in our Sunday services and special men’s and ladies meetings while here. We are so thankful for them and their work as they are a blessing to us and to our congregation as well! Thank the Lord for those who are willing to sacrifice and serve the Lord in this way!


UNO Youth Retreat

The UNO National Youth Retreat was held recently at Pirque. There were approximately 100 on camp: 75 campers and 25 staff and retreat speakers. Former GMSA church planter, Jonny Rea, was the main speaker for the youth retreat.

The youth retreat had several workshops each day that focused on leadership, counseling, discipleship and missions.

Please pray with us for these young people!


Pennsylvania Work Team November 2018

Pastors Bill Park and Bill Muller led a work-team from Pennsylvania at Camp Pirque, near Santiago, Chile. They worked on a cabin on the camp site, among a number of other projects. They are pictured above in front of the soccer field we have previously shown in this blog.

The team will now make their way back to the US from Chile. We are grateful for these ones who labored at the camp in Pirque, Chile, and for another group (some of the same people) who worked at the camp in Chivilcoy, Argentina.


A Few Good Men

by Pastor Matt Postiff

We are often reminded that “there is none good, no not one.” And that is true because of God’s perfect standard of good. Nevertheless, God wants us to be good, and He is busy about transforming His people into good people.

Years ago, the former pastor of our church, known to some of you reading this, would routinely ask people how they were doing. You would think nothing of it, because it seemed to be the start of a routine conversation. “I’m good,” you would answer. “Wait a minute!” Pastor would reply with a loud voice. “The Bible says there is none good, no not one!” It was a real “gotcha” which worked because of the turn on the word ‘good’ in which it is being used in two different senses—one sense in your response and a different sense in Romans 3:12.

But in fact there are people whom God has deemed to call good because His salvation has made them good. His Word records a number of examples:

  • There is Barnabas, who “was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith” (Acts 11:24).
  • “There was a man named Joseph (of Arimathea), a council member, a good and just man” (Lk. 23:50).
  • There was another Joseph, betrothed to Mary, who was a just man (Matthew 1:19).
  • There is a class of good men of whom Jesus spoke: “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things” (Matt. 12:35).
  • This is like the passage that says, “a good man obtains favor from the LORD” (Prov. 12:2) and “a good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children” (Prov. 13:22; see also 14:14).
  • There is Job, who “was blameless and upright, and one who feared God and shunned evil.” (Job 1:1 and repeated several other times).
  • Another was Cornelius. Others reported of him that “he is a righteous and God-fearing man, who is respected by all the Jewish people” (Acts 10:22). His Old Testament faith was completed as he believed in the Jewish Messiah.
  • Another was “Ananias, a devout man according to the law, having a good testimony with all the Jews who dwelt there” (Acts 22:12).
  • Abraham was called “God’s friend” (James 2:23). We cannot imagine God having a “friend” who is bad!
  • David was a man after God’s own heart (Acts 13:22).
  • Zacharias and Elizabeth “were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless” (Luke 1:6).
  • Phoebe was a servant of the church in Cenchrea who was a helper of many (Romans 16:1-2).
  • There are Priscilla and Aquila, and many others mentioned in Romans 16.

It is God’s business to turn people who are not good into people are who are. Justification declares us to be righteous based on the righteousness of another, so we are “good” in the estimation of God as He sees us in Christ. More than that, the initial gift of regeneration makes us into new people. This gives us the basic equipment we need to be genuinely good in practice. Through the ongoing process of sanctification, God gradually transforms us so that we become something different than we were. God is working to transform our behavior, our minds, our character, our attitudes, and everything about us so that we become good, like His Son. Yes, God is working to change our personalities—not to eliminate the beautiful diversity that distinguishes us from one another, but to progressively eradicate those sinful parts of our personalities until we reach glory.

Goodness is a gift from God. It is a communication of His infinite goodness to finite creatures. It is not something we work up to, pulling ourselves up by our own bootstraps. I am so thankful for that.

But what to do when we fail to be good? We often fall short. Some temptation grabs hold of us. Some emotions or words come out which are contrary to the Spirit’s influence. We behave inappropriately.

In our failures, the ancient sage Job is a great example. God tells us that He was a good man. But even Job got off track when he spoke out of turn against God. In Job 40:3-5 and 42:1-6, Job admitted that he was wrong. He repented in dust and ashes. Then God declared that Job spoke what was right, and accepted him (42:7-9). Thanks to God that He is merciful to those with a contrite heart and a broken spirit.

The somewhat paradoxical truth of the situation is this: for a person to be godly, he must repent when he sins. Said another way, a good person responds to sin in her life by changing her mind about that sin, confessing it to the Lord and asking for help to avoid it in the future. The righteous repent. The unrighteous do not repent. Repentance is a mark of the righteous. Of course, a person who never sinned would never need repentance. But that is not our lot—not until after the rapture. And so, for us to be like Christ, we have to do something that Christ never had to do, and that is repent!

Take courage, dear friends! When you stumble, express to God that contrition that you know He loves. Be broken over sin, and God will receive your penitent prayer with openness, mercy, and grace.

The disciples asked the Lord if there were few who would be saved. The answer was, in short, yes. The door is narrow, and the way is difficult. The Lord wants a few good men. You probably know this phrase from the advertising slogan of the U.S. Marines. The phrase is known from 1799 (1779 by some accounts), when Captain William Jones advertised for “a few good men” to serve on the ship called Providence. That message has stuck for over 200 years. There is something special about being one of the “few,” especially when those few are good.

There are no good people in one sense. But, there are a few good people in another sense. May God multiply that tribe. May you all be “good ministers of Jesus Christ” (1 Timothy 4:6) and “good stewards of the manifold grace of God” (1 Peter 4:10).

May the Lord bless you,

Matt Postiff
Pastor of Fellowship Bible Church in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA, and GMSA US Board secretary


Spring in Argentina: Update from Dave and Patti West

Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. (2 Tim 2:15)

My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment. (Jam 3:1)

These texts underscore the importance of properly handling and teaching the Word of God. Those who teach come under higher scrutiny because what they teach is what others often apply to their lives. The trajectory of an entire generation can be affected by the false or inaccurate teaching of Scripture. While God’s grace often overrides our missteps in the teaching platform, it is still vitally important for those who going to become pastors, church planters and missionaries to devote themselves to proper preparation and to acquire the exegetical skills necessary to understand and teach from the Bible.

For this reason, the curriculum for the school here in Chivilcoy has as a foundation, classes on the Bible, biblical languages, hermeneutics and exegesis. Is it necessary to learn Hebrew and Greek to preach the Bible? Maybe not. There is an abundance of language helps. But if having a working knowledge of these languages will help a preacher or teacher better understand the meaning of a text, then yes, it is necessary. What’s more, hermeneutics and exegesis will better enable a student to understand and apply the meaning of the text in order to teach it with accuracy. So we continue to work on creating the best possible core curriculum to give our future students the tools to understand and teach the Word.

Speaking of students, I (Dave) had the privilege of attending a youth conference in Buenos Aires for the young people from our fellowship. There were close to ninety young men and women attending. As I looked upon this group, I prayed that the Lord would use some of them to lead the ministry here in Argentina. What potential.

As the school is still in the development stages, much of our time is occupied in the orientation process. Patti and I have our temporary residency cards (DNI) but we are still working on Mike’s card. Wednesday, we traveled to Buenos Aires to visit immigrations again and were given approval papers for Michael. Now we just await the arrival of his DNI card. We are so thankful to the Lord for causing us to clear this hurdle.

We are helping out at the property where the camp and future school will be. Mike and I mostly cut grass (about 20 acres worth) and help with the mundane things that free our camp development director (James Morrell) to do more important things. Patti has also been enlisted to use her sewing machine to do repairs on curtains.

Patti and I are still making good use of our tutors in order to improve our Spanish. They are good at what they do but we present them with huge challenges. We are making progress even though some days we feel like we can’t speak either Spanish or English. Our son Mike is challenged in the area of reading (in English), but he has also expressed a greater desire to learn Spanish. This is a great step for him.

This first year is seven months old already. The time is rapidly going by. The Lord has been gracious to us and we recognize this almost every day. We so appreciate those of you who love and support this ministry. Your prayers for us are vital. We love to receive your notes of encouragement. It reminds us that we are not alone in this work.

Your Partners in Argentina,
Dave, Patti  and Michael West
2 Timothy 2:2


Missions Conference at Appalachian Bible College

General director Tom Gibbons reports from West Virginia: The missions conference at Appalachian Bible College ended with lunch today. We had so many opportunities to converse with students who are seeking God’s direction for the future. Pray for them to be encouraged by their interaction with us. While here it was a special treat to be with MK Brian Vallette; Lorenzo Rossi from the Fray Bentos, Uruguay Church; Jansen Lorch who did an internship in Antofagasta, Chile last summer; and numerous students who participated in the ABC building team to camp Chivilcoy, Argentina in March.



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.