New Building Project at Camp Pirque

Missionaries Dan and Becca Vallette write:

Dear friends,

Thank you for you’re prayers. We finally started the bathroom project here at Camp Pirque. The idea is to transform the existing missionary storage building into bathroom, reception office and nurses station (for the downstairs) and an office and rooms (for the new second level).

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We had a very productive work team from Pennsylvania, led by Pastor Bill Park. The team came down to do some roof demolition for us. In order to start redoing first floor, we needed to take the roof off. We were very impressed with the quality of roof that we found. The wood rescued from the demolition will be recycled in other projects around the camp.

Here are some pictures that show the process of the taking off of the roof. We had to empty the maintenance building first (no small task), take off a side roof and then proceed to take off the metal sheets, and finally the trusses. We praise the Lord for safety during this process.

Thank you once again for keeping us in you’re prayers.

Continue to pray for safety during this process.

More pictures to follow as we progress.

Serving Him,
Dan Vallette

Editor’s Note: The GMSA family wants to express thanks to the Lord for a generous donation that was received for the Pirque Camp, shortly after this post was originally published. God is good and we thank Him for entrusting some more resources to us for His work.

 

Wests in Language School

November 2, 2017

Fil 1:6  estando persuadido de esto, que el que comenzó en vosotros la buena obra, la perfeccionará hasta el día de Jesucristo;(RV 1960)

Phil 1:6  being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;(NKJV)

Paul wrote to the Philippians and spoke of his gratitude for the work that the Lord was doing in them. For Paul it meant encouragement that the Philippians were a good work in progress. For the Philippians it was assurance that what God was doing would continue and that it would come to a delightful end.  The Lord was doing something wonderful in them and it would continue until it was completed; in this case the work would continue until the return of Christ.

As well, everything in life has a beginning, some duration and, eventually, an end. Every day, every week, every month, every task, every project, every phase in life has a beginning, a process and an end.

Right now we are in the process of learning Spanish. It is a good work, but it is a WORK. In December, Lord willing, we will receive our certificate of completion and bring to a close our time here at RGBI. (The process of learning Spanish, however, will continue until the end of our days I am afraid!)  As we hit the midpoint of the semester we are amazed that we have made it this far. Learning a language is a challenging and often humbling process. But it is a process that will have an end (a qualified end), and we have the assurance that the Lord will see us through. This is true for the homework we do today, graduation in December and the establishment of a Bible College in Argentina in years to come.

We are so thankful for those of you who pray for us regularly. Many of you not only keep us before the Lord in prayer, but you also invest in us materially through financial support. Without you all, we would never have made it to this point, and going on would be pointless. What a blessing you are. Patti and I continue to work hard to learn our lessons and complete our tasks. Our son Mike keeps himself busy with work at the Koinonia coffee shop here on campus, and with frequent walks around campus. The next three or four weeks will be particularly challenging as we face deadlines for some important projects. The second semester language school students will also be doing the chapel service in Spanish next week on November 9 (very scary!).

We praise the Lord for His sustaining us through this arduous task of language learning. We praise Him for the grace that encourages us to keep plowing. He has taken care of all our material needs of food and raiment, and then some.

Please continue to pray for us as we come to the most challenging part of the semester. We are also praying that God will bring some more churches to partners with us. In light of this, we could use wisdom to know exactly what to do when we leave RGBI.

Thank you for your ministry of prayer on our behalf,
Dave and Patti West
2 Timothy 2:2

“Trabajando, Orando, Mejorando”
(Working, Praying, Improving)

To keep even more current on our deputation ministry, please “like” our Wests to Argentina page on Facebook.

 

Camp Pirque and Vallette Update

Editor’s note: This letter is from Dan and Becca Vallette. Due to technical and scheduling issues, we could not publish it until now.

September 2017

Dear Friends and Family,

Thank you for your prayers and encouragement as we serve the Lord in the camp ministry in Chile.  We count it a privilege to be able to serve the Lord here.

During mid July, Santiago experienced snow – about 4 inches in our area! It is highly unusual for it to snow in the city. Vanesa & Camila were attending the winter retreat at Camp Pirque.  They enjoyed snowball fights, building snowmen and the breath-taking beauty.

Monthly soccer games began last March.  One Saturday in the month, men meet together, have a time of Bible teaching, prayer and play soccer.  Several visitors have attended.  The last time they played soccer, there were enough men for three teams.  

We are looking forward to have a short-termer from High Point come in September. Burton Taylor graduated this last June and will be spending three months with us helping with several projects around the camp.  He came last year with the youth group.

Preliminary work on the transformation of the existing storage building to an updated bathroom-shower facility will begin soon!  Please pray that things will run smoothly and the work will get done before summer (January 2018).  Once this is done, renovation on the cabins can begin.  “The List” as we call it, is extensive.  “The List” includes small and large projects to improve existing areas of the camp as well as add new ones.  Please pray for wisdom as we prioritize and administer resources.

The church we attend, Union de Centros Biblico Monteverde , is in the planning process of planting a church at camp.  According to the 2012 Chile census, there was 8% growth in Santiago.  In Pirque there was 32% growth. There is a need for a Bible-teaching church.  A couple from our church will be heading up the church plant and we will be serving in a support role.  It is exciting to see churches multiply and see the Chileans taking the lead.

We are looking forward to a work team coming from the states as well as a work team from Canada.  There is always room for more to join.Thank you for your continued prayers and financial support!

Serving Him,
Dan & Becca Vallette  Keven, Bryan, Vanesa and Camillla.

 

Praise God for His Faithfulness!

Here is the October update from James and Donelle Morrell:

“Hear my prayer, O LORD, give ear to my supplications: in thy faithfulness answer me, and in thy righteousness.” Psalm 143:1 The Lord has indeed heard and answered our prayers! Since the completion of the first cabin complex (large enough for 60 people) and our inaugural men’s retreat in May, we are moving forward with plans to host other events as well. We are thankful for the Lord’s provision over the years of both finances to build and manpower to see it done. To God be the glory for great things He has done!

“And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.” 2 Timothy 2:2 From October 2-5 we will be hosting the Avance Pastoral in which we will receive 80-100 pastors, missionaries and church leaders from Argentina, Chile and Uruguay. The purpose of the conference is to edify, encourage and provide training for the leadership of churches within our fellowship. Pastor Matt Postiff from Michigan and Pastor Alejandro Peluffo from Argentina will be bringing the messages during the conference. Please pray for safety as the men travel and that God would accomplish His work in the lives of each on in attendance.

“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.” Ephesians 3:20,21 We are planning on hosting our youth retreat on our facility for the first time in February 2018 which brings the need to have a pool completed to accommodate the hot climate. As we neared the completion of the first cabin it was very clear that we were not going to have enough funds to complete the second cabin let alone think about doing a pool. Yet as we sought the Lord in prayer, He has been faithful in providing funds to construct the major part of the pool and at least a portion of the second cabin. For now, we are focusing on the middle section of the cabin which with provide us with more bathroom facilities. The plan is to house the ladies in the first cabin and boys will sleep in the main building and use the new bathroom facilities presently under construction. Praise the Lord for His continued provision in ways and times that we least expect! Please pray that God would continue to provide the funds necessary to complete the pool area and second cabin.

 

Need for Bible College Facilities in Uruguay

Missionary Sergio Duarte writes about the ministry of the College of Biblical Studies of Uruguay:

From the beginning, FEBU’s main goal has been to equip its students for service. We place great effort into offering adequate training to those that, by the grace of God, are being prepared to serve the Lord. In order to better  accomplish this objective, we believe it is essential to provide a place where students are not only receiving  academic training, but are also being discipled and challenged in both character building and hands-on ministry. Classes are currently being held in a church building, for which we are grateful. However, we see the importance of having our own facilities for classroom space and dormitories.

Every semester we have 20 or more students enrolled. Some of them come from different parts of Uruguay and from other countries as well (currently from Argentina and Costa Rica). The lack of housing has been a road block for some potential students who would like to come but have no place to stay. Therefore, the Building Project is critical to achieve our main goal.

The blueprints above show the proposed new building which includes dorms, classrooms, bathrooms, a conference room, and a library. You can play an active role in this exciting project: praying faithfully to God for His provision and guidance, coming down to Uruguay and lending a helping hand, or however He may lead. Would you help us to see this burden become a reality?

For further information please feel free to contact Missionary Sergio Duarte at sergioandreaduarte@gmail.com and phone: 011 598 98811572.

 

2017 Tri-Country Pastor’s Conference

The Tri-Country Pastor’s Conference was held October 2 through 5, 2017. The preaching was on 2 Corinthians 3-5 and the practical matter of how the Bible instructs us to minister to unrepentant church members.

Nearly half of the pastors were held up at the border both before and after the conference by a snow storm in the Andes mountains. But, even with some taking 48 hours of travel each way, they persevered and all enjoyed a wonderful time of fellowship and instruction in the Word. The camp facilities at “Parque UCB” in Chivilcoy were wonderful. Though not completed, they were very comfortable for the 95 or so men who stayed on site.

Please continue to pray:

  • For each of the pastors and missionaries pictured below, remembering that each represents an entire local assembly with fellow brothers and sisters, and all the challenges that any church in North America might face.
  • For the Lord to raise up men who will take the nearly 30 places of ministry that are needed in either churches whose pastor will soon have to retire, or churches who presently do not have a pastor.
  • For the pastors and churches to maintain sound doctrine until the Lord returns for the church.

Thank you for upholding the conference before the Lord, and for supporting the missionaries and GMSA to make this kind of ministry possible!

 

Canadian Board Meeting

The Canadian board of GMSA met yesterday in Kincardine, Ontario at Lighthouse Fellowship Baptist Church. We heard recent reports from the fields of South America and prayed for the work there and at home.

Pictured above are Mrs. Peggy Clarke, Pastor David Clarke, Liz Wells, Shirley Lyons, Melody and Mel Smiley, GMSA Canadian board chairman Ed Stewart and his wife Diane Stewart, GMSA representative Dan and Margaret Burkholder, and Pastor Eric Watson. Not pictured are Pastor Matt Postiff (U.S. board secretary), and Canadian board members Pastor Steve Gordon, Harry Bouman, and treasurer Mark Switzer.

 

Pastor’s Conference October 2-5, 2017

Here is the schedule for the pastor’s conference to be held next week at the Chivilcoy camp. We have about 90 men registered. Please pray for the men traveling to the conference for many miles, the two speakers, meetings and Bible instruction, fellowship, mutual encouragement and, above all, that God will be glorified.