2018 Annual General Meetings

Today is the first of three days of meetings at the Fort Lauderdale headquarters of GMSA. Pictured below is the general council of the mission in their meeting this morning. Please pray for the business that is undertaken in these days.

 

Update from Nigel and Charis Kissick

U.K. General Secretary Nigel Kissick sent in an extensive update including the following about he and Charis’s ministry:

As we look back over the past year, we are thankful to The Lord for all His goodness, guidance and provision, and we can truly say that He is faithful.

We are thankful to him for each one of you who prayerfully and practically remember us and the work of the Mission.

We are also so thankful the Lord for the many openings to share about the work of the Mission and for the interest as Nigel has shared in mid weeks, missionary meetings and Sunday Services and other opportunities to present the Saviour who alone can change lives.

Nigel was invited to speak at a two week Gospel Mission back in October. Ballee Baptist Church had organised the Mission in Cullybackey College. Many from the church were proactive and invited friends, family, colleagues and neighbours. It was encouraging to sense The Lords presences and to know that folk were praying with expectant hearts. Since that Mission we know of a man trusting the Lord and only in the New year he passed away, as we write this update the old hymn comes to mind, ‘Life at best is very brief like the falling of a leaf, like the binding of a sheaf, be in time’.

As we look forward into 2018 we have a good number of engagements planned, whether here in Northern Ireland, in the South-West of England or later in the year in the city of Liverpool. Also at the end of 2018 the GMSA General Council has invited Rev. Paul Acheson and Pastor Ian Wilson to travel out to Chile to be the main speakers to our international missions conference, we would be leaving on the 27th December 2018 and returning on the 8th January 2019, please join with us in prayer for Gods provision and His help to be given to these men who will be speaking on twelve occasions to the Missionaries.

Again be assured your support in any way does not go unnoticed, we are truly grateful to everyone of you who
stand with us as we endeavour to make the work of our Missionaries known throughout the UK and Ireland.
Please check out our GMSA web page and while there look for the Southern Sentinel Blog were you will
find constant updates with the work and our workers.

God Bless!

Nigel & Charis Kissick

 

Wests in Argentina: May 2018 Update

Missionaries Dave and Patti West report:

In summary, our paperwork has been submitted and we have temporary residency. Our language skills are slowly improving. We have a car and a permanent place to live. The committee has been formed to begin the process of establishing the new school of ministry. It is a slow process, but through your prayers and support it is going forward.

We cannot tell you how thrilled, challenged and humbled we are through it all. Every day we have something new to look forward to, something new to learn. We are thankful that we have partners like you to support us and pray us through. May the Lord add His blessing to all that we do for His name’s sake.

Please pray for:

  • Our continual increase in language acquisition and practical ability.
  • That our paperwork would continue smoothly and we would get our ID cards relatively soon.
  • That the committee will have wisdom as steps are taken in the development of the school.
  • That our tutor times and other times of speaking with people would be profitable in more ways than just language acquisition.
  • That we would have wisdom and be able to be helpful to those whom we host in our mission home and apartment.

To read their entire update, click here: May_2018_Update.

 

In Memory: Cal and Alice Arnold

Dear Praying Friends,

We learned last night that Alice Arnold, wife of former GMSA Chairman of the US Board, has gone home to heaven. Cal passed away on August 28, 2015. The Arnolds were a part of the Mission family since 1956 and Cal served as Chairman of the US Board for many years, until his retirement in November of 2004. For a decade or more, after Cal’s career retirement, they routinely attended our annual GMSA conferences in South America.

We are grateful for the many servants of God, unknown to some, who had a significant role in shaping the GMSA as we know it today.

Please pray for the Arnolds’ children and grandchildren, and thank the Lord with us for their faithful service for nearly five decades!

 

Holmes on the Road

Missionaries Colby and Lesa Holmes report from furlough:

Dear Praying Friends,

Just a little note to let you all know we are fine and coming to the end of our furlough meetings. It has been a busy few months but we have enjoyed seeing our supporters again, and meeting new friends.

Our last meeting is June 10th. Then we will be heading down south, ultimately on to Florida for annual mission meetings. Pray for protection on the road.

Thank you, dear ones, for praying for us, giving and standing along side of us as we face a new ministry before us. Lord willing, we will start working in a new city for us, Bragado, Argentina.

If you have any questions please feel free to write us and ask!

In Christ, Our Hope,
Colby, Lesa and Jonathan

 

Morrell Updates on Camp, Church, Argentina Field

Missionary James Morrell reports:

Camp

Tomorrow starts a three-day nen’s retreat. Pray that many will be able to come and for God’s will to be accomplished in the hearts of the men in attendance.

May 26-June 8 we will host a work team from the United Kingdom. Please pray for the men and women as they prepare to come and for an effective time of work while they are here. We plan to continue working on the pool and the second cabin. Many of those coming are skilled craftsmen.

Church

The Gibbons have been faithfully serving the Lord here in Chivilcoy and have seen God build His church from the very beginning. The time has come for the church to support its own pastor and so the Gibbons are moving on to Florida where Tom will now be the director for the mission. The new pastor in Chivilcoy will be David Diaz from Chile. David and Carolina will be moving to Chivilcoy on June 2. Please pray for the transitions of these two families as they move into new ministry and for the Chivilcoy church as they adjust to a new pastor.

New Role in Mission Leadership

As Tom has become the director for the mission, James has become the new Argentine field director. Please pray for James as he learns his new role and wisdom to lead as we seek to plant more churches in Argentina. Please pray for more missionaries to answer God’s call to help build His church in Argentina. Our next targeted city is Bragado which is about 40 minutes SW of Chivilcoy.  Veteran missionaries Colby and Lesa Holmes Lord willing will be returning to Argentina in July to begin this work along with Lois Kenney and Lois McAllister. Please pray for another ministry couple to join them and for the hearts of people to be prepared to hear God’s Good News!

 

Missionary Ladies Get Together in Chile

Earlier this month there was the first ever GMSA “ladies get together.” All nine GMSA ladies from Chile were able to travel from their ministry locations to spend several days together at the mission property in Santiago. The time away was needed and it was encouraging to all the ladies. They didn’t have children, husbands, or dishes to worry about. And they had lots of time to relax and enjoy fellowship, including attending local churches for the Sunday services.

Please pray for our GMSA missionary ladies: (L to R)

  • Gaby Beyer – Bible Correspondence Course ministry in Temuco
  • Liz Thompson – Christian Camping and local church ministry in Lican Ray
  • Earlynne Thompson – Bible Institute ministry in Temuco & local church ministry in Radal
  • Kristi Flinck – church planting ministry in Antofagasta
  • Bekah Perry – church planting ministry in Antofagasta
  • Kolette Thompson – Bible Institute ministry in Temuco
  • Becca Vallette – Christian camping ministry in Pirque
  • Diane Steward – church planing ministry in Coquimbo
  • Sharon Bisbee – local church ministry in Alto Hospicio

 

Men and Ladies Bible Studies in Antofagasta, Chile

Please pray for the discipleship work that is being done by the Flincks, Perrys, and Maluendas as they seek to make and mature disciples who will make more disciples in the northern reaches of Chile.