By: Matt Postiff
March 4, 2020
Please pray for a work team from Idaho which is currently on the ground in southern Chile, working at the new Bible institute property and the nearby camp. We are thankful for the sacrifice they have made for the long journey and the hours of labor they are investing to advance the work of the Lord.
The team is currently working at Camp Lican Ray. The task before them is to start framing the new chapel building. Here is the latest progress:
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By: Matt Postiff
February 28, 2020
Born on August 14, 1922, in San Diego, California, Helen Aurora Aguilar Prado was the adopted only daughter of Rogelio and Virginia (Pardo) Aguilar. She graduated from high school in Los Angeles in 1939 and participated in World War II efforts by working as a riveter for Long Beach Crafts and serving in the U.S. Navy as a chaplain’s assistant and radio singer at Camp Pendleton (San Diego) until 1946.
Helen heard the Gospel at a VBS at the age of 5 and later trusted the Lord Jesus Christ in her teens, through the ministry of pastor/hymnwriter Albert Simpson Reitz. Following her naval career, she trained first at Biola and then at the Los Angeles Baptist Theological Seminary during the 1950’s, while also working in a hospital ministry.
Helen’s first missionary service was in Santiago, Chile, under ABWE, in the aftermath of the 1960 earthquake. There she met Juan Germán Prado (John), a Chilean Bible institute student at the time. They were married in 1963 and celebrated almost 45 years together.
After their marriage, the Prados worked and ministered in the Los Angeles area for several years. In 1972 they joined the Gospel Mission of South America. Their first mission field together was in Fray Bentos, Uruguay.
Later, due to health considerations, they moved to the field of Chile, where they spent the remainder of their missionary career in evangelism and church planting in Los Trapiales-Temuco, La Serena, Quillota, Dollinco, and Coquimbo.
John was promoted to Heaven in 2008. Helen continued on for a few years, with the object of fulfilling his dream of opening a church in the Elqui Valley. She retired at the age of 88 and spent her final years at Advent Christian Village in Dowling Park, Florida.
Following a brief illness, Helen Prado passed into the presence of her Lord and Savior on December 31, 2019. Now rejoicing forever and reunited with husband John, she is survived by countless spiritual children and grandchildren. “Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, And to present you faultless Before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, To God our Savior, Who alone is wise, Be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and forever. Amen.” (Jude 24-25).
By: Matt Postiff
February 27, 2020
Reverend Larry Allen Woodward, 81, Gardner, Kansas was promoted to glory, Saturday, December 21, 2019 at Olathe Medical Center, Olathe, Kansas. Graveside Service with Air Force Military Honors were held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, December 31, 2019 at Leavenworth National Cemetery, Leavenworth, Kansas.
Larry was born on August 23, 1938 in Russellville, Arkansas to Clarence S. and Florence (Reed) Woodward. He grew up in Russellville and graduated from high school in 1956.
After his graduation Larry joined the Air Force for four years. He married Lois E. Johnson on June 21, 1958 at Richard-Gebaur AFB in Grandview, Missouri. He attended Moody Bible Institute for three years and became an ordained minister.
Larry and Lois served as missionaries in Japan with The Overseas Christian Servicemen Center. Later, Larry attended Calvary Bible College to complete his Bachelor of Science Degree in Biblical Theology in 1970. While living in Florida, he earned a Masters Degree in Math Education at Nova University, which he used teaching math for 13 years in the St. Lucie county schools.
Upon retirement from teaching, he became the U.S. Director of the Gospel Mission of South America. Larry pastored several churches through the years in Kansas and Florida. When his health declined, he and Lois moved to Gardner, Kansas to be near family and became members of Ascend Church in Olathe, Kansas.
Larry loved his family and his country, but most of all, he loved his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, whom he served for over 60 years. His favorite Bible verse was II Corinthians 5:15, “And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.”
Larry was preceded in death by his parents and infant sister. He is survived by his wife Lois; daughters Kimberly Ann Woodward and Karla B. January – February 2020 Founded in 1923 by William Strong Sr. Helen A. Prado (Danny) Scherdin; grandson Seth Scherdin, all of Gardner, Kansas; and brother Conrad Woodward, of Russellville, Arkansas.
Editor’s note: I fondly remember Larry who, along with Lois, offered such friendly hospitality on the few occasions I saw them at the mission headquarters in Fort Lauderdale. He is missed. May more young men be raised up who share his 2 Cor. 5:15 passion. –Matt Postiff
By: Matt Postiff
February 16, 2020
Above are a few pictures from the work done last year in the fall in Argentina. This year, the same trip will run form Wednesday Oct 14 to Thursday Oct 29. We would love to have you join us and bring three to four workers with you. We will send more information in the near future!
By: Matt Postiff
February 14, 2020
Missionaries Tim and Cristina Goossen work in a church in Argentina which is holding a Vacation Bible School this week. Each night they have had meetings with the children in the community. They have asked for prayer for it:
Would you pray right now for the ministry, the children, the Goossens, and especially for God to open hearts of children and parents alike to the gospel of Jesus Christ? Let us intercede for their souls. Soli Deo Gloria.
By: Matt Postiff
February 10, 2020
Dear Friends and Family,
I am back in Chile and ministry has started once again. One of the first things I did was travel to Argentina for our missions conference. Our missionaries from Chile, Argentina and Uruguay were there. This was our first time at our camp in Argentina. It started on December 30th and ended the 5th of January. I then flew to Santiago and was there just over a week visiting friends. I am now back in Alto Hospicio.
One of the things that we usually do in February is have our summer vacation Bible school. Last year in October problems started in the country and many school classes were cancelled. Because of this, many schools may start early, in mid February instead of the beginning of March. We usually have our VBS the third week of February. Please pray for a time that will work for us and for the children.
I have been able to visit some of the children and even share some material I brought from the States.
Thank you so much for continuing to pray for me. God has supplied all my needs. I plan to help the church with some repairs that need to be done soon. Our church was broken into the other day but only a few things were stolen. We are in a poor area but God takes care of us. May God continue to bless each of you.
Love in Christ,
Queridos amigos y hermanos en Cristo,
Estoy en Chile nuevamente. Uno de las primeras cosas que hice después de llegar fue ir a Argentina por nuestra conferencia anual. Estuvo en nuestra campamento en Argentina por primera vez. Los misioneros de Chile, Argentina y Uruguay estaban allá. La conferencia empezó el 30 de diciembre y terminó el 5 de enero. Después viaje a Santiago, Chile y estuvé allí por un poco más de una semana visitando amigos. Ahora estoy en Alto Hospicio de nuevo.
Generalmente tenemos nuestra escuela biblica de vacaciones la tercera semana de febrero pero empezando en octubre del año pasado hubo muchos problemas y muchos colegios cerraron mucho antes. Por eso algunos colegios pueden empezar en la mitad de febrero. Oran que podemos encontrar una fecha para hacer la escuela biblica.
Gracias por sus oraciones.
El otro día algunas personas desconocidas entraron a robar en la iglesia de nuevo. No sacaron muchas cosas. Pero es difícil. Quiero ayudar con algunos de los gastos. Tenemos que reparar algunas cosas. Que lindo que Dios ha provisto por mis necesidades. Estamos en un sector pobre pero Dios nos cuida.
Que Dios les bendiga a cada uno de ustedes.
Con amor en Cristo,
By: Matt Postiff
January 17, 2020
Mark and Bekah Perry write in their update this month:
Paul, encouraging the Corinthian church to give toward the relief project for the brothers in Jerusalem, reminds them that they too have received grace: “For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich” (2 Cor 8:9). Paul uses the word “grace” interchangeably throughout this chapter to refer to “undeserved favor” and “freewill gift.” The Corinthians had personally experienced grace—the grace of Jesus Christ who humbled himself, took on humanity, and became poor for us. Those who have received grace show grace—if we have been the recipients of such self-emptying grace, why would we not be willing to impoverish ourselves to enrich others? After all, we know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.
We experienced God’s grace in many ways this past month. Although we never received the paperwork we requested, we were still able to travel to Argentina for our mission’s conference the first week of the year. Mark spent the following week in the south of Chile at the annual pastors’ meeting. God has been gracious to us.
Now we are in the middle of “summer vacation,” where our city has a different rhythm. Some of our church families have been traveling on vacation. The nightly violence downtown has continued most weeknights, with groups of hooded youths destroying, looting, and burning. Our hearts break for the destruction of jobs, property, and savings, but even more for the emptiness and desperation of heart that drives people to these deeds. Surely they do not know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.
We continue to await the processing of our residency paperwork as we enter the seventh month of an expected 11–13 month wait. Our church continues looking for a more permanent place to meet each Lord’s Day.
We appreciate your prayers for God’s grace in these things.
By: Matt Postiff
January 16, 2020
Missionaries Dan Vallette (Camp Pirque, Chile) and James Morrell (Camp Chivilcoy, Argentina), in conjunction with Pastor Bill Park who is helping to organize this year’s trip, have sent us information concerning 2020 work trips to South America. The following is a tentative schedule for work trips scheduled to Argentina and Chile in the Fall of 2020.
Camp Chivilcoy, Argentina
Camp Pirque, Chile
We want to encourage everyone who travels to Argentina or Chile arrive in the country where they will work in the AM of the listed day and head back to the USA during the PM of the listed day. Some workers may stay for one week instead of two and their flight back to the USA will be on a different date than listed above. Workers will want to check their passport well in advance to make sure it is up to date.
This work trip is an annual occurrence over the recent years and has resulted in much productive work being accomplished for the Lord. Pray for 12-20 workers to be at each camp!
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