February 6, 2014
Dear Faithful Prayer and Financial Supporters,
The city of Antofagasta’s current population is estimated to be just under 400,000 people. The projected population in 20 years will surpass 550,000 people. Currently, the city has around 110,000 housing units (home and apartments). There is an extreme shortage of housing units and/or apartments to keep up with the exploding population growth. The newspaper mentioned that other day that there is a need for at least 50,000 new housing units to meet the needs of the growing city.
The photo above was taken yesterday in lower Coviefi (our neighborhood). There are several 21 story apartment buildings going up in and near Coviefi. During my morning walks I follow the construction progress and ask the Lord to help us meet the new families and individuals who are moving and will move into our neighborhood.
Please continue to pray for the Antofagasta church plant. Pray for an additional church planting missionary couple or family to join us in Antofagasta.
Church Planters in Antofagasta, Chile
You can see some more pictures of the Antofagasta church plant here.
February 5, 2014
Much of our lives on deputation are spent looking in the rearview mirror (how many thousands of miles now?). Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years are often viewed in the same way. As we forge on into 2014, they are just fading dates on the calendar. For followers of Christ, though, those days of celebration contain significant elements that become part of our “windshield” perspective of life. We look ahead and see Christ still.
Please click the Wests’ home page to see the full PDF of their update.
February 3, 2014
Back in August, we featured short-term missionary Stephen Golden in the Southern Sentinel. Stephen has been helping Bruno and Audrey Couto at the Paysandu Camp in Uruguay. He is pictured above at the camp in January 2014. Stephen shared his testimony at the recent annual missionary conference of GMSA. It was great to hear how God has called him to ministry. Pray for Stephen as he completes his short-term trip and considers what God has next for him.
January 10, 2014
In the southern cone of South America where GMSA missionaries serve, summer is in full swing. No winter garb here!
If you want to take a break from the frozen tundra of the north some January/February, come to Chile, Argentina, or Uruguay and enjoy summer Bible camp, church ministry, building projects, and good Christian fellowship!
January 7, 2014
From Missionary Bruno Couto:
Please pray for the 60 young people that are here this week as we study creation that they would dedicate their lives to the Creator of the universe.
(A co-worker, Mariano Proto, is pictured leading the group in song.)
January 7, 2014
Yesterday many Chilean church pastors, leaders, and missionaries traveled to Camp Lican Ray for their annual association meeting. Please pray for their time together.
December 27, 2013
The new cabin on camp is getting its roof. We are thankful for a roof over our heads!
December 23, 2013
Merry Christmas to everyone of you, may the Lord truthfully be The Object of our celebration this season. May He bless you and direct your steps in this coming year. You can find our prayer letter here.
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