March 11, 2014
Last year at this time, we worked alongside a team from the US rebuilding the camp’s fence. Out went the chain link with wooden post, and in went the galvanized welded mesh with metal posts. As winter set in we thought ahead of what our summer would be like with no more unwanted visitors. We felt a sense of security knowing this new fence would take care of some of the summertime stress and worry.
As summer approached, we began realizing that maybe our confidence wasn’t well founded. Were we as safe as we thought? Within the first week of summer, our sense of security was shattered when we realized people could still come in. As we grumbled about the fact that our new fence wasn’t as perfect as we had thought, the Lord impressed on our hearts and minds our utter lack of trust in His protection. Our confidence rests not in our efforts, but in our Great God.
As the summer wore on, a few people here and there snuck on camp to find firewood for their beach fires, but overall we had a quiet camping season thanks to our Great Protector. May our security be always in Him.
March 11, 2014
Below you can see the first faculty of the Bible College in Uruguay. It was taken at the opening service of FEBU, where classes started today. Praise the Lord that there are 10 full-time students enrolled and several other part-time students. One student is from the GMSA church plant in Chivilcoy, Argentina.
March 6, 2014
Here is a picture from family camp in Uruguay. We had close to 50 campers. We had a great camp season 2014. Pray with us for many more to be saved in years ahead, discipled, and trained for the work of the ministry in Uruguay.
February 28, 2014
Dan and Margaret Burkholder have recently joined the GMSA family as home missionaries in Canada. Pastor Burkholder and graciously answered a few of our questions so that we could get to know them better.
Q: How did you learn about GMSA?
A: My father-in-law (Pastor David Clarke), and friend (Pastor John Kenyon) were on the Canadian board of the mission and introduced us to GMSA. Subsequently, we served for a number of years on the Canadian board. A highlight was a visit to Chile, Argentina, and Uruguay in 2000 when we were able to experience GMSA firsthand. Over the years we have come to know the vision of the Mission and the passion of it’s Missionaries. And we like what we see!
Q: How will you be serving in the mission? How do you hope that God will minister through you as part of the GMSA family?
A: We will be serving as GMSA Home Missionaries, and Representative to Canadian churches, organizations and individuals. Our overall goal will be to challenge people to be informed, pray, go and give. Specifically, we are trusting the Lord to use us in preaching and teaching of the Word, encouraging folks to consider long- or short-term service on the field, promoting opportunities to participate in special mission projects, organizing prayer networks, and staying connected with friends and supporters of the ministry.
Q: Was there an important experience in your life that encouraged you into global missions work?
A: In 35 years of pastoral ministry, we have been actively exposed to missionary work. Those experiences have helped us to be mindful of needs across the street, and around the world. From 2008-2013 we were involved in highway evangelism (Transport For Christ), and so taking the gospel on to the road is a mission we are happy to do, and we pray that God might use us to help others take a trip that in the end leads them to South America.
Q: Can you tell us a bit about your family?
A: My wife Margaret and I will celebrate 39 years of marriage in June of this year. We both are preachers kids (so heard lots of sermons), and as a result of the love, influence, and prayers of godly parents, we came to know the Lord early in life. Margaret is the musician on the team, and so we welcome all opportunities to sing and preach the Word. God has blessed us with four wonderful children. and three beautiful grandchildren. All of our kids are living for the Lord, active in the local church, and are missionaries in their own fields, seeking to bloom wherever God has planted them. Of all our support team, our children stand out as they pray and cheer us on.
Q: Is there anything else you think might be interesting for us to know?
A: We like to encourage others, and our testimony to the Lord is simply this. God is faithful, and He is able (Eph.3:20; 1 Thess.5:24)! What we give He takes. What He takes He uses. And what He uses, He blesses.
February 24, 2014
Editor’s note: I interviewed Helen Prado this evening. Helen and her husband John served the Lord with GMSA for many years in Chile. Listen in as I ask some questions and she responds:
How long did you minister in South America with GMSA?
John and I were in Chile over 40 years. We ministered some times a few months in one place or another to fill for furloughing missionaries, for example in Fray Bentos and in Gualeguaychu.
Where did you serve?
We lived in Temuco, Santiago, and Coquimbo, all in Chile. We started in 1978 in Temuco. In the early 1980s we were in Santiago at one church in the morning and another church in the evening. Then we moved up north, and then back to Temuco. Then we went back to La Serena and Coquimbo. We moved about 27 times. I couldn’t do that now!
But if I had to do it again, I would! I loved the work, even though we traveled a lot. I miss it. Meanwhile, I’m doing what I can while I’m here in Florida.
What was a very good memory of ministry?
In the Temuco area, John visited one of churches up in countryside. When he came home, I knew we were going to move. John told the men there that he would pay them to build instead of having men from the United States come to build for them. How we paid them all that money I do not know. I told John that I wondered if he had to rob a bank to do it! But in the end, the people then had their own church building which they built themselves. John felt the national believers could do the job. We didn’t want outside workers in order to help the men to appreciate their own labor.
John meant business! John just plowed in there to get the work done.
What would you say to someone considering to come to minister in South America?
I’d tell them to be sure that God calls you, and not man. Do what you are told to do. Don’t get attached to your plans, but rather let God lead you. We would plan one thing and then God would move us around. That takes a lot out of you, because we have our own plans that we want to follow through. But the more we do that God wants us to do, the better off we are. Be ready for change. God is the potter. Be clay in the hands of God!
And eat what they feed you!
Is there anything else you want to share?
I am so thankful for the support that I still receive. It is a gift of God’s grace! Someone told me that the churches are not supporting me because of what I am doing now, but because of what I did before. That is a blessing for me.
I ask prayer to keep up my enthusiasm! Sometimes I bite off more than I can chew. Pray that I will keep my eyes focused on the Lord instead of the things around me.
One other thing: I can only get work done when the TV is turned off. So, when we have a storm and the television goes out for a day, I thank the Lord because I can get more work done!
Do you want to know more? Contact Helen and she would be happy to write or talk about her ministry and what she learned in the years of serving the King of kings.
February 18, 2014
According to the World Health Organization, there should be 97 square feet of “green areas” (think parks) per person in a city. Antofagasta, Chile averages about 25 square feet of “green areas” per person. Let’s just say that our city is severely lacking parks and green areas to enjoy.
On the spiritual side, Antofagasta is severely lacking local churches that teach and model sound doctrine and that spiritually shepherd the “flock”. It is an arid spiritual landscape where little to no drops of spiritual water fall to produce green growing plants able to withstand the fierce rays of the sun of daily life. It is a landscape where “wolves” manipulate and spiritually strangle the sheep.
With each passing week, I meet new people who have been spiritually hurt by the “Prosperity Gospel” and dictator pastors and church leadership. These people are tired. Tired of being spiritually burned once again. Tired of trusting spiritual leadership. Tired of being spiritually tired.
Oh, Lord, may we trust You to build Your Church in this dusty desert city of decadence. May a growing and committed group of Christ followers covenant together to hold Your Word high, teach Your Word clearly, and live out the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the middle of this city and culture that clamors for temporary comfort in vices and idols.
We covet your prayers for the church planting ministry in Antofagasta!
David & Kristi Flinck
Church Planting in Antofagasta, Chile
February 13, 2014
We are studying the Bible with a new believer on a regular basis. Pray for spiritual strength and growth, and pray about persecution that this one is experiencing from family.
This week we are holding a Vacation Bible School. Sixteen brethren from the church are helping with different responsibilities. Pray for the salvation and spiritual growth of children. Also pray that the workers might be challenged to serve the Lord in other ways. Pray for good wheather because it has been raining every day, and for the special program we will have on Sunday inviting the parents to come and see what the kids have been learning.
Thank you for your prayers.
Tim and Cristina Goossen
February 12, 2014
Earlier this year, missionary David Flinck and national pastors and other church leaders from the northern “desert” region of Chile gathered at Lican Ray for fellowship and planning. The pictures were taken around January 10, 2014.
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