Southern Cone Connection: June 2014

Dan and Liz Thompson write from southern Chile:

The main service in Liquiñe starts at two in the afternoon, therefore we have the opportunity to minister to shut-ins before the service. We have had the privilege to visit families who as first generation Christians were once pillars of the church. We leave early from the camp and travel an hour on dirt roads to spend a few hours sharing from God’s Word and singing hymns in the homes. We also love to hear how they came to Christ and served while their health and years permitted. After the visit, we head back to church and enjoy the fellowship with the rest of the members. This new area of ministry is an encouragement to the older generation in Liquiñe and also a great way to train up the new generation to minister to them.

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It’s hard for us to believe that it has been three years since we have seen many of you. We are starting to plan our 2015 home assignment ministry. To make our time in the US more effective, we need your help. We will most likely land sometime in early March and will try to be back in Chile by the end of November 2015. This is how you can help:

  1. Pray we can find replacements during the 9 months we will be gone.
  2. Pray that we can schedule adequate time with each of our supporting churches and individual supporters.
  3. Pray for new church and individual support contacts.
  4. Pray for our children. They are excited, but it will be a different life than what they are used to here in Chile.
  5. Pray for God to use us as we seek to promote what He is doing through the camping ministry in Chile.

 

For the full text and pictures in their June update, please click here.

 

Annual General Meetings Underway

Candidate school and annual general meetings are ongoing in Fort Lauderdale this week and next. Please pray for God’s leading in all the work that is done.

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New Cabins Coming!

A critical piece for Camp Chivilcoy to become operational is the need for two large cabins to be built to house campers. We learned yesterday that this is starting to unfold. Tom & Debbie Gibbons wrote:

“The first two cabins arrived today!!!! Actually, just all the steel for the structures. But, we have had a very wet fall which has made doing earthwork impossible. Hopefully in mid-July we will be able to get started on that part of the cabins.”

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Missionary Homegoing

Missionary Lee Hause was promoted to glory on June 10, 2014. Lee served in the Temuco region of Chile and then as Field Director and Treasurer in the capital before moving to Fort Lauderdale and helping as treasurer. The Hauses then retired to Pennsylvania where Lee ministered for years as a chaplain.

“His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord” (Matthew 25:21).

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Morrell Moments May 2014

Missionary Donelle Morrell writes this month on prayer:

“But Jesus Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and pray” Luke 5:16

I have been pondering this verse the last few days. The words “often” and “slip away” stood out to me. For me, slipping away often looks more like setting the alarm and actually getting up early to pray. And “often” looks a lot like discipline, as in every day. I am always encouraged when the Spirit points things out in the life of Jesus and He reminds me that I can do that too. Slipping away to the wilderness may not be very practical for me as I am teaching my children to read or while I am preparing dinner, but I can “slip away” in my mind as in being intentional to pray while I am doing the regular mommy things.

I know that many of you pray for us as we prepare to leave for Argentina. Thank you for your faithfulness and dedication in lifting our family up to the Father. Please continue to pray for us as we share the ministry with others. Please pray for more missionaries to be equipped to share the love of Jesus with a lost and dying world. Please continue to pray that God would work in the hearts of people to support His ministry through us, and that by God’s grace, we will be in Argentina by September!

 

Recognition of Service

On May 29, a special meeting was planned in which one of our missionaries would be recognized for 40 years of ministry in Chile and the UK with the Mission, and Nigel Kissick would be presented as the new General Secretary representing GMSA. Unfortunately the meeting had to be called off due to a bomb scare nearby (that was a first!).

Nevertheless, we still want to publicly acknowledge that missionary and general secretary Pauline English has completed 40 years of service to the Gospel Mission of South America, United Kingdom.

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One Bag A Day: Reflections on Garbage and the Gospel


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Around three mornings a week, I try to take a walk around my neighborhood. It helps me accomplish several things:

  1. exercise
  2. time to think and pray
  3. Observe and interact with my immediate neighborhood

 

I found myself starting to mentally complain about the amount of garbage in my neighborhood. “I wish people wouldn’t liter! Don’t they care about their neighborhood?”, I would think as I walked over and around the garbage each morning.

After a few weeks of this, I was convicted that I was complaining about something, but not actively doing anything about it. So, from that day until the present, I have been walking with one plastic bag in my hand during my morning walks. As I come up to a piece of garbage, I pick it up and put it into my bag. Each day, I rotate my route from my house (north, south, east, west).

Typically the bag is full before I walk four blocks. The most common pieces of garbage I’ve been picking up are beer bottles, Red Bull cans, empty Pall Mall cigarette cartons, and popsicle wrappers.

The amount of garbage in the streets, sidewalks, and in the plazas seems never ending. How will it every get picked up?

The answer is: ONE bag at a time.

As Christians, we too are surrounded by so many people in need. Evidence of sin is everywhere…in the streets, on the corner, in homes, in the mall, and in the parks. It’s overwhelming. How does one Christian make an impact in this sinful fallen world?

The answer is: ACTING upon (obeying) what we SAY we believe (the Gospel).

  • Intentionally interact with one person a day.
  • Introduce yourself to one new person a day.
  • Make one new friend.
  • Invite one person to your home, church, or a community event.
  • Share one Gospel truth with someday today.
  • Show kindness to one person a day (you know, saying a friendly “hello, (insert name here)” to that store clerk, or noticing and helping your neighbor in their yard)

 

Stop complaining about how sinful this world is, and start acting upon and participating in God’s plan of sharing the Gospel, loving your neighbors as yourselves, and living life with others.

One bag a day.

One person a day.

David Flinck

Antofagasta, Chile

 

Southern Cone Connection May 2014

Missionaries Dan and Liz Thompson sent their May update from the field. In it, they write:

LLonquen is not a town like you or I think, but rather a rural area defined by rivers and valleys. It is nestled in the lower Andes Mountains with an abundance of trees and green fields. Most people live off of the land, growing basic crops such as potatoes, beans, oats or wheat. Chickens, ducks, sheep, pigs, and cows provide the remaining food needs. Food in some seasons is abundant, but most live in humble conditions. The LLonquen Valley enjoys the generally wet/cool weather of southern Chile, but winters can be very cold with snow. Most houses consist of simple wooden structures, some with actual windows, others with plastic put up to keep some of the drafts out. The majority do not have indoor plumbing. Life at home revolves around the wood stove, which is used for cooking and is the only source of heat.

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The people are mostly indigenous Mapuche who hold onto not only their culture, but also to their animistic religion.

Last December, as we enjoyed a church picnic and service at the house of a dear elderly sister in Christ, Hermana Dominga, we could hear the sound of drums, horns, and shouting coming from across the valley. A 16 year old girl was being initiated as the new area’s Machi or witch doctor. What we heard was the closing ceremonies of a three day ritual. Some of Hermana Dominga’s children and grandchildren were at the ceremony. What a contrast those two celebrations were: Light and Darkness. There is much darkness and fear in this area, with the old traditions seeking to counter the influence of the huincas or white man.

There are so many needs in these rural areas. Llonquen is only one of hundreds of such places here in southern Chile. As a family, we visit the Llonquen Church once a month. Liz teaches a children’s Sunday school class and Danny the adults. We spend time before or after the service visiting with the people around Mate (tea) and sopaipillas (fried bread) encouraging them to live godly lives in the midst of spiritual darkness.

Please pray that more people would be light bearers in these dark areas.

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To view the Llonquen area on google maps, click here.

To view a short video of our LLonquen group with speaking and singing in Mapudungun, click here.

 

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