Fort Lauderdale Maintenance and Upkeep


GMSA is thankful for volunteers who laid ceramic tile flooring last week at the Fort Lauderdale office. Perhaps you aren’t gifted as a preacher or called into full-time vocational ministry. There are lots of things you can do, like what is pictured below, to help a mission carry on its work more effectively.

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Update February 11, 2013: The floors are finished. Look at this:

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2012 UCB Association Meeting

Some UCB pastors, missionaries and church leaders gathered last week in Chile.

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The Lord answered many prayers for the UCB Association meetings. The UCB association is a an association of churches planted by GMSA, or plants of those plants. The teaching of God’s Word, the fellowship in prayer, the planning for the future with some new leadership, and a will to advance the gospel, all confirmed that the Lord Jesus Christ is still able to build His Church. Praise Him!

 

A Gospel Golf Course

Missionary Bruno Couto reports that a work team had some long work days but was able to get very far on building the miniature golf course. The whole course walks the player through the plan of salvation. Props still need to be made as well as signs to label the holes. These additions will clearly explain salvation to everyone who comes to camp.

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The Rat Race that Leads to Destruction

By Missionary David Flinck

1 Timothy 6:10a says that “…the love of money is the root of all evil.”

Here in Antofagasta, we are seeing this Biblical truth fleshed out every day. Our Antofagasta “region” in Chile (like a state in the US) has one of the highest salaries for both men and women. The chart below shows the difference of average salaries in the different Chilean regions. Many Chileans (and others from surrounding countries) are moving to Antofagasta to work and “$ get rich quick“.

In dollars, an average male in Antofagasta receives $1,322 per month. An average female receives $775 per month. While these figures ARE some of the best salaries in Chile, the money does not solve the problems that people have…if fact, more money only magnifies and accelerates problems toward destruction.

  • Marriages suffer.
  • Families are torn apart.
  • Kids are left to themselves, because both parents are working.
  • Drugs, sex, and alcohol are bought and consumed quickly and often. New and “hip” products are purchased without thinking of financial stewardship.
  • 85% of Chileans in this city are in major debt (even though they have a good job).
  • They may be driving a new car and wearing the latest and best clothing brands, but their lives are rotting internally.
  • The general stress level in this city is HIGH, because it’s a “working city” (think: Rat Race).
  • People pour all their effort into trying to succeed financially, but in doing so, they are failing miserably in the things that really matter… specifically “losing their souls”. (Matthew 16:25-26)

What is the answer to all of the above? Christ and the Gospel.

Please continue to pray for our family and ministry in this needy city. People need the Lord. We desire to introduce people to Him and help them focus and set their affections on things “above and eternal” instead of “below and temporal.” (Matthew 6:24-34)

David & Kristi Flinck (email us)
Jordan, Ben, Kaylee, & Lukas
Church planting in Antofagasta, Chile

 

Welcome to GMSA’s New Website

Welcome! We hope you enjoy the new look of the Gospel Mission of South America website.

If you were accustomed to the old website, you can still find just about everything on the new one. Check out the new menu at the top of the site to see what is available. Here are some highlights:

If you see anything amiss, please do not hesitate to use the contact page to let our webmaster know.

 

Using RSS to Follow the Southern Sentinel

Short version: If you already use an RSS feed reader to follow blogs, subscribe to the new here: Southern Sentinel feed.

Long version: If you don’t know what I mean by what I just said, let me explain. A blog is sort of like an online journal or newspaper, with new entries or articles that are published every so often. What you are reading right now is a blog entry. It is also called a “post.” Instead of publishing a newsletter that has seven articles every quarter, we can post a new blog entry every day, or once per week, or however frequently we want.

Supposing that you are interested in keeping up on what is going on in GMSA, you would want to check back to the blog periodically to see what new information is available. But that can be quite labor intensive, especially if you are interested in following many blogs and they all change potentially every day.

Enter a thing called RSS. It stands for Really Simple Syndication. It is a summary of the new articles that have been posted on the blog. You then use an RSS-capable reader which consults the blogs that you are interested and determines if there are any new articles. If there are, it alerts you to that fact so you can quickly go to read whichever ones you are interested in.

So, you first need to have an RSS reader. You can use Windows Live Mail as your feed reader, so you may have it already. On that page, lick on the link “To add an RSS feed” and it will give you instructions. Use the following text as the web address for the RSS feed:  http://www.gmsa.org/sentinel/feed/  .

I use the RSS reader built into Mozilla Thunderbird. You can use Google Reader. There are lots of other readers available.

We trust you will be edified by the content of the Southern Sentinel Blog.

 

Missionaries on Furlough

GMSA missionaries are regularly coming back to the United States for short terms of home ministry and then returning for field ministry. Several GMSA missionaries are presently on furlough, or soon will be, through the end of 2013.

If you are interested in having a GMSA family come to your church to report on what God is doing with them in South America, or if you want to meet them and learn more about GMSA, please contact us and we can set something up.

Acts 14:27 – Now when they had come and gathered the church together, they reported all that God had done with them, and that He had opened the door of faith to the Gentiles. (NKJV)

 

Gualeguaychu Church Facility Dedication

Last night in Gualeguaychu, the church family dedicated newly constructed portions of their building. Missionary/Pastor Tim Goossen gave a digital photo presentation, which reminded the brethren of those who willingly labored many hours and those who willingly invested in building materials. Thanks to God for all who sacrificed to make this possible. We’re confident that He will reward them on that “day.” We’re confident, as well, that they will never regret having invested for the sake of the gospel throughout all eternity.

Pray for the salvation of many souls in this carnival capital of Argentina. Gen. 18:14. Is any thing too hard for the LORD?