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.
February 7, 2014
We had a tremendous year in 2013 when we think of the many churches we visited and the brothers and sisters in Christ that we met. We had the opportunity to share our ministry in 45 churches from Florida to California. All the way we attempted to put Christ first in all of our efforts and purposes. 2014, Lord willing, will be the same. This January we had the privilege of being in Michigan and Florida to present our ministry. Again, it was a time of meeting old friends and making new ones; a time of catching up with some people and learning from others.
To see the Wests latest update, click through to their home page.
February 6, 2014
Mariano and Becky Proto are back on the field after a short medical leave. In their January update, they write about teen camp, a baptismal service, international missionary conference, and upcoming summer camps. Please pray for their ministry in Fray Bentos, Uruguay. The full update is available here.
February 6, 2014
As many of you may know, it was our goal to be in Argentina by the end of this month. Although we have not reached this goal, we are encouraged by churches and individuals that have come alongside to partner with us both prayerfully and financially. Our new goal for departure is this summer (which will be winter there). While we wait for the Lord’s provision, our hearts and prayers are turned toward our co-laborers who are overburdened with the ministry in Chivilcoy. As the ministries grow, it is more and more difficult to keep up with all the work of a church plant and a camp ministry.
Please click here to connect with James and Donelle Morrell and read their full January update.
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.
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