Need for Bible College Facilities in Uruguay

Missionary Sergio Duarte writes about the ministry of the College of Biblical Studies of Uruguay:

From the beginning, FEBU’s main goal has been to equip its students for service. We place great effort into offering adequate training to those that, by the grace of God, are being prepared to serve the Lord. In order to better  accomplish this objective, we believe it is essential to provide a place where students are not only receiving  academic training, but are also being discipled and challenged in both character building and hands-on ministry. Classes are currently being held in a church building, for which we are grateful. However, we see the importance of having our own facilities for classroom space and dormitories.

Every semester we have 20 or more students enrolled. Some of them come from different parts of Uruguay and from other countries as well (currently from Argentina and Costa Rica). The lack of housing has been a road block for some potential students who would like to come but have no place to stay. Therefore, the Building Project is critical to achieve our main goal.

The blueprints above show the proposed new building which includes dorms, classrooms, bathrooms, a conference room, and a library. You can play an active role in this exciting project: praying faithfully to God for His provision and guidance, coming down to Uruguay and lending a helping hand, or however He may lead. Would you help us to see this burden become a reality?

For further information please feel free to contact Missionary Sergio Duarte at sergioandreaduarte@gmail.com and phone: 011 598 98811572.

 

2017 Tri-Country Pastor’s Conference

The Tri-Country Pastor’s Conference was held October 2 through 5, 2017. The preaching was on 2 Corinthians 3-5 and the practical matter of how the Bible instructs us to minister to unrepentant church members.

Nearly half of the pastors were held up at the border both before and after the conference by a snow storm in the Andes mountains. But, even with some taking 48 hours of travel each way, they persevered and all enjoyed a wonderful time of fellowship and instruction in the Word. The camp facilities at “Parque UCB” in Chivilcoy were wonderful. Though not completed, they were very comfortable for the 95 or so men who stayed on site.

Please continue to pray:

  • For each of the pastors and missionaries pictured below, remembering that each represents an entire local assembly with fellow brothers and sisters, and all the challenges that any church in North America might face.
  • For the Lord to raise up men who will take the nearly 30 places of ministry that are needed in either churches whose pastor will soon have to retire, or churches who presently do not have a pastor.
  • For the pastors and churches to maintain sound doctrine until the Lord returns for the church.

Thank you for upholding the conference before the Lord, and for supporting the missionaries and GMSA to make this kind of ministry possible!

 

Canadian Board Meeting

The Canadian board of GMSA met yesterday in Kincardine, Ontario at Lighthouse Fellowship Baptist Church. We heard recent reports from the fields of South America and prayed for the work there and at home.

Pictured above are Mrs. Peggy Clarke, Pastor David Clarke, Liz Wells, Shirley Lyons, Melody and Mel Smiley, GMSA Canadian board chairman Ed Stewart and his wife Diane Stewart, GMSA representative Dan and Margaret Burkholder, and Pastor Eric Watson. Not pictured are Pastor Matt Postiff (U.S. board secretary), and Canadian board members Pastor Steve Gordon, Harry Bouman, and treasurer Mark Switzer.

 

Pastor’s Conference October 2-5, 2017

Here is the schedule for the pastor’s conference to be held next week at the Chivilcoy camp. We have about 90 men registered. Please pray for the men traveling to the conference for many miles, the two speakers, meetings and Bible instruction, fellowship, mutual encouragement and, above all, that God will be glorified.

 

Youth Camp Fall 2017

Missionary Mariano Proto shared a picture from the recent youth camp in Paysandu, Uruguay. Thanks to the Lord for the ministry that was accomplished in these young people’s lives!

 

Hurricane Irma

Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The Gospel Mission of South America owns two residential homes and a two-story warehouse/office which serves as headquarters for the mission.

Presently, the headquarters and one of the homes has electricity (restored last night). The other home has no electricity. Internet is down until perhaps the 18th of September or longer. The website is hosted elsewhere, thus you are able to read this post.

The first two pictures show one of our homes prepared to meet the storm. The remainder of the pictures show some of the minor damage that Irma caused.

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Improvements at Uruguay Camp

Sergio Duarte and the Uruguay camp team have completed the installation of the new dinning hall air conditioner unit.  They also changed out the lights to LED to save electric power and provide more light.

Thank you for helping advance these projects with your prayers and gifts!

 

Wests July 2017 Update

David and Patti West recently sent their July update:

Thank you for your prayer support this summer!

It is hard to believe that in less than two weeks we will be back in Texas ready to resume our formal language learning.  Less than two weeks.  Where has the time gone?

Upon arrival in Iowa after the first semester, we were busy with challenging changes. They were not in our plans, but they were in God’s. We were also able to get together with our sons, including our oldest son who just got out of the Marine Corps.  Then, it was time to head out.

On our way to Florida for the month of June, we were able to see Patti’s folks at their new assisted living apartment.  We are thankful for the way the Lord has provided for them.  Mike accompanied us on this trip, and we were grateful for the time spent with him. In Florida, we presented our ministry in two churches that do not as yet support us, and we updated our two supporting churches there. We were also able to help out at our mission office in Fort Lauderdale, and attend the Annual General Meeting of GMSA.  During this time our Field Director, Tom Gibbons, was able to discuss our future.  We are excited.  The desire of the mission is that we get to the Argentina as soon as possible after we graduate from language school provided we have enough support.  A lag in that time could cause us to lose some of our language proficiency.

Returning from Florida, we were able to see our daughter and son-in-law, as well as finish taking care of personal items.  Five days after returning from Florida, Mike and Steve came along with us to Hawaii.  While we are here for deputation and ministry in five churches, and they were here for one week of vacation.  Mike and Steve saved for a few months in order to purchase their tickets and fly with us to the “land of their birth.”  Having not been here for 12 years, it was a special time for the guys. While here, we are presenting our ministry in five churches.  Most of them are churches with whom we have had a relationship, as we lived and ministered on Oahu for 8½ years.  We will be returning to the Mainland on August 1st (after an overnight flight).

Please pray with us for the Lord’s provision of new supporters through our summer break ministry.  Please also pray for us as we head back down to Texas in early August. As of now, it looks like Mike will probably be going to Texas with us for the rest of the year.  Would you also please pray for his adjustment?

Thank you for your faithful prayers.  Thank you for your greetings and thoughts.  You are truly appreciated.

Paz y Bendiciones,
Dave and Patti West