Welcome to the New GMSA General Director


Gospel Mission of South America is happy to announce that the mission family has unanimously voted at its 2018 international missions conference to call Tom Gibbons as its next general director. Tom has already assumed the leadership mantle during the remainder of the conference this week. Tom and Debbie will be moving to Fort Lauderdale, FL to serve in our international missions headquarters.

Previously, Tom served for many years as associate general director (in preparation for this transition) as well as field director for our Argentina missionaries. He brings his experience in church planting and Christian camp development to the new role as general director.

The previous general director, Terry Thompson and his wife Carol look forward to serve in church planting work once again in South America. Terry’s retirement from the general director office was due to GMSA’s constitutional age limit (editor’s note: is it OK to say that?). Prior to serving for about 23 years in that leadership role, Terry and Carol served in Chile.

Please pray for Tom and Debbie, Terry and Carol, and the mission during this time of leadership transition. And thank the Lord with us! May God permit the mission to continue to maintain a faithful stand for Jesus Christ in the next generation and beyond, until He comes.

 

Pirque 2017 Update

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This picture update shows some of the amazing progress made on the facilities at Camp Pirque throughout 2017. Missionaries Dan and Becca Vallette are thankful for all of you who support this work. For 2018, they are looking forward to:

  • serving on a church planting team at camp
  • finishing the bathroom/shower building.  The second floor will have an office, an apartment and additional housing for staff & visitors
  • beginning the renovation of the pool area as the Lord provides
  • planning/researching for the much needed renovation of the kitchen area in 2018 as the Lord provides
  • expanding the evangelistic soccer outreach

Feel free to contact them if you want to participate in the Lord’s work in Christian camp ministry!

 

Uruguay Bible Institute Graduation

Missionary Sergio Duarte reports from Uruguay:

We are so grateful for your prayers and support of the FEBU Bible Institute ministry. The Institute just had a graduation ceremony. We glorify and exalt our God for all He has done these years; first in the development and setting in motion of the college; then, the four years of teaching, and now the joy to see these five students complete the program. All the sacrifices made seemed so small compared to the blessing of these first fruits. I am so grateful for the team of men and women who serve in this ministry, for the many that pray for us faithfully, for the believers who give financially, and for His hand guiding each step.

Praise the Lord, three of these men will be serving directly in church ministries, through internships and church plants. One serves actively in his church right now and just last month published his first book. His desire is to serve the Lord through missions and writing; and one feels the call of the Lord to go to Peru as a missionary to work among the Indian tribes in the jungle. Our hearts rejoice!

Now, we look forward to what the Lord has in store for this ministry. Many challenges lie ahead, uncertainties, prayers to be answered, but we trust in Him who has lead us thus far.

 

Wests Graduation!

Pictured above left are missionaries David and Patti West at their graduation from RGBI language school December 12 in Edinburg, TX. Missionaries Bekah and Mark Perry are pictured on the right. The Wests are headed to Argentina, and the Perrys to north Chile.

 

Pirque Update: New Bathroom Construction

Missionary Dan Vallette provided these photos of the Canadian work team laboring to prepare a central bathroom complex for Camp Pirque with a second floor for the office and speaker lodging. We rejoice to see this progress and thank the Lord for His servants from the North Country.

We are grateful for your prayers on their behalf: for productive work, for safety, and for the Lord’s blessing.

 

Chivilcoy Camp Update: Swimming Pool

The swimming pool construction is underway at the camp in Chivilcoy. It will provide another activity for campers and a way to be refreshed in the warm summer days. Stay tuned for more updates!

 

Thanksgiving in the Southern Cone

While Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay do not have Thanksgiving holiday today, GMSA missionaries have gathered in the three countries for a Thanksgiving celebration. Here are photos from each of those three countries, showing some of our missionaries and friends around the table. We thank God for His bountiful provision, and we thank Him for you who are partners with us in spreading the good news of Jesus Christ to those in South America!

 

Emily Freeland Update

For most people, the Atacama Desert is known only as the most arid region on the planet.  Growing up in rural Ontario, it was once about as foreign a place as I could imagine. I first traveled to Chile with a work team in March 2016 and returned the following January to serve at a summer camp in the south. When I heard of GMSA’s ministry in Alto Hospicio, a community in the Atacama near Chile’s northern border, I almost immediately dismissed the possibility of ever being involved. I was serving my three-month term in the beautiful, green south and returning to Canada. No deserts. Towards the end of March, however, I learned that Sharon Bisbee was still unable to find someone to serve in Alto Hospicio in her place during her six-month furlough to the States. God had been at work in my heart, and after a whirlwind trip north and a divine convergence of circumstances, I knew that He was leading me to move to Alto Hospicio in May 2017.

For the past six months, I have had the privilege of serving alongside a Chilean pastor and his family in a church plant in one of the poorest communities in Chile. The land on which the church building sits is situated between two large government housing developments, both of which are filled with children. On some Sunday mornings, over half of the congregation is under the age of sixteen. There is a Bible Club ministry every Friday, week-long programs during the winter and summer vacations, and special events as often as possible. In addition to serving with the children, I was also a part of the music ministry and the young adults group. In July, I had the unique opportunity to travel with a Chilean friend on a ministry trip to the Chiloé Islands. The cold, rainy weather in the south was a marked change from the Atacama, but the seascapes were incredible.  Along with a group from Santiago, we visited in homes, sharing the gospel, and prepared a one-day event for the children on the island of Lin Lin.

There were certainly days when I wondered how on earth I ended up in a desert nearly 7500 kilometres from home. When I first arrived, my Spanish was basic, and I often found it frustrating to have even normal conversations, let alone the spiritually meaningful ones that I had hoped for. I had often prayed that God would use my abilities for His glory, but I also learned to pray that He would use my inabilities as well, and not just the linguistic ones. I thank God that the work of His Spirit is not constrained by my Spanish fluency or my ministry experience, and I praise Him for all that He accomplished both in me and through me over the past six months.

Although I am back in Canada for now, I trust that I will one day return to serve in Latin America. In His perfect timing, our sovereign God will reveal when and where and how.

“And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work”. (2 Corinthians 9:8 ESV)

Emily Freeland

 

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