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:  .

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?


Camp Chivilcoy November Progress

The ceiling is going in at the main building at Camp Chivilcoy. Here are a couple of new pictures.

HT: Tom Gibbons.


Homegoing of Hudson Shedd

On October 26, 2012 Dr. Hudson Shedd left this life and entered the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ. Dr. Shedd was the director emeritus of GMSA. Terry Thompson shared this with the mission family: “We sorrow, but not as the world. We’ll soon be together for eternity.”

Hudson Shedd

From Hudson’s obituary: Hudson Paul Shedd (January 15, 1926 – October 26, 2012) was the first of Leslie and Della Shedd’s four children to be born, and he is the first of them to go to Glory. All were born in Bolivia. Hudson’s siblings are Helen Ekstrom, Russell Shedd (and wife Pat), and Phyllis Martin.

Hudson Paul, named for missionaries Hudson Taylor and Paul the Apostle, was born in the small Bolivian town of San Pedro. He caem to the United States for school when he was only 12 years old. By age 24 (in 1950), Hudson had returned to Bolivia. There he began a life-long commitment to missionary service that would later include Chile,e Uruguay, and the United States and affiliation with Bolivian Indian Mission (now part of S.I.M.) and Gospel Mission of South America.

Shortly before Hudson’s return to Bolivia, he married Myra May James on September 10, 1949 in Rushford, New York. Five sons, including baby Samuel who died just prior to birth, were given to Myra and Hudson during their 12 years in Bolivia. The other four sons are James (Janet), Paul (Robin), David (Lisa), and Daniel (Sheryl). Myra passed away June 23, 2004 in Bradenton (Missionary Village). Their family has now grown to include 17 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Education for Hudson included degrees from Wheaton College and Faith Theological Seminary. Florida Bible College conferred an honorary doctorate on him as well. His home and sending church is First Baptist in Doylestown, PA.

Hudson will be remember as a tireless worker and storyteller (often humorous!). He faithfully ministered for Jesus Christ with spiritual gifts of mercy and teaching, always linked to a life of prayer and acts of service. He consistentl lived out Paul’s words in Philippians 2:3-4, looking out for the “interests of others.” He shared his faith by word and action, genuinely caring about and praying for hundreds of people.

Bradenton was Hudson’s home for the last 18 years of his life, just as it was the last place on earth his Dad lived. Calvary Baptist was their home church in Bradenton. Hudson expressed gratitude often, as much by actions as in words. We will remember Hudson as a special family man, a faithful missionary, an ambassador of mercy, and a humble servant of the Almighty God.


Flooding at Chivilcoy Camp

Tom Gibbons provided some photos showing the recent flooding at the new Argentine Camp. The local authorities are in the process of clearing drainage ditches which should avoid repeated flooding.  The camp buildings are raised higher than the surrounding property and so remain unscathed for now.

Camp Chivilcoy under water