Wests To Argentina are IN Argentina!

Missionaries David and Patti West write:

Dear Prayer Partners,

AT LAST
By the grace of God and through His answers to your prayers we have finally made it to Argentina. Our hearts are filled with praise to the Lord for terminating the long road that brought us to Chivilcoy to begin our first term as missionaries. We have six years of memories of deputation and language school and we now have four weeks of our initial impressions of the mission field.

Our journey began a little roughly as we were not allowed to leave Miami on the intended day. Initially we purchased round trip tickets (a must) with a return date too far out (past three months the limit of our initial visa). This denied us our planned departure date. We had to cancel our original tickets and buy new ones with an acceptable return date (which we will not use) that allowed us entrance into Argentina. This was an expensive lesson but well worth the price for informing future travelers.

After our departure, everything went smoothly. We landed in Buenos Aires, breezed through customs and met Tom Gibbons and James Morrell at the airport. We loaded our 11 suitcases and 3 totes and headed to Chivilcoy. We arrived safely and quite tired.

THE PROCESS
Many years ago, when Patti and I started driving we learned on a standard shift vehicle. It took several attempts through stalling and grinding gears before we were able to start, cruise and stop the vehicle smoothly.

Our first four weeks in Argentina have been a little like that. Trying to negotiate a new country, new schedule, new language, new ministry, new culture, new computer programs, new people, etc., is not all that easy. But we are now managing a smoother go of it. We are currently being tutored an hour a day. We have orientation class once a week. We have done most of our shopping on our own. We have been introduced to all the various stores to make our purchases. We are starting to spend time with folks from the church, at church, drinking coffee or mate (pronounced MAH te – a popular herbal infusion similar to loose leaf tea) in our home or out in town. We have scheduled time to be in their homes. It is a bit comical sometimes using our developing language skills, but it has been a great blessing. We are making adjustments and rolling with the changes.

Mike, our son, though not able to speak much Spanish, speaks good mate. There is a saying here, “Frente al mate somos todos iquales” – before the mate all are equal. Though we are strangers here, spending time talking, drinking mate, eating, etc., is giving us good opportunities for a smooth shifting of ministry gears. Your prayers should be thought of as the lubricating oil of the transition transmission.

Adjusting that saying a little, we might also say “Frente al cruz somos todos iquales.” Before the cross all are equal. We – North Americans, South Americans, etc, — are equally sinful, equally in need of a Savior. We are linking arms with missionaries and Argentines to present the gospel to folks in great need of Christ Jesus. Pray for us as we get ourselves situated and as we prepare to do our part in this needy work of the Lord.

Your Partners in Argentina,

Dave, Patti and Michael West
2 Timothy 2:2

“Trabajando, Orando, Mejorando”
(Working, Praying, Improving)

 

Camp Chivilcoy Progress in April 2018

Pictured below is some of the progress in constructing the camp swimming pool and second cabin. Thank the Lord with us for this progress!

 

Formal Installation of Ministry Intern

Missionary David Flinck reports: Sunday, April 22nd was a special day at the Antofagasta church plant. After the morning service, we had a small installation ceremony for our ministry intern, Pastor Andres Maluenda. He is serving with us for the next two years in a pastoral ministry internship. His father, Ivan (who is also a pastor), was the invited speaker. There were 61 people in attendance for the service and special lunch afterwards.

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Prayer Request from Antofagasta, Chile

 

Thank you LIFT! Advances at Camp Chivilcoy

The LIFT team leaves Argentina tomorrow night for their return to Northern Ireland. They will have a lengthy layover on the way. Please remember their travel in prayer.

Most of the plumbing for the filter system on the pool was finished, and all the remaining walls put up in the second cabin complex. Thank you LIFT for all your work at Camp UCB Chivilcoy!

 

New Old Building at Camp Pirque

It is great to see work progressing at Camp Pirque outside of Santiago, Chile. The former “bodega” has been converted into a two-story building with office space, infirmary, men’s and women’s bathrooms downstairs, and three guest suites, office/meeting room and full apartment upstairs. Remember Danny Vallette and Ivan Maluenda and their families as they oversea the construction and lead the camp ministry.

 

Spring (Fall?) 2018 Improvements at Lican Ray Camp

 

Dan and Liz Thompson and their children poured the slab for a new staff house at Camp Lican Ray this week. Maybe they had some help not seen in the pictures. We are grateful for their labor of love to the Lord, and give thanks for progress.

Also take a look at the soccer field! How many mom’s have fond memories of washing feet, socks and sneakers blackened by the volcanic dust?

 

Bible Correspondence Courses from Temuco, Chile

Teresa Thompson (pictured below, left) shared the following regarding the Bible correspondence course that she is involved with, along with missionary Gabriele Beyer (pictured above, on the right).

March is here once again, and for us at the Bible correspondence courses that means movement has picked up. People are back from their summer vacations and have recharged for the new year. In these first fifteen days we already have nine new students for whom we praise the Lord!

A few months ago someone asked us what our purpose was for having Bible correspondence courses. In the following lines, I would like to share with you a little bit about our history, purpose and day to day operation.

In the U.C.B. (Association or “Union” of Bible Centers) this ministry has been around for a many, many years. In the past we had local offices in Santiago and Temuco. Today we have everything concentrated in Temuco. Many missionaries and brethren have contributed to this ministry from its beginning up until now.  Janet  Drukenbrod is one of the first missionaries that we have registry of in the mid 1900’s. Others who came later were Hilda Swanson, Monica y Christina, Cliff y Cathy Truman, Charles and Delphine Hammel, Helen Prado, Aliani Valencia, Margarita Palacios, Lina Sáez, Mauren Céspedes, Damaris Pérez, just to name a few.

Today our team is comprised by Gaby Beyer, Thamar Beas and Teresa Thompson. Gaby Beyer has led this ministry since 2006. Thamar has been helping since 2015 and Teresa since 2012.

Our purpose is to provide people with Bible study material that can help them to better know the Word of God.

The courses are available to all people; believers and unbelievers alike. The believer can grow and mature in his understanding of the scriptures and the unbeliever can be exposed to his need of salvation in Christ by the study of the Word. We have courses for children, teens, and adults.

The courses are free of charge for those who enroll in our program. This means that we provide the booklets and the students return the exams to be corrected and graded. The only thing that students pay for is the mailing cost, when there is one.

We have students from Temuco and the surrounding countryside, and all throughout Chile. We have had several groups who have taken courses. One group was from the local jail. Today we have a new group of 24 people from Arica (northern Chile).

There are also members from our local churches in the country areas who study the Bible correspondence courses as a way to grow in their personal understanding of the Scriptures.

Three years ago, elders from the local churches were challenged to study the course we have on the book of Acts. Several of them took the challenge.

This past year we had a young man who had begun to study in 2009 return to continue studying. He has now finished one series and will continue with another.

In December a group of seven your teens from a country church in Quino, IX region, completed a series. It was a joy to be able to present them with their diplomas!

We are so thankful for the generous offerings that are given to the ministry. We recently received an offering that will allow us to renew our current stock of books for this year.

Many of our students who live locally bring their exams personally to our office to be corrected. This gives us an opportunity to get to know them much better, and sometimes counsel with them.

Our office is temporarily located on the same grounds as the Bible Institute, at least for this year. We would appreciate your prayers as to where the Lord would have us to continue.

 

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