Punta Mira Church

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Missionary David Flinck recently visited another northern Chile church plant in Punta Mira and shares the above pictures with us. Missionaries Curtis and Diane Steward have taken up the leadership responsibility in this recent church plant after moving north from the capital city of Santiago.

The Punta Mira church is a daughter church of the church in San Juan. Recently the new church plant has taken on more financial responsibility, but it still has the help of supported missionaries. Please pray for the work to grow and be formally organized, for the believers to take up all the necessary ministry responsibilities and support, and for a Chilean pastor to be called to lead the church.

May the Lord bless the growth of His church. HE is still building the church!


Wests to Argentina Today

Pictured above: David and Patti West, and their son Michael, commissioned for service in Argentina on February 25, 2018, at Wild Rose Baptist Church.

Dear Praying Partners,

It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto thy name, O Most High: To shew forth thy lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night, (Psalm 90:1, 2)

What a blessing you are to us. As we sit here at the mission house in Fort Lauderdale, I am looking at our luggage all stuffed, weighed and tagged. I think of all that we have had to do these past couple of days to work off our to-do list; a very long to-do list. I am thinking also of all the provision that the Lord has sent our way to make all of this manageable. And that makes us think of you. The Lord has used you to bring us to this day. Your prayers, your encouragement, your support have sustained us and enabled us to take this final step before leave for Argentina. How we thank the Lord for you.

Tuesday we headed to the airport, but some red tape prevented us from leaving for South America. So, we will try again Wednesday. Then Thursday morning, Lord willing, we will land in Buenos Aires and be off to Chivilcoy via the Morrell-mobile (one of our fellow missionaries in Chivilcoy). So, our next report will be the tale of our travels and our first few weeks on the field. I can’t tell you how excited we are to begin that for which we have shared with the churches these past several years. What a wonderful thing the Lord has done. Thank you for your part, your “stake” in this ministry.

Praises: All of our funding for outfit and passage has been provided. Our van was quickly sold here in Florida. The USA side of our documentation has worked out properly. We are in good health and ready to go.

Prayer: For our grown children that we have to say good-bye to, that they would live for the Lord. That the Lord would oversee our transition to life in Argentina; language, culture, paperwork, etc. That all of our luggage would meet us in Buenos Aires!

The Lord Richly Bless You,
Dave, Patti and Michael West
2 Timothy 2:2


Fall 2018 Camp Work Trips Set

Just in! A flyer calling for workers to help build at two Christian camps in South America in October and November of 2018. Do you have two or four weeks to invest in Christian ministry? This is a great way to invest that time for eternity. And, you will be changed forever by the experience!

The camp is in Argentina not far from the capital Buenos Aires, and the other is near Santiago, Chile.

Contact anyone listed in the flier shown below for more details. You may also visit this page for a little more information.


March 2018 Morrell Moments

“Praise ye the LORD. O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.” Psalm 106:1
We praise God for his many blessings that He has poured out upon us! We appreciate His hand at work in our lives and the lives of the people around us. We recently had our very first youth camp here at the camp that we are developing in Chivilcoy. What a blessing it was to see the first cabin complex filled with youth who heard the gospel clearly preached by Pastor Mark Philbrick from Clinton, Maine. There were several that made decisions for Christ throughout the week. Please join us in praying for growth in these young people.

We have been blessed to see advancements here at camp in the last couple of months with the addition of a large swimming pool that is designed for sports activities as well as cooling refreshment! Because the water table can get very high here (within thirty inches from the surface), we had to construct the pool above grade. This of course adds to the expense as we have to add fill and retaining walls all the way around, but God is providing and we are grateful for His provision! In the next few months we will be receiving several mission teams including two from the United Kingdom who will focus on some of the finishing details. Please pray for the funds to complete the task and safety as we work.

The second cabin continues to progress toward completion. One of the bathrooms is virtually completed and we are now focusing on constructing the rooms on the four corners of the complex. This last week we received a team from Appalachian Bible College. While here they worked on pouring the concrete floor among other projects, like playground equipment! Please pray for the team as we work together March 5-10.

Thank you for praying!


Church Building Project in Radal, Chile

Building projects are routinely underway on all three fields to facilitate local church, Bible Institute and camp ministries.  We may never know all the details, but we see God’s generous provision all the time, both in man-power and finance.

We were glad to hear this morning of advances on the chapel in Radal, Chile, where Daryl & Earlynne Thompson serve. Daryl writes,

We seem to keep busy these days with the construction in Radal. About 80 percent of the roof is on. Hope to finish the rest this week. Have appreciated Ramon helping me to keep this in order.  We are thankful for a number of volunteers who have helped to get the building roofed in.

Please remember in prayer the last youth camp of the season (ages 18-24) ending on Saturday in Lican Ray, Chile.  These last two weeks of February are also when many churches hold their VBS.


The Problem that Encourages

General Director Tom Gibbons writes about a good problem to have:

For David and Kristi Flinck, diminishing space due to church growth has become an encouraging problem in Antofagasta, northern Chile, where they have served for seven years. Content just to find affordable housing in this prosperous mining city of 400,000, they rented a 10th floor apartment for their family of six in May of 2011. After two months, they began holding Wednesday night Bible studies in their apartment, and then the following month Sunday meetings. Before long, they were praying for a house with more space! Through God’s provision, such a home was able to be purchased thirteen months after their arrival. Today their living room is bursting at the seams. Why? Because the primary focus of their church planting ministry is people.

While compelled by the goal of God’s glory, our primary focus in church planting is never buildings, but people. Buildings become necessary tools for ministry, but when Jesus saw the multitudes (Mt. 9:36), He didn’t worry about where they would meet, dream about the facility he would build some day, or obsess over how he would ever pay for it. He was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. Missionaries who engage in church planting rarely do so because they’ve been promised the necessary financial resources to buy or build a facility. They do so because they have passion for the lost as Christ has passion for the lost.

The focus of church planting must always be people: their salvation and transformation. When the servants of God sow the Gospel seed, the Spirit of God works, and the Son of God builds His Church. Making disciples (rightly called the planting of the Lord) inevitably results in spiritual growth and numerical multiplication, which creates an encouraging problem: where to physically put the planting of the Lord for three or four hours a week, so they can be kept watered and growing. Having personally witnessed the process of establishing a church from birth to young adulthood over a span of 18 years, we marvel at how God took care of this practical need through every stage of growth, with perfect timing and always debt free.

Missionaries will usually choose a home in their host city with a large enough garage or living room to begin holding meetings. As Christ builds His Church, that space will grow cramped. In the summer it may be hot and stuffy, but the acoustics will make the neighbors think that hundreds are tucked away inside when they sing! What a thrill to “suffer” through this encouraging problem in the miraculous birthing process of a Christ-built church.

Were it not for Christ’s motivating passion for lost people, one might have reasoned that Antofagasta was too far north and way too expensive to make a go of planting a church there. However, we’re not called to “make a go of it” or “give it a whirl.” We’re called to go and make disciples. Christ has promised to build His Church…and in Antofagasta, Chile, His Church is storming the gates of hell.

The Biblical church-planting focus of reaching people for Christ has produced spiritual growth and numerical multiplication to the point where there’s no more room in the Flinck house. That’s a problem that encourages. Join us in praying for a strategic, God-tailored location where this young ministry will have space to keep growing. We know God is able.
If you would like to learn more about the challenge, contact David and Kristi Flinck. Please remember the Flincks, National Pastor Andrés and Cecilia Maluenda, and new missionaries Mark and Bekkah Perry, in their team effort to establish the church in Antofagasta.


Wests To Argentina – March 20, 2018

Dear Ministry Partners,

“Whether therefore you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”

In my mind I am seeing two backpack and computer case burdened air passengers making their way to an overseas flight to which they are 30 minutes past boarding time. In fact, they are the last passengers to board and they are practically starting to taxi as they store their stuff away.  They were us as we made a late arrival in Atlanta on our way to Buenos Aires. That mad rush was a good picture of our time since graduation from language school.

This past month has been an absolute flurry of activity. We arrived in Iowa just before Christmas and were able to spend Christmas with all of our children (a first in a few years). A couple of days afterwards we were on our way to Uruguay to run the children’s program during the annual missionaries’ conference in Paysandú. We added another week or so in Chivilcoy, Argentina, before returning to Iowa. The day after we arrived in Des Moines, we were on our way to Minnesota to pick up our son Mike. Two days later we made another trip to Minnesota for the memorial service of the father of one of our colleagues. A week back in Iowa (including moving into and out of our temporary quarters in Ankeny) and we headed to Arizona to begin our west coast farewell tour (more about that later). When we return to Iowa in February, we will square things away in our storage unit, and travel to Wisconsin for, Lord willing, a commissioning service.  A week or so later we will be making our last long drive in our van to Florida where we will stay before we move to Argentina. Tickets have been purchased and we three are scheduled to leave Miami on March 20, to begin our first term as missionaries to Argentina.

In the midst of all this hustle and bustle, we constantly remind ourselves that we are doing this as part of our service to the Lord. It is so easy to leave that important factor out of the mix as we make plans, fill out forms, load and unload our earthly possessions, print maps, make calls, etc. But we remind ourselves that we do all for the glory of God and do it all in a way that brings glory to God. The flurry of activities is simply a part of the process and, in our case, that process will end with our ministry of training young men and women for ministry in South America. How exciting is that? And, how exciting for you! Because of your prayer and financial support, we finally have a departure day on the calendar, and you have had a huge part in all of this. We thank the Lord for you and we look forward to sharing with you the great things the Lord has in store for us.

Pray with us to the Lord about our needs regarding what is called “outfit and passage” to Argentina. There are a lot of things needed to get to the field for ministry. We are praying that the Lord will help us finish here…so we can begin there!

Thank you for your partnership in this valuable ministry,
Dave, Patti and Michael West
2 Timothy 2:2


Family Camp in Pirque, Chile

This week is family camp at Pirque, near Santiago, Chile. Here are a few pictures.

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