Lukewarm Christianity?

Missionaries Dathan and Allison Marshall challenge us with these words:

What is ‘lukewarm’ Christianity?  One simple definition for the term ‘lukewarm’ is someone who is neither hot or cold about their faith.  This term is used in Revelation 3:15-16 to describe those who call themselves ‘Christians’, yet though they give themselves that title, they are just drifting along in life, perhaps not investing much time with God at all (indifference), or attending church only when it is convenient, or maybe they have even lost a zeal or desire for spiritual growth.  Many people who call themselves ‘Christians’ claim to have faith in Jesus Christ, yet they do not (or only if convenient) study God’s Word, do not grow in their faith, do not live different than the world, do not passionately pursue doing what is right, etc.

The truth is that being ‘lukewarm’ is the most comfortable, most convenient, and the safest form of living in our own minds, which is why it takes a deeper faith to trust and follow Jesus Christ to a passionate life for Him.  Have you reached a point of complacency and spiritual apathy in your life?  Are you struggling to follow and live for Jesus, which is vastly different than the world around us?  Here are 3 simple practices to help boost your Christian faith and ‘turn on the hot water’ in your life:

  1. Daily pray, and study the Word of God (return and restore your relationship with God)
  2. Directly impact someone’s life around you (put your heart and soul into others; you might learn something, too!)
  3. Declare the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the world around you (a true Christian desires to tell others about Jesus, no matter the cost, and refuses to ‘blend in’ with the world).

Following these three simple steps will help you ‘get off the fence’ in your Christianity, and will reignite a passion for righteous living, not sinfulness, and definitely not anywhere in between!


Thanks Work Team from Clinton, Maine!

The Clinton, Maine work crew traveled home a few days ago. They advanced the new cabin and the Sunday School classrooms at the local Chivilcoy Church. Thanks team! Do come again!

Please also pray for another new team that arrived shortly thereafter to complete the readiness of the new cabin for the May 25-27 men’s retreat.  The time is growing near for that retreat!


Easter Outreach in Carmelo, Uruguay

This picture is from Easter Sunday 2017 in Carmelo, Uruguay. The team members are from Uruguay, Argentina and Canada. They conducted a special evangelistic outreach this past weekend. Please join us in prayer for fruit of souls added to the church!


Thank you, Work Team from Moscow, Maine!

Missionary James Morrell reports from Chivilcoy, Argentina: Here are some pictures of the team from Moscow, Maine. We are finishing up the interior ceilings, installing the ceiling around the cabin complex, and finishing beds. This team is full of workers from dawn till dusk! The Maine volunteers are joined by Diego and Bill.

We are thankful that these preparations are underway to be ready for the May men’s retreat.


Pray for Those Who are Sent

Please pray for veteran missionaries Curtis and Diane Steward as they return to the field of Chile this week after furlough. Also, please pray for Dathan and Allison Marshall and their family as they head out for their first term in Argentina. May the Lord bless them all richly in their labors for Him!


Duartes Reporting From Uruguay

Missionaries Sergio and Andrea Duarte send in a report from the field of Uruguay. They write:

Thank you for praying for children’s camp! We were responsible to plan and run this ministry this year, and we praise the Lord for many answered prayers. The camp staff and counselors were a
tremendous blessing; each one ministered lovingly and with a servant’s heart. We rejoice that 50 children attended 17 accepted the Lord as personal Savior and many others made good decisions in their spiritual walk. Please pray For the spiritual growth of these children. Many come from unsaved homes and have no one to encourage them to continue to follow Him.

Only by God’s grace this year FEBU (Bible college) will have its first graduating class! We praise the Lord for His guidance, provision, and for the opportunity and responsibility to better equip the students to serve Him. We look forward with much prayer and anticipation to see how God will use these men and ladies to further the gospel in this very needy land.

Gabriel, a young man from our church is a Senior this year at FEBU. The primary goal of the college is to train men and women for full time ministry. After graduation, he and his wife Valeria are planning to return to Fray Bentos for an internship in our church.

Sergio teaches Pastoral Theology class this year at FEBU, so he travels weekly to Montevideo; we appreciate your prayers for safety, wisdom, and endurance. Pray for a profitable school year, guidance on leadership for the school, student enrollment, adequate facilities to hold classes and have dormitories for the students, and building projects.


Baptism at Antofagasta Church

Missionary David Flinck reports that earlier this week, the Antofagasta church in northern Chile was blessed to see three of its members baptized. Assisting David is a new Chilean pastor, Andres. How great it is to see God’s work in the city and its people!


Thankful for Homeland Support – Canada

We thank the Lord for His servants in GMSA’s sending countries (U.K., Canada, and U.S.A.) who serve alongside those laboring on the fields in South America. For example, the board of the Canadian branch of the GMSA met on Monday. Here is a picture of the board and their guests.


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