Camp Pirque and Vallette Update

Editor’s note: This letter is from Dan and Becca Vallette. Due to technical and scheduling issues, we could not publish it until now.

September 2017

Dear Friends and Family,

Thank you for your prayers and encouragement as we serve the Lord in the camp ministry in Chile.  We count it a privilege to be able to serve the Lord here.

During mid July, Santiago experienced snow – about 4 inches in our area! It is highly unusual for it to snow in the city. Vanesa & Camila were attending the winter retreat at Camp Pirque.  They enjoyed snowball fights, building snowmen and the breath-taking beauty.

Monthly soccer games began last March.  One Saturday in the month, men meet together, have a time of Bible teaching, prayer and play soccer.  Several visitors have attended.  The last time they played soccer, there were enough men for three teams.  

We are looking forward to have a short-termer from High Point come in September. Burton Taylor graduated this last June and will be spending three months with us helping with several projects around the camp.  He came last year with the youth group.

Preliminary work on the transformation of the existing storage building to an updated bathroom-shower facility will begin soon!  Please pray that things will run smoothly and the work will get done before summer (January 2018).  Once this is done, renovation on the cabins can begin.  “The List” as we call it, is extensive.  “The List” includes small and large projects to improve existing areas of the camp as well as add new ones.  Please pray for wisdom as we prioritize and administer resources.

The church we attend, Union de Centros Biblico Monteverde , is in the planning process of planting a church at camp.  According to the 2012 Chile census, there was 8% growth in Santiago.  In Pirque there was 32% growth. There is a need for a Bible-teaching church.  A couple from our church will be heading up the church plant and we will be serving in a support role.  It is exciting to see churches multiply and see the Chileans taking the lead.

We are looking forward to a work team coming from the states as well as a work team from Canada.  There is always room for more to join.Thank you for your continued prayers and financial support!

Serving Him,
Dan & Becca Vallette  Keven, Bryan, Vanesa and Camillla.

 

Praise God for His Faithfulness!

Here is the October update from James and Donelle Morrell:

“Hear my prayer, O LORD, give ear to my supplications: in thy faithfulness answer me, and in thy righteousness.” Psalm 143:1 The Lord has indeed heard and answered our prayers! Since the completion of the first cabin complex (large enough for 60 people) and our inaugural men’s retreat in May, we are moving forward with plans to host other events as well. We are thankful for the Lord’s provision over the years of both finances to build and manpower to see it done. To God be the glory for great things He has done!

“And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.” 2 Timothy 2:2 From October 2-5 we will be hosting the Avance Pastoral in which we will receive 80-100 pastors, missionaries and church leaders from Argentina, Chile and Uruguay. The purpose of the conference is to edify, encourage and provide training for the leadership of churches within our fellowship. Pastor Matt Postiff from Michigan and Pastor Alejandro Peluffo from Argentina will be bringing the messages during the conference. Please pray for safety as the men travel and that God would accomplish His work in the lives of each on in attendance.

“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.” Ephesians 3:20,21 We are planning on hosting our youth retreat on our facility for the first time in February 2018 which brings the need to have a pool completed to accommodate the hot climate. As we neared the completion of the first cabin it was very clear that we were not going to have enough funds to complete the second cabin let alone think about doing a pool. Yet as we sought the Lord in prayer, He has been faithful in providing funds to construct the major part of the pool and at least a portion of the second cabin. For now, we are focusing on the middle section of the cabin which with provide us with more bathroom facilities. The plan is to house the ladies in the first cabin and boys will sleep in the main building and use the new bathroom facilities presently under construction. Praise the Lord for His continued provision in ways and times that we least expect! Please pray that God would continue to provide the funds necessary to complete the pool area and second cabin.

 

Need for Bible College Facilities in Uruguay

Missionary Sergio Duarte writes about the ministry of the College of Biblical Studies of Uruguay:

From the beginning, FEBU’s main goal has been to equip its students for service. We place great effort into offering adequate training to those that, by the grace of God, are being prepared to serve the Lord. In order to better  accomplish this objective, we believe it is essential to provide a place where students are not only receiving  academic training, but are also being discipled and challenged in both character building and hands-on ministry. Classes are currently being held in a church building, for which we are grateful. However, we see the importance of having our own facilities for classroom space and dormitories.

Every semester we have 20 or more students enrolled. Some of them come from different parts of Uruguay and from other countries as well (currently from Argentina and Costa Rica). The lack of housing has been a road block for some potential students who would like to come but have no place to stay. Therefore, the Building Project is critical to achieve our main goal.

The blueprints above show the proposed new building which includes dorms, classrooms, bathrooms, a conference room, and a library. You can play an active role in this exciting project: praying faithfully to God for His provision and guidance, coming down to Uruguay and lending a helping hand, or however He may lead. Would you help us to see this burden become a reality?

For further information please feel free to contact Missionary Sergio Duarte at sergioandreaduarte@gmail.com and phone: 011 598 98811572.

 

2017 Tri-Country Pastor’s Conference

The Tri-Country Pastor’s Conference was held October 2 through 5, 2017. The preaching was on 2 Corinthians 3-5 and the practical matter of how the Bible instructs us to minister to unrepentant church members.

Nearly half of the pastors were held up at the border both before and after the conference by a snow storm in the Andes mountains. But, even with some taking 48 hours of travel each way, they persevered and all enjoyed a wonderful time of fellowship and instruction in the Word. The camp facilities at “Parque UCB” in Chivilcoy were wonderful. Though not completed, they were very comfortable for the 95 or so men who stayed on site.

Please continue to pray:

  • For each of the pastors and missionaries pictured below, remembering that each represents an entire local assembly with fellow brothers and sisters, and all the challenges that any church in North America might face.
  • For the Lord to raise up men who will take the nearly 30 places of ministry that are needed in either churches whose pastor will soon have to retire, or churches who presently do not have a pastor.
  • For the pastors and churches to maintain sound doctrine until the Lord returns for the church.

Thank you for upholding the conference before the Lord, and for supporting the missionaries and GMSA to make this kind of ministry possible!

 

Canadian Board Meeting

The Canadian board of GMSA met yesterday in Kincardine, Ontario at Lighthouse Fellowship Baptist Church. We heard recent reports from the fields of South America and prayed for the work there and at home.

Pictured above are Mrs. Peggy Clarke, Pastor David Clarke, Liz Wells, Shirley Lyons, Melody and Mel Smiley, GMSA Canadian board chairman Ed Stewart and his wife Diane Stewart, GMSA representative Dan and Margaret Burkholder, and Pastor Eric Watson. Not pictured are Pastor Matt Postiff (U.S. board secretary), and Canadian board members Pastor Steve Gordon, Harry Bouman, and treasurer Mark Switzer.

 

Pastor’s Conference October 2-5, 2017

Here is the schedule for the pastor’s conference to be held next week at the Chivilcoy camp. We have about 90 men registered. Please pray for the men traveling to the conference for many miles, the two speakers, meetings and Bible instruction, fellowship, mutual encouragement and, above all, that God will be glorified.

 

Youth Camp Fall 2017

Missionary Mariano Proto shared a picture from the recent youth camp in Paysandu, Uruguay. Thanks to the Lord for the ministry that was accomplished in these young people’s lives!

 

Hurricane Irma

Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The Gospel Mission of South America owns two residential homes and a two-story warehouse/office which serves as headquarters for the mission.

Presently, the headquarters and one of the homes has electricity (restored last night). The other home has no electricity. Internet is down until perhaps the 18th of September or longer. The website is hosted elsewhere, thus you are able to read this post.

The first two pictures show one of our homes prepared to meet the storm. The remainder of the pictures show some of the minor damage that Irma caused.

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