Posted on October 6, 2021 by Tom Gibbons

Spring Has Sprung!

Dave & Patti West – Temperley, Argentina

We have been thinking recently about a couple of texts from the Bible:

Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that. (James 4:13-15) and,

But as for me, I trust in You, O Lord; I say, “You are my God.” My times are in Your hand; (Psalm 31:14-15a)

Both texts remind us that our total existence is in the hands of the Lord. Whether it be life and death situations, ministry, pandemics, or even immigration issues, the processes of our lives are firmly held by God in His sovereign, benevolent hands.

We are finally emerging from our cooler winter temperatures and experiencing the warmer sun and comforting breezes. Our weather here is relatively mild – compared to, say, Charleston, SC, or Savanah, GA. It is enjoyable. We are enjoying doing much outside work around the Mission House to spruce it up and make it a pleasant place to visit. We have not made much use of the facilities since the quarantine, but we like to keep it ready for guests and as a testimony to the neighborhood.

The Bible Institute is running very smoothly this semester with our 14 students. All four teachers have become very adept at using the Zoom program for classes. I must confess that I was not at first an advocate of virtual classes, but we are seeing many advantages to using the virtual classroom.  I cut back my hours of teaching from four hours of class to two. This schedule still allows me to complete the necessary work but without the additional pressure. Next semester I am planning to even it out to three hours for that class.

Bible Institute Prayer Requests:

  • An increase in the number of students next school year, which starts in March 2022.
  • That the Lord would raise up students who are committed to full-time ministry.
  • Wisdom regarding the class format for next year (we need to discuss whether to use virtual, in-person, or a mixed platform.)
  • We also have a very special prayer request involving the need for required texts for our students. Please pray that the Lord will provide for this important need.

Our immigration situation is moving forward “un poquito”. It is very complicated how it came about, but the bottom line is that the Department of Religion will start receiving applications in November for the letter we need to continue to process our application for our new temporary residency card. When all that is finished (we are praying for an end-of-November resolution) we will be able to make a quick trip to the States. But all the timing is in the Lord’s hands (see texts above!). Please pray for an early resolution to our immigration processing.

Patti, Mike and I attend the UCB Church in Pasco. Patti has been asked to teach Sunday School to 7-9 year olds. She is thrilled! (Her students are the four younger ones in the foreground of the picture.) I have been put into the preaching rotation as well as filling in sometimes at the Ezeiza church and doing communion a couple of times in Gualeguaychú (the missionary at that church is on furlough). Mike is involved with the youth group where there are a couple of people who speak English – very important for Mike! He loves it.

We appreciate all of you who pray for us regularly. We never tire of telling you that knowing you are praying for us has encouraged us immensely. We appreciate all of you who give of your resources to sustain us here as well. Without you we could not live and serve the Lord in Argentina. We want to let you know that we love you and pray for you regularly.

Michael, David & Patti West