Posted on October 26, 2018 by Matt Postiff

Spring in Argentina: Update from Dave and Patti West

Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. (2 Tim 2:15)

My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment. (Jam 3:1)

These texts underscore the importance of properly handling and teaching the Word of God. Those who teach come under higher scrutiny because what they teach is what others often apply to their lives. The trajectory of an entire generation can be affected by the false or inaccurate teaching of Scripture. While God’s grace often overrides our missteps in the teaching platform, it is still vitally important for those who going to become pastors, church planters and missionaries to devote themselves to proper preparation and to acquire the exegetical skills necessary to understand and teach from the Bible.

For this reason, the curriculum for the school here in Chivilcoy has as a foundation, classes on the Bible, biblical languages, hermeneutics and exegesis. Is it necessary to learn Hebrew and Greek to preach the Bible? Maybe not. There is an abundance of language helps. But if having a working knowledge of these languages will help a preacher or teacher better understand the meaning of a text, then yes, it is necessary. What’s more, hermeneutics and exegesis will better enable a student to understand and apply the meaning of the text in order to teach it with accuracy. So we continue to work on creating the best possible core curriculum to give our future students the tools to understand and teach the Word.

Speaking of students, I (Dave) had the privilege of attending a youth conference in Buenos Aires for the young people from our fellowship. There were close to ninety young men and women attending. As I looked upon this group, I prayed that the Lord would use some of them to lead the ministry here in Argentina. What potential.

As the school is still in the development stages, much of our time is occupied in the orientation process. Patti and I have our temporary residency cards (DNI) but we are still working on Mike’s card. Wednesday, we traveled to Buenos Aires to visit immigrations again and were given approval papers for Michael. Now we just await the arrival of his DNI card. We are so thankful to the Lord for causing us to clear this hurdle.

We are helping out at the property where the camp and future school will be. Mike and I mostly cut grass (about 20 acres worth) and help with the mundane things that free our camp development director (James Morrell) to do more important things. Patti has also been enlisted to use her sewing machine to do repairs on curtains.

Patti and I are still making good use of our tutors in order to improve our Spanish. They are good at what they do but we present them with huge challenges. We are making progress even though some days we feel like we can’t speak either Spanish or English. Our son Mike is challenged in the area of reading (in English), but he has also expressed a greater desire to learn Spanish. This is a great step for him.

This first year is seven months old already. The time is rapidly going by. The Lord has been gracious to us and we recognize this almost every day. We so appreciate those of you who love and support this ministry. Your prayers for us are vital. We love to receive your notes of encouragement. It reminds us that we are not alone in this work.

Your Partners in Argentina,
Dave, Patti  and Michael West
2 Timothy 2:2