Short Term Investments.
Long Term Dividends.
Over many years, thousands of man-hours have been invested and tens of thousands of dollars saved by teams coming to help build and renovate facilities for Great Commission ministry. These include church buildings, parsonages, Bible colleges and Christian camps.
Through this hands-on ministry:
• Missionaries, national pastors and local believers have been edified and challenged.
• Ongoing friendships have been forged among visitors and locals.
• Innumerable lives have been impacted for missions.
Some participants keep returning, others are burdened to support missionaries or projects financially, and still others have been called into full-time missionary service. Without doubt, all can pray more effectively for world missions.
Get an idea of the scope of opportunities by looking at some of the building projects. Trips typically last around two weeks, but if you have less time or would like to stay longer we can make that happen too.
I had heard this all my life, but never really contemplated the GOING part. An opportunity came about when the interim pastor at my church (Pastor Bill Park) talked of traveling to South America on a work team to a camp in Chivilcoy, Argentina. I happily agreed to go, mainly because I had extra vacation time at my job.
The first year I went, someone asked me what I thought I would do when I got there. I gave a lackluster answer, not knowing what skills I had to contribute.
I ended up returning on a work team for five consecutive years. Each trip was influential in my life. One evening at a church service as I stumbled through the Spanish singing, I realized that God is God of all. He is (and should be) worshipped by all people of different nationalities. Yet He is still the same God that I have believed in for many years. I instantly understood the value and need of GOING.
I would encourage anyone to consider joining a work team. You don’t need to have special skills (although that is a major plus!), and you will definitely benefit from getting outside of your comfort zone and trying a new experience. FYI – I ended up trying cooking and painting, and I met lots of new people. I highly recommend it!
October - November 2023
Camp Paysandú (Uruguay) & Camp Pirque (Chile)
Coordinator: Pastor Bill Park
Fall 2022 and beyond
Coordinator: Mariano Proto
I first heard about the work trip when Mr. Nigel Kissick, GMSA’s UK Director, came to speak at our church. I can clearly remember being immediately interested and later contacted Nigel for more details and information. The Lord had made a clear path which allowed me to volunteer to assist in the work team.
During the two weeks we had the joy of serving alongside James and Donelle Morrell and their six children. We were involved in manual jobs such as helping to construct a retaining wall around an outdoor swimming pool, rendering walls to a cabin building and upgrading the entrance of the church building where we met.
These two weeks were such a fantastic experience that I’ll never forget. I really enjoyed the Christian fellowship, the daily devotionals and prayer times with our team, working alongside other like-minded believers and having the opportunity to serve God in a practical way.
It’s not always easy having spare time to commit to such a trip, but we need to remember that God is no man’s debtor. It says in God’s Word in Hebrews 6:10 "For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name…" God will open doors as He sees fit.
Serving God in this practical way was so rewarding. The majority of our team was unskilled. We were simply willing to give of our time and talents to work and serve in whatever way we could. Being part of this work team was one of the best things I have ever done! I have made lifelong friendships and become more interested and involved in the work of GMSA. I would highly recommend a trip like this to everyone.