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August Ministry Update

Posted on Friday, August 21, 2015 in Ministry Updates, Prayer Letters

“Praying always with all prayer and supplications in the Spirit . . . and for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, make known the mystery of the gospel . . . that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.”

Ephesians 6:18-20

There seems to be a recent interest in personality types in our American culture – I find myself a bit intrigued by it all. I don’t claim being an introvert so that I can wear it proudly and shy away from anything that makes me uncomfortable (because I would probably not leave my house much if that were the case). I do think, though, that it has been helpful in understanding my need for some quiet, downtime, and in learning better how to relate to others.

Whether introvert or extrovert, as Christians, we ought to be praying as Paul did, for boldness in sharing the gospel. And I ask that when you think to pray for me, that you would pray for such boldness in my witness for the Lord. I want nothing more than to see lost souls come to Christ, and to grow in knowledge of Him, but it isn’t always easy – and now I get to do it in Spanish, which isn’t natural for me. I am thankful for the Lord’s leading in my life, and for the opportunity to serve Him here in Spain. Please pray that I would be sensitive to the Spirit’s leading and prodding, and that I would be always ready to share what Christ has done in my life.

Life in Spain

I have seemed to settle into a routine in the last few weeks. It has been just over a month since I have been in my apartment, and I am so thankful for all that the Lord has provided, and how He is helping me to acclimate to my new home.

Next month I will be welcoming a college student from Mexico, Raquel, who will be staying with me for a semester as she studies here in Salamanca. She is from a Baptist church in Mexico, and was looking for a roommate who is also a believer. Please pray that we would be able to be an encouragement to one another, and Lord willing, that the Lord would use her to open doors with students she comes in contact with.

Upcoming Ministry

On September 24th the University of Salamanca will host its Welcome Fair for new students. We will have an opportunity to have a booth set up with gospel literature, Bibles, books, and information about Bible studies and other activities. Please be in prayer for the preparation, and that we will have a good group from the church who would be willing to help pass out information and greet students on that day. Please pray also for some good contacts to be made with students.

I will also be taking a placement test at the Official Language School in September, and will begin classes the end of September. Pray for God-given opportunities that, “I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak”, in class and amongst my new classmates.

Thank you again for your generous prayer and financial support. As always, I am grateful for the part that you have in my ministry here in Salamanca to bring the gospel to the lost.

For His Harvest,

Jodi Harrison

July Ministry Update

Posted on Tuesday, July 14, 2015 in Ministry Updates, Prayer Letters

I am so thankful for all that the Lord has allowed me to accomplish in these first six weeks of life in Spain. Some of it doesn’t seem too exciting, like setting up a bank account, searching for an apartment, registering for my residency, getting bus cards, finding a cell phone plan, etc. But it has all been necessary for living here.

But other things have been a bit more exciting – like visiting castles and walking on medieval city walls; visiting friends in the city they have moved to plant a church; or just wandering the streets of Salamanca.

Ministry Opportunities

Though my ministry isn’t in full swing yet, I have been able to participate in several church ministries in the weeks I have been here; I’ve attended our ladies’ Bible study, youth group meeting, a discipleship program, and even got to play in the nursery on Sunday.

Last week I was able to go to Ponferrada with a group of visiting college students to visit Jon and Lorena Templeton. They have only been in Ponferrada since January, but the Lord is using them to take His Word to those who have not heard. It was a blessing to be with them and see how the Lord is giving them opportunities to be light in this lost world.

I’m moving!

After six weeks of living out of the Romaine’s guest room, I finally have the keys to my apartment, praise the Lord! I am so thankful for the hospitality and help that my coworkers have been since I arrived in Spain, and am going to miss hearing “Good Morning, Aunt Jodi” from Addy every morning. However, I am looking forward to getting settled into my new apartment tomorrow.

Now what?

Besides getting settled in my apartment, my next adventures will include enrolling in driving school, and language classes. My plan is to start language classes in the fall. This will be as much to sharpen my language, skills, as it will be to meet new people with whom I can share the Gospel. Please be in prayer for these opportunities, as well as the planning for the University welcome fair, where we will have a booth introducing our ministry to the students and handing out gospel literature.

Please pray also that the Lord would open doors to meaningful, intentional relationships that would allow me to not just share the gospel, but to live a life that would share the Truth of who Christ is and give me opportunities to be a light to those that the Lord will bring across my path.

Thank you so much for all of your faithful prayers, financial support, and words of encouragement. It is impossible to express how thankful I am for each one of you who are part of my ministry here in Salamanca.

For His Harvest,

Jodi Harrison

Are you packed yet?

Posted on Monday, May 18, 2015 in Ministry Updates, Prayer Letters

Are you packed yet?

I am not sure how many times I have been asked that question over the last month since I was able to purchase my ticket, but I know it’s been asked a lot. So, in answer to the most frequently asked question — no. But hopefully by the time most of you read this I will be!

And you can pray! I’ll spare you of all the details, but please pray that I will be able to get all my bags on the plane on Wednesday morning. I thought I asked all the right extra-baggage questions before I purchased my ticket, but suffice it to say that I will be trusting God (as well as counting on prayers and an extra early arrival at the airport) to get them all paid for and aboard before takeoff.

It’s just stuff!

I love Jeopardy, though it usually only serves to remind me that I am not the wealth of information that I wish I were. But I watch it when I can, and usually enjoy it. Friday evening’s episode had the category of “Quotable Quotes”, and one of the answers was Matthew 6:19-20 (and I am adding 21):

“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”

Funny how God can even use a game show to remind us of Truth. It’s not easy trying to decide what to take when moving around the globe – but allowing my focus to be on God and why He is leading me on this journey, and remembering that He can, has, and will provide for my needs makes it a bit easier to leave things behind.

It’s almost time!

On Wednesday morning I will be headed to the airport, and Lord willing, be arriving in Madrid on Thursday evening (Spanish time). I have included my itinerary, and all times are in EST. Dublin is +5 hours, and Madrid is +6 hours. Please be in prayer for a smooth and safe trip to Spain.

Wednesday, 5/20              DTW-BOS 9:54 AM EST – 11:44 AMEST / BOS-DUB 9:00 PM EST – 3:05 AM EST

Thursday, 5/21                   DUB-MAD 11:20 AM EST – 1:55 PM EST

Thank you, once again, for all of your faithful prayers, support, and encouragement. It has been so awesome watching God provide, and use you to be part of all of this.

For His Harvest,

Jodi Harrison

Departure Update

Posted on Thursday, April 23, 2015 in Ministry Updates, Prayer Letters

“ . . . whenever I journey to Spain, I shall come to you.”
~ Romans 15:24

This summer will mark 15 years since my very first trip to Spain. The Lord used that time so many years ago to give me a burden and a love for a place that I knew so little about. And once I left, I knew in my heart that one day I would return. That next semester I was reading in Romans and highlighted a couple of verses in chapter 15 – Paul desired to go to Spain, presumably to share the gospel. His earlier words in chapter 15 spoke of preaching the gospel where Christ was not named, of being hindered (though in God’s timing), of having his plans rearranged – but he had goals, foremost of which was glorifying God.

Though I never imagined it would take 15 years, more than one move back and forth across the globe, and several years on deputation, the Lord had His plan – it may seem like a few crazy detours in human eyes, but I am thankful for how the Lord has worked, guided, and provided so clearly in my life.

Visa Update

In my last update I mentioned that I had to resubmit paperwork – that it may be another 12 weeks (but more likely only 4-6 weeks). My paperwork was submitted on March 30th, so I assumed it would be late-April to mid-May before my visa arrived. But praise the Lord that He works in His own timing! On April 15th, the day after I returned from a two-week trip, my visa arrived in the mail.

And we’re off . . .

Well, technically not yet . . . but now that I have my visa in hand, and 100% support, I also have a departure date! I will be flying out of Detroit on May 20th, and arriving in Madrid on May 21st to begin this two-year term of service.

Keep Praying

Please pray for all the last minute details, like packing, saying goodbye to family and friends (because, for some reason, they all seem to think it’s sad I’m leaving), sorting through belongings, and selling my car.

Please also be in prayer as I, along with the help of my coworkers, the Romaines, search for an apartment that would suite my needs, and fit my budget . . . and Lord willing, include the little things that I would like in an apartment – like a nice balcony, and not be too far from the center of town.

Thank you, again, for all the prayers, the financial support, and the words of encouragement, the emails and letters over the last several years. Though our plans don’t always look like God’s plans, I am thankful for how He has worked, and used each of you in this process. I also look forward to how He will use each of you to be part of the ministry that He has prepared for me in Salamanca.

For His Harvest,

Jodi Harrison

April Ministry Update

Posted on Thursday, April 2, 2015 in Ministry Updates, Prayer Letters

“Why seek ye the living among the dead?

He is not here, but is risen.”
Luke 24:5-6

I am so thankful for the truth in these verses. What a hope we have because of a God who loves us more than we can even fathom.

There is so much that He gives, and gives so freely.

I am grateful that He also provides for our needs; whether we realize it or not, whether it is in our time or His, whether it is how we would choose to do it or in His perfect way.

Visa Update
Last week I had to resubmit a paper for my visa — that means that my application for my visa had to be restarted from the beginning. Please pray that it will still come through quickly. It can take anywhere from one to three months to be approved, though four to six weeks is about the norm. Lord willing, it will be late-April to early-May when it does come. Please continue to pray for my visa to be approved and to arrive quickly!

Support Update
Praise the Lord for providing! I am so amazed at how the Lord uses His people to provide for needs and to answer prayers. I am (unofficially — because I am still waiting on paperwork to be processed) at 100%!!

It has been such a blessing and encouragement to me to see churches and individuals be burdened to be part of the ministry in Spain by giving financially for my my needs. I am also grateful for those of you who pray faithfully for the Lord to provide and to work through the details that come with deputation and beginning ministry in a new place.

Preparing for Takeoff
Though I don’t have an exact departure date yet, my next step is to begin packing and preparing to leave for Spain. Please pray for wisdom as I think through what is necessary to take along with me. I am still praying to be in Spain by May, but it may be a bit later than I had originally hoped. Please pray also for the purchase of my airline ticket, and that when the time comes, the Lord would provide one at a good price.

Thank you again for all that you do. I am so grateful and humbled by your faithfulness in prayer and giving financially on my behalf.

Happy Resurrection Weekend! Enjoy celebrating our Risen Savior!

For His Harvest,

Jodi Harrison

Support Update — March Ministry Update

Posted on Friday, March 13, 2015 in Ministry Updates, Prayer Letters

God never ceases to amaze me with how He chooses to provide. I know I have said this before, but I’ll say it again — I never doubt that the Lord will provide, but watching how and when He does it, and who He uses to be a blessing and encouragement in the process is often a surprise to me.

If you read my last update from two weeks ago, I mentioned that the Lord had allowed my visa appointment to go very smoothly. I was told that my visa would arrive in 4 to 6 weeks — so I am expecting it sometime early to mid-April.

But I wanted to take a quick opportunity to update you on my support. God is working, and I am so excited for how close I am getting to Spain.

Last week I was staying for a few days with a friend and while I was at her house alone, I thought about figuring out some numbers as far as support is concerned. People always have questions about percents and dollar amounts, and I like to have accurate figures for them if I can.

As I was looking at my 88%, I thought, “It sure will be exciting when it hits 90%”. So I started to figure out what I would need to gain that 2%. Then my phoned beeped with an email. From a new supporter. That put me at 94%. And the next morning I got a text. From a new supporter. That put me at 95%. Isn’t it awesome to trust the Lord and watch Him work?!

Would you pray with me for that last 5% to come in?
I am praying for a church, or perhaps individuals, that would be burdened to pray for and be part of taking the Good News of Christ to the people of Spain by partnering with me financially. I am looking forward to how God will use both my prayer and financial partners in His ministry in Spain.

Thank you again for each of you who pray for and give of your time and finances to be part of taking the Gospel to the least-evangelized Spanish-speaking country.

For His Harvest,

Jodi Harrison
Philippians 4:17,19

God’s Good Gifts

Posted on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 in Ministry Updates, Sharing my Thoughts

You know, God doesn’t have to give us anything, good or bad. And I know a few people who think that God has never done a good thing for them, that He, in fact, does things to make them miserable. How I wish that I could make them see that is so completely untrue.

God gives good gifts. He gave the Greatest Gift freely and to all people. Salvation. He gave His son to die on a cross, to be raised from the dead — not for a bunch of well-doers who were eager to obey, but for a bunch of sinners determined to keep on sinning. For a bunch of ungrateful people. For me. For you.

I’ve been asking God to make me more thankful. To help me trust Him and have faith in Him no matter the situation. Some days it is easy. Some days, not so much.

But He works, He is working. He is providing. I love all the names of God, but as I have said before, Jehovah Jireh is my favorite — God sees our needs, and makes a way to provide for them even before we know we have the need. We may think there is no plan, but my inability to see what God is doing doesn’t mean He isn’t doing.

Today I was sitting here thinking how exciting it is that He has provided so much in the past year. It has been so neat to see God use people to get me to this point in deputation. Eighty-eight percent. That’s really great.

But you know, I sat here thinking, “I can’t wait until I hit 90%; then it will be really exciting.”

So I sat on the couch and wrote down some numbers, working out some figures so I would know how much more I would need to be at 90%. But before I was done I checked my email ~ silly email addiction that I have.

So, 88%, right? But that email — the one that came when I was wishing for 90%. Yes, that one.

It was a new supporter, just letting me know how much they wanted to give me each month. Did I mention that God gives good gifts? That God is Jehovah Jireh?

Because now I have 94%. And in case you were wondering, that is more than 90%. So I guess it’s getting more than exciting. Six percent — that’s all I need. I’m looking forward to how God will choose to provide the last $143/month that will get me to Spain.

Visa Update

Posted on Saturday, February 28, 2015 in Ministry Updates, Prayer Letters

Visa Update

Yesterday I headed into Chicago to the Spanish Consulate to apply for my Visa. I arrived about 30 minutes early for my scheduled 1:00 appointment. Needless to say, I had to wait – and wait a bit longer. I watched as an American couple applied for their visas, and had to keep searching for documents, and make phone calls; I let three people go in front of me who had “quick questions”; I watched as two people were told that they would have to come back with more paperwork; and I watched one person walk in to his appointment and out with a visa.

I had mixed feeling about how my appointment was going to go, but I knew that I had prayed much, and was grateful to know that so many were praying for me.

As I sat waiting, the Lord gave me an opportunity to talk with a young man going on a school trip to Spain. I was able to share with him my reason for heading to Spain, and about the ministry the Lord has given me. Even though it wasn’t a long conversation, it was neat to see how the Lord used time in a waiting room to plant a seed.

Finally, at 1:40, my name was called. My paperwork was taken. I signed a form. And was told that my Visa should be arriving in 4 to 6 weeks. After watching so many people deal with an assortment of problems while submitting their paperwork I was somewhat surprised that my submission took less than ten minutes. But not too surprised – I did, after all, have many people praying, and a God who can make all things possible.

Thank you again for remembering me in your prayers. Though it was a cold and blustery day in Chicago, everything went very smoothly.

Keep Praying!!

Please remember to pray for the remaining financial support to get me to Spain. I am currently at 88%, and need only $284 more dollars per month to reach 100%. I am trusting the Lord to provide, and am looking forward to watching Him use His people to do so.

My intended departure date is mid-May. Please pray with me for that to be a reality!!

Thank you again for your faithfulness in both prayer and financial support. I am privileged to count you as partners in the ministry in Salamanca

For His Harvest,

Jodi Harrison

“Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account . . . But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 4:17,19

February Ministry Update

Posted on Saturday, February 28, 2015 in Ministry Updates, Prayer Letters

For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:

So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

I’ll be honest — I can get a bit grumpy with all this snow and cold weather. But as I was sitting here watching yet another layer of white blanket the ground, I was reminded again of these verses from Isaiah 55. Just as the earth needs the snow and the rain to produce fruit, so do souls need the Gospel to live — and God promises that His Word won’t return void. It isn’t a waste of time to share the gospel, even when it doesn’t seem well received, even when it takes years to see converts, even when it seems like the labor we put forth may be in vain. God is working, and I am so grateful that He chooses to use us to be part of that.

I am grateful that He has chosen so many to be part of that work along side me as I head to Spain. I could not accomplish this ministry without your prayers and financial support — so as always, thank you for giving of your time and money to help take the gospel to the least-evangelized Spanish-speaking country.

What’s Next?

It’s funny how waiting can make time feel as though it stands still — but then, in no time at all, all that time speeds past so quickly that you feel like begging it to slow down.

That’s where I am at right now. Next Friday, February 27th, I have an appointment at the Spanish Consulate in Chicago to submit my visa application. But there is much left to get finished before that time.

Please pray with me as I get the last of my paperwork in order, and translated into Spanish. Pray that the appointment goes smoothly, and that I will have all the paperwork required of me. Though there is a list of what I need on the Consulate website it does say, “Please, be advised that additional requirements may be requested.”

But I am trusting the Lord to work out those details, and allow only His perfect plan.

Ministry Opportunities

The weekend of March 6-8, I will be attending the missions conference for one of my supporting churches, and will be teaching the children during five different sessions. Please pray that the Lord would use me to clearly teach from His Word, and to plant seeds of not only the gospel, but a desire to share Christ with others. The Lord used missionaries in my young life to give me a burden for missions, and I pray the Lord will use me to do the same.

Getting Closer

Praise the Lord for all He has done. It is so amazing to look back over the last few years and see how God has worked — it hasn’t been my doing, but clearly the Lord directing and opening doors when needed.

Since my last prayer letter the Lord has provided two new individual supporters, and has brought my support level up to 88%.

Please continue to pray for the remainder of my financial support. I need $284 more per month to bring me to 100% of my needed support.

I am praying that the Lord will provide my visa, and the remainder of my support so that I can leave for Spain by mid-March.

Building Relationships

One of my desires once on the field is to build intentional relationships with those that the Lord allows to cross my path. My burden is to share the gospel, and have opportunities to disciple new believers.

As important as relationships are on the field, they are also important here at home. I have had several opportunities to hold Spanish Dinner Parties over the last several months, and I am grateful for those opportunities to share what God is doing, share prayer requests, and get to know people who will be invaluable in my ministry as they take requests to God on my behalf, and even some who have become financial partners in my ministry.

Two weeks ago the Lord gave another opportunity for me to share Spanish food and culture, as well as what ministry the Lord has given, to a group of new and old friends. It was a blessing to spend time with them, and to be encouraged by them as well.

Enjoying Spanish food and conversation.

Flan for dessert!

Sharing about my ministry in Spain.

Look What God is Doing

Posted on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 in Ministry Updates, Prayer Letters

Look What God is Doing!

There are several very exciting things that the Lord is doing on my way to Spain. Take some time to read and rejoice with me, as well as pray for the specific needs that I have.

Support Report

Praise the Lord for His provision!! I currently have 86% of the needed support for my first two-year term. I cannot begin to put into words how amazing it has been to see the Lord use churches and individuals to provide for the financial needs of my ministry in Spain. Please pray for the remaining $325 of monthly support that I need to make ministry and life in Spain possible.

**Visa Process**

The visa process is progressing, and for that I praise the Lord. I am expecting that my visa will be available as soon as late March, then I will have only 90 days before I must be in Spain. However, I must be at 100% of my needed support before I can leave for Spain.

Would you please pray for new supporters to help me reach that goal? Perhaps the Lord is prompting you to be part of my ministry by giving financially – you can click on the link to the right, visit for more information on ways to give, or contact me directly.

Launch Seminar

This week has been such an encouragement. I have spent the last few days at the Home Office of BMM along with 11 other appointees to various fields of ministry around the globe who have reached at least 60% of their needed support. It has been such a neat time of encouragement and learning as we have all reached this step that brings us closer to our intended fields of service. Please pray for traveling safety, strengthening of health (most of us took our turn at being under the weather this week), and the remaining support needs that we each have.

Lessons Learned

There are many things that we can learn from Genesis – but one thing that I come away with often when I am reading an account from this book of beginnings is how often God works in amazing ways to build and reinforce the faith that His people have in Him. One such verse is Genesis 48:11–

“ And Israel said unto Joseph, I had not thought to see thy face: and, lo, God hath shewed me also thy seed.”

What an awesome picture of God doing far above what Jacob had ever imagined possible. I am sure we can each look back to at least one specific instance of God working like that in our own lives. I know that for me it has been proven over and over during these last few years, and especially past few months of deputation. I praise the Lord for all that He has done – whether part of my original plan, or something far greater – as He has continued to provide for me not only through prayer and financial support, but spiritually through His Word.

Thank you also for your faithfulness in prayer and financial support. It is truly awesome to see God’s people come together to be part of the Great Commission, and become part of my ministry team as I seek to serve the Lord in Spain.

For His Harvest,

Jodi Harrison