Posted on Monday, March 21, 2016
in Ministry Updates, Prayer Letters
I remember when I was a little girl watching missions presentations thinking that missionary life was sure to bring with it an unending supply of adventures. While I am sure that may entirely depend on where the Lord leads missionaries to serve Him, it is much more likely that missionaries live a “normal” day-to-day life like you do.
While the Lord has continued to work and provide, He has done it while life goes on in a normal way. Bible studies have been going well, I have been learning how to creatively converse with two Spanish teenagers who are learning English, and we are continuing to work on the ministry location for CBFI.
Friday Night Bible Study
Part of University ministry is the fluidity and ever-changing population. In February, three girls from Mexico who were a faithful part of our Romans Bible study headed home. The Lord has allowed me to make contacts with a few other students and I have been able to invite them to join us. Please continue to pray that our Bible study would grow, but more importantly that we would grow more like Christ as we learn from His Word.
Teen Girls Bible Study
I have truly enjoyed this study; two girls come to my house each Tuesday afternoon and it has been a blessing to share God’s Word with them, and also build a better relationship with them. Would you please pray for these girls as the Lord gives opportunity to share more of His Truth with them?
Since February I have been meeting weekly with two teens, a brother and sister, to help them with their English conversation skills. It has been interesting and challenging to come up with ideas for conversation that will help them, and also allow me to share the gospel with them. Please pray for L and G. Pray that the Lord would give an open door to share Christ with them, and that the seed of the gospel would be planted in their hearts.
CBFI Ministry Location
Thank you so much to those who have prayed for the new ministry location that we have been able to rent. We are still working on renovations – as much as I would like to say that it is done, and being well used for ministry, we aren’t there just yet. I am sure that anyone who has done remodeling and/or renovations knows well that there are always things that come up that you weren’t expecting. But it is coming along and I am praying that it will be done very soon. Please pray along with me that we will be able to use this space in a way that will bring glory to the Lord, and that the Lord would continue to provide as we get it ready to use.
If you would like to give towards the expenses of remodeling this space, or toward the monthly rent, please contact me at email@example.com.
Living in a different country always brings with it new ”adventures” – some of them are enjoyable while some of them are just learning experiences. Driving school may prove to be enjoyable, but for now I am expecting it to just be a time of learning. One major difference from the States is the cost, another, obviously is language. I opted out of language school this semester, but driving school is turning into its own version of language acquisition. I wasn’t planning on getting my Spanish license for the first two years, but it is becoming apparent that it is more needful than I thought. Would you pray for my coworker, Sarah, and I as we work through the theory side of driving school and then as we do the practical driving side. Both come with tests that I’ve heard can be difficult to pass – and expensive to retake.
As you well know, Holy Week is upon us. Here in Spain that provides for a flurry of activities. In a way I am looking forward to seeing some of the cultural/religious traditions that come with this week. Each evening there is a procession in some part of the city as Spaniards celebrate what should be the most meaningful week in history. But the parading of idols and their expressions of penance take away from the Truth of what Christ has done for us. Would you pray for opportunities to share the gospel this week and throughout the year, and for Bible preaching churches around Spain to be a light in this spiritually needy country?
“Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen.” ~ Luke 24:5b-6a
Thank you once again for your faithfulness. I am so grateful for those who support the ministry here, not only financially, but prayerfully as well. Thank you for being an important part of reaching Spain for Christ!
Have a blessed week remembering all that Christ has done for us.
For His Harvest,
In February we said goodbye to some of our Bible study girls as they headed back home to Mexico.
The Lord has given me the opportunity to teach a month of Sunday school every other month. It’s been fun to be with them, learn Bible songs in Spanish, and spend time teaching them about the Lord.
In February our church celebrated her 16th anniversary. It is such a blessing to see how the Lord has worked over the years. Continue to pray that the Lord would bring a Spanish pastor for this, and many other Spanish churches.
The first week of March I was able to help host a group of American students and their chaperones. They visited a couple of ministries, as well as helped do some Spring cleaning at the church.
I’ll be spending lots of hours with this book — learning how to drive in Spain, and expanding my vocabulary greatly.
Tapas!! We celebrated signing up for driving school by going out for tapas — a truly Spanish experience.