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Posted on Monday, July 18, 2016 in Ministry Updates, Prayer Letters

Furlough Preparation

In my June update I mentioned that I would be coming back to the States a little earlier than I originally planned. Lord willing, I will be flying in the second week of December and will head back to Spain the beginning of May.

This will be a transition from short-term to full-time ministry, and will require a little more support raising. I am praying for the Lord to provide new churches and possibly individuals who would be burdened to partner with me in the ministry here in Spain.

My tentative schedule so far will be taking me to the following states: MI, WI, IL, OH, PA, FL, GA, and possibly SC.

I still have several open dates to fill. If you would be interested in hearing more about the ministry the Lord has given me here in Spain, please, don’t hesitate to contact me about coming to your church.

Once again, here are some ways you can pray for furlough:

  • Open doors and a full schedule in churches.

  • Churches and individuals to be burdened for the ministry in Spain.

  • Increased prayer and financial support.

  • Travel details — a car, flights, housing, safety, etc.

  • Visits with current supporters (churches and individuals).

Other ways you can help:

  • Allow me to visit your church (pastors).

  • Host a Spanish dinner in your home with a few (or a lot) of your friends, and allow me to share what ministry in Spain is like. This is a great way to build personal relationships that make praying for missionaries much easier. :)

  • Be a reference for me with pastors you know, or give me suggestions of churches to visit.

I appreciate the faithful prayers, financial support, and communication of so many. You truly do make being here in Spain possible, and I am grateful to you.

For His Harvest,

Jodi Harrison

Philippians 4:17-19

A few pictures from this past month:

Enjoyed having some of the teen girls (and the Burdetts with Addy and Ian Romaine) over for the lunch and a movie.

We may not have had any American flags or parades to watch, but we did enjoy a quick “American” lunch together to celebrate the 4th of July

Enjoyed a quick visit with Guam friends; Lisa (and her parents who are missionaries in southeastern Spain), and Kelly (and her mom).

June Update

Posted on Monday, June 6, 2016 in Ministry Updates, Prayer Letters

Happy Anniversary!!

It’s amazing how you can look forward to something for so long that it seems like it will never happen — and then once it happens, time flies right by. I can’t believe that I have already been in Spain for a year (and 16 days), but am ever so thankful to the Lord for allowing me to be here, and for all He has done and taught me over this past year. I am also grateful for those of you who partner with me by faithfully praying and giving to make ministry here possible. Thank you!!

Furlough Plans

Yes, I know I just mentioned celebrating one year in Spain. So why, you ask, am I talking about furlough? As many of you know, getting to Spain was a bit of an “adventure” for me. It was decided that the best course of action was to set out on a short-term basis (18-24 months) and then transition to full-time ministry in Spain. After praying and talking about plans, I am looking at coming home in December to spend the holidays with family, and then visiting churches from January to mid-May to raise the remainder of support that I will need to make the transition to full-time ministry. Would you please pray with me for all the plans and details that will go into this time in the States?

Here are some ways you can pray for furlough:

  • Open doors and a full schedule in churches.

  • Churches and individuals to be burdened for the ministry in Spain.

  • Increased prayer and financial support.

  • Travel details — a car, flights, housing, safety, etc.

  • Visits with current supporters (churches and individuals).

Other ways you can help:

  • Allow me to visit your church (pastors).

  • Host a Spanish dinner in your home with a few (or a lot) of your friends, and allow me to share what ministry in Spain is like. This is a great way to build personal relationships that make praying for missionaries much easier. :)

  • Be a reference for me with pastors you know, or give me suggestions of churches to visit.

I am looking forward to visiting with many of you, and watching the Lord open doors and provide for the ministry He has allowed me to be a part of here in Spain. Thank you in advance for praying with me about this.

Graneros Update

You have been praying with us for a while now about the storefront location (located on Graneros Street) that we have been able to rent for our university ministry, and I am grateful for those prayers.

This project has been a bit of a patience-stretcher for me. I’ll admit that I tend to be a procrastinator, but I also like things to be done on-schedule . . . I am learning that some times “on-schedule” and “on-time” and “deadlines” are words and phrases open to one’s own interpretation. As much as I would like for this phase of the project to be done, I am trusting the Lord with the details. I am praying that by my next update I will have pictures of a (mostly) finished ministry space.

Would you please continue to pray that the Lord would help us to use this as a tool for His glory? There are still details to work out, and I am working through some ideas for this summer and the “Grand Opening” that we will host in the fall when the new school year begins.

If you would like to give financially towards this project, please email me at jodi.in.spain@gmail.com.

It’s Almost Summer

That means things will look a little different around here. Here are a few opportunities and ministries that I am praying for:

  • English lesson and Bible study with girls from church.

  • Possible English activities for children/students once the storefront is completed — this could be a great tool to reach people with the gospel.

  • Guitar lessons (for myself).

  • Studying for the DELE — official Spanish exam that I must take (either in July or November)

Praises:

  • I passed driving school, and now am a licensed Spanish driver!

  • My friend Karli was able to visit in May for 10 days and the Lord gave us safety on the road, as well as a fun time together.

  • She also brought along a mountain of gifts from friends, as well as some from people I don’t even know. It was a huge blessing to receive those gifts of love. Thank you!!

  • I successfully applied for my residency renewal — I should have my new residency card within the month.

  • The electrical work at the storefront is completed, and we are getting much closer to completing the project.

I’ve been working to memorize much of Philippians in Spanish (which is proving a bit more challenging than I thought it would), and am reminded by and echo Paul’s words to express just how thankful I am for each of you:

“I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy, for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now . . . Not that I seek a gift, but I seek the fruit that abounds to your account.” ~ Philippians 1:3-5, 4:17

Thank you, once again, for being part of the ministry here in Spain!

For His Harvest,

Jodi Harrison

Continuing In Faith

Posted on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 in Ministry Updates, Prayer Letters

Since January I have been excited for May to get here, because with it comes a visit from one of my dear friends — but now that May is here I’m not so sure how it arrived so quickly. In just under three weeks I will have been in Spain for one year. Thank you to those who have made it possible to be here through your prayers and faithful giving.

May and June in Salamanca change a bit of what ministry looks like for me. University students take studying for exams rather seriously and seem to hibernate with their textbooks until exams are over. But I will continue to have Bible study on Tuesday evenings with the teen girls, and we are busy getting the storefront in order to use for ministry as well.

Praises:

  • Sunday School — I share Sunday school teaching responsibilities with one of the other ladies in church. April was my month to teach the toddler’s Sunday school. It becomes a bit of a bi-lingual adventure, as one of the other missionary families has a daughter in that class and she is learning Spanish; one of the Spanish girls is four going on thirty, and is always helping me when I make mistakes or when I can’t remember a word. We were able to learn a bit about the life of Daniel this past month, and what it looks like when we decide to live a life for God.

  • Encuentro Juvenil or Youth Rally — every year the church here in Santa Marta hosts a youth rally. This year we had over 140 in attendance from about 20 different churches all over Spain. We focused on the persecuted church, and what it means to take up our cross daily and follow the Lord. The youth group did a fantastic job planning the whole event.

  • Driving Theory Test — thank you to those who have been praying for driving school. Last Monday I took the theory test and got a perfect score (of course that was after failing the first time); I am grateful that we get two opportunities to take it before having to pay again.

Prayer Requests:

  • Storefront for Campus Ministry – thank you again to those who have been praying for this project! The Lord has been providing through different means for the repairs and materials that we have needed to purchase. Would you please continue to pray? We had to get some unexpected electrical work done, and it is going to cost around $1500. The Lord has not failed to provide yet, and I know that he will. Please pray with us that He would provide the money that we need to finish the project so that we can begin to use this space for His glory. If you would be interested in giving towards this project, you can contact me at jodi.in.spain@gmail.com, or visit bmm.org/give

  • Driving Practical Exam — Since April 18th I have been taking driving classes — the instructor’s job is to prepare you to pass the driving test you must take to get your license. It was a bit of a challenge to stop doing things that have become habit from 20 years of driving, but I am thankful for the opportunity to practice before taking the exam. Lord willing, I will be taking my exam this Friday, May 6th. Please pray that the Lord will calm my nerves (as my driving instructor and examiner watch my every move) and allow me to pass the test.

  • Safety in Travel – My friend Karli will be coming to visit me on May 15th, and the Lord has provided an opportunity to do a bit of traveling around Spain. Please pray for safety as this will be my first time driving long distances here.

Thank you once again for being part of the ministry here in Salamanca. I thank the Lord for those of you who faithfully uphold me in prayer and faithfully give financially so that the ministry here can go on.

For His Harvest,

Jodi Harrison

Philippians 4:17-19

Semana Santa

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?

English Conversation

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 jodi.in.spain@gmail.com.

Driving School

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.

Semana Santa

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,

Jodi Harrison

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.

Continuing Steadfastly in Prayer

Posted on Wednesday, January 20, 2016 in Ministry Updates, Prayer Letters

” . . . rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality.” ~ Romans 12:12-13

I have come to love Romans 12:9-21 — not necessarily because I have learned to perfectly “Behave as a Christian”, as my study Bible titles this portion of Scripture, but because I have seen so many of you live out what Christ commands of us. Thank you for modeling that Christ-like behavior for me. I pray that the Lord would allow me to live out these verses on a daily basis.

An answered prayer . . .

I am sure that most of you have read my previous prayer letter. In it I asked for you to pray for wisdom and finances for a storefront location that we could rent for Bible studies, English class, and other activities for students.

Praise the Lord, He has provided for the rent of the location, and tomorrow my coworkers and I will meet to sign the contract.

An opportunity to give . . .

As I mentioned in my last letter, there are some repairs and small renovations to take care of before we can move in and get our project up and running.

  • Would you pray that the Lord would provide the $1,200 that we need to complete the work?

  • Would you prayerfully consider if the Lord would have you be part of giving towards this need?

I am so excited for what the Lord will do through this new location that He is allowing us to use — there are many ideas, schedules, and activities that we are working through to use it the best way possible, and to see God glorified through this new opportunity to reach the student population here in Salamanca!

Thank you again for those who have prayed specifically for this opportunity to enhance the university ministry here. The Lord has definitely been in the details, and I am looking forward to how He is going to continue to answer prayers and provide for the needs we have.

For His Harvest,

Jodi Harrison

Philippians 4:17-19

A Matter of Prayer

Posted on Monday, January 11, 2016 in Ministry Updates, Prayer Letters

“The Wonder of it All”

We sang the Spanish version of that song yesterday in church. This line is one of my favorites, “But the wonder of wonders that thrills my soul, is the wonder that God loves me.” Aren’t you so glad about that? Aren’t you glad that he shows us that love – it’s not just something he tells us and we have to believe without evidence – but he shows us, all the time? He shows us in a variety of ways, too.

Two passages that truly were an encouragement to me while I was raising support to come to Spain are just as important to me now as they were then. To me, they are also evidence that the Lord loves us.

“ And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovah-jireh: as it is said to this day, ‘In the mount of the Lord it shall be seen.” ~ Genesis 22:14

“Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account. But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odor of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, well pleasing to God. But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Now unto God and our Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.”
Philippians 4:17-20


They are important to me, because I know they are true. I know that God is Jehovah Jireh – I know that he knows my need before I even know I have a need, and that he has a way to provide. I also know, oftentimes, God uses his people as the means in which he provides; and that when he uses us as individuals in that way, he does it for our benefit. I know because I’ve seen it. I have experienced both being part of providing for a need, and I’ve been the one with a need that he cares for.

Isn’t it awesome, though, that God wants to use us? That he wants to teach us through the need we have, or the one we can help to fulfill?

A Matter of Prayer

As some of you may remember, one of the goals in my ministry outline that I presented during deputation, was to someday find a property here in Salamanca that could be used for ICHTUS (University Ministry). It would be a place where we could host Bible studies, English conversation groups, or game nights. Maybe it could be a place for students to come and relax or study between classes, and perhaps enjoy a cup of coffee or tea.

Because of the short-term status of my first two years here in Spain, I considered this to be something that would be a matter of prayer, and that perhaps the Lord would provide sometime in the future. To rent something like this would normally cost, at the least, $500/month – which would be that much more a month that I would need for support.

I’ll shorten the story a bit – but there is a possibility that the Lord is opening a door for us to rent a little storefront property that we would be able to use for just the things I had envisioned. It needs a bit of work, like a good cleaning, a coat of paint, and a few other minor repairs; but the location is prime for student ministry, and the price is phenomenal. Lord willing, we will be able to rent the property and pay for utilities for about $200 a month.

Here are the things to pray for:

  • Wisdom in decision making concerning the renting of the property
  • Provision of the $200/month needed for rent/utilities
  • Funds needed to do some minor repairs; painting, cleaning, freshening up the space
  • Funds needed for some small furniture items and small appliances/kitchen items to use for the ministry
Would you pray for these things? Would you ask the Lord to give us wisdom, or to close the door if it’s not what he has for us for now? Would you consider if the Lord wants to use you to be a part of his plan to provide for this ministry opportunity?

If you’d like to give, either monthly, or a one-time gift toward the rent or renovation of this property, you can send it directly to BMM: Baptist Mid-Missions, PO Box 308011, Cleveland, OH 44130-8011. Checks should be made payable to Baptist Mid-Missions Foundation, with my name in the memo line. You can also visit https://www.bmm.org/give/ways-to-give/ to see other options for giving.

I haven’t really ever met a missionary that loves the task of “asking for money”, though I suppose you could come to the conclusion that it doesn’t bother them a bit; but I do love seeing how God works in and through people, how he provides even when it seems impossible, and how he challenges us to grow in our trust and faith in his ability to give what he knows we need, just when we need it.

Thank you once again for your faithfulness in upholding me and the ministry here in Spain in prayer, and for giving so faithfully and often sacrificially to the work in Salamanca. I am grateful to count you each as partners in this endeavor to take the gospel to those who have never heard.

For His Harvest,

Jodi Harrison

Merry Christmas!

Posted on Saturday, December 12, 2015 in Ministry Updates, Prayer Letters

“Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; and declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead.”
Romans 1:3-4

I love this time of year; the celebration of our Savior’s birth. But I am thankful that we don’t just celebrate a baby who was born, but a Savior who lived, took the payment for our sins on the cross, and rose from the grave. I am grateful for the salvation that we can have through Christ, and that we have the privilege to share that with others! I trust the Lord will bless your special services and programs that share the Truth of Christmas this season!

On Friday evenings I am studying through Romans with a group of college girls. It has been fun to share with them what the Lord is teaching me, but even greater to dig deep once again in this book that is so full of doctrine and truth that we need! Please pray that the Lord would continue to use this time to grow and challenge each of us through His Word. Also, pray for a couple of unsaved girls who have been invited, that they would be able to come, and that they would come to a saving knowledge of Christ.

The Lord has also given the opportunity to start a Bible study with some of the teen girls from church. Please pray for this time of Bible study and discipleship opportunities with them. They were able to come over on Tuesday and make Christmas cookies with me. I am looking forward to how God will use this new ministry opportunity.

Please continue to be in prayer for our ICHTUS (Univeristy Ministry) Bible study. Thursday was the last study before Christmas and Three Kings Day (in January). Pray for planning for the new semester as we consider a new location, and prepare topics to be shared.

On December 21st I will be heading to Germany for twelve days to spend Christmas with BMM coworkers near Frankfurt. Please pray for safety in travel, and that even on this trip He would open doors to share the gospel. I am looking forward to getting to know some of the German ministries, and being able to pray better for them.

As we get closer to this Christmas season, I trust that you will enjoy time with those the Lord has placed in your lives. We may not all be able to be with family and friends, but we can share the best gift of all with those around us.

Thank you again for your love and faithfulness in prayer and financial support. I am beyond grateful to have you as part of my ministry in Spain!

Feliz Navidad!
For His Harvest,

Jodi Harrison
Philippians 4:17-19

On November 17th we welcomed our newest missionaries to Spain — Caleb and Sarah Burdett. It is a blessing to see how God is growing our team, and exciting to be part of His work here! Pray for them as they get moved into their new apartment and acclimated to life and ministry here in Spain.

I had fun exploring Salamanca with some teammates and visitors from the States.

Christmas Cookies!! I had my Bible study girls over to make and decorate sugar cookies. It was the first time for all of them. Please pray for our study (that will continue in January after the holidays), and that the Lord would give me wisdom as I work with them.

Enjoying the lights and decorations of the Christmas season!

Happy November!

Posted on Saturday, November 14, 2015 in Ministry Updates, Prayer Letters

I’m not sure how we got here so quickly, or where the last few months have gone — but I am so thankful for all that the Lord has and is continuing to do here in Spain.

Here are some (of many) things for which I am thankful:

  • Even though it is proving somewhat more difficult to buy a turkey for Thanksgiving dinner in Spain than it would in the States, I am thankful that I will be able to spend the holiday with my coworkers and friends.

  • The Lord opened the door for a Bible study with a group of young ladies. Last night was the first week of studying Romans and I am looking forward to what the Lord will do through this time.

  • Without the faithful, sacrificial giving financially and of time in prayer I would not be able to minister here in Spain. I am grateful for so many who remember me before the Throne of Grace on a regular basis, and who give cheerfully to see that God’s Word is being taken to the people of Spain. Thank you!

  • Taking a Spanish class has proven to be an interesting way to learn new things culturally, make new friends, and of course better my Spanish. But I am thankful for the years in high school and college I had to study, as well as the years of teaching Spanish. I’m glad that God knows what we need, and how to prepare us as unique individuals to serve Him, and how He places us just where we need to be.

  • To those who always offer timely words of encouragement — you make a difference, and I am grateful for you. God knows when I need to hear from you, and I am thankful for those He uses.

  • As I started writing this last night, I heard about the events in Paris. My heart breaks for those affected. We live in a sinful world — that can be the only explanation for the evil things that we see and experience on a daily basis. But, our hope is in Christ, and for that I am thankful. Let us not waste opportunities to share that hope with others!

There is so much more I could mention, but more than anything, I am grateful for a kind, loving, just and grace-offering Savior in whom we can put our faith and trust. Thank you for partnering with me as I strive to make Him known here in Spain!

For His Harvest,
Jodi Harrison

Happy Birthday

Posted on Tuesday, October 20, 2015 in Ministry Updates, Prayer Letters

Happy 95th Birthday!!

If you follow me on Facebook, you may have seen my post about BMM turning 95. Every year on October 15th, BMM’s birthday, the mission has a day of prayer – after compiling and sending out a list of requests, the Home Office staff prays for our missionaries around the world, and we are encouraged to do the same on our fields.

It really is amazing to see how the Lord has used missionaries sent by different churches, through BMM, to countless places around the world over nearly a century to share the wonderful news that is the Gospel. Please continue to pray for BMM, the leadership, the sending churches, and the missionaries that serve around the world.

I am so grateful for my mission family, whether in the Home Office, here in Spain, or serving the Lord in the uttermost parts of the earth. I am especially thankful for how the Lord can use each of us to encourage and edify one another. This past week, Crystal Buegel and Yvonne Smith (BMM missionaries in Germany), came to visit me. We spent the week sharing struggles, laughing, praying, and encouraging one another. I was able to show them the city that I love, and take Friday and Saturday to visit some historical places here in Spain. It was a neat time of “iron sharpening iron” as we were able to be a blessing to each other.

Ministry Opportunities

Last Thursday we had our first ICHTUS Bible study at the university. We had a group of six that met together to start a study on the miracles of Jesus in the book of John. Please pray that the Lord would bring others out to our weekly meetings, and that His Word would work in hearts.

I have also been praying about doing a weekly girls Bible study out of my home, but was waiting until everybody’s schedules got settled before deciding on a day/time that would work best. Last week I was talking to “C”, a relatively unchurched university student that I met through a friend. After attending a Bible study from another group we were discussing her lack of understanding of the background, and how she wished she knew more. As I began to ask her if she would be interested in doing a Bible study with me, she asked if I would be willing to help her understand the Bible. Praise the Lord for how He opens doors. Sometimes it seems as though I don’t even have to be on the lookout for opportunities – that He simply drops them in my lap. Please pray for “C”, and others who may come to this Bible study, that the Lord would give them understanding of His Word, and a desire to give their lives to Him.

Another opportunity that I may have is with conversational English. My Spanish teacher has mentioned a couple of different parents who are looking for English conversation partners for their children. I need to follow up with these contacts, but am excited to see what doors the Lord opens, and how He might use these types of relationships to share His Word with Spaniards. Please pray for our schedules to work out, and for gospel conversations to take place.

Once again, thank you for your sacrificial giving of time in prayer and finances to be part of the ministry here in Salamanca.

For His Harvest,

Jodi Harrison

And of some have compassion, making a difference: and others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.
Jude 22-23

Last month we had a booth at the USAL Welcome Fair. We were able to hand out books, Bibles, and invitations to BIble study, as well as get over 40 emails from students who participated in a drawing for a free book. Pray for fruit from the Welcome Fair, and the Lord to work in their hearts. Thank you for praying for the Welcome Fair ahead of time!

Some of the books and literature we were able to give away.

Yvonne, Crystal and I in Mérida, Spain — enjoying some 1st C. Roman ruins and lots of fascinating history. Walked on Roman roads, visited the Roman amphitheater and theater, as well as some Roman baths.

October 12th is La Fiesta Nacional de España, or Spain’s National Holiday — of course, celebrating Columbus’ trip across the ocean. I watched the military parade on TV, and took this picture of Spain’s current king, King Felipe (Philip) VI.


Welcome to Salamanca

Posted on Monday, September 21, 2015 in Ministry Updates, Prayer Letters

“There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all; who is above all, and through all, and in you all.”

Ephesians 4:4-6

Ministry Opportunities
This past weekend I was able to take a group of seven young people from our church to Toledo, Spain to attend a youth conference. The theme was unity in Christ – which is something that I have been studying over the last couple of months. It was awesome to hear testimonies from several of the youth and sponsors about how important unity among believers is, and how it has impacted them.

Welcome to Salamanca
Last Sunday I welcomed Raquel, a university student from Mexico, to Salamanca. She is here to study for the semester and will be staying with me until February. I am looking forward to what the Lord will do this semester, and how He will use us both to share the gospel.

During the summer, and specifically August, many Spaniards are gone on vacation, so the once “deserted” streets of the city are now alive with activity again. Students have started classes, which means our college students from church are back now too. I am excited to see how God will work this school year through each of us as we are able to be a light on the campus, and those with whom we have contact.

Coming Up . . .
On Thursday of this week, we have the annual Welcome Fair at the University. We will have a booth set up with literature and information about Bible Studies, English Conversation, outings, and church. Please pray that we would make good contacts, and that the Lord would use this as another seed to be planted in hearts and minds of the students.

On September 28th, I will take my Spanish placement exam and will begin classes on September 30th. Please pray that the Lord would use this class as an avenue to share His Word, to build relationships, and to be a light for Christ.

Thank you for those of you who pray faithfully and give sacrificially to the ministry here in Salamanca. I am so grateful for each of you, and thankful to have you as ministry partners.

For His Harvest,

Jodi Harrison

The young people singing a special at the youth conference in Toledo.

The girls and I stayed with a sweet family from the church in Toledo, and enjoyed spending some time getting to know their daughters.

Evening tour of the city with Raquel.

I got to spend a couple of days in Ponferrada with Lorena Templeton and Hannah Romaine and their kids while their husbands walked the Camino de Santiago.