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Saturday, Sierra, Andrea and I went with some of the youth and some of the adults from the church to Jodar. Our mission was distributing 500 tracts. Rain, wind and Hail couldn’t stop us although we did wonder.  We arrived around 6:30 and found a light drizzle to welcome us. It had  been in the 70’s earlier in the week, which would have meant that the streets at this time would have been bustling with activity and energy. Regardless, there was a fair amount of activity and soon the rain stopped altogether allowing drier tracts to be given out. We had 3 different tracts; The water of life, What Jesus did for YOU, and a love letter from the Lord.  People received them gratefully, although some were hesitant and wondered if we were selling them. A few people flat out refused them but in general people were very easy going. One woman said, ” I have my religion with the Virgen and I don’t need another!”  By the end we had not quite given out all 500 but, nearly. Darkness fell on the land as we left and we prayed that these seeds would produce some fruit. It was great to see folks actually reading them. Andrea commented, “I was so glad that I could give out some tracts to some young girls my age, they seemed like they were really glad we gave them to them.”  This is a monthly activity for  the church visiting different area towns each time.

 

This is one work we are involved with. Often we have little conversations with people as they are often very skeptical.  It goes to show how important the friendships we are building really are. Pray for this as we are getting to know our neighbors and others around town. Thank you so much.

the village of Jodar

the village of Jodar

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Theo turns 6!!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY THEO!!!, on the 26th Theo turns 6 years old. It sure seems crazy to have NO children younger than 6. We will be having hamburgers and an Ice Cream cake plus a pinnata FULL of candy. Sounds like a sugar high to me. 

Hi, I'm 6 and I am NOT little anymore!!

Hi, I'm 6 and I am NOT little anymore!!

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Meet Guadalupe!

When we first came to look for housing in Ubeda, the Pastor, Lazaro, asked one of the church members to go with me to find housing. The hope was that having an Espanola helping that we may find a better deal and so Guadalupe was asked to help. She gladly accepted and spent several days with us looking. Now that we are here we have enjoyed her fine cooking and hospitality as she cooked for us while we were settling in. 

Today we asked her if she would consider coming weekly to our home to help us with Spanish and teach us some Spanish dishes. She gladly accepted. We ate lunch together and then spent the afternoon together.  It is a real blessing to have someone like her in the home as the kids (all including Theo) speak to her in Spanish and she lovingly corrects them. It is details like this that have us in awe at the blessings we are experien

Guadalupe, Mary and I in front of church

Guadalupe, Mary and I in front of church

cing right now. Thank You Lord for you mercies are truly, never ending!!!!

 


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So what is “Mision Posible”? Well, we will find out, from the 9th to the 12th of April, we, Sierra, Andrea and I (nate) will be going to Huesca in the north of Spain for the largest Christian youth gathering in Spain. This is a long weekend of spiritual formation for youth and youth leaders. The kids of the church have been doing bake sales and various work projects to raise funds to go. We are thrilled to be able to go. As I will be heading up the youth work in the church, it will be a good time of getting to know many of them better. Pray for Sierra and Andrea that it will also be a special time of building friendships for them.

Also, pray for these youth of Spain as they face tremendous pressure from this world to conform to it’s ways. This can be a powerful time of commitment.

cookie sales for "Mision Posible" in May

cookie sales for "Mision Posible" in April.

 

The cookie bakers

The cookie bakers

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Literally, we have moved to a place where all we have to do is go out our back door to do ministry. One of the obvious blessings in this move we made is the house we are renting. We found a great deal on a house here that is a town home connected to 19 others. We all have little back yards with grass (very rare here) and then we share a common area that has a pool.  All the neighbors rave about how summer hits and you never want to leave. Barbecues, swimming, sun, and so on and the house is just for sleeping. Well, we never imagined finding a place like this when we were in Guadix. The amazing thing  is that it was the only house we found for rent here and it is a very good rental price, we pay just about $700/ mo depending on the exchange.  We really feel like the Lord provided a special place for us.

But we are also seeing how this is a wonderful door for ministry. We enjoyed a time of chatting today as it was the first real warm day after a week of rain. Sundays are Spaniards free day and use it for family time and recreation. We brought out peanut butter cookies that the girls made and enjoyed watching our kids enjoy the social climate. We really look forward to these hot summer days when we can enjoy this more.  Today we met around 10 or so of the neighbors who were all eager to get to know us. They seemed real kind and open. Pray for our testimony to be powerful here.img_0853

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