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Two weeks is about all the body can take of campaign intensity. Nate also is recovering from a hurt neck/shoulder from a basketball injury.  Physical Therapy has been very helpful and he is feeling good again.  The campaign hasn’t ended, just slowed down, as we are continuing to go to Baeza for “Festival de la Biblia” on Saturdays.  This means puppet/ clown practice and preparation of crafts during the week.  Andrea does puppets, Sierra’s a clown & plays violin

puppet show for neighbor kids

puppet show for neighbor kids

puppets & craft prep.

puppets & craft prep.

amazing feats by Theo

amazing feats by Theo

Timmy gets the neighbor kids to come watch him mow!

Timmy gets the neighbor kids to come watch him mow!

Caniles with dear friends

Caniles with dear friends

Caniles: lots of animals

Caniles: lots of animals

Caniles: girls trading clothes & having lots of fun

Caniles: girls trading clothes & having lots of fun

Caniles: swimming

Caniles: swimming

Caniles: Theo the cat lover

Caniles: Theo the cat lover

bike stuntmen Timmy & Theo

bike stuntmen Timmy & Theo

the fruit devourers

the fruit devourers

, and Mary does the crafts.  Nate awaits evangelism opportunities.  Now, we are trying to make time to get to know neighbors.  The kids are doing a better job at this.  They even did a puppet show for some neighbor kids and we still do some crafts.

After church on Sunday we drove to Caniles to spend through Monday evening with our friends, the Marins.  It is like going home to return there, and we talked, talked, talked…it was a great time!  We were able to share with them about where we’re at in our decision process of low support and where and what we need to do…laying out the options.  A scottish man, Ian, was also there for a visit (who Nate did a lot of translating for).  We also saw the Rawlings, our English friends.

There is a retreat in Cazorla for the Ubeda church this coming weekend.  Then, we head to Madrid to get the kids testing done.  We’ll continue up north after that to help again at the 7 oaks camp in Navarra.  We plan to have 2 or 3 nights camping as well as visit our good friends, the Karnsunds in Zarautz.  There will be much to update about again when we return.

Festival de la Biblia: crafts

Festival de la Biblia: crafts

craft: creation necklace

craft: creation necklace

group photo: Ubeda church helping with Festival

group photo: Ubeda church helping with Festival

missionary workers.  Laras (on rt.) hope to return full-time in December

missionary workers. Laras (on rt.) hope to return full-time in December

Festival games.  (Sierra as clown)

Festival games. (Sierra as clown)

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Fresh From the Olive Press
Evangelism campaign and Festival de la Biblia

Your prayers and giving have done a good work in Baeza this July!  8 people have their name in the book of life from this effort.  One is in pic above (Juan Jo, 12) with Nate and Theo.  More on this on facebook and our blog.

When the 2 week campaign ended, we continued with the kid part called “Festival de la Biblia” on Saturdays.  Andrea does puppets, Sierra on violin and as a clown, Mary is in charge of crafts.  The boys add energy and entertainment while Nate awaits evangelistic opportunities.  During the campaign, Nate had a basketball injury which he’s been getting physical therapy for.  This also turned into an opportunity to share the gospel with PT Maria Cobo.

The downside to the festival is it ties up enough days that Nate has not been able to have youth group with the Ubeda youth (most are helping with the festival too).  He hopes to be able to get back to that soon, particularly Saturday nights, and a hoped for youth camping trip…possibly the end of August??

Keeping up with neighbors and friends

We are now turning our focus again to Ubeda with neighbors and others.  The kids have given puppet shows for neighbor kids and we have continued slowly with our art and craft ministry to neighbors.  The boys plan on a bike stunt show and even get the neighbor kids over to watch them mow (all the kids ideas).  I don’t think I’d know many neighbors if it wasn’t for the kids.

Yet, we also were itching to break away from Ubeda/Baeza and visit our good friends in Caniles.  So we spent 1 1/2 days and talked almost continually to catch up.  A lady that went to the Bible studies we held in Caniles while living in Guadix (Lola) died a week ago suddenly.  You may remember us talking about her and asking for you to pray for her. We do not know for sure if her name was in the book of life but she asked many questions and had the gospel presented clearly to her.  We were glad that we had been a part of her life and feel honored that the Lord had used us to share the Gospel with her.

Next, for the first part of August, we plan to attend the Ubeda church retreat in Cazorla.  Then, we head to Madrid for the kids school testing continuing up north to help again with the 7 oaks camps.  The change of scenery and activity will be good.  The kids are very excited for camp.

Support Issues

August 8th we will get the financial statement showing giving for July.   From this we will know if any positive changes have happened for our support.  As we evaluate this, we will be making decisions regarding our work here.  If we are able to stay or not.  So, we are praying about options. If you intend to support our ministry, we just ask that you let us know asap with an email. Every little bit counts and helps us also determine our next step.  Support can be done on-line or by mail.  As we find ourselves passing through this time, we have a strong sense that the Lord is using this to guide us.  As with any stressful circumstance or major decision, the Lord is using this process to sharpen us.

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July e-newsletter

Things to pray about….


Things to pray about….
Fresh From the Olive Press
“Baeza Amiga”…
Baeza Evangelism Campaign  July 1 to 14
That is what the t-shirts say, but how do we show we’re friends with Baeza? The Ubeda church has partnered with “Decision” with 2 weeks of activities.  City garbage clean-up, blood drive, Unicycle show, Bible festival with kid crafts, Christian “fingerprint” expo., puppets/clowns, films, theatre, music concert, basketball tournament, personal testimony. Why? To show the love of Jesus and be able to share with people of Baeza the message of salvation…often for the first time!  There is not an existing church in Baeza so this huge effort is in hopes of many coming to Christ.

After the performances or activities, there is ample opportunity to share with people still hanging out about Jesus by personal testimony and scripture.  Nate particularly has had many good conversations and (coming from his wife)is oozing out his gift in evangelism and being well received showing love, kindness, yet speaking plainly…in Spanish.  He is taking some of the youth by his side so they can learn to share their faith as this is a scarry thing to do when starting off.  However, some of them are starting to get addicted too I think.  While in Ubeda, we move slower with friendship evangelism because of the Spanish culture, this evangelism campaign is a different story and the freedom of expression is refreshing.

One night after the Unicycle show (a fantastic show…check out onwww.unishow.org), we were walking together seeking a spiritual conversation.  I said, “Not the kissing couple on the bench”.  Nate said, “Why not?” So, we approached them.  Although at first they were startled, they turned out to be intensely drawn in and marveled at this gospel they had never heard before.  They did not make a decision for Christ that night, but walked away with a lot to ponder so please pray for them (Juan and Eeu) and others listed on prayer list to left.  Also, more on blogwww.saxefamilyspain.wordpress.com which will be on-going throughout the campaign.  Sierra and Andrea have been participating with Nate full-time (9am to midnight often) so please pray for them too.  They are doing music, puppets, kid crafts, trash pick-up, handing out information, and discovering a passion for evangelism.

Nate States tour in June
check out our blog www.saxefamilyspain.wordpress.com (pics!)
Nate returned from his 2 week whirlwind tour just before the evangelism campaign.  He enjoyed sharing his parents 50th wedding anniversary then rolled up his sleeves to visit churches, friends, family, supporters from Orcas on down to Seattle.

Tiring? Yes, often 3 events in a day with a 9 hour time change.   Informative? Yes, he showed a DVD we made (have you seen it?) to many groups and shared personally.   He also preached at Grace community.Interest? Yes, many caring and interested people which was encouraging. So great to see familiar faces!

So, any change in our low support level? Very little.  No new churches or supporters yet, however 2 existing churches and 2 individual supporters have upped their giving.  Many would like to give but are feeling the affects of the crisis.  Some possibilities still remain unanswered but honestly not much prospect.  We know many already sacrificially give and we are so thankful!

So where are we at now? Good question, and an important one…we just received our July giving statement which shows no change so we remain at 60%.  We will be looking at changes of support during July to determine our next move.  There are 2 options we face.  Either we stay in Spain because our support needs are met soon OR we return to the States.  Our mission has recommended a support raising furlough in the fall but honestly we think we’d only be annoying to people and it would be entirely too stressful for the family.  The need is out (we’ve done our part) so God who is entirely able to do what he sees best will show us the direction we should go by the practical means of financial support.  As we have used our savings from the sale of our home to sustain us in ministry here so far and this is no longer an option, we are in a position to make a decision in the next month unless the Lord shows us differently.  Major decisions certainly aren’t easy so we’ve been praying, seeking the Lord with wisdom from the Scriptures, seeking counsel, and examining our own desires and abilities.  We are willing to stay or go, we just want to be in the Lord’s will.
Again, our support need has stemmed from 4 things:

1.  Weak dollar (exchange beats us up & doesn’t look hopeful)

2.  Some drop in support.

3.  20% increase in mandatory CAM health insurance.

4.  Cost of living not anticipated correctly before arriving.

Pics from the recent Renaissance festival in Ubeda….

Theo sword fighting…

*Salvation of souls in Baeza…
Things to pray about..

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