Archive for November, 2009

November e-newsletter

Fresh From the Olive Press
In case you haven’t heard…

As we announced in our last e-newsletter, we will be returning to the States.  We are currently preparing boxes, and making preparations for this return.  The reason we are coming back is two-fold.  One, financially, we have not been able to maintain the support level necessary to live in Spain.  Secondly, we have found ourselves in a situation with the education of our children that requires much more support and attention than we are able to get here.  Either of these issues in themselves would be sufficient to make our return necessary as they are both serious.  We worked at these obstacles from many different angles to see if we could make things work out here, but we found ourselves only avoiding the imminent reality and thus decided last August to come back to the States.  We are NOT quitting mission work but are going to be working with CAM USA in outreach efforts toward the huge Hispanic community stateside.

Arrival on US soil and thereafter…

We will be arriving in Texas mid December and spending some time there at CAM mission headquarters before trekking up by van through AZ, CA, and OR before getting to WA in late December.  We will be staying with Nate’s parents in Anacortes for a time of furlough.  As 2010 begins, we will be visiting with as many of you as possible, connecting with our supporting churches, friends, and family.  This time will also be important in praying through the decision process of where we will be working in outreach to the Hispanic USA community.

Our lives as we wrap up work in Ubeda...

As November arrived, I, Nate, ended my teaching responsibilities in the church.  Passing on teaching tasks to Jose and Krista has been easy as they are both capable.  However, it is not without regret that my time of influence is coming to an end.  It was a privilege to teach God’s word to the youth and others in the church.  We will also miss the other activities & evangelism we’ve taken part in here.  We enjoyed a special meal at church 2 Sundays ago as we gathered after the church service.  We will miss these times of fellowship and communion.  We are also saying goodbyes to other friends here like our long time friends in Caniles.  This all flows with a bitter sweet sense as we contemplate what God has next for us, and thinking of rejoining family and friends that we have not seen for 2 years.
With love and grace, Nate & Mary Saxe

Sierra’s 14 Bday                          Villacarillo folletos                      Festival Oct


*SALE OF OUR VAN (& many other details)





*For Spain missionaries, the Leatherwood family, whom we help at the 7 oaks camps  (mom of 5 has colon cancer, Lisa.)

*UBEDA CHURCH, particularly the youth

Maria Michelle Saxe

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Sad goodbyes…

The most difficult “goodbye” is to our dear friends in Caniles, the  Marins.  We have known them since 1994 and did a Bible study there last year.  We hope to see them one more time since we didn’t get to see all of the family but also have many other goodbyes to squeeze in.  Our dog, Crockett, is happy living in Caniles (the country cave dog now).  He goes to work with Antonio, spends time running and playing near horses and mules and riding in Antonio’s unimog truck.  Alegria went back with G’pa and is now in the States awaiting our arrival, we miss her!!!


saying goodbye to Alley until we can get her when we arrive in the States

Since our internet/ phone stops on Tuesday, this will be the last blog for awhile most likely.


having tea with Antonia and Conchi (another friend from Caniles)


visiting horses and mules



Theo with Crockett the country cave dog and horses


Second goodbye to Crockett who will stay in Spain. Lots of tears were shed the first time.

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Nov. 8th Roger Saxe was asked to share his testimony.  Nate translated into Spanish for him.  He encouraged the congregation.  Later, we enjoyed an all-church potluck tasting many Spanish dishes.  Couple days later we went to Guadalupe’s for lunch and had another tasty Spanish meal.


Nate translating for Roger's testimony during church on Sunday Nov. 8


G'pa gets to see Sierra play her violin for worship at church


potluck after church, pic with youth


All-church potluck Nov. 8th


potluck. We translated for G'pa since most people don't know English or French.



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G’pa has been here helping to pack up our things.  Thankfully we have a garage to put boxes.  They have had a fun time packing up together, often finding ingenius ways to move boxes.  At the same time, Nate is passing on ministry.  Jose and Krista will be taking over the youth group teaching times.  We’re also selling things (or trying to) like our van and appliances.


4 floors up, getting boxes down without flights of stairs...


Sierra on the receiving end below. By the way, anybody know how to put horizontal pics vertical on this blog?


father son packing team


Nate preparing Jose for doing some teaching for the Ubeda youth group



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Moorish adventure…



La Alhambra


G'pa with view of Granada from La Alcazaba


Generalife gardens


Moroccan tea house in Granada


visit to a Moroccan shop owner friend


Moroccan man dresses up kids & G'pa for a photo


N&M at La Alhambra


we had a picture taken of us this exact location in 1994!


We decided to give ourselves and G’pa a break and visit Granada.   A beautiful day at La Alhambra (a moorish fortress), then we enjoyed tea at a Moroccan tea house in the Moroccan section of town (La Albaicin).  After tea, we visited our Moroccan store owner friend who told us many stories then dressed G’pa and kids up for a photo.  We spoke to him in Spanish but he often spoke in French too for G’pas sake  (we also heard a lot of French at La Alhambra…wonderful for all our ears).   Nate had a spiritual talk with our Moroccan friend who is muslim but says he has an evangelical friend in Granada.  He suggested we pray together before we left.  All in all, a great day…and now back to work.  We couldn’t let G’pa leave Spain without a good cultural experience in Granada.


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Grandpa is here!  All the kids are excited to see G’pa.  I think especially Theo who keeps touching his gotee, ears, and looking at him with satisfaction to have a grandparent close at hand.

He is here for 2 weeks to help pack up our lives here.  We are also encouraged that he has cared enough to come help us.  Nate’s parents recently returned from mission work in France so also know the strains and difficulties of returning from the mission field to the States.  They are aware of the surface comments “nice to have you back”  “where were you?” but lack of questions to know more about their ministry and experience in France.  So, it is good to talk to them.  They had suggested the book “Serving as Senders” which has insightful advice also for being sensitive to returning missionaries.  We would like to pass on the recommendation to any interested.

Along with G’pa in the house, we also have Krista who is a CAM intern that will be in Ubeda over this next year helping with youth work.  Nate is helping to get her oriented.  She is staying with us while looking for an apartment.

The house is full and life is busy with keeping up homeschool, packing, closing up and passing on life here…but we are enjoying the company as well.  We still have a good handful of people to say goodbye to, but we have a month left.

Nate’s dad was asked to share his testimony at church next Sunday.  Nate will translate.  Although he didn’t come to be a tourist, we do want to take him to the Alhambra.  We were there when the girls were little and the boys have never been.


G'pa trying to get Alley to warm up to him


Theo loves G'pa and finds him very interesting


Sunday lunch/afternoon coffee w/ G'pa, Krista, and Luisa



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Every month a group of us from the Ubeda church go to a designated town in proximity to Ubeda to hand out tracts.  This month we went to Villacarillo, a town with an approximate population of 15,000.

People accepted the tracts gladly for the most part, especially from Theo.  One old lady was very touched and wanted to give him something in exchange.  We said it was free, and we saw her reading it on a park bench afterwards.  For the most part, this isn’t a time of getting into heavy evangelistic conversations, however, occasionally that happens too.  We did meet a man (named Jesus) who lived on the street and said he had gone through rehab with Remar (a christian organization) and had become a christian, been baptized, but through the roughness of his life had fallen away in the past 10 years.  We hoped to encourage him.  He did not know of any other believers in that town.

Next month the church will visit the town of Canena.


super evangelist Theo


The Nate & Theo team


Andrea handing out tracts


Nate & Theo resting by a fountain


Theo made this lady happy


who could resist taking a tract from this happy little guy?


after the job was done. Alegria, Timmy, Luisa, Theo, Sierra, & Andrea


on the march through town


Alegria was the Ubeda church evangelism mascot




typical old man scene. Nate & Theo made sure they all got a tract and answered a few questions





dividing up tracts & into small groups & praying beforehand


Saturday's group in Villacarillo



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