“The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also” — II Timothy 2:2
We are excited about what the Lord is doing this year. We have plans and purposes, but in the end, the Lord will lead us. Therefore we look to Him and trust Him. We do not look to ourselves.
This last month, we held an intensive workshop on discipleship with the collaboration of 9Marks Ministry from Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. In attendance were leaders, teachers, and pastors from many churches. Some belonged to our Fraternity of Grace, but others came from churches that are not Reformed but are beginning to show interest in the sound teaching of the Scriptures. In total, representatives from more than 20 churches were present. We were able to meet several pastors personally and pray with them that they might be faithful to apply what they learned about discipleship to their own churches. We recognize that we now have the blessing and responsibility of being a church to which many other churches and pastors are looking for help in Spain. Because of this, we want to give a good testimony and influence other congregations to preach the gospel faithfully and to grow in holiness.
Another good news that I want to share is that we will soon ordain two young men from the mission point in Lunel-Marseille (France). We believe that this is an important step of maturity and autonomy for the new congregation that they are planting and will be a blessing to the south of France. They work is in a very needy area in which there is a very large population of Romani or gypsies. Please pray for them.
I also want to thank God for the work that He is doing in a young couple at our mission point in Castellón, Spain. They were living together outside of marriage, but because of the gospel, they are now going to marry. They know that it is God’s will for them to put their lives in order and they desire to honor Christ. It is truly the work of the Spirit of the Lord.
This month we also visited the mission point in Lanzarote—a Spanish island in the northernmost and easternmost area of the Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean. It is located approximately 125 kilometers (78 miles) off the north coast of Africa and 1,000 kilometers (621 miles) from the Iberian Peninsula. Our visit can be described as a wonderful time of sharing the Word of God. It was a great encouragement for us to see that the Christians continue to have a great desire for learning the Word. A young woman who has been attending for several months is very animated by the work of God in her life. Her life was very difficult before, but we rejoice to see that God is changing her heart. Another woman from a similar background is also gathering with us and we can see her being transformed by the work of Christ in her heart. It is good to see that the Spirit really has the power to transform the hearts of those who are being called by the gospel. I ask for your prayers so we can find and rent a place on the island. It is our only mission point that does not have a place to meet.
Finally, I ask for your prayers as the Lord is working in my life through many trials that are related to my family’s health. Last year my mother and brother died. Now one of my sisters has gastric cancer. All of this saddens me, but I also see that the Lord sustains me by His grace so that I might continue forward with greater faith and confidence.
“We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, for those who are called according to his purpose” —Romans 8:28
These afflictions help me better understand what it means for God to be sovereign in all things. At the same time, I can see my great fragility. I sometimes believe that I am stronger than I am. I thank the Lord for reminding me that I am very weak. The Lord is so good that in the midst of the afflictions He also grants me joy. This month I celebrated the birth of my fourth granddaughter. Her name is Sophia. I thank the Lord for her life and I ask God for her salvation.
Finally, I pray to the Lord for you. I ask that our good Father might continue guiding and blessing you because of His abundant grace!
“I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” – Philippians 1:3-6