Life in Leon
We hope that you are doing well! We had a busy yet enjoyable month of October and are looking forward to what the Lord has planned for us in November.
On the weekend of October 9th-11th, Pastor Tony Sanelli from Grace Bible Church in Pleasant Hill, CA taught on the subject of sanctification at the Berea Conference. Thank you for your prayers for this weekend. It was an incredible blessing to learn more about this topic and to be comforted yet again by the fact that God works all things together for good for those who are called according to his purpose so that we could be conformed to the image of Christ (Rom. 8:28-29). We heard several people say that they had never heard the topic of sanctification explained in such a clear way. They thought it was all still by works and not as a result of our position in Christ. Praise the Lord! Jenn was asked to help with the worship as one of the singers and was happy to serve this way throughout the weekend!
All of the students who are part of the Berea Seminary attended the conference as well. They had a meeting with the professors one night, and Ruben was encouraged to see how the Lord is bringing more men to grow in the knowledge of God and His Word so that they could be better prepared for ministry in their own churches. The students are from all over Spain, and one from Morocco. Praise the Lord!
The weekend of November 13th – 15th will be the first weekend of classes. Ruben will be teaching Spanish Exegesis 1 throughout the weekend. Please pray for him as he prepares, and also for the other professors and the students.
Conference in Galicia
Thank you for praying for us as we were in Galicia (northwest Spain) from October 29th through November 2nd where Ruben gave a conference at the Evangelical Church of Teis. The topic was the marks of a mature church. Ruben was especially encouraged to see the congregation desirous and hungry for the Word. Many of the church members are in their 70’s and above, and they were the ones who were most attentive. One lady told us that she could have sat there all day learning more about the Word, and another man in his 80’s mentioned to Ruben that he was indecisive about attending the conference because he was still grieving his wife’s recent death and also recovering from surgery, but he was so grateful that he had made the effort to attend because he was going home encouraged and joyful in what he saw of the glory of God through the Word! The elders of the church lead their congregation biblically, aiming to make Christ and His Word the center of their preaching. They said that this conference was a historic event because this topic is so important for their church at this moment. Praise the Lord that He was faithful to use His Word this way!
Conference in Jaen
In two weeks we will be traveling six hours southeast to Jaen where Ruben has been asked to be the speaker for a conference at the Evangelical Church of Bailen. The main reason for this conference is to celebrate 125 years since the gospel was first heard in that area of Spain! It is a privilege for us to serve this way for such a momentous event. The main celebration will be Friday night, and the church expects to have several government officials and police officers attend since one of the church leaders and his wife are respected police officers and one of their sons is a high ranked officer in the Spanish military.
Pray that these government officials would attend and hear the gospel. Ruben has been asked to teach six times, including two seminars for pastors from around that area. Please pray for strength and wisdom as he prepares the sermons. The leaders have also asked Jenn to teach a session for women. She will base her study on Titus 2:3-5. Please pray for her as she desires to portray the importance of being a godly woman so that the word of God would not be reviled.
We are grateful for your love towards us! We urge you to continue praying for us as our main objective is to glorify Christ by being faithful to the tasks that He has appointed for us in a joyful manner, whether that’s teaching the Word or changing our kids’ diapers. May you grow in the knowledge of Christ through His Word.