English Church Services in Campo de Gibraltar

     Agua Viva Evangelical Church is a new Evangelical church getting started in the heart of the Campo de Gibraltar region of Cadiz province, Spain. Our desire is to teach the whole Bible, book by book, week by week. We want to form a community of believers in Messiah who are living the abundant life that Jesus offers to those who would follow Him (Gospel of John 10:10).  

     Our goal is to equip Christ-followers to be thoroughly prepared for the service that God has appointed for them to accomplish. We hope to begin home fellowships, (besides weekend worship services in our ministry center in Los Barrios), around Campo de Gibraltar, leading our neighbors to worship the Most High in the language closest to their heart. Our plan is to offer International worship times in English, Spanish and other languages where the need presents itself. Are you looking for the right place to grow in faith? If you are an English speaker living in the Campo de Gibraltar region, don’t hesitate to contact us.    

Pastor J. D. Bennett

695 265 268

aguavivacdg@gmail.com

Evangelical Church Plant in Campo de Gibraltar

Settling in Campo de Gibraltar, Spain

Hey Everybody,

      Our family was blessed with successful travel back to Spain on May 28th.  We are thankful for the lift and send-off that we got from the Barker and Valencia families who provided door to door transportation to LAX.  We feel that after years of tinkering with flights and airlines, we had a pretty ideal experience, too, flying at 6pm on a Sunday from LAX direct to Madrid.  Like any Transatlantic flights with a 1-year-old and a 5-year-old, it had its challenges, but we were thankful for the new indoor park areas and children’s play room at the Barajas Airport in Madrid. 

 

      On Monday night, May 29th we and all our bags made it to Sevilla Airport. Our co-worker Frank picked us up and helped us get around in our first 2 days back in Sevilla. During our first days back we were very surprised how many old friends and contacts that we got to see around Puebla del Rio.  Yani, Manoli, Chary and Salud, some of our dear old friends cooked for us so we never went hungry. During our days back in Puebla, JD was able to get our van up and out of the parking garage where it had been parked since last August.

 

     New Horizons! Our temporary housing was available for our family on June 1st, so that afternoon we loaded up our van with our suitcases and started off for our new life in Campo de Gibraltar. This week here has been busy lots of firsts and business as we have had lots of calls, appointments and meetings down here as we house-hunt, do our Spanish taxes, and meet with local pastors.

    On June 5th JD got to attend the last Campo de Gibraltar Pastor’s Meeting, before summer recess. It was a special time of being prayed for, edification from other pastors in the region, and making great new friends. One pastor already called us with info to help us with a lead in our house-hunt! So please continue to pray, because your prayers seem to be working! We do still need those prayers though, as we are still trying to find a place where we can see ourselves living for the next several years.

 

 Castle of the Count.  Today, after a busy morning of business, we took a siesta-hour drive up into the Alcornocales Nature Park to see the Castle of the Counts of Castellar, in Spanish: Alcazar de los Condes de Castellar. The walled town, which was reconquered by the Spanish from the Muslim Moors in 1434, lies atop a mountain peak overlooking the Guadarranque Lake. Her inhabitants were called strong and wonderful by Spain’s King Juan III centuries ago, but the town is now barely inhabited as the townsfolk were given a new Castellar (Pueblo Nuevo de Castellar) in 1971, as living on a mountain peak was getting difficult. The walled city is now mostly inhabited by innkeepers, hippies and vacationing writers (a-chem). The castle was closed sadly, but part of it is run today as a hotel. The castle’s defenses afford views of the Pillars of Hercules, the Rock of Gibraltar, the Strait, and the African peaks and Atlas Mountains of Morocco. The actual streets are remarkably preserved from medieval times, but if you ask my wife what she remembers, well, a picture tells a thousand words. The whole old city was plagued by gnats and mosquitos. I was trying to pose our family like they were having a good time for a picture, but Sarah Ruth went running for her life from all the swarm of mosquitos!

Attack of the mosquitos!

     Until next time,

All our love from Campo de Gibraltar,

 JD for the Bennett family.

Iglesia Evangelica en Los Barrios, Cadiz

As the Bennetts return to Spain

Good morning friends,

“I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy, for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.” Philippians 1: 3-6

Oh! What a great God and merciful Savior we serve together! As we continue to celebrate and live out the victory of the Resurrection of Messiah, we want to write to you to thank you for you consistent prayers for our family. We have now surpassed 16,000 deputation road miles traveled since we began furlough in August. Our daughters have learned to adapt to living out of a suitcase and have slept in 26 states while being prayed for during many services.

 

5-year-old Sarah Ruth asks us where we are traveling to when we load her little pink suitcase in our ministry van. The count-down to our return to Spain, however, has begun, as we have begun saying some difficult goodbyes to loved ones. We know that before we realize it, we will be back in our familiar Sevilla Airport.

Please continue to pray for our family’s needs. We had the challenge of trying to double our support to that of the recommendation for a family of four in Western Europe, and also the challenge of raising funds for our new church plant in Los Barrios. Please pray for all the logistics of returning to Spain: Choosing what to pack, making connections, not forgetting things in California, transitioning into our temporary housing, finding long-term housing, moving into the new home, setting up utilities and phones. Once settled in our home, we will then be prayerfully seeking to rent a store-front to serve as our new church plant and ministry center in the unreached city of Los Barrios. We pray that the Lord will help us in each of these steps.

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Prayer for our upcoming church-plant: Please pray for the residents of unreached town of Los Barrios and it’s surroundings, to have their hearts ready to come near to God.

Winter deputation tour. At the beginning of March, J.D. was able to do one last deputation trip, making stops and sharing about our upcoming church-plant in Los Barrios, Spain. JD’s tour stretched from Redlands, CA to St Louis, MO.

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The House building Tentmakers In mid-March we embarked on a family mission trip with other families from Trinity, our sending church. Our 98 person strong mission team joined forces with Hands of Mercy to serve, witness to, and build homes for very needy families living in shelters east of Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico. Our family served as the missionary translators, JD shared evening messages, and we worked along with other families in transporting, painting and building 3 homes from March 17-20th. Praise the Lord for the witness our team was able to have with the recipient family, Alejandro and Abigail Estrada, who were in tears as our build leaders Jay Fitzgerald and Pastor Bill Born presented the family with the keys to their new home, and family Bible and a solar-powered audio-Bible.

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Our Transportation Needs Met. Some of you know that in January we knew we had upcoming needs to travel into Mexico, so we set out to find a car to buy, together with Sara’s sister, that we could leave with her when we return to Spain. The Lord directed us very graciously to a seller who was a mutual friend.  When we had questions for him, it turned out he was visiting at the same Super Bowl party as us, and it made our confidence in purchasing the car that much stronger.  The morning of Sarah’s grandma’s passing, JD had received the new license plate and registration for the car, and we were able to leave that very day to Mexico.

Since March, we have also had a plethora of ministry and speaking opportunities around Southern California. We have been very blessed and humbled by all the churches and friends who have encouraged and welcomed us and also begun to pray for our upcoming ministry in Los Barrios, Spain. This April we were given the opportunity to stay and minister for 19 days in San Diego, CA. As we had churches, friends, family in the area, each day in San Diego was very full with sharing our vision for Spain with friends new and old. Missionaries of the week with Dr. David Jeremiah April 2 (20.16min)

Looking back at this deputation-furlough is bitter-sweet. It is a furlough that is re-repeatable for a number of reasons. We know many people we visited are getting up in years and sick. We you leave a country for 4 years, things you left are sure to be different when you return. Next furlough our daughters will be too big to make all the trips that we made, they’ll need to be in school by then.

We also can smile, feeling accomplished for having out performed our own expectations for number of meetings and visits. No, it hasn’t been a restful sabbatical, but we were given an extra dose of grace from on High to give us the endurance to visit many, many friends and congregations around North America.

We thank you for your support. We covet your prayers.

All our love,

J.D. for the family

PRAYER REQUESTS:

  1. For our young family as we move back overseas.
  2. For our providence in finding a place to live in Los Barrios.
  3. For our needs to be met regarding moving, settling, and church-planting expenses.
  4. For our marriage, spiritual and emotional health to be covered in prayer as we embark on this spiritual battle to raise the banner of Christ in Los Barrios.

If you would like help us fulfill the great commission when we return to Spain (Romans 15:24), you can send any tax-deductable support for this new work to:

Tentmakers Bible Mission “Andalucia Project” 

PO Box 160, LaGrange, WY 82221

Please write Andalucia Project on the memo line of the checks.

Online Giving to our ministry needs, called Andalucía Project.

Click on: https://tentmakers.webconnex.com/giving/europe 

and select Andalucía Project

Follow our bilingual Facebook page: AGUA VIVA CAMPO DE GIBRALTAR

Passover thoughts for 5777

San Diego, California, USA

Nisan 22, 5777

Dear friends,

How wonderful it was to see many of you friends in the last month or two.

It has been a season for us of much effort but also encouragement, as we have traveled over 16,000 road miles on this “home assignment” from Spain, not including flights. We’ve lived out of a suitcase and used our passports often.

The truth is our family is very tired. The usual greeting Shabbat Shalom will take new meaning after this sabbatical!

With that said, we are so happy to have gotten to minister to so many people in so many places as we have these past 8 months.

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Hebrew comes in Handy. It’s been surprising how many times JD has been able to have productive faith conversations with non-believing Jews this year. One example from March: JD was flying back to Southern California from ministering in St. Louis. When Sara pulled up to pick him up, he was deep in conversation talking about faith with a Hassidic man. Sara rolled down the window and said “Of course you are.”

Campo de Gibraltar Ministry: Mayim Chayim. Many folks have asked us if we are returning to the exact same ministry when we return to Spain. The answer is no, we are have now completed 8 years of service at the congregation in Puebla, 11 years in Spain, and now we are setting our focus on the Strait of Gibraltar.

To be specific, we are going to minister in Los Barrios, a city of 24,000 with no born-again witness. Los Barrios lies just north of British Gibraltar and across the Strait of Gibraltar from Morocco.  We will seek to be a biblical witness to the many Jews, Africans and refugees who pass through Spanish territory for business or necessity. We also hope to reach the local Spaniards and equip them to be ready to share the Good News with the many lost people who pass through their neighborhoods from the nearby port cities. We are truly moving our family to a cross-roads of two worlds: Where Europe meets Africa and where the Mediterranean meets the Atlantic.  Please pray for us!  Here is the link to our new ministry webpage in Hebrew & Castillian: Mayim Chayim

Shuvah Yisrael Passover Seder. Recently some of you may have read about a Christianity Today article written by two non-believers about why Christians should not celebrate Passover and it went at length to even claim that Yeshua never actually celebrated Passover, when in fact He was our Pesach and ushered in the New Covenant while celebrating a seder. That Christianity Today article got some weighty responses from some of our Messianic scholars, but in the end the debacle turned into a blessing as it inspired not only me but also my mother to make sure we made the extra effort to celebrate Pesach this year as a family at the Shuvah Yisrael Passover Seder. JD and Sarah Ruth (5) drove 358 miles to pick-up Elizabeth and bring her to the seder, then take her home and return to San Diego. We can thank Christianity Today for that extra motivation!

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Narro cousins celebrate Pesach

At the seder, it wasn’t just a great blessing to see dear friends from Shuvah, but the Messianic seder presented by Rabbi Larry Feldman served as a vivid witness to our Narro-Espinosa family, and they told us in their own words how profoundly this Passover had spoken to their hearts this year.

As for our 5-year-old Sarah Ruth, she was anxious the whole night to find the afikomen, and when she wasn’t the girl who found it she was a little disappointed,

I re-assured her, until Yeshua comes, you get to look for that Afikomen.

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(Above, JD conducts a Passover Seder in Sevilla, Spain)

1 Corinthians 5:6b-8 “Don’t you know the saying, “It takes only a little hametz to leaven a whole batch of dough?” Get rid of the old hametz, so that you can be a new batch of dough, because in reality you are unleavened. For our Pesach lamb, the Messiah, has been sacrificed. So let us celebrate the Seder not with leftover hametz, the hametz of wickedness and evil, but with the matzah of purity and truth.”

We thank you for your support and covet your prayers,

All our love,

J.D. Sarah Ruth and Abigail
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If you would like help us fulfill the great commission when we return to Spain (Romans 15:24),

you can send support for this new work to:

Tentmakers Bible Mission “Andalucia Project” 

PO Box 160, LaGrange, WY 82221

Please write Andalucia Project on the memo line of the checks.

Online Giving to our ministry needs, called Andalucía Project.

Click on: https://tentmakers.webconnex.com/giving/europe

and select Andalucía Project

Follow our bilingual Facebook page: AGUA VIVA CAMPO DE GIBRALTAR

 

Devocional Feria y Juan 7:37

El AGUA es la fuente de vida para todos los seres vivos.  El agua no es solo de mucho valor como recurso vital en nuestros días, en la antigüedad, en Israel y Judea, el agua era símbolo de vida y supervivencia.

En Andalucía, celebramos una vez que brotan las flores, con ferias y semana santa. Disfrutamos del grato olor de las flores de azahar y el jazmín durante Semana Santa.

Video Mensaje por Pastor Juan David. (Juan 7:37)

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El cristiano tiene aun mas razón de celebrar durante semana santa, seguros de que Jesús el Mesías se levantó de entre los muertos el domingo de resurrección, mostrando su autoridad al poder ofrecernos la victoria sobre la muerte, y de la misma manera también ofrecernos la vida abundante.

¿Has escuchado alguna vez que Cristo te ama? Cristo te ama y quiere tu bienestar, El ofrece saciar tu sed.

El Evangelio de Juan nos inspira cuando dice, en Juan 7: 37: “En el último y gran día de la fiesta, Jesús se puso en pie y alzó la voz, diciendo: Si alguno tiene sed, venga a mí y beba. El que cree en mí, como dice la Escritura, de su interior correrán ríos de agua viva.

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Agua Viva Campo de Gibraltar

Yo hallé esta agua viva cuando le entregue mi vida a Dios. Te animo a hacer lo mismo. En AGUA VIVA Campo de Gibraltar, nuestro deseo es enseñar la Biblia, semana tras semana, libro por libro. Queremos ayudar a nuestros vecinos del Campo de Gibraltar a tener una vida abundante según la palabra de Dios.

Acercate. -Pastor Juan David

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Jesucristo te ofrece el Agua Viva

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Mira este video mensaje:

Mensaje Domingo de Resurrección por Pastor Juan David Bennett

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Oramos por Campo de Gibraltar

House-building Tentmakers

March 21st, 2017

San Quintin, Baja California, Mexico

Oh what a great God and merciful Savior we serve together! As winter melts into Spring, we want to write to you to thank you for you consistent prayers for our family. We have now surpassed 10,000 deputation miles traveled since we began furlough in August. 

    The House building Tentmakers Our latest venture was a family mission trip, on March 17th, in which 100 people from our sending church, Trinity, joined forces with Hands of Mercy to serve, witness to, and build homes for very needy families living in shelters east of Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico.Mexico Outreach Build

Our family served as the missionary translators on the work site.

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 JD shared evening Bible messages with the trip members staying at Rancho Casitas, which in located about half an hour off the Transpeninsular Highway in Ensenada.

From March 17th-20th worked along with other families in transporting, painting and building 3 homes from March 17-20th.

Praise the Lord for the witness our team was able to have with the recipient family, Alejandro and Abigail Estrada, who were in tears as our build leaders Jay Fitzgerald and Pastor Bill Born presented the family with the keys to their new home, and family Bible and a solar-powered audio-Bible. What a great times we had with Alejandro and Abigail, and also with their Aunt and Uncle Amelia and Jesus. It was Abigail’s uncle, Jesus, who allowed Hands of Mercy to put a house on his property for his niece and her family. Abigail, while watching her 23-day-old daughter, prepared for us a lunch out of her uncle and aunt’s loft-house. It was a very special thing to share this meal with the recipient family. For me, personally, as someone who does get to drive past this area fairly often, when I am on the West Coast, hope to see this family again. 

 

  “I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy, for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.” Philippians 1:3-6

If you would like help us fulfill the great commission when we return to Spain (Romans 15:24), you can send support for this new work to: 

Tentmakers Bible Mission “Andalucia Project”  PO Box 160, LaGrange, WY 82221

Please write Andalucia Project on the memo line of the checks.

Online Giving to our ministry needs, called Andalucía Project.  Click on: https://tentmakers.webconnex.com/giving/europe  and select Andalucía Project

Follow our bilingual Facebook page: AGUA VIVA CAMPO DE GIBRALTAR

 

Missionary Calling to Campo de Gibraltar, Spain

The Lord has opened wonderful doors for our family to begin church-planting in the unreached city of Los Barrios, in the Campo de Gibraltar region of Cadiz Province in Southern Spain. We are so excited to begin church-planting in an area that has been on our hearts for many years. JD first served in this area on a mission trip in the summer of 2000 and since then has been convinced of the tremendous opportunities presented for sharing the Gospel in this very strategic end of the earth.

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That is why the Andalucía Project could use your help. Through the Andalucía Project, we are seeking to open a new Bible-teaching church, to be called Living Water Evangelical Church, to serve the Campo de Gibraltar area by proclaiming the Good News, providing opportunities for Bible study, discipleship, for equipping world-changers and for training locals to extend the Good News to the ends of the earth. Our theme verses from this new church plant are inspired by Zacariah 14:8: And in that day it shall be

That living waters shall flow from Jerusalem, Half of them toward the eastern sea

And half of them toward the western sea;In both summer and winter it shall occur.”

And by John 4:13-14: Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”

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Agua Viva Campo de Gibraltar

To establish this new church we will need partners who will commit to pray for us, to give towards the many ministry expenses related to establishing a new church: for opening a storefront from which we can launch neighborhood outreach, begin ministries in the community and have a base from which we can connect with the neighbors.

Thank you for your prayers for our family as we relocate from Sevilla to Los Barrios. Please pray for our search for a rental home and that we can find clear niches where we can begin to minister from.

Biographical Testimony: JD heard and answered the missionary call at the very grown-up age of ten. A call went out one Sunday night in Riverside, California, “Will anyone come to the Lord’s service overseas?” and little JD went forward. That was in 1991, and JD has seen the Lord’s hand go before his faith in too many ways to count. JD was influenced by a dynamic youth group and youth leaders in the 1990’s who took him and the rest of the youth group on regular mission trips to Sara’s native Baja California, Mexico. JD was blessed to be presented with the opportunity to participate in mission-trips to Guatemala, North Africa, Spain and Mexico while in his teens. So early on JD felt a decidedly missionary call on his life, and a warm place in his heart for the Spanish speaking world, not knowing what lay ahead in Spain. Since then JD has served with Tentmakers for 11 years and holds his B.A. from California Baptist University and his Master of Arts in Christian Ministry from Southern California Seminary.

Sara Jean was also receiving God’s calling as a missionary on the mission field, as a missionary kid who lived at the mission base of the El Buen Pastor (Good Shepherd) Hospital in San Quintin, Baja California, Mexico. Sara grew up living a missionary’s life and she and her siblings greeted the many short-term missionary teams that came to work at the mission hospital and church. Sara graduated with her computer engineering degree from the Universidad Autonoma de Baja California and began post-college professional life in San Diego, CA, where she was to meet JD Bennett while he was back from Spain on furlough.  Today they serve as a team, with their daughters Sarah Ruth and Abigail Mae.

We covet your prayers,

JD, Sara, Sarah Ruth and Abigail Bennett

If you would like help us fulfill the great commission when we return to Spain (Romans 15:24), you can send support for this new work to:
Tentmakers Bible Mission “Andalucia Project”
PO Box 160, LaGrange, WY 82221
Please write Andalucia Project on the memo line of the checks.

Online Giving to our ministry needs, called Andalucía Project.
Click on: https://tentmakers.webconnex.com/giving/europe
and select “Andalucía Project”