“How great is the love that the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason that the world does not know us is that it did not know Him.” 1 John 3:1
How gracious our Savior has been to us! Sara and JD have had clear direction from our wedding day, like a pillar of fire by night and a pillar of cloud by day! Our prayer requests from the last newsletter have all been answered! Yes! Our Father lead us to the right used car, He lead us to the right rental home, The Lord gave JD some English classes to teach in the nearby town of Palomares, Andalucia, teaching 2nd,3rd,6th graders two hours on Mondays and two hours on Wednesdays. The Lord has already provided many new friendships through these classes. JD finished his first seminary class in the Masters of Biblical Studies Program, at Seminary Al-Andalus in Santiponce, Sevilla. On top of these blessings, God has allowed us a fruitful several months of service to our dear church community in La Puebla del Rio. Some highlights have been encouraging our congregation to attend several events put on by other ministries in our province. We had a great turn-out on October 14th for our outing to a Gospel-Flamenco Concert in Jerez de la Frontera. In our car we had two of our church’s teenagers, Clemente and Moises. One of our top objectives is to invest in these teens at their crucial age of 15. A few weeks before I took our teens to a FIEIDE youth rally in a gym in another city called Puebla de Cazalla. There, the native evangelical youth leadership for the FIEIDE led the teens in prayer for their friends, for their church, for the mission trips to India and to specific towns where our Federation did summer long campaigns. It was very special seeing Spanish teens from around Andalucia, praying for God to work. October 22nd I took a car full of our friends to a Drug-Awareness seminar at a community center in the nearby town of Dos Hermanas. The speaker was a well-known Spanish Christian author who has done a investigative book on why Spanish young people are getting killed while partying. They warned the teens present not to give into the peer pressure to be cool and they gave graphic evidence why not to do drugs or drinking. It was such a vital message to the teens in our churches in Spain. Please continue to pray for our teens to grow in the Lord and to be a strong new generation of Believers in La Puebla del Rio. On October 30th I preached on the persecuted church and we remembered all the saints who faced jail, beatings, and even martyrdom for their faith in Messiah. (If you read Spanish, my next blog is all about it.) Sara’s uncle was also there and shared his own testimony in serving in North Africa. Sara was able to translate into Spanish for her uncle. Nov. 1st we had our church picnic in the Dehesa State Park, which borders the beautiful Doñana National Park. We had all kinds of participation playing volleyball, even one of our elders, who was hospitalized in September, was out in the park with us playing. Praise God for the great time of fellowship we enjoyed, and not a day too soon, we had tons of rain in Puebla the very next day. On Nov. 3rd Sara and JD flew back to California since Sara was just allowed in Spain for 90 days as a “tourist”. We returned to pick up Sara’s Spanish Residency Visa at the Spanish Consulate in L.A., expecting it to be ready any day now.