Shalom and Buenas tardes from Sevilla.

As some of you already know we’ve been experiencing lots of new life and death this summer.

It’s a powerful mix of emotions, the joy of our healthy baby Abigail, born July 17th (and our friends and cousins having babies, too!) but also the sadness of losing loved ones, all within a few days of each other.

At the end of the Torah we find Moses making his last appeal on this earth the children of Isarel. Moses, in Deuteronomy 30:15, says:

 “Look! I am presenting you today with, on the one hand, life and good; and on the other, death and evil  in that I am ordering you today to love Adonai your God, to follow his ways, and to obey his mitzvot, regulations and rulings ; for if you do, you will live and increase your numbers; and Adonai your God will bless you in the land you are entering in order to take possession of it.”

A bittersweet goodbye to Grandpa Poppe.
A bittersweet goodbye to Grandpa Poppe.

When our baby wasn’t even three weeks old we went to visit our co-worker Salud’s mother, “abuelita Herminia”, who lived close to us. Though the visit was to cheer the family up a little bit, she went to heaven that night. The next day Coria Evangelical Church was full of all her friends and loved ones there to pay their respects, and everyone heard the testimony of the life Herminia lived for the Lord.

Grandpa & Fufi

Days later we were preoccupied and praying for Grandpa Raymond, Sara’s grandfather. We’d received word about his newest health problem. If he didn’t have a blockage operated on, he would die, but if he was operated on, it would be very hard on his 89 year old body.  Even though the surgery (his fourth in two months) was successful, he began to experience multiple organ failure after the surgery. After a few days in a coma, Rev. Raymond Poppe, passed into the presence of the Lord. His memorial service down in San Quintin, Mexico, also brought glory to the Lord, to his children who flew from the four corners of the earth and to the Mexican locals who live across the street.

Grandpa's Funeral in Mexico.
Grandpa’s Funeral in Mexico.

Both of these dear people loved the Lord and walked in His ways, and saw their families blessed and their third and fourth generation follow the Lord.  It’s something we could aspire to do.

Abigail, we know means “Joy of the Father” or “Father’s joy”.  Now JD would be happy to just say that she is his joy, but Abigail  Mae brings us joy from the Father! Everyone who sees her makes their deduction of what side of the family she looks like, whose eyes she has, whose face she has. And at the top 2 percent in Spain for newborns in both height and weight, we know she is definitely our daughter.  Abigail has been a joyful distraction for Sara and I. Even at the funeral for “Abuelita Herminia”, everyone was happy to see our baby and wanted to get a good look at her! So along with big sister Sarah Ruth, they both bring joy and gladness wherever they go.

So we thank the Lord for the people who made an impact on our lives while on this earth, and we seek to do the same while we have life and health, and a newborn to open doors for us!

All our love,

                 JD for Sara, Ruthie & Abigail Bennett

Any project support for our family needs and ministry can be sent to:

 TENTMAKERS “Andalucía Project” PO Box 160, La Grange, WY 82221 USA.


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