Puebla del Rio, Sevilla, Spain

October 1st, 2015

“So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” Luke 11:9

Hello everybody!

Fall is here, which is exciting because everyone gets back into the swing of things, and it is the time to get new plans into action.

The Bennett Family We here have a lot of new realities starting with our baby, Abigail Mae, who is now 2 months old and has given us so much joy, it’s hard to describe.  Then we have her sister, Sarah Ruth who has started school. (Here in Spain they can start public school at 3 years old.) So we started off September sending our first born off to school for the first time. So far it has been a very good experience, getting to interact with all the other parents of pre-schoolers in our neighborhood.

The Bennetts serving in La Puebla del Río.
The Bennetts serving in La Puebla del Río.

Men’s Ministry Fall is also the time for casting new ministry ideas and motivating the people in our sphere of influence. In our case, this means our folks at Puebla Evangelical Church where we serve. We had other men in the church who talked to me about wanting to get the men’s ministry to get more traction going this year, so since we had some more interest this time around than last year, I (JD) was able to get some good plans cooking. We’ve planned to try to tackle fixing the façade of our church, which is in disrepair. This Saturday we’ll sit down to discuss it then the next Saturday we’ll start the work on it.

Retiro de Hombres Evangélicos en el Campamento Manantiales de Vida (Malaga)
Retiro de Hombres Evangélicos en el Campamento Manantiales de Vida (Malaga)

Another one of the “Fall ideas” that I’m most excited about is a work project for the men of the Puebla Church to do at Los Naranjos Christian Camp. This summer the mission team from Trinity Church in Redlands, CA began the work and exceeded expectations, but there is still work to be done, so I’ve been able to get our Puebla men signed on to up to Los Naranjos to do a weekend work project in the Cuartel building. What we didn’t know when we first discussed going, was that our work trip would end up being Free of charge to participate. Absolutely free. So the constant question of “How much will it cost me?” will not play a factor in this venture! Once we had made the arrangements to do the project, my good friend Richard, the camp director, told us that the camp would charge us nothing for our food and lodging, as we would be working on the Cuartel Restoration Project. “So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”  Luke 11:9

Hombres de la Comunidad Evangélica de Puebla del Río asistiendo el Retiro de Hombres en manantiales de Vida.
Hombres de la Comunidad Evangélica de Puebla del Río asistiendo el Retiro de Hombres en Manantiales de Vida.
Proyecto en el Cuartel de Los Naranjos, Cazalla dela Sierra.
Proyecto en el Cuartel de Los Naranjos, Cazalla dela Sierra.
Working on the Historic Cuartel building at Los Naranjos Christian Camp
Renovating Los Naranjos
Renovating Los Naranjos

Apart from the work day at Los Naranjos, our men wanted to know about the Men’s retreat at Manantiales de Vida Christian Camp November 13th -15th (the other Christian camp in Andalucía).  It turns out the conference speaker will be none other than the first missionary that I ever met and stayed within Spain when my family first came to Spain to explore ministry options in 1997. Roberto Culton welcomed us into his home and showed us around Spain when everything was new to our family! How excited I am how things are falling together. “But those who wait on the Lord, Shall renew their strength”. Isaiah 40:31

My first trips to Spain.  J.D. Alcala Bennett
My first trips to Spain. J.D. Alcala Bennett

Youth Ministry In September we transitioned from bi-monthly special activities to weekly Wednesday night meetings. We continue our work of presenting the Gospel and discipleship with the book Now that you have Believed. Our course book was written in Castilian by a Spanish theologian and is an excellent resource for discipleship.  Again, we are trying to motivate our young people to see how they can serve and not just be served, as we are doing with the men. The last few Christmas’ our Sunday School class has made Operation Christmas Child shoe-box gifts for needy children around the world. You’ve probably heard of this ministry before. What encourages us is seeing our Spanish young people get involved and show thoughtfulness in the preparation of these gifts. Last night we showed them the movie Last Flight Out about a pilot who accepted a mission to rescue 2 missionaries and the tribe they served in from a cartel that was terrorizing the indigenous Columbian village where the movie takes place. The movie included the distribution of the Operation Christmas Child show-box gifts and it was great for our young people to get an idea of the recipients of their shoe-boxes. Finally, speaking our Christmas, I’m working away on this years Christmas play, Stars, that we will perform in the Puebla City Hall Auditorium and in a Nursing home that we visit each year. Please pray for our rehearsals and efforts to point people to the Messiah born in Bethlehem. (Micah 5:2)

Echando una mano en La Puebla del Rio. Galletas de Navidad
Echando una mano en La Puebla del Rio. Galletas de Navidad
Repartiendo esperanza en las chabolas de Mexico.
Repartiendo esperanza en las chabolas de Mexico.

We appreciate all your prayers and we love getting mail and replies from you.

Serving with you,

JD & Sara Bennett

 

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

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

 Online Giving to our Andalucia Projecthttps://tentmakers.webconnex.com/giving/europe and select “Andalucia Project”

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