San Diego, California, USA
Nisan 22, 5777
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.
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!
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.
(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
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.
and select “Andalucía Project”
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