Monday, May 26, 2008
Dear Praying Friends
“No one can take my life from me. I sacrifice it voluntarily. For I have the authority to lay it down when I want to and also to take it up again. For this is what my Father has commanded.” (Jesus – John 10.18 – NLT) I was really struck when Mike shared this passage at our communion service on Sunday. The Father’s COMMAND resulted in Jesus having AUTHORITY to lay down His life and take it up again. That puts “commands” into a whole new perspective for me! How could that change the way we view, “love one another?”
Guijuelo Church Plant – 2 more non-believers have attended!
New Team-Mate? – Field visit planned for fall by new potential team-mate
Jacob and Karen – Thanks for your prayers, we are advancing in a good direction
Guijuelo Church Plant
Our team-mate, Craig Cook writes, "We are so thankful for your prayers for the effort to start a new church in Guijuelo. The Lord is working in ways that I haven't seen in my 22 years here in Spain. Since I last wrote, we have had two new non-Christians to attend. They are Mari (a sixty-something year old lady from Bejar) and Pilar. Thanks for your continued prayers for this effort. I praise God for the joy Craig, Ada and the Bejar church are experiencing in this new outreach.
We just received word that a single woman plans to visit Spain Field for mutual evaluation. World Team recommended her highly to us. Please pray for Kristin and our team as we organize this visit. Just 3 years ago we set a goal of having 8 new members on our field. At this point we have 4 new members (Mark and Janet Cockrum, Juan Carlos and Tere – Spanish co-workers) and the Rileys are in Costa Rica and could easily be in Spain within a year from now. God is growing our team! Please pray for the various aspects of preparation and adaptation.
Jacob and Karen – Learning and Growing
Karen and I continue our focused efforts of learning about ourselves and each other. We’ve had some very fruitful talks as we consider the ways our personalities (based on Myers-Briggs testing) affect our relational styles and our personal values and goals. This process is especially exciting for Karen, as one of her personality traits is that she enjoys learning about herself and others! We really thank God for this opportunity to grow and learn. Our relational dynamics have a huge direct impact on our day to day ministry lives.
Thanks for reading our emails and praying for us! God is good, and His love endures forever.