Bringing my Better Half to Irun

Hello friends! A lot has happened since I last sent out an update in March. Most significantly, Raquel and I were married on May 6th. We praise the Lord for a beautiful wedding in the church Raquel grew up in. Over 20 unsaved people that we know of had the chance to hear the Gospel presented at the wedding, and we hope God will use our testimony for good.

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After our wedding and honeymoon, Raquel and I stayed in Denia (a coastal city near her church) for a month. It was wonderful to have some vacation time together, and I trust that during our stay we were also a big help to the church her father pastors. We also had opportunities during that month to visit and preach at several of the other churches along the Mediterranean coast.

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But now that we are back in Irun, it’s exciting to be back in the core ministries of preaching, evangelism, and discipleship. Preaching on Sundays and Wednesdays as well as leading youth activities on Saturdays provides ample opportunities to share the Word with believers and non-believers. I’m also spending one-on-one time with the young people, trying to invest my time in them as much as I’m able.

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Together now in Irun!

Raquel is becoming a big help in the ministry here. She is very talented musically, and I believe God has plans to use her greatly in the music ministry at church. Everyone at church loves her already! She is also (unsurprisingly) much better than I was at hosting people in our home. Last night we had one of the young couples from church in our home for a time of fellowship. It was a blessing to everyone. I think all are in agreement that I have found my better half and brought her to the Irun ministry.

Dinner with Bells, another half-American, half-Spanish missionary family.

Dinner with the Bells, another half-American, half-Spanish missionary family.

Please pray for the Lord’s guidance and provision for our future. I will resume teaching English at the beginning of September, and we are praying for Raquel to find a job soon as well. Lord willing, we will be travelling to the United States next summer for deputation, but in the meantime we’re trusting God to continue providing all we need. We are hoping God will allow us to raise support so we don’t have dedicate as much time to secular jobs here, but we’re excited about the Lord’s plan, whatever it may be.

God bless, and thank you all for your prayers. For those of you in the United States, I hope we’ll have the opportunity to see you in 2017 when we travel.

David & Raquel
Ps. 34:3

God’s Provision

 

Hello friends, I trust God is making your work fruitful as you serve Him wherever you are. This morning as I read I was reminded again to expect God’s blessings in abundance if I will only stay faithful to His will (Numbers 10:29-32). So I trust each of you is also enjoying His blessings as you live out the Great Commission locally.

God has certainly been at work here, and a lot has happened in these past few months. In January, we began a large work project in church. The Irun church has continued to grow throughout recent years, and for quite a while now we have been very pressed for space in the church auditorium. So we have decided to do a major overhaul of the church building. We will be relocating our auditorium to a different section of the building. This requires a lot of remodelling and soundproofing work, but in the end we will have nearly doubled our usable auditorium space. Many of the church members are helping out in different ways, and we won’t need to hire any outside labor. We hope to have the new auditorium completed by May of this year. Please pray that God will continue to provide funds for the work. It has been encouraging to see church members sacrifice financially in order to pay for the materials as soon as possible.

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Raising the roof in the new auditorium

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My brother Danny working with a new believer

God has been at work in the youth group as well. Several of the young people are doing very well, and the Lord has brought a couple new young people to the church as well. A few of the young people are going through some serious spiritual struggles though. Antonio, a young man with a Christian mother but unsaved father, is a long time youth group member who has been drifting spiritually for several months now. Please pray that the Lord would help him to understand how unsatisfying a carnal life is. It is encouraging however to see spiritual growth in the lives of some of the other young people. I know God has big plans for them, and I just hope they grow spiritually enough for those plans to be realized!

We had 25 young people at our prayer rally yesterday! Praise the Lord for a great time together.

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In my last letter I asked for prayer regarding God’s financial provision for Raquel’s and my wedding and future together. I am grateful to say that God has provided in great and mighty ways that I had never even imagined! Through sheer providence I was offered a job as an English teacher this semester. Two days after being contacted I was already teaching a full class schedule. This came about through a series of circumstances only God could have arranged, and it is so exciting to see Him adding His blessing to Raquel’s and my plans. Praise the Lord, I was also contacted by another church that decided to take us on as missionaries, and that is another way God has shown His provision.

If you would, continue to pray for Raquel and me, as there are still many decisions to be made. In my last letter I mentioned our plans to visit the US this summer to raise additional support. However, with this job opportunity we have decided to remain here on the field another year before going on deputation.  I believe God gave me this job to provide Raquel the chance to spend some time serving with me in the Irun ministry before we start travelling in the United States. We are praying for wisdom, and we ask you to add us to your prayers as often as you are able.

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Thank you so much for your prayers for us!

Thank you so much for your prayer and support until now, and thank you for continuing to bring us before the Lord. It’s exciting to share what God is doing here with you all, and I trust you’ll glorify God with me for His faithfulness and wisdom.

God bless, David
Ps. 34:3