Praise the Lord for a great year!

Hello friends, I trust you are all doing well and that the Lord is using you in your area of ministry. The Lord is ever faithful, and this past year (yes, I started writing this back at the beginning of 2018!) we’ve been able to see His hand at work in countless ways. The church ministry in Irun is going well, and we are seeing the fruits of the seed sown by several generations here. If I had to choose the area our church has grown the most in this year, it would be in the depth and frequency of the prayer ministry. Like perhaps never before the church is united in our desire to see God at work through our prayers. This whole year in Wednesday prayer meetings I have been teaching through the psalms, and we have enjoyed studying the prayers of David and other servants of God. It’s been exciting to see many of the believers giving up time for prayer and fasting.

 

We had our Christmas cantata in January this year (since the last couple Sundays in December were holidays) and I believe the Lord really used it! There were about a dozen unsaved listeners in church to hear the cantata, and all of them heard the Gospel presented clearly. As a church we have committed to praying this entire year for each of the nine unsaved people who came that Sunday as visitors. It would be wonderful to know that you are praying with us for their salvation. I hope that some of them will be saved this year through your prayers. Recently, Raquel and I met and had dinner with two of the visitors who are coworkers of several of our church members. We’re praying for more chances to give them the gospel.

Dinner with ministry contacts

Dinner with ministry contacts

Since coming back to Spain after our USA trip, I have resumed playing soccer with young people from town. It is the best way I know to make contacts and form friendships with unbelievers, and I believe the Lord has been blessing my efforts. One of the young men I met playing told me that he’s a barber, so I went to his house for a haircut. We were able to talk quite a bit and he came to church with me soon after. Please pray for him as well as several other young men I’m trying to reach on the soccer field. Some of the soccer contacts who quit coming to church last year have started coming back to church, and I believe that’s mostly due to my finding opportunities to meet them throughout the week. Please pray that the Lord would use me to make a difference in the lives of the unsaved guys I play soccer with.

 

Playing soccer with people from town

Playing soccer with people from town

 

Youth activity at church

Youth activity at church

 

We’re taking every opportunity to be with one of the new couples in church, and I believe the Lord is blessing our efforts. This family invited us to their house to celebrate New Years, and the Lord gave me a good opportunity to share the Gospel with the husband. He is very sensitive spiritually, and I believe he is not far away from salvation. Pray that the Holy Spirit would complete the work necessary in his heart! Raquel has also had some good opportunities for fellowship with his wife. She was saved before coming to Spain, and she’s showing signs of growth. Raquel had a great opportunity to talk with her at a recent ladies’ meeting (where I’m told, Raquel “preached” a great message!).

New Year's dinner with ministry contacts

New Year’s dinner with ministry contacts

Raquel at a ladies' reunion

Raquel at a ladies’ reunion

 

 

Right now, we are preparing two different Easter cantatas. One is for our church here in Irun, and it will be presented on March 25. The other one is with Raquel’s family’s church in Gandia. Raquel is leading the small choir there from a distance, and Lord willing, they’ll be doing the cantata there on April 8th. We’re praying for unsaved visitors in both cases, and it’s great to know that many of you will be praying as well!

Preaching at the Gandia church

Preaching at the Gandia church

Thank you all so much for being part of the ministry here, and I trust the Lord will bless your efforts to serve Him.

David
Ps. 34:3

 

This winter we had a (very rare) snow day!

This winter we had a (very rare) snow day!

Most of the married couples in church

Most of the married couples in church

Raquel in the snow

Raquel in the snow

 

 

God bless, and thank you for your prayers!

God bless, and thank you for your prayers!

USA trip update

 

Howdy friends and ministry partners! We have been in the USA for almost a month, and God has blessed more than we could have ever imagined! Raquel and I have met many new friends all across the country, and these days have been full of first-time experiences for both of us. Raquel’s English skills are holding out admirably… She learned English in Ireland, but she’s already learned to understand American accents from New York, Alaska, the West Coast, Midwest, and even South Carolina drawl!

We landed in New York City on July 4th and were welcomed to the city by fireworks and a wonderful family who opened up their home to us for several days while we got the chance to walk all around the city. From there we went straight to Fairbanks, Alaska, where we worked as teen counselors at Camp Challenge. The Lord blessed with a wonderful week where we were able to invest in the lives of some great teenagers. We also had the chance to present our ministry in Spain to two churches, Hamilton Acres BC and a delightful Baptist church called The Church at North Pole! Some of you reading this letter are new friends from these churches, and I want to say thank you so much for the blessing you were to us! We are so excited to have you praying for us now!

 

Thank you Pastor Bruce and Lina! We all enjoyed lunch with brother Morris Gleiser today!

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From Alaska we flew to Seattle, WA where we got to spend a brief few days with my grandparents and uncles. They got to meet Raquel for the first time, and I had the chance to catch up with family I hadn’t seen in years.

 

Next we flew to Colorado, where we had the chance to visit First Baptist Church in Dove Creek, CO. You guys were so friendly to us! It was such a pleasure to present our ministry there. Dove Creek is a town with about 600 inhabitants, so two travelers from Spain made a significant uptick in the population for a couple days!

 

The next week we were able to visit Front Range Baptist Church in Fort Collins, the church where I served as intern for 9 months after college. The church has been supporting me since I first went back to Spain, and they finally got the chance to meet Raquel. We had a very special time visiting many good friends. Thank you all so much for your kindness and faithful prayers throughout the years!

 

And finally, yesterday morning we arrived in Greenville, SC. For the two months remaining of our trip stateside we will be living here with the other side of my family. We will be in a different church every Sunday from now on and our hope is to be a blessing in each one. Pray for us as we will be doing a whole lot of driving around in the next two months. God has provided the chance to temporarily buy a car for our travels. Please pray that it will treat us well as we’ll be traveling through about 10 different states with it in the next 2 months! God has also provided a job for me here, so I’ll be working every moment I can while we’re not travelling!

Please pray for safety, direction, provision, and the Lord’s strength for the next few months we’ll be in the States. We will need every one of your prayers. Also continue praying for the church in Irun as they go on without us this summer. We miss our congregation already, and can’t wait to get back to them as soon as we are able.

God bless,

David and Raquel
Ps. 34:3