Lots of prayer requests!

Hello everyone. Thank you as always for your faithful prayers and support. God has blessed so much this past year, and we’re so grateful for the part you’ve had in our ministry.

Here is this update in video form.

Music has always been a big part of my ministry in Spain. My grandfather, Flay Allen, taught me the dramatic effects that God-honoring music can have on a church. And when God brought me and my wife Raquel together, music was a part of the story. One of the first things we ever did together was sing in a special number together at the camp where we met! Raquel is very talented musically. In fact, she’s been directing all the music at her church in Gandia practically since she was a kid! This Christmas, she’s been busy directing a cantata at her church (once a month, we’d go down and hold a choir practice) as well as preparing for our own cantata here in Irun. We sang in Gandia on Christmas Day, and this Sunday we’ll be presenting our cantata here in Irun in the morning, and then at a nearby church again in the evening. It’ll be a big evangelistic outreach, so pray that it would have an impact for the Gospel!

Raquel leading the cantata in Gandia

 

Rehearsing for the play at church

I invest a lot of time preparing videos that I upload to our church YouTube channel. I upload messages, special music, and other activities from church. It’s a ministry for those who aren’t always able to make it to the services, but one of my primary reasons for putting in the effort is because of the people who find our church because of videos on YouTube. This spring, for example, a person subscribed to our videos and liked a couple of them. I saw that she worked at a nail salon here in Irun, and I told my soon-to-be wife about her. After we were married and she came to Irun to live, I found the nail salon and encouraged Raquel to get her nails done to see if she could meet whoever it was who had found us on YouTube (I figured Raquel getting her nails done would have a much more natural chance to talk than I would have had!). Sure enough, Raquel struck up a friendship with a girl there and invited her to church. Soon afterwards, she came with her husband and young daughter! As it turns out, the young lady had been saved years before in a Baptist church in Moldovia! Her husband isn’t saved though, and had never stepped in a church before coming to ours. Now they are very happily attending, and we’re praying for the salvation of her husband. Who would have thought that getting your nails done could be a great chance to give the Gospel!

The church in Gandia where Raquel’s father is the pastor has been facing big challenges recently. They have a wonderful church building that’s in a good location and has ample space. However, there have been problems with the neighbors who live right above the auditorium. This fall, the owner above them was doing some remodelling in the house and caused a leak in the roof. This in turn caused the ceiling of the church to get ruined with water damage, and to cave in in one section. The insurance companies involved have been very uncooperative, and to make a long story short, the church had to find another place to hold services. They lost the use of their building for two months. After weeks of waiting and putting in hours upon hours of work to fix the problems, they were able to return to their auditorium, only for the leaks to return after a week of intense rain. Now all the work has been undone, and they are once again in a barely-useable building. Please pray that the Lord would direct them moving forward. They are now praying and looking for a new church building, because they are tired of fighting the insurance companies. But this means a lot of expense and time for a very small church. We are helping them out as much as possible, but Gandia is 6 hours away from Irun, and we aren’t able to visit often to help.

Water damage

 

Preaching at Gandia

Repainting the walls

Lastly, please pray for Raquel and me as we make plans for 2017. We will be going to the States in the July to try to raise support. Raquel and I are both working, and we are grateful for God’s provision this far, but we are going to have to raise more financial support moving forward. We are supported at 25% of what I believe we need to minister here full-time. We are praying that God would connect us with the right churches and individuals in 2017 so we can return to Spain as soon as possible. Please pray for God’s continued provision here until we travel. We are confident the Lord will continue to provide as He always has, and we’re excited about His plans for the future.

We trust the Lord will keep using each of you in your own ministries around the world. God bless!
David & Raquel
Ps. 34:3

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