Ministry is People

Hello, and thank you once again for your prayers! Summer always brings with it a lot to be done, so I’ll post a quick update with some of the latest highlights of the ministry here in the Basque Country.

Evangelism/Discipleship with Young People

I’ve been writing a lot lately about new young people in church. Well the Lord keeps bringing people to church through the youth group. In my entire life here, I’ve never seen so many new young people visiting church (and coming back) in such a short period of time. Along with the ones I’ve mentioned before, there are some seven or so new young people who need your prayers. They have all come to church and shown some degree of interest. In several cases, it doesn’t appear they’ve ever attended any kind of church before. Consistent prayer for these souls would most likely be about the biggest contribution you could make to the ministry here.

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The youth group: a big way God is bringing new people to church

Aierdi Farmhouse Weekly Ministry

I remember one of my teachers in college repeating: “Ministry is people, not programs.” I keep being reminded of the truth he spoke of. For many years, I’ve been going to the Aierdi farmhouse regularly to work. The farmhouse has been a huge asset for the ministry here, and it is exciting to invest time and work there. But lately, I’ve had the chance to bring some of the new young people out with me to work each week. It’s all volunteer work, but several of the people I named above have come with me to spend a day working in the woods, digging trenches, or pouring concrete. It has given me the chance to invest even more time into their lives. During the hour-long drive to the farmhouse or while we work, we’ve discussed a wide range of questions from the Bible, and I’ve had many chances for counseling.

Here’s a video I recorded the other day when I came out to work with Amadeo and Antonio.

Working at the Aierdi Farmhouse with young people from church
Ministry Transition in the Irun Church

My grandfather started Iglesia Bautista Bíblica de Irun in 1973. For many years now, he’s been looking for a young Spaniard to train to take his place as pastor of the church. This year, the Lord opened up the opportunity for Israel Piqueras, a Spaniard who was saved in the church my other grandfather (Samuel Allen) began, to come and meet the believers here in Irun. During the past few months, God has joined him and his wife Laura with the ministry of Irun. The church voted to choose him as the new pastor, and my grandfather is delighted with the prospect of helping him transition into his new role as head pastor of the church.

So this next year in Irun will be a new experience for all of us. I continue to help my grandfather with the responsibility of preaching and helping lead the church worship services. But I’ll also be helping to smooth the change in responsibilities from my grandfather to the new pastor. Israel is a good friend of mine, so I am looking forward to this year and the future. One big task I’ll be facing is bridging the technology gap between my grandfather, who does all his work and record-keeping in one or two virtually obsolete computer programs, and Israel, who is more comfortable doing things from his iPad!

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Israel and Laura with my grandparents; Israel preaching in church

Prayer Request Summary

Again, thank you for your prayers. Here’s a quick list to pray through.

  • Three guys who have recently made professions of faith
  • Quite a few young people who have visited recently, most of them unsaved, or likely unsaved
  • Israel and Laura, and the Irun church as we transition to a new pastor
  • Continued financial provision as I continue paying for graduate school this next year

God bless. Thank you for your ministry.

Ps. 34:3

One Response to “Ministry is People”

  1. Charles Dicks says:

    Keep up the good work, such a good looking group of young people

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