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

Wedding Plans and More!

Hello friends! I trust all is well. I have a lot of big news to communicate in this letter, so I encourage you to read through it carefully and prayerfully. If you’d like to watch the video update for this report you can watch it here.

Exactly two years ago, Amadeo was baptized in the Irun church. It was a step of obedience that he made deliberately, though somewhat fearfully, as as it meant going against his family by identifying himself publicly as a follower of Christ. In the two years since his baptism, Amadeo has grown spiritually, and is an excellent example to the believers around him. It has been a privilege to serve and disciple him, and I am excited to see how God uses him in the future. Please continue to pray for his growth, as well as the other young people involved in our youth group.

Amadeo's baptism in 2013

Amadeo’s baptism in 2013

In typical fashion, the young people celebrating Amadeo's baptism at MacDonalds

In typical fashion, the young people celebrating Amadeo’s baptism at MacDonalds

Amadeo working at the Aierdi farmhouse. He goes out to work every chance he gets now.

Amadeo working at the Aierdi farmhouse. He goes out to work every chance he gets now.

I also have some personal news that I am very excited to share with you. On September 27, Raquel Rodríguez and I got engaged to be married. I can never stop being amazed by the way God plans out the course of my life. Proverbs 3:6 says “In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths,” and I can certainly attest that that promise is trustworthy,  as there can be no doubt in my mind that God has been directing Raquel’s and my paths for many years. Both of us have been involved in local church ministries since we were young. In 2012, when I returned to Spain for full-time ministry, Raquel was living in Ireland (learning English among other things!). But God arranged for us to meet last year, and since then, we’ve had ample opportunities to serve Him together, and we want nothing more than the chance to serve God together for the rest of our lives.

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We plan to be married on May 6th, 2016. We believe that to be the Lord’s timing, but we’re depending on the Lord to provide financially for wedding expenses. After living expenses, I am not able to save any money unless the Lord provides through other means. Thankfully, He has been giving me a trickle of work through my business, Sierra Creation, and that has allowed me to move forward with plans for marriage. In addition to designing websites, I have also gotten into book publishing as a source of tentmaking income. I believe it’s a ministry opportunity, but it is also a way to support myself (and soon to be family) financially. But I’d ask you to please pray for God’s provision for Raquel and me. In reality we are depending fully on God to provide our needs.   deputation In addition to wedding planning, I am also planning to visit the United States for a few months next summer to raise more monthly support. I also want to introduce Raquel to the churches and individuals who are supporting the ministry here. If you would, please pray that the Lord would direct us to the churches He wants us to become partners in ministry with. I want to keep my time in the United States as short as possible, as it is difficult to be away from the ministry in Irun, but the Lord will need to provide direction so that our time in the US is spent efficiently. If you are a member of a church that doesn’t support me as a missionary, please consider recommending Raquel and me to your church. Feel free to forward this letter to others if the Lord leads you to do so. As always, your prayers are what need above all else. Thank you so much to everyone who has been praying, and I trust that you will continue to see the Lord blessing here in the Basque Region of Spain.

God bless!
David
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