A Steady Stream of Blessings

I hope that this update will be an encouragement to each of you praying for me here in Spain. Not only because of what God does here, but because we both serve the same all-powerful, sovereign, omniscient God, and I am convinced He wants to do equally glorious works through each of our lives.

In my life and ministry choices I try my best to make decisions with confidence in this truth: while I remain in the center of God’s will for my life, He will supply every need and grant wisdom for each decision (See Psalm 25:12-13). That is in large part why I came to the mission field without raising support through deputation. In the past few months, that maxim has been proven true over and over again. Please allow me to share a few ways the Lord has shown His faithfulness since the last update I sent out.

I received some entirely unexpected news this month when I found out that a new church made the decision to begin supporting me and the ministry here monthly. This came about through one of those series of circumstances that only God could string together. As far as I know, I’ve never been within 100 miles of this church, and I had never had any form of contact with anyone from the church previously, but the Lord took care of all the details in connecting our two ministries. It is such an encouragement to me to see how God set this up, as it was so evidently His work and not my own. Of course the financial support is very big blessing, but I am even more blessed by yet another confirmation of God’s direction of my ministry. It is an answer to my prayers, and also to the prayers of many of you who bring the work here before the Lord on a regular basis.

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My late car/ministry work horse

Leading into my second blessing, I must mention that exactly two months ago my car definitively quit as I was leaving my neighborhood. The car, though not very old, had a quarter of a million miles logged, most of them for the ministry, and very many of them came from trips up and down the Aierdi farmhouse mountain (you who have been to the farmhouse know that those miles count for at least double!). I didn’t expect the car to last much longer, as it got such frequent use, but it was still a surprise when it broke down. However, it turns out that even in that the Lord’s timing is evident. First of all, a dear friend of mine let me know that the Lord had laid on his heart the desire to give me a sum of money he received for selling his own car. That money could go towards helping me buy a car for myself here in Spain. Providentially, he told me this before anything had even happened to my car. And second, one of the men at church recently had an older secondary car fixed, and he’s decided to lend it to me until I am able to purchase a vehicle. So once again, God has provided in unexpected ways, and is making it evident that He has a clear plan in mind.

Mikel bringing a challenge to the men

Mikel bringing a challenge to the men

Wedding of Mikel and Noemí

Wedding of Mikel and Noemí

The last blessing I have to share is about Mikel, a young adult in our church (who, incidentally, is the one lending the vehicle I mentioned). He was saved a bit over two years ago, and I’ve mentioned him in previous updates because he has never stopped showing steady growth ever since he came to church. In May he got married to Noemí, a young lady from church whose parents were saved in my grandparents’ ministry many years ago. Praise the Lord that many, many of his unsaved friends and relatives attended their wedding where they heard the Gospel preached clearly. For some time now I’ve been helping him prepare to preach, and I’m excited to say that last month he taught his first Bible challenge at a men’s prayer breakfast in church! He spoke from II Tim. 3:16-17 on the importance of studying the Word of God. It was a very good challenge. He is showing signs of maturity in Christ, and I thank the Lord for him and pray that God will use him to do great things with his life. Please pray for him as he faces intense pressure from his family, all of whom are unsaved.

God has blessed in many more ways, and continues to provide faithfully. Many of you who receive this have supported the ministry here financially, and for that I thank you and our God. I hope that my ministry and some of the blessings I have shared are an encouragement to each of you.

As far as ministry updates, I’ll share some pictures and videos at the end and include a few prayer requests in the captions.

Thank you, and God bless!
David
Psalm 34:3

 

Weekly youth activity in the mountains

Please pray for the unsaved contacts I’ve made through playing soccer

Youth activity in the mountains

Youth activity in the mountains

This is a video of the youth group singing Psalm 19 on top of the mountain overlooking Irun

Team of guys working at Aierdi

During the summer months, I come out once a week with several guys from church to work at the Aierdi farmhouse

Fencing at Aierdi

As I work with the guys we spread around doing different jobs, and I often get to spend time with them one-on-one to talk

 

Participating in special meetings in southern Spain

In June I had the opportunity to travel to southern Spain to help out in a special evangelistic event

Participating in special meetings in southern Spain

I was given the opportunity to preach the Gospel there, and by God’s grace there were quite a few unsaved visitors. Please pray for those who heard the Gospel for the first time

Part of the annual parade in the San Marciales city holiday

Part of the annual parade in the San Marciales city holiday

A Prayer Update

Hello to my praying friends! I trust you are doing well, and that God is blessing each one in their place of ministry. Wherever you are, God has placed you there primarily to share the Gospel! If you have a few moments to spare, I’d like to give you a few updates, mostly so that you can keep praying specifically for the work here.

If you’d like to see the video update to go with this report, you can watch it here.

I continue invest time in discipling many new believers here in the ministry. It’s been said that a missionary’s primary function is to make himself unnecessary. Well in a sense, I find that very true! My highest priority here in Spain is to assist the Holy Spirit in making disciples who can continue the process of bringing my city to Christ.  I have several Bible studies each week with believers here. Doing simple, verse-to-verse Bible studies is something I thoroughly enjoy, especially when it’s with a new believer. Sometimes we take a long time to work through a topic, but it’s always a very profitable time. A trio I meet with weekly is Amadeo, Carlos, and Lucho, whom I’ve often mentioned before. Usually I pick them up and bring them to my house for the study, but recently because of timing we had to meet in a cafeteria in town. As you can see, it’s something they’re perfectly fine with!

Weekly Bible study with Amadeo, Carlos, and Lucho

Weekly Bible study with Amadeo, Carlos, and Lucho

Amadeo and Santiago working at Aierdi

Amadeo and Santiago working at Aierdi

I also have weekly Bible studies with a brother and sister who live in town. They live in difficult and tragic circumstances. Their parents separated, and they live with their father. They were both saved while they lived with their mother, but their father is quite hostile to the Gospel and won’t let them come to church or even youth activities, so they are very isolated as young believers. Thankfully I am free to come to their house for Bible studies, but that is about all the contact I am able to have with them. If you could pray for them and for their father, that would be a big blessing to them.

This last Sunday at church we presented our Easter cantata. The Lord blessed us with quite a few visitors for the occasion, so it was an exciting time. Many of the choir members invited unsaved family and friends to see it. Please pray for the visitors we had. They heard the Gospel clearly, and we are praying that the Holy Spirit will work in their hearts.

Choir singing Maestro de Milagros

Choir singing Maestro de Milagros

We had a real crowd for our Easter cantata

We had a real crowd for our Easter cantata

I’ve uploaded the cantata recording to YouTube, and anyone can watch it here. If you look at the choir, you can see Carlos and Amadeo, both new choir members, singing away joyfully! Musically, Amadeo in particular is light-years ahead of where he was when first came to church, and he loves to sing! We recently sang a duet in church, and you can watch that here. I’ve started using YouTube quite a bit for our church, as I believe it has a lot of value for outreach. Also, the brother and sister I mentioned earlier use the account to listen to sermons, since they aren’t able to come to church.

Amadeo and me singing a duet

Amadeo and me singing a duet

This month I started giving conversational English classes to a man here in Irun. While it will financially help with my living expenses, I see it largely as an opportunity to make a new friendship with someone who needs the Gospel. Lord willing, I will be conversing with him on a weekly basis, so please pray with me that this man will be receptive to the Spirit’s work in his heart. I trust that one day he will be grateful for your prayers.

Lastly, and once again, I ask that you continue to pray that God would provide the support I need to live here. I have been humbled by the interest many of you have shown in my ministry here, and I am so grateful for those of you who have given gifts or provide monthly support. The Lord has blessed very richly, but I am still praying that God will help me make ends meet here without needing to go back to the US on deputation. If you would like to learn more, or would like to direct your church to information about taking me on as a missionary, you can visit my support page here. When you pray for me, please pray for both the Lord’s provision and for guidance concerning various financial decisions here in Spain.

God bless each of you, and I trust you’ll have a great day glorifying Him! I’ll end with a few more pictures below.

David
Psalm 34:3

They don't call it a breathtaking view for nothing!

They don’t call it a breathtaking view for nothing!

Mikel at a general cleanup at church

Mikel at a general cleanup at church

I enjoyed a short visit from my sister and niece Chloe (my mother in the background)

I enjoyed a short visit from my sister and niece Chloe (my mother in the background)

Snow at the Aierdi farmhouse

Snow at the Aierdi farmhouse

A young man from another church I've been counseling

A young man from another church I’ve been counseling

Ice skating with people from church

Ice skating with people from church