Seaport Baptist Church

Hello friends, thank you for your prayers!

The Basque Country has very few Bible-preaching churches. In our province of Gipuzkoa (which is a little smaller than the state of Rhode Island), there are 3 Baptist churches of like-minded belief. There is close fellowship among these churches. For the past 5 years, Roy and Lou Ann Keiser, veteran missionaries serving in Iglesia Bautista Bíblica del Puerto, Israel (the Spanish pastor of the Irun church) and I have been praying about the future leadership of the Puerto church as the Keisers neared retirement. They are now preparing to sell their home here and return to the United States, so Raquel and I have begun helping to lead the Puerto church ministry during the transition period. When they retire, I will stay behind as the only pastor of “Seaport Baptist Church.” It is in the outskirts of San Sebastian, the capital city of our province. We are still very involved in the Irun ministry, but our priority is now the spiritual growth of our new church family. Raquel and I are very excited about the responsibility we are taking on, so more than ever we ask for your prayers!

Preaching at our church

Preaching at our church

Raquel and me with Roy and Lou Ann Keiser

Raquel and me with Roy and Lou Ann Keiser

In addition to the two local church ministries, Raquel and I are really trying to make a difference in Spain in the areas of publishing music and books. God has gifted Raquel musically, and I’ve been able to learn a lot about book publication over quite a few years, and we believe there is a lot of work to be done to provide Christian music and books to believers in Spain. Most of the Christian material available in Spanish was produced with Latin American audiences in mind. And while Spanish is spoken in many different countries, there is a large cultural gap between these countries despite the shared language. Additionally, many books translated from English into Spanish have very poor editorial quality. There is a real need for more resources in native Spanish. For quite a few years now, I have helped Christian authors in America publish their books. This has been a secondary source of income for us. But now more and more I am focusing on material for Christians in Spain, where the need is much greater. In the last few months I’ve edited and published a book for a young Christian lady in the Irun church who compiled a book of devotional thoughts for women, and I’ve also been helping another missionary couple, Jonathan and Lorena Templeton, that is writing Gospel books for children. I’m also working with my father Andy to get his books published in Spanish.

Dinner with the Templeton family

Dinner with the Templeton family

Raquel and I are working on a couple of musical projects as well, hoping to get quality Christian music into the hearts of believers in Spain. We’re talking with other people here (who have better singing voices than I do!) about recording music in Spanish. We’ve of course been heavily involved with the church choir at Irun, and hope to see that ministry continue to grow.

Recent Easter cantata with the Irun church

Recent Easter cantata with the Irun church

When we joined the Keisers at the Puerto church at the beginning of the year, we decided that it would be best for Raquel to leave her job at the pharmacy in Irun. She wanted to be freer to give more of her time and energy to the added responsibility and ministry needs of the Puerto church. I have taken on some English classes in order to keep us economically stable, but we’re tremendously grateful to several individuals who have started supporting our ministry monthly. With their support we are able to stay on the field. We’re praying for additional support from churches, but I am so thankful we haven’t had to leave the field to do extensive raising of support. God is incredibly good at providing for His children!

Now that she is not working at the pharmacy, Raquel has signed up for intensive Basque classes! The people in the Basque country speak their own native language apart from Spanish. We both believe that the more we’re able to communicate in the Basque language, the more integrated we’ll be able to be in this unique culture. Please pray for Raquel, as Basque is a very complicated language to learn! She’s already had gospel opportunities through her classes, and we trust the Lord will keep providing more chances to share the good news.

Raquel studying for her Basque class
Raquel studying for her Basque class

Thank you for your faithful prayer for us. We are counting on it!

God bless, David & Raquel
Ps. 34:3

Summer 2018

Hello friends! I’m sorry this update has been quite a while in coming. We’ve been kept quite busy these past months at church. Not nearly as busy as the Lord has been though, bringing new people to the church ministry and working in the hearts of existing believers. I’ll try to keep this update simple, posting some pictures and accompanying prayer requests from the past couple months. Then I’ll talk a little about our planned upcoming quick trip to the States in September.

Many of you know that much of Raquel’s family is unsaved. Her parents were the first believers in the family. To tell the truth, it’s a new experience for me to have close unsaved relatives, as the Lord has been very, very good to my family. Practically all my family for the past several generations has known the Lord. In April we had the chance to visit Raquel’s grandparents. They live in the Spanish Canary Islands off the western coast of Africa. We were able to spend a couple of days with them, sharing the Gospel in every way possible. We praise the Lord for what we believe was a profitable time with Raquel’s family. Please pray especially for Gregorio and Carmen’s salvation.

Us with Raquel's grandparents

Us with Raquel’s grandparents

In June my mother organized an end-of-school year recital for all of her English students. Close to 100 people (almost all of them unsaved Basque people) were at the Aierdi farmhouse for the recital. It was a wonderful opportunity to be with people from town. Raquel and I went to help out, and I got to see people I hadn’t talked to in 15 years or so from when I lived in Zegama. Pray for the people my mother has had the chance to witness to in Zegama, and pray that all the time she invests in those students would bring fruit to God’s glory.

In July, a new Nigerian couple in church told us they wanted to dedicate their daughter to the Lord, so we prayed for them and their girl and had a time of fellowship afterwards in church. They were believers before joining our church, but they have shown a lot of growth, and are always a blessing to the rest of the church!

Baby dedication at church

Baby dedication at church

Later in July, I went to Guadalajara, Spain to help as a counselor at a young teen camp. It was full and busy week, and the Lord gave some very good opportunities to pray with and counsel a great group of kids. Several of them took important steps forward, and please pray with me for them and their continued growth.

Young teen camp

Young teen camp

As always, pray with me that the Lord would use both of us as we try to lead our congregation closer to Christ. Please keep praying for the contacts I’ve mentioned in previous updates. Many of these contacts have not been saved yet, but some of them seem receptive to teaching and we believe the Holy Spirit is working in their hearts. Pray as well for another contact, a single mother Raquel met at the pharmacy where she works. Raquel has befriended her and this Sunday she came to church with us for the first time and heard the Gospel. She’s a young lady who desperately needs the Lord.

Trip to the mountain with church people

Trip to the mountain with church people

Me with Carlos, Amadeo, and Lucho

Me with Carlos, Amadeo, and Lucho

Me preaching at "Seaport Baptist Church" (Iglesia Bautista del Puerto) in nearby Renteria

Me preaching at “Seaport Baptist Church” (Iglesia Bautista del Puerto) in nearby Renteria

Us with believers at the Baptist Church of Gandia, where Raquel's father is pastor

Us with believers at the Baptist Church of Gandia, where Raquel’s father is pastor

Celebrating our city's annual festival this summer

Celebrating our city’s annual festival this summer

Us with Roger and Mary Bergman, veteran missionaries in the region

Us with Roger and Mary Bergman, veteran missionaries in the region

Success's baptism

Recent baptism

Regional church gathering at the Aierdi farmhouse

Regional church gathering at the Aierdi farmhouse

Youth activity/adventure

Youth activity/adventure

Church volleyball after our evening service at the nearby beach

Church volleyball after our evening service at the nearby beach

In September Raquel and I will be making a quick visit to the States to hopefully raise some additional support for the ministry here. God has given us the opportunity to visit two churches, Brookside Baptist Church in Brookfield, WI, and Victory Baptist Church in Peterborough, Ontario on the 2th and 9th of September. After that we will be making the long drive down to Greenville to visit family for a few days before returning to Spain. The Lord has been very good to us in the past year since our previous visit, increasing our monthly support substantially. Raquel and I still need to work at secular jobs here as well, but it has been a huge blessing to receive the prayers and monetary support that many of you reading this are faithfully giving. We want to thank you so much for your generosity and faithfulness, and keep asking for your prayers for the Lord’s provision for Raquel and me, as well as His continued blessing on our ministry in Spain. We could not be doing what we do without your help!

God bless you richly,

David & Raquel
Ps. 34:3