Training Leaders

I’d like to give another update on what the Lord has been doing here in this beautiful part of Spain. We had a great Christmas season in Irun. And Christmas brought along some exciting opportunities. I also recorded a video giving updates along with some pictures, and if you’d like, you can check that out here.

One of the big activities for Christmas was our cantata at church. We prepared and successfully performed “Born to Die,” a Christmas cantata from Majesty Music. It was an excellent evangelistic opportunity with a very clear gospel presentation. This year we’ve ramped up the choir ministry at church. I believe it’s been very good for someChristmas cantata of the newer believers in church. Amadeo, whom I’ve written about in the past, is now singing in the choir. He is a very enthusiastic singer and he is eager to learn. He provides one of the biggest smiles on the platform whenever we sing in church now! I now direct the choir in tandem with one of the young men from church, and it has been a great learning experience for both of us. If you’d like to watch a video of a song the choir recently sang, you can find it here on YouTube.

The Lord has really been working in the lives of a few young people from church. Last month, Antonio, the son of a long time church member, was baptized. He gave an excellent testimony expressing his desire to serve and obey God. He has become great friends with Amadeo, and I believe Amadeo’s own testimony has had a great influence on this young man’s life. Amadeo has been instrumental in others’ lives as well. One of Amadeo’s best friends (also a soccer contact and friend of mine), recently made a profession of faith. He is showing a real desire to grow, and I meet with him and Amadeo every week for discipleship. It is so exciting to see what God is doing in their lives. As always, please continue to pray for them. There is also another young man in church who has been saved for about a year now. I meet with him every week for a good time of fellowship and discussion. Please pray for him as well, as he is really growing spiritually, and I have high hopes for him in the future. I invest a lot of time each with with these different people, and I’m excited to see where the Lord takes them in the future. Lord willing, they are the future of the church, and I know God wants to turn them into leaders for ministry.

20131122_183936one of my weekly Bible studies with Amadeo and his friend

1048323_338345969630296_1277600086_oThe Lord recently brought me another unique opportunity for which I am very excited. This past month, a pastor from Barcelona contacted me about a family retreat that will be held at a camp near Barcelona. He asked if I would be willing to come and preach for the week of camp. So, Lord willing, this Easter week (Semana Santa, as we call it) I will be travelling away for a week of preaching. I am very excited about the opportunity, and I’m praying the Lord will prepare me to be a blessing there. I would very much appreciate your prayers, as this will be a first-time experience for me.

As always, thank you so much for your prayers, both for me and for my ministry here. I can’t wait to see what the Lord has in store for the year 2014 in Irun.

God bless,
David

Isaiah 9

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The nation of Israel’s darkest days began ca. 740 BC with the invasion of the Northern kingdom by Tiglathpileser III and his Assyrian host. The region of Galilee in the tribes of Zebulon and Naphtali was the first to go dark, but it was soon followed by the rest of the Northern kingdom, and eventually by the Southern kingdom as well.

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This was all foretold by the prophet Isaiah in chapter 9. But with the bad news came the promise of a child to be born. This child would be called Wonderful Counselor. He’d be called the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, and the Prince of Peace.

Specifically, this child would bring light to a darkened nation, beginning in Galilee, where the darkess began. He would bring light to the dark (v. 2), growth to the decimated, and joy to the sorrowful (v. 3). He would bring freedom to the oppressed (v. 4) and peace to the war-weary (v. 5).

This child would change the course of human history when he founded a new empire that would never stop growing (v. 7). Napoleon Bonaparte famously said: ”Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne, and I myself have founded great empires… upon force. Jesus alone founded His empire upon love, and to this day millions will die for Him…. In defiance of time and space, the soul of man, with all its powers and faculties, becomes an annexation to the empire of Christ.”

The Jews were never wrong in their concept of a conquering Messiah who would come to deliver them from bondage and re-form them into a great nation. That Messiah is Jesus Christ, who came and conquered sin and death. He gifted deliverance to each of us, and is currently building an empire that will never be overturned. One day He will return as the rightful King over that empire.

This Christmas, as I celebrate again the coming of the Deliverer, I am thankful as never before to have a part in spreading the empire of my King, Jesus Christ.

David
I recently posted a page describing what I believe God has planned for my future financially. You can read it here.