July 23, 2012
School is out for the summer, grades are finished, projects returned, graduation is over, and yet there are a multitude of responsibilities to be completed. God is Good. I know that is a given, but it is wonderful to experience His grace, blessing and mercy.
As usual, the end events at ECA resulted in an extremely full two months. Finalizing the props for the Pirates of Penzance was a challenge, but well worth it. The student actors did a fantastic job. Then there was the preparations of my students for their AP exams, getting the games—responsibility of the National Honor Society of which I am the sponsor—ready for the annual rastrillo (ECA’s version of a glorified garage sale). Of course there were final exams to prepare and grade, report cards to finish, and finally, the making sure all was ready for my part in graduation: caps and gowns, taking photos of graduates and their families. This year we had the added part of saying good-bye to our director of 14 years. Several of our ECA teachers will not be returning next year. Please pray for the provision of teachers of music, math, history, and science. It looks at this point that the remaining teachers will have very heavy loads in the new school year. Yet, we trust that God will supply, just as He has in the past. We have an interim director, Mel Hurley, while we wait for the new director to learn Spanish, get a Spanish driver’s license (a major, expensive process now), find a home, and incorporate into Spanish culture.
Among my activities this summer have been helping a student recuperate English 10, teaching two craft classes to ECA teachers—roof tile art and trying to get my files and classroom in order. That is a job of many hours which I hope to complete in July.
Please pray for the church. We continue to experience God’s blessing with the ministry of our Spanish pastor, David Rivero, and other of our leaders. We are prayerfully considering how we should proceed with the building plans for a new church on the property that the government has granted us, though we are still waiting for the finalization of the papers. However, the economy of Spain has resulted in the loss of jobs for a number of our church members, and prices have continued to rise. The preliminary vote last week indicated that we should put it on hold for a time. Please pray with us that we will know the Lord’s timing in this. We continue to fill the church each Sunday and have no room for growth. Pray that we will not lose our vision for what God wants us to do and that our walk with Him will be closer each day.
Family Camp begins July 31. Please pray that God will work mightily through the ministry of His Word. Once again I am in charge of crafts. It is a challenge. Please feel free to send me any ideas you have for kids from ages 4 to 11. Our theme is centered around the Olympics. I hope this year that I am not too ambitious with my main project (a small roof tile similar to the one at the right above but less complicated). Please pray that all our activities will bring glory to God and that the children will come to love the Lord with all their souls, hearts and minds.
I am so thankful for a five-day trip to northern Spain and Portugal with friends Jerry, Peg, and Pat. We spent many hours driving, but were fully rewarded with the sights we saw along the way and the four places in which we spent the night: León, Santiago de Compostela, Porto (Portugal), and Ciudad Rodrigo. It was a delight to see firsthand some of the places about which I have been teaching my Spanish history students.
Thank you for your continued prayer and support. Again, I give thanks to the Lord for good health, for faithful prayer partners and supporters, and for the joy it is to serve a loving, merciful, and just heavenly Father.
April 4, 2012
Dear Prayer Partners,
Today it is raining, and that is a blessing. Spain’s hungry soil, greatly in need of this replenishing moisture, soaks it up and soon the lovely spring flowers will bloom. Oh that our unsaved Spanish friends would drink in the replenishing Word of God! This week many people will follow the religious processions through the streets of large cities and small towns with an appearance of devotion, but without a change of heart and a desire to know God personally. Pray for the many special outreaches of our churches during these days, that the truth of the Gospel will bloom in the hearts of the people of Spain.
Evangelical Christian Academy. These months of second semester at school have been overflowing with activities along with the usual full teaching schedule. My teaching hours are demanding, as are the lesson planning, research, correcting and grading. In February we added a week of intensive courses. Mine was the preparing of the stage backdrops and props for the upcoming production of Pirates of Penzance. I had a great team of students to help me make a castle, a ship, huge back drops, doors, etc., with a several things yet to be finished this month that we did not have time to get done. In the midst of this I was preparing for the induction breakfast for the new National Honor Society members which took place March 3rd. I took a day off in March to take my Spanish History students on a field trip to King Philip II’s monastery/palace at El Escorial.
We have just entered the last quarter of the year. Please pray for me as I prepare my Advanced Placement English and Government students for their exams in early May. Pray also for me that my students and I will finish well. These last two months before graduation are very full. Pray also for my unsaved students, that I will make use of every opportunity to share the gospel with them. Three of them will not be returning next year. Pray, too, for our needs for faculty next year. There are several planning to come. One of the biggest areas of prayer is the granting of visas. This is a long process, and the government has indicated that it will curtail any religious ones. God is in control, and He is able to spur the government officials to grant them. Pray also for 16 of our students who are in Moldova this week on a missions trip, that God will use them in a mighty way and that they will come back with renewed desires to serve the Lord wholeheartedly.
Iglesia Bautista de Alameda de Osuna. The church continues to experience God’s blessing. I have really enjoyed teaching the children’s church once a month. There are usually from to 8 to 12 who regularly attend. Please pray for these little ones, that they will come to a saving knowledge of Christ and that they will love God’s Word. Also, praise the Lord that I have finished the church directory. Of course, just as soon as it is completed, someone has a change to make or new people start coming. However, it is computerized, so those can be easily made. Please continue to pray for wisdom concerning the proposed building plans. We still have not received word from the government offices about our revised plan. Again we know that God is in control and that His timing is the best. The photo on the right is a group of believers with their children (and grandchildren) some of whom have been in the church from the early days. Our pastor, David, and his wife are at the far right. What a joy to experience God’s faithfulness to His people.
On a Personal Note. Praise the Lord for the safe arrival of baby Julia to my ABWE colleagues John and Wendy Patton. It was a joy to be present at the dedication of this little one last Sunday. I do also praise the Lord for continued health. Like many of my fellow teachers and students, I succumbed to the cough that was going around, but am back to normal. A couple of weeks ago there was a tremendous power surge on my street, burning out many apparatus. I had my share. It hit the strangest things. The electric company came and took those things away to see what could be fixed. Praise the Lord my computer was not damaged and the majority of the other things were repaired. Please continue to pray for me that I will be a worthy servant of our Lord and of you, my supporters and prayer partners. I marvel at the goodness of God, His provision of my needs and His sustaining grace. Thank you for your faithfulness.
February 5, 2012
I trust all is going well at Emmanuel. God is at work here. Just yesterday, my landlord told me that God is answering my prayers for them as their son has finally got a job after two years of looking. My landlords have not been open to anything to do with the gospel. However, a week ago I told them that I was praying that their son would find a job. God does anwer prayer. Maybe this will open the door a crack. Please pray with me for Gabriel, Engracia, their son Gabriel and daughter Maria del Mar and their families.
Thank you again for your faithful prayers and support. You have been a great blessing to me.
In Christ Jesus,