Monday, December 15, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas from Nauzet

Nauzet is perhaps one of the happiest people in the world right now, but he didn´t used to be. Eleven years ago, Nauzet was sentenced to prison. He was a slave of his sin and his selfish, death-spreading choices lead him to imprisonment. He was angry and bitter, and worse yet, unchanged. But after eight years in prison, God opened Nauzet´s eyes through a prison ministry, and ever since then he has been running hard after the God who ran after him. Several months ago Andy began meeting with Nauzet during his bi-weekly leave time (in Spain, inmates can leave prison every other weekend after serving 25% of their sentence). Nauzet comes to our house for prayer, discipleship, and a home cooked meal provided by Lindsey.  Just a few months ago, around Thanksgiving Day in the  US, Nauzet was baptized, and gave a powerful testimony of the deep, saving grace of God. His mother was in attendance that evening, and although herself not a Christian, she was moved to tears during Nauzet´s testimony. Nauzet´s prison sentence will end very soon, and on a special date--December 25. He has already begun studying for full-time ministry as an evangelist, and is perhaps the only inmate in all of Spain who is studying New Testament Greek! Please pray that Nauzet would grow deeply in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ, and that he would be faithful to God´s calling in his life. Please pray for Andy that he would have the wisdom necessary to disciple Nauzet´s mind and heart for service in God´s kingdom here in Spain.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year!!

Thank you so much for your prayers!  The individual we mentioned in our last post will be starting this new year as a new creation in Jesus! It's been such a privilege to be a part of what God has been doing in her life. She summed it up so well. She said, I feel unworthy but so grateful. We're trusting God to continue to put us in the path of others that He is drawing to Himself.

Tonight we will be bringing in the new year in the traditional Spanish way: we'll be eating 12 grapes at midnight , one for every chime of the clock. Happy New Year! We pray that you'll spend it knowing, trusting, and loving your Savior more each day.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Amazed again by His grace

Thank you so much to those of you that let us know that you were praying. We were able to meet and talk for two hours Monday night, and I am sure that we will be meeting again soon. It is so exciting to see someone so hungry to know the truth.

She is still confused by the grace of God, which makes me just stand in awe of it all over again. She just can't understand how salvation can be a free, grace gift from God. She wants to be able to do something to earn it. She reminds me so much of Naaman.

As we tried to explain to her why the grace of God has to be free and what you're communicating to God when you rely fully on His Son's work and not your own, I couldn't help but be so thankful to God for revealing Himself to me and allowing me to understand that He would not save me by my good works, but that He would save me to good works.  God's gift of salvation is free, but it is not cheap. When was the last time you stopped to ponder the grace of God in your life and all that Christ endured to reconcile you to Himself?

Thanks be to God for His inexpressible gift! II Corinthians 9:15

Sunday, November 10, 2013

More than just coffee

Tomorrow night we have the amazing opportunity to meet with someone who has been asking a lot of questions about what it means to be a follower of Jesus. It is an amazing privilege each time we get a chance to explain the significance of Christ's work on the cross and the reason that we are in Spain.  Please pray  for clarity in our speech and boldness. It may look like we're just meeting for coffee, but in the eyes of God He sees the name of His Son being lifted up. And we'll be praying that He will open the eyes of this soul, make for Himself another worshipper, and receive the glory due His name.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

One Incredible Year

One year ago today, we landed in Spain. A lot has happened since then, and we're so grateful for the year that God has given us. God has definitely grown us and shaped us, and taught us more about Himself. He has allowed us to see both our physical family and His spiritual family grow this year. This anniversary will always be a special day for us and we look forward to celebrating this day for many years to come.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

US Passport, Spanish ears

Well...we did it. We got Sofia's ears pierced. It's Spanish tradition, and actually by Spanish standards we got it done pretty late. Here to get your baby girls ears pierced, you just go to the pharmacy, and they take care of it for you. After we finished, the pharmacist said, "there, now you don't look like a boy anymore!" When we would go out, (even if she was all in pink!) people would ask if she was a boy, just because she didn't have her ears pierced yet.

Andy's first time preaching in Spain

On another note, for those of you that were praying for Andy Sunday, thank you. It truly was a blessing to see God working through him Sunday as he preached. Here is a link to the recording if you'd like to listen. (Sermon 9/15/2013) Please continue to pray for us as we seek God's direction for future ministry.

September Prayer Update

To the Praise of His Glory

Thank you so much for praying for Darwin! He has decided to make Jesus Christ the Lord of his life. Just this last Sunday he shared his testimony in front of the church after the morning service. Our new prayer for him is that he would be baptized, continue to work out his own salvation with fear and trembling, grow in his knowledge of God, and bear fruit to the glory of God. Please continue in prayer with us for him as he grows!
We attended our first week of Family Camp last month. It was very nice to be able to meet more believing Spaniards and become familiar with other congregations in the Madrid area. There were about 100 of us at the camp and several unbelieving families attended. The Gospel message was clear, and we pray that God’s Word would continue to sink deep into their hearts as they think about their week at camp.
As of next week, we will have been in Spain for 10 months. As we get closer to the one year mark, we are so thankful to God for His sustaining grace. The first term, and especially the first year, is a critical time of adjustment. It has definitely been an intense time for us as a family, but we are so thankful to God for seeing us through and allowing us to be involved in fruitful and exciting ministry while we adjusted and settled into life here in Spain. Adjustment into life here isn’t just something we desire so that life will be more “comfortable” or “easier” for us. We know that it is crucial to our longevity and our ability to effectively minister in Spain. We’re looking forward to many more years to come!

Prayer Requests and Praises

Please pray for Ana. Lindsey is attempting to establish meetings with her during the month of September. Please pray for openness on her part and God’s working in her heart and life.
Please continue to pray for future direction and our long-term ministry plans.
Please continue to pray for Zafra. We will be making another trip there next month.
Sofía is now officially a US citizen!
We both have our licenses now, and this has gone a long way toward helping us feel established here in our new home. Thank you for praying for Lindsey’s left foot!

Upcoming Events

September 1-7: Andy is in Belgium for his doctorate studies. September 1: Lindsey begins teaching a primary Sunday School class.
September 15: Andy will be preaching at Alameda de Osuna Baptist Church. This will be his first time preaching here in Spain!!
September 25: Andy will be added to the rotation of men for teaching during the Wednesday evening prayer service at our church.
October 26-27: We will be making another trip to Zafra for a Bible study. November 5: Lindsey will begin leading the women’s Bible study.
November 24-December 1: ABWE Western European missionaries conference in Madeira, Portugal.

Cultural Notes

Do you like bread? Is so, God may be calling you to Spain! While we were at camp, we ate bread four times a day. (The bread is very similar to a loaf of French bread.) We had toasted bread with butter and jelly every morning for breakfast. We ate bread every day with lunch. We had sandwiches on bread for merienda (the afternoon snack). We followed that up with bread with dinner. It’s a good thing we’re not on the Atkins diet!

Sofía at 4 months