|Posted by jerysylf on December 10, 2011 at 6:50 AM|
Sylvia, Shania, and I hope you are having and will be having a great time with family during these special times as we remember what our God did for us by sending His Son to earth. That our Creator would choose to walk amongst us fully man and fully God is amazing. Remembering the day He was born is so important to us, and sharing it with your family is special.
We are doing great already months into gearing up and preparing/planning for the next summer as well as different discipleship retreats we have going on during the year. It was an amazing summer with 60+ kids coming to know our Lord, which is huge for Spain, as well as over 1,000 kids, youth, and parents able to hear the Gospel and have a seed planted. The impact is overwhelming as we see kids learn who Jesus is for the first time in a country that used to be Catholic and having staff grow a ton in the Lord during their time serving the kids at the camp. Some of you have been over here and seen this happen with your own eyes and it is all God as He works in the hearts of so many. We get the privilege of watching it happen and being able to share it with you so you know that your support and prayers are working on people in Spain. Thanks for being missionaries with us to this needed country.
One of the things we are enjoying at this stage in life is making traditions that are special to us during Christmas and the fact that I am from the US and Sylvia is from Spain creates a neat mixture of different cultural Christmas traditions that we will be making ours over the years to come.
We just had the amazing privilege to attend my younger sister Tamie’s wedding to Alex Casuso and it was a really special experience even though I had a stomach virus the whole day. We are so happy for them and we have now, all married, freed our parents! We were also able to go to 3 missions conferences; at Wheaton Bible Church in IL, Global Outreach Conference in MS, and FC3 in NC as well as visit lots of people and churches in MI, NC and SC. Some places we only had a couple, of days and rushed around seeing as many as we could. I am sorry if we missed you. Hopefully, next time we will have more time in the different areas.
Sylvia and I wish you a very Merry Christmas remembering our Savior and a Happy New Year to serve Him even better as we grow in Him. We have included our new prayer card that Sylvia has designed so you have something to remember us by. Below are some praises and prayers.
We survived the first summer in Spain at L’Arcada as full time staff. It was a great experience and we really got to see a lot of the inner workings of L’Arcada. We also saw a passion for ministry that was really exciting and encouraging.
60+ kids and youth came to know the Lord this summer which is huge for Spain and we are very excited to see what the Lord does in their lives over the next years.
Over 1,000 kids, youth, and families heard the Gospel message this summer, and were impacted in different ways. Even many of the youth that came this summer as staff made Lordship decisions.
Please pray that Sylvia and I will continue to work on ourselves to have a servant heart in the ministry. The enemy constantly attacks using pride and old nature, so pray the Lord keeps working in our lives and humility.
Continue to pray for our monthly support. We have seen the Lord connect us to many that joined us in this and we keep seeing it go up, but we are still at 53%. Continue to pray that the Lord will provide so we can continue to do ministry in Spain.
Please pray for us as we look for a rental home in Spain. Currently, due to our support, we are living with my parents but need to start looking for something for ourselves. As support goes up we will be able to afford to do that. Pray that the Lord will help us find a good deal on a rental.
Continue to keep in prayer the sale of our house in the US. We know the Lord is in control of all things and so we are at peace with the situation however we do need to sell this home to be able to be fully here and the housing market is constantly working against us. Maybe a church would like a missionary home in SC or someone is looking to move there. Pray the Lord will open doors for us in this area.
For His Glory alone,
Jeremy, Sylvia, & Shania
Categories: Frankly Speaking Prayer Letter