15 June 2016

FAREWELL

"Express good wishes on parting" = fare plus well. We could say “Fare thee well!”

Oh my – how many farewells have we experienced in our life of ministry? Farewells from congregations we have been privileged to pastor, farewells from places and people we’ve ministered among in missions. Argentina, ICBI – providing training to pastors in Latin America, Pamplona, Getxo. Farewells from schools where I was a teacher, from the class where I learned some of the Basque language. Farewells from friends and neighbours in so many places. A card, a gift, a scroll, a dinner together, the last coffee, many hugs. Now – farewell from Majorca – from Centre Cristià. We have been here almost three years, but it really seems like we’ve always been here. That’s how we feel. That is how the folk here have made us feel – part of them – part of the family.

The time has come to say “Adios”. [‘Adiós’ = ‘to God’ or ‘God be with you’.] I don’t like to say “Adios”. I say “Hasta luego” – or “Hasta Pronto” “Fins Aviá”, “Gero arte” (the last two are Mallorcan and Basque) = ‘see you later’, ‘see you soon’. It is ‘agri-dulce’, I tell our friends. That means ‘sour/sweet – and it is a very emotional time for all of us.

You read about our ‘Farewell weekends’ in Pamplona and Getxo. Then Mallorca….. the first Sunday in May, a theater was rented for a morning service. Centre Cristià does this once or twice a year. All the congregation can meet together instead of in the three Sunday services, plus meetings in two other cities. Everyone comes from across the island – from the west coast, the north, and towns in the east.

A special speaker was with us for the weekend. It was also Mother’s Day in Spain. We were sitting at the front, enjoying the service. Everything was done with excellence – the singing, the children’s choir, the Word. Yes, we were sitting and enjoying. The pastor read Psalm 126. The musicians sang a Spanish hymn – “I will sow the precious seed.” Then the pastor’s wife brought a little girl to my side. She was carrying a beautiful bouquet of flowers. Hubby thought, “Oh, they must be honoring Lindy for Mother’s Day.” “You have to follow us,” said the pastor’s wife. We stood and walked up to the stage. There the pastor had wonderful words to say – his eyes filled with tears – thanking us for our time in Mallorca. Gifts were presented. Prayer was made for us. “Turn to face the screen. We have prepared a video for you!” As we stood, also with tears, we saw/heard our Spain Assemblies leader and his wife give words of gratitude and blessing, followed by the pastor of the church in Zaragoza, the pastor and wife from the church in Pamplona and a missionary couple – our Spain field coordinator. Oh my! There was a pause and there were our two daughters on the screen! – speaking in flawless Spanish, also thanking God for their mom and dad. What a time! What a morning! There was not a dry eye in that gathering. We knew nothing. We suspected nothing. We had no idea.

That was not the end of ‘farewelling’. The ‘Breakfast Girls’ prepared a beautiful dinner for me. We ‘girls’ – all from the neighborhood – would meet two or three times a year for a Saturday morning breakfast in one of our homes. This time there were 15 of us. What beautiful tables were spread – all with ‘finger foods’, but so attractively displayed, and what a good time we had with these special friends.

Folk invited us to eat with them. Leaders asked us to share at their Home Groups during the week. It seems that over the last month or two there were extra long hugs.

Then there was the last Sunday. “Let’s be in the three services. It is our last Sunday!” and we did. The pastor invited us to the platform for our ‘final words’ – final farewell.

But there was one more……. Monday night with a group of 100 leaders, out at the retreat center. “Have you even met  people with such a commitment, such a willing to serve, and with joy?” we asked each other. You should’ve seen how the cafeteria was decorated – balloons, wall display, cookies lovingly prepared and decorated for each one, a well-done caricature of us. The meal was unbelievable – cold cuts and potato salad, cream of mushroom soup, roasted potatoes on bed of red and green peppers and THEN the ‘asado’, grilling, bbq…… beef, chicken, lamb, followed by fruit salad and blueberry cheese cake. More hugs, more kisses, more blessings and best wishes, more photos taken. God’s family in Mallorca - wonderful people. How hard it is to ‘farewell’.

Pastor Daniel expressed: “We knew you would be here with us for a time and your time of departure would come, however the sadness we feel is very deep. We feel the Lord’s comfort and we thank him from the bottom of our hearts that we were able to enjoy being together these past three years. Thank you or your tremendous effort and support to us and the work of the Lord in Majorca. We pray for you and desire that the Lord will grant you times of refreshing and satisfaction in this new phase. You have a place here. The doors will always be open.

Our confidence and assurance is: Psalm 121

I look up to the mountains—
    does my help come from there?
My help comes from the Lord,
    who made heaven and earth!
 He will not let you stumble;
    the one who watches over you will not slumber.
 Indeed, he who watches over Israel
    never slumbers or sleeps.
 The Lord himself watches over you!
    The Lord stands beside you as your protective shade.
 The sun will not harm you by day,
    nor the moon at night.
 The Lord keeps you from all harm
    and watches over your life.
 The Lord keeps watch over you as you come and go,
    both now and forever. 

Have you read this Psalm recently in the King James Version? This is how I memorized it years ago. 

I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.
 My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.
 He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.
 Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.
 The Lord is thy keeper: the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand.
 The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.
 The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.

 The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.

8 June 2016

PETRA

Time for a train ride. I do have a special card that gives me half price fare! - and it’s time to visit a Museum!

I plan my journey online: the possible places, the time, the stop, the price, how far I have to walk to the Museum. The choice was made. “I’m taking the train to Petra!” I’ve always wanted to visit that town – a small Mallorcan town of under 3000 inhabitants, and see the Museum and house of Fray Juniper Serra. It’s such an interesting part of history. If you ‘Google’ Juniper Serra, you can read about his life and his mission. You will read that he was born in Petra, Majorca in 1713 – just over 300 years ago. He lived and studied in Palma and as a young Franciscan monk and missionary he journeyed to California and established several missions, both in upper and lower California. These have become important cities – San Francisco, San Jose, Santa Cruz, Monterrey, Santa Barbara, San Diego……


The train ride was so enjoyable – sat, relaxed, enjoyed the Majorcan countryside, tried to take photos. When I arrived in Petra, I set out towards the center of town, (the high church steeple marks the spot) not knowing just where I was going. It wasn’t long until I saw an arrow – “Casa de Fray Juniper Serra” and I walked in that direction until I saw another arrow, and continued until I reached the museum. [Should I mention that hubby always stops and asks. Wifey never or seldom does!] A kind young lady greeted me in Mallorquín, (the language spoken here). “Bon día. Com anam? Has vingut a visitar el museu?” We continued – or she continued. I basically nodded and said, “Si” “No”, but I did understand what she was telling me. I felt quite proud of myself. But the time came when I said, “Spanish now, please!” She explained the layout of the museum and where I should begin.


The main floor held exhibits of the missions begun in California with models of each one. Paintings of the missions hung on the wall. Information was posted in Spanish, Majorcan, English and German. Glass cases in the center contained writings, documents, maps, objects from those years – arrow heads coins, pottery, documents.





Up the stairs to a small chapel. Large portraits of each monk, governor and entrepreneur who had been a part of the California missions lined each side of the chapel. So interesting! Many years ago I  had visited California, had stopped at some of the Spanish missions. but I had no idea these explorer-missionary-monks had left from towns across the island of Majorca -                                                  .

 The lady then took me next door to the house – a 300 year old dwelling – where Juniper Serra lived for a time. It was all very old, very dark but as I walked through towards the back, it opened onto a beautiful garden. But first, at the front was the wide entrance – where food products and animals were brought in; a small kitchen to one side, next to a bedroom and across the way, right in front of the bedroom, was the stable, where the donkey stayed! Can you imagine! “Often one of the children would sleep here beside the donkey so he would be calm!” my guide told me. Upstairs, another bedroom and a large room which was a combination nursery and ‘work room’. The mother could rock the baby with her foot while she spun yarn - or she might spend her time making ‘ropes’ of garlic and peppers just picked from the garden. These were hung up on the wooden beams to dry. It was also the place where the typical Mallorcan sausages were prepared after the killing of the pig. That event was a big family or neighborhood affair. All so interesting.

Should I add that I took a wrong turn on my way back to the train station? There were no arrows nor signs to guide me. I had no map! This time I DID ask – first a lady who would have led me astray, then four older gentlemen sitting on a park bench who pointed the way down a walkway between the trees. I did make it – just before the train arrived! 

Back to Palma – 50 minute ride. Happy! A nice little ‘escape’ one morning in Majorca. 






3 June 2016

A TRIP TO KRKA

Saturday - part of Europe Togther - for those so desiring, a bus trip was organized, with an excellent guide to the Krka National Park.  The Krka River flows through this park. “With its seven waterfalls and a total drop in altitude of 242 m, the Krka is a natural and karst phenomenon. The waterfalls are the fundamental phenomenon of this river.”
The guide led the way with a felt sunflower held high (I should've taken a photo!) – along the pathway, following a stream, past a small waterfall, across a bridge to a little settlement. There we were able to see a blacksmith working on the anvil, a young lady dressed in a typical Croatian outfit, showing us the way a kitchen was and how bread was made. This area was known for its woollen industry – the water, the wheel, the loom. Beautiful warm blankets were produced.
The next stop was breathtaking as we look over the valley to the many waterfalls, large and small, cascading, it seemed from all sides. Yes, I was aiming my camera, trying to get the best shot. One young man next to me said, “I don’t take photos now. I just stop and take it all in and see all the beauty that God has created!” That is good, I thought, to take time, to pause, to reflect, to gaze.

At the bottom of the waterfalls we took a break – souvenir shops, ice cream stands, refreshments, snacks. We enjoyed sitting at a picnic table until our guide returned. Our walk continued along the river to a dock where we got on a boat for a very nice ride along the river to the town of Skrodin. There our bus was waiting to take us back to the retreat center. It was a perfect day for a beautiful outing. 
And here are a few photos:





30 May 2016

MISSIONARY RETREAT

In the years we have been in Spain – and now on the island of Majorca - we have had the opportunity to invite pastors from USA and Canada to come and minister to the congregation and to the leaders. Recently we had a ‘full’ weekend - the leadership tries to make the most of the ministry of a visiting pastor, and the folk here love receiving the encouragement and teaching from God’s Word. The theme was: The Way of the Shepherd. 
The last session concluded with:
LEADERS must be:
1.    Good listeners – James 3:17
a.    To the voice of God – 1 Samuel 2:  ; John 10:27
b.    To people
2.    Always Learning
a.    Room to improve, to grow
b.    Always have a book you are reading
3.    Great Lovers
a.    Love people
b.    Willing to pay the price
c.     How valuable are the sheep?
d.    Ex. High Priest – Old Testament – on his breast place – had the names of each tribe of Israel
-          Love = personal touch/time
-          Pray for people
-          Pat them on the back
-          Send cards or messages
The Love of Christ is the most powerful force in the world.
It really was a full weekend -Friday evening, Saturday afternoon and evening, Sunday and then again on Monday evening - a great weekend of teaching on Leadership.

The following day we left for the Europe Together Retreat  - a missionary retreat that takes place every three years. It is so good to meet together with others who are ministering in different parts of Europe. This year it was held in Croatia! I had never been to Croatia. What a special treat! What a beautiful country!

The theme verse was, Micah 6:8 – “Do justly, love mercy, walk humbly.”
  • Justice – stand with the MARGINALIZED
  • Mercy – engage the SECULARIST
  • Humility – inspire REVITALIZATION

And the theme for the three days was “TOGETHER”  TOGETHER - in Praise, Together Again, Together in Vision, in Prayer, in Purpose, in Mission, in Community, in Service and concluding with Better Together as we shared together the Lord's Supper followed by a wonderful and challenging message from our World Missions Director.

The highlights for me were: Together in Prayer. Special petitions were made for specific people groups in each country as leaders came to the front, one after another, from both sides of the auditorium - “Lord hear our prayer” and Together in Community. Groups of 8 – 10 met according to the pictures on our nametags. I was Scotland. Hubby was Paris. We first introduced ourselves, (well, first we ordered refreshments), told where we were and what the Lord was doing, then we shared what God was speaking to us at this retreat. We ended by praying together for one another. I only knew two in my group and was so happy to meet new ones – from France, from Italy, from Germany, from Belgium, the Czech Republic.

Together Again!
  • with many we see every three years.
  • with those we met 15 years ago, 12 years ago and we remember them and reconnect, (& take photos together!)

A thrilling moment – one that touched us – was to meet some of the local pastors and their families, pastors of small, but growing congregations in Croatia, people who have lived through many difficult times. “Look – come and see what God is doing in our country!” said one. “We have never had so many believers together here.” They were taking it all in – the singing, the songs, the way of worship, the messages. We pray especially for them – for strength, encouragement, the power of the Spirit as they plant churches in their land.

“Nothing is impossible with God!” was the encouragement given as we concluded our time together.

25 May 2016

SAN JUAN DE GAZTELUGATXE

"Back to Basqueland" 

– invited for a special weekend of activities and also ‘farewell to the Belbins’ after 20 years of missionary service in Spain – many of those years in Basqueland.

Monday was the pastor’s ‘day off’. We too, would try to take Mondays as a day to relax, go out somewhere, do something different = disconnect before the busy week. Our flight back to Majorca was later in the day. “We’re going to pick you up after breakfast and take you to see some of Basqueland,” was the message we heard on the cell phone. We were ready – at the door of the hotel – when the two pastors arrived. What a beautiful day is was in Basqueland – sunny, not a cloud in the sky, warm. (This does happen in Basqueland!) How good it was to ride along the roads we were familiar with. “Do you remember when we came here with ………..?” “Yes, and we came to th
is town with a team from Florida to do evangelism several times.” “Oh, and this road?” – “and that café?” 

We were enjoying the scenery - the mountains and valleys of Basqueland, the little villages here and there, the ‘caseríos’ and pastures of sheep. Soon we were travelling along the coast of the Bay of Biscay. “Let’s stop here. You can take some photos. You get a great view from here!”
Then on to San Juan de Gaztelugatxe – “rock of the castle”. The path took us from where we parked down and around to the look out. What a view! Many photos! (We did not walk the 230 plus steps to the ‘ermita’, the hermitage, at the top of the island mound). Many people – younger than us – were taking the challenge. We stood and watched!
After enjoying this beautiful spot we found a place for lunch in a nearby town – typical Basque fare……. Spanish tortilla, lentils, garbanzos, local fried fish, lamb chops, chicken breast with sauce. 
In the entrance to the restaurant I stopped to take photos of the information mounted on the wall. 
“Legend tells that John the Baptist touched land at this point on the coast of Basqueland, leaving his footprint in four places – on a rock, in a town, by a farmhouse and on one of the mountains. The hollows on the steps leading up to the hermitage are said to have been made when he stepped there. These steps are said to have ‘curative’ powers - if you place your feet in the same spot. Leave your hats, kerchiefs or jackets to be free from headaches; if you want to make a wish or drive away the evil spirits, you must walk to the top of the ‘ermita’ & ring the bell three times. Fishing vessels, on their way out to fish, are said to sail around the rock several times so the saint will give them good luck.”

We stood and read what was written and were incredulous. “Do people really believe this?” “Do they not know the Bible account of John the Baptist?” “Have they ever heard the message he proclaimed (& we proclaim)?"  In those days John the Baptist came to the Judean wilderness and began preaching. His message was, Repent of your sins and turn to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near.’” Do they not know that as a relatively young man he was decapitated by King Herod?”

We are saddened by the blindness of folk in Basqueland – and in all of Spain.
Continue to pray
  • that the eyes of the people in Basqueland – in Majorca – in all of Spain will be open
  • that people will begin to read God’s Word
  • that the light of the gospel of Christ might shine in their hears.

19 May 2016

BACK TO BASQUELAND

Almost three years have passed since we said, “Agur” = “Good-bye” to Basqueland. It has been ten years since we moved from the USA to Getxo (Bilbao) to plant a church in that municipality of 150,000. Then we think back to thirty years, when we left Canada with our three adolescent children – our first time in Basqueland. We’ve met so many of God’s family throughout Basqueland. We’ve seen many become part of His family too.

“You must come! You have to see what God is doing in the church you planted! We want you to come to Basqueland, come to Getxo.”


After looking at the calendar on the kitchen wall – our very full calendar, hubby said, “Next weekend would be a good time to go to Getxo.” Flights were booked, carry-ons packed. I made sure to check the weather remembering the cold rainy days in Basqueland. The first two days were actually like that! The final two were sunny and warm. And it was so green. I had forgotten how beautiful and green Basqueland is.

The church – Iglesia Betel de Euskadi – treated us royally. One of the pastors and his wife picked us up at the Bilbao airport, took us to a beautiful accommodation - with breakfast included! Saturday a noon a young couple, part of the leadership team, met us. We enjoyed a good meal and time together with them. (He was our son’s best friend back 30 years ago). After an afternoon siesta, we were taken to the Saturday evening youth time. It was thrilling to get big hugs from the older young people who are now part of the ministry of the church. They were part of the University students Bible Study group back in ‘our time’. 
Our time! It was in 2007 a storefront was purchased – thanks to supporters here and in North America. The group of folk who met weekly in our apartment now had a place. Prayer meetings began for an hour in the evenings – Tuesdays to Fridays. Sunday School began, Youth times, Bible studies with University students, Sunday morning services, meals together, Missions emphasis, a center for outreach – and the congregation began to grow. After four years it was time for us to leave. A young Spanish couple came to give leadership to this newly planted church. Soon we heard there were two Sunday morning services. “We need a larger place!” the pastor said, and they began to look.

Sunday morning we walked into a large renovated warehouse. The auditorium on the main floor, Christian Education, Extension Bible School, offices on the second floor. “I wonder who I’ll recognize.” I thought as I looked at the full auditorium. Then “Oh look – there’s………, and over there………!” It was a very emotional moment to be invited up to the platform, look out over the congregation and see folk from six years ago and then to see many, many ones I didn’t know. That was good!

This church now has two congregations meeting in the storefront where we began. There is a large congregation who meet at the warehouse, in another area, and a growing congregation meeting in a town along the coast. Their vision is to continue reaching into towns and into downtown Bilbao.

“Praise God” is what we say. “Thank you Lord!”

What came to mind is what I read in 2 Timothy 2:2 (ESV)  - “What you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.“   Teaching men and women who teach others, who teach others, who teach others.That is what has happened and continues to happen in the church in Getxo. 


25 April 2016

EASTER IN IBIZA

Easter  – a wonderful time – a favorite time of year.


Holy week here in Majorca and in all of Spain begins on Palm Sunday. Every evening during the week long, mournful processions wind along the narrow streets of the old city. Beautiful sculptured images depict scenes of Christ’s last week: washing the feet of the disciples, the Last Supper, the Betrayal. The ‘protagonist’ each evening is always the image of the Virgin Mary. We are saddened by the idolatry. The emphasis on Resurrection Sunday is Mary’s joy at meeting her Son - alive.

What a special treat - an added 'blessing' to be invited to spend Easter weekend with the congregation of an  Assemblies church on the island of Ibiza. Ibiza is an island in the Mediterranean Sea, off the coast of eastern Spain - the third largest of the Balearic Islands – just 40 kms from one end to the other. What we noticed as we were preparing to touchdown was the turquoise crystal clear waters in the many coves around the island. It really is a very picturesque island.


“Cristo vive” we greeted the folk as we entered the storefront on Sunday morning. “Christ lives!” It was a privilege to be invited for a weekend of special services. Our first visit to Ibiza! An encouraging Bible Study on Friday evening and also Saturday evening. Sunday morning – a wonderful Resurrection message! “Would you tell us about ‘missions’?" the pastor asked us. "Our church is very interested and just needs some direction and ideas.” So a ‘round table discussion’ on Missions took place on Saturday – after the message - followed by a good time of questions and answers. Missons will be an important focus of this congregation. 


Of course the best thing of getting to know a new place is the people. We became acquainted with a wonderful, loving group of men and women, young people, boys and girls and enjoyed eating together each day – outdoors as the weather was perfect. Paella for 20 on Saturday. BBQ chicken, ribs, pork, lamb, sausage, for about 30 on Sunday. So good!

Now we pray for God’s family in Ibiza. They are a light, shining in the midst of much darkness. Ibiza has become famous for its nightlife - 'riotous nightclub-based nightlife!'  “The Ibiza night is famous the world over!” I have never seen so many discotheques, erotic clubs, dancing places - wherever we walked or rode. It is well-known for its summer club scene. Thousands of young people from Spain and over Europe flock to the island – the latest music & to dance all night.  I read that it has become known as the ‘Gomorrah of the Mediterranean’

If you happen to read or hear about Ibiza in the news…… pray for the believers there.


Philippians 2:15 – NLT  “Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people.









29 February 2016

15 YEARS!

Yes, it was February 14, 2001 when we arrived in the city of Pamplona, Spain. That day we rented an apartment, opened a bank account and renewed our driver’s license. The Centro Cristiano Cristo el Camino had begun. But it wasn’t til the Fall that folk began to meet in our apartment for a Saturday night Bible Study and then a Sunday morning service. When 30 were gathering there with us – the children met in the kitchen, the vestibule was the nursery, we rented a small ‘local’ with space for 70 chairs plus two small rooms for Sunday School.  During the four years we were there we saw the congregation grow, actually double each year until we could count 160 who considered the Christian Center their church. Yes, we had to hold two services on Sundays. It was the time of the wave of immigrants arriving from South America. Some came as dedicated believers and were a great asset to that beginning church plant. Others came to faith in Pamplona, or rededicate their lives to the Lord. They all grew in the Word and in prayer. The baptismal services were held in a pond outside the city.

At the conclusion of our time in Pamplona, a larger storefront had been purchased. The young pastor who followed us took charge of the renovations. He and his wife have done amazing work in training of leaders, building up the body of Christ and reaching out into other towns. Four churches have been planted, each with their own meeting place and pastor and they continue with their ‘Visión y Misión’! The store front next door became available to purchase and the church did. Then one across the street and now they’re looking at a larger place.


Now, 15 years later we were invited to the 15th year celebration and what a celebration it was. We met in a beautiful downtown hotel. The church building holds 350 people. It is two small, even with 2 services on Sunday morning and one in the evening. 705 chairs were set up. 139 children met in another auditorium. What a wonderful time of singing and giving praise and thanksgiving to God for His great salvation. A group of youth presented an excellent mime telling what God has done, showing where churches have been planted.  A shadow play was excellent giving glory to God and exalting Christ. You should’ve hear the group of gyspy believers sing. No one sings like the gypsies! And they looked so good dressed in black with red accents.

We were made to feel so special – even though we has left Pamplona over 10 years ago. It was good to meet many from the ‘early days’. For me it was a thrill to talk to the children that used to meet in the kitchen and see them all there – except one. I stood on the platform facing the congregation of over 700. My eyes filled with tear. “I just have to look for a moment. I have to see this – take it all in.” Hubby preached. 20 plus came forward at the end expressing their desire to surrender to Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.
Do I need to say there were many, many hugs and kisses this day, many photos taken, many “Do you remember?” moments, many words of “Gracias a Dios”. Yes, “To God be the glory for the things He has done.”  Andshould we gain any praise, let it go to Calvary.”


“To God be the glory
To God be the glory

To God be the glory

For the things He has done
With His blood, He has saved me
And with His power, He has raised me.
To God be the glory
For the things he has done



Just let me live my life

And let it be pleasing, Lord to Thee
And should I gain any praise,
Let it go to Calvary.



………..To God be the glory for the things he has done.”
(by Andrae Crouch)


video

27 February 2016

VISIÓN Y MISIÓN

A very special invitation - 15th Anniversary of the church in Pamplona. When we received the first message we looked at each other, “Yes! Let’s plan on going!”


The time came for the journey – from the island of Mallorca to the mainland of Spain = walk to the bus stop from our apartment, bus to the airport, wait!!! for the 1 hour & 10 minute flight to Bilbao. The countryside looked so green as we were about to land! It was so good to be going back to Basqueland. After picking up our luggage we waited in a very long line to travel to the center of the city. There really wasn’t room for all the big suitcases but we managed to get to the back of the bus. Some kind young men gave us their seats! At the main bus station in Bilbao, another long line to buy tickets for the bus to Pamplona. Time for a café con leche and a sandwich before our comfortable two-hour trip. The pastor was waiting for us. We were made to feel right at home in their lovely apartment; then began the ‘catching up’ time – we see each other once a year!

The following morning hubby gave a teaching to the leaders of the Christian Center in Pamplona. Their theme for 2016 is "Vision and Mission!" What a group of inspiring young men and women! 

2 Timothy 2:14, 15  NIV – “Keep reminding God’s people of these things. Warn them before God against quarreling about words: it is of no value, and only ruins those who listen. Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth” was the passage read.

“There is a great lack of knowledge of God’s Word in our times, “continued hubby. “Reading and learning God’s Word affects the way we think! Use what you read in your conversations, in your emails and messages. But – ‘use well the Word of Truth’ – the Word of God!”

Hubby then gave 7 Principles, encouraging those present in the task of giving leadership.
  • Keep the focus – distractions can come – good or bad
  •  Build for tomorrow – it’s not all about us.
  • Trust in our faithful God – He never fails. Nothing is difficult for Him.
  • Pray much – “without ceasing” You will see fruit.
  • Work hard – it’s not for the lazy person.
  • Acts Look to the divine source – James 1:5 – ask God – there are many voices.
  • Be persistent = don’t give up! Galatians 6:9 “Don’t grow weary in well-doing.”
There was time for questions and answers. We concluded with a wonderful time of prayer - for the ministry to those living in the 'Old City', for the leaders of the Home Groups, for the pastors and they prayed for us. 


The Theme: "To another level: Vision and Mission" Acts 26:16-18 NLT  "Now get to your feet! For I have appeared to you to appoint you as my servant and witness. Tell people that you have seen me, and tell them what I will show you in the future. And I will rescue you from both your own people and the Gentiles. Yes, I am sending you to the Gentiles to open their eyes, so they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God. Then they will receive forgiveness for their sins and be given a place among God’s people, who are set apart by faith in me."