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and it will be another year divided between two homes
“If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.”
In 2022, we will call two countries home. When we are in Spain, we miss the states, but I have no doubt that when we are in the states, we will miss Spain. I don’t think this is anything new for believers, however, even believers who live in the same place for a lifetime. Jesus told us in the Bible, “this world is not your home.” If we are focused on eternity, then we are always missing our true home.
Bonus: The book Grandfather’s Journey by Allen Say is essentially about this and I highly recommend it!
A prayer request as we begin this unique year would be that we can remain present in our ministries and work here. We hope to hire a director for ECA, pass a Spanish language exam, participate in ministries here, and pray diligently for God’s will for our next term.
Finally, some internet housekeeping: to save some money, theduryees.com will soon point to the landing page for this newsletter, which we will continue to use to share ministry updates, as well as the Duryees in Spain Facebook group. But, if you enjoy reading Rosalie’s essays, please see her latest endeavor below.
praises & prayers
:: We praise God for all he did in 2021. As a church, we saw discipleship, conversions, baptisms, and spiritual growth. We were able to follow the laws related to pandemic and have a positive impact on our community.
:: A bigger building for our church! We don’t know how or where that could be, but we are praying for provision so that we can meet as a whole church again
:: I (Rose) teach the preschoolers quite a few times this month. Please pray for me to do this job with excellence and joy
:: Potential ministries for upcoming terms. More details later!
:: In 2022 we hope to pass the DELE, a Spanish language exam
:: Eagerly anticipating how God will provide for our support shortage
:: I am doing the Bible Project plan “One Story that Leads to Jesus” for my annual reading plan
:: As mentioned above, I’ll be phasing out theduryees.com (actually that will link to this newsletter), but writing in a new location!
:: Over at Taking Route Blog, I’ll be contributing once a month. Here are some other pieces I’ve written there.
shop & empower
:: Chris and I are committed to using my Trades of Hope business as a way to bless other missionaries, ministries and parachurch organizations. If you would like to host a Trades of Hope party where the commissions fund a missions trip, nonprofit or missionary, please let me know! I would love to partner with you in this way.
These words are about the season we’re now exiting, but they are true all the time.
While striving to make this season special and full of meaningful, family traditions, let’s remind ourselves of this truth: it has never been a mother’s job to make childhood so magical that our children don’t see their great need for Jesus, too. Our children do not need a perfect holiday; they need a perfect Savior. Every unmet expectation, every holiday frustration, every tear or argument is a chance to show our children the reason we needed our hearts to be rescued. They are opportunities to truly show our children the only place we will find that rescue: in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. The glamour and lights and endless Pinterest possibilities will be fighting even harder for our attention this time of year. But let’s fix our eyes on the only thing that will ever be perfect, our good and gracious King. - Katie Blackburn