A New Meaning to "Spring Forward"
IMPORTANT NEWS INSIDE!
Dear partner in ministry,
Thank you so much for joining us to serve Jesus in Spain. He is working! In previous newsletters we mentioned the need for wisdom about the direction our ministry will take when we return from furlough.
God has answered our prayers!
A few months ago, our coworkers Ken and Carolyn asked us to pray about moving to work in a church in Cabanillas del Campo, a town in the next province over. They will be retiring while we are on furlough, leaving the local church planters without full time ministry partners. It took us a long time to make our decision, because we love Alcalá de Henares and the people we work with alongside the Browns. The church here is growing, we like the city and we see the potential for so many connections and ministry opportunities here.
But as we asked the Lord for wisdom, which we know He always gives, we felt a pull towards helping Federico and Lucia, the national partners who have worked to plant this church with our coworkers. The need is great, and we have the same sense of urgency and trust that God can use us in Cabanillas as we had when we first heard the call to Spain. We are so thankful that He has planted us so firmly here that we might be useful in a smaller suburb where we can put down roots. So, after many months of praying, visiting the church, participating in some vision meetings with Federico and Lucia, we’ve decided to make plans to serve in Cabanillas del Campo when we return from furlough.
One of the reasons we wanted to come to Spain was to encourage national leaders in their role and work alongside them as they plant Spanish churches. We’ve always said, “we’re not the experts, the nationals are.” But it is a hard job, and like church planting anywhere in the world, it can’t be done alone. We are so excited to work with Fede and Lucia in exactly this way, encouraging them in their work. In our first term, we focused on language acquisition and learned so much about church planting by participating in the Alcalá church. Now the Cabanillas church will continue to benefit from being part of the group of ABWE churches here, and we will have some opportunities to try new things as well.
So, we will carry out our responsibilities in Alcalá, make our plans for furlough, and begin looking for a new home there when we come back in January 2023. Please begin to pray about this - there is nothing to rent at this time. But perhaps we can purchase a home when we return.
Spring in Spain is lovely, except when it´s not. There’s a saying, “hasta el 40 de mayo, no te quitas el sayo,” which means, “until the 40th of May, don’t take off your coat.” It has been chilly these past few weeks, and we experienced La Calima, which is when sand from the Sahara desert blows in and covers everything in a fine layer dust.
But our days have not been without blessings! We received some much needed rain (turns out, the rain in Spain doesn’t always fall in the plain, which usually desperately needs rain), but NOT on our marriage conference day! It was still a bit muddy but no rain fell on our amazing day at a camp in Toledo encouraging couples to take care of their marriages with God’s help.
Now the marriage conference is over and we are preparing for an Easter outreach and other activities at the church, like a mother-daughter tea. In April we also have to do a two-day security training required by the mission. Thankfully it will be held here!
We are praying about who to invite to join us for our Passover meal. Our family has had a tradition of celebrating Passover for many years now, and we’d like to celebrate with friends this year.
We have a few more sessions of children’s club after Easter and then it will be time for meeting families at the park, practicing for English camp, and getting ready to visit the states!
Please do not hesitate to reply if you have any questions about our new work!
For the Gospel in Spain,
Chris and Rosalie Duryee
A Small Way to Help Ukraine
I’ve set up a Trades of Hope party and I will be donating all my commission (which is 25% of sales) to the Ukraine Crisis Fund through ABWE. This fund is directly supporting missionaries and national partners who are serving war refugees, including our friends Caleb and Christina Suko, who serve in Odessa. I hope you’ll shop the link and share it with friends who might want to make their already meaningful purchase of fair trade jewelry and accessories go even further. The party closes at the end of the month, at which time I’ll transfer the donation and inform you what was donated. Thank you!