Summer's Closing Notes
We are thankful for visitors and rest this summer as we prepare for a year of ministry and next year's furlough.
In June, my prayer plant got a pest. Thrips thrive in dry climates and can come in through windows. The tiny black bugs, which can hop and move quickly, also infected my monstera and a mini fiddle leaf, but the prayer plant suffered the most and I finally just threw it away. Some of my other house plants simply shriveled up in the heat.
While spending a week in a nearby pueblo with friends, we only came home once a day to feed the fish we were caring for. Probably due to lack of light, we lost a few of them. Some days it is so hot in our apartment I wake up, blink blearily, and simply drift back to sleep. I don’t like to wake up cold in the winter, but at least it gets me moving. The oppressive heat of summer in Madrid without air conditioning can be frustrating. We move slowly, sometimes don’t feel well, and sleep a lot more than any other time of year. I feel guilty.
August is a difficult time to stay focused on ministry in Spain. Many people, including us, take their vacations, and the church dwindles to just a few families each week.
August, is, however, a wonderful time to focus on rest and sabbath as we prepare for our fall activities. We are so thankful for the ways God enabled us to rest this August, including exploring northern Spain with Rose’s grandma and going to the beach with Chris’s brother’s family. It was especially meaningful for our kids to reconnect with family after nearly two years without. Here are some photos from our blessed summer.
praises & prayer
:: Thankful and grateful for the trips we were able to make after being confined to the very small Madrid province for over a year due to the coronavirus.
:: During our time in Cantabria, we befriended a couple who also lives in Alcalá! We are looking forward to meeting up with them because they want to practice English. They were very curious about our local church, so please pray for V & J as we invite them to services soon.
:: We are studying hard with intention to pass a Spanish B2 exam before we head to the states for furlough. Please pray we can learn the grammar rules we are struggling with and that the studying will increase our communication abilities.
:: You know him as a missionary in Spain, but here’s what that means for Chris over the next 9 months: loving husband, superdad, president of the ECA board and head of the director search committee (know an excellent school administrator who wants to live in Spain?), sound and tech guy at church, sometimes janitor, gamesmaster at our kids’ Bible club, youth leader at The Zone, Spanish student, English tutor, furlough planner… and more as the need arises! Language is still the most important area of effort.
:: One Saturday a month Rose will be taking a class on teaching children from Child Evangelism Fellowship’s organization in Spain. If I could teach half as well as my friend Pris, who teaches for the organization, I’ll be happy! One of my roles at the church is preschool teacher and I need all the help I can get. Our class is quite young this year, so please pray for seeds of faith to be planted among my 2 to 5 year olds.
:: English lessons are a major ministry here, and I have some mom friends who want to practice after school drop off, so I’ll be starting an English conversation group one morning a week after Spanish school starts.
:: Susanna and Austin are in 4th and 3rd grade at ECA!
:: We eat a roasted chicken, called pollo asado, at least once a week. You could try this recipe for an authentic Spanish one at home
:: Our coworker Andy was featured on the Missions Podcast about reaching Spanish Catholics.
:: I recently found this resource when looking for a video to show my preschool class about the parable of the foolish and wise builders. The site’s tagline is “Biblical. Free. Open Source.” It is hard for me to find videos in Spain Spanish, and this library includes videos with no talking at all!
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