Monday, March 23, 2009

March 17-23

On Tuesday we had another good Bible study at the university. We were
missing a few that I thought would come, but some others came, so
there were still five of us at the study. After the study, I visited
Antonio and Gloria for a Bible study. We talked about another of
Christ's parables. It was fascinating to watch them meditate on the
image of the mustard seed and the leaven and come to Christ's teaching
about the kingdom. This past week was special, though, because we had
several days off from school because of Fathers' Day. So we spent a
good amount of time on Thursday and Saturday doing projects around the
house. On Friday morning we went down to the university to attend
Ruben Pineda's defense of his dissertation. He and his wife and
children lived in Alicante for a year while he was taking his
coursework. They were very involved in the church in Alicante during
that year. So it is always a blessing to see them again. It was a
special day for them, though, as Rubén finished up his doctoral work
and graduated with honors. We were glad to be able to accompany them
on that special morning. On Friday afternoon we had some unsaved
friends over for lunch. Flor studied with Maribel, and Antonio has
been in some of my classes at the Universidad Permanente. We had a
good opportunity to talk about the things of the Lord with them.

Yesterday morning Israel called me. He was not feeling too well, so he
stayed in bed. But almost everybody else from our small congregation
came. I preached on the Christian's armor from Ephesians 6. Yesterday
was our monthly church meal, so after the service we had a potluck
lunch. And then in the afternoon we watched a Christian film which
highlighted the family relationships we had talked about a few weeks
ago in Ephesians 5. The message was very powerful, and there were good
comments afterwards. We were glad to have Antonio and Gloria with us
for the first time at a church meal. Also, Angel and Patricia brought
some family members who just arrived from Argentina. We trust that the
Lord will give us further opportunities to sow the word with this

David & Maribel
"vide ministerium quod accepisti in Domino ut illud impleas" Col 4.17

Monday, March 16, 2009

March 10-16

We had an extremely busy week! But there were many blessings. First
of all, we were finally able to get our garage painted where we meet
for church. The fresh paint and color make everything much brighter
and cleaner! We are thankful for this improvement. Even though I did
not do the work myself, it created quite a bit of cleanup, but we are
thankful to have that job done! On Monday I had an interesting
opportunity to be on the radio about the students who will be coming
to study Spanish this summer. Lord willing we will be able to have
them in people's homes from here, and in that way be able to reach out
to the community with a strong testimony. Please pray for us that we
will find the right families and that God would work in their hearts.
I had a special blessing at the university this week. As I was walking
across campus I saw one of my students from last year sitting under a
tree reading a book. It looked to me a little like a Bible, so I
stopped and talked to her. I invited her to come to the Bible study
(that same day), and she did! I praise the Lord for this new contact.
The Lord has really encouraged me through it! It was also an important
week for us as family. Andrea turned nine this week! We were able to
celebrate with her classmates on Wednesday in a park and with family
and church friends on Sunday afternoon. On Sunday morning Israel
preached from Ephesians 6 about the Christian in the workplace, and on
Sunday evening I preached about the concept of discipleship in Luke.

David & Maribel
"vide ministerium quod accepisti in Domino ut illud impleas" Col 4.17

Monday, March 09, 2009

March 3-9

Our normal activities of the week continue as usual. I led the Bible
study at the University on Tuesday as we looked at Colossians 1 again.
I also met with Antonio and Gloria to talk about the parables of
Christ and follow up how they are doing with their new believers'
study they are doing. And Maribel had her study with the ladies on
Friday. On Sunday morning I preached on families from Ephesians 5.
There was a good response to the message. We trust that the Lord will
build strong families as a firm foundation for His church. In the
evening I also led the study.

David & Maribel
"vide ministerium quod accepisti in Domino ut illud impleas" Col 4.17

Monday, March 02, 2009

February 24-March 02

I am very thankful for yet another week with opportunities to minister
the Word. I met with Antonio and Gloria for another study this week.
Much to my surprise, her brother ate with us and was in on the study
as well. Later he shared some of his poetry with me. One of his poems
was about faith. This opened the door for more conversation. But the
most beautiful part of the afternoon was hearing Antonio witness to
his brother-in-law. He shared with him, in his own style, some of the
same concepts that I went through with them several months ago. What a
blessing it is to see the Lord at work! My class in the Bible
institute continues to go well. We discussed the Baptist distinctives
this week. Maribel continues to have good attendance at the Bible
study on Fridays with the ladies, and the Lord has given us a steady
attendance of four or five at the Bible study at the university. I
have more students who are interested, but it is hard to work out a
schedule when all of them can attend. On Sunday I preached from
Ephesians 5 about imitating God. This is the true test of a changed
life. Before the service in the morning we celebrated the Lord's table
together once again. It was a blessing to hear how God has been
working in the congregation. In the evening Israel gave the study, and
there was a good little group. Maribel continues to work with the
smaller children, while the older young people and adults meet
together for the study.

David & Maribel
"vide ministerium quod accepisti in Domino ut illud impleas" Col 4.17