Friday, May 01, 2009

April 7-20

On Wednesday the kids finished their last day of school, so they came
home and packed up, and on Thursday we headed out for Germany. We
spent a week with a German family we met a few years ago when I spoke
at a camp up in Barcelona. It was a wonderful week of fellowship and
fun; a needed break for us. On Easter Sunday we were in a church
started by a group of Romanians. Even though we didn't understand the
language, it was a blessing to celebrate the Lord's resurrection with
these believers. We traveled back to Spain the following Thursday, but
turned right around and headed up to Madrid for the conference on
Isaiah. The Lord blessed with very good attendance. I taught from 9-5
(with a break for lunch of course). It was a wonderful day of
fellowship around the Word. On Sunday morning I preached from Isaiah 6
and then after lunch we headed home. We made it just in time for the
service, and I preached from Colossians 1. My voice was giving out,
but I made it through the weekend!

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

March 31-April 6

As time ticks down towards the Easter holidays, there is a lot that
needs to be done. I have spent a lot of time this week working on a
series of special sessions on the book of Isaiah that I will be
presenting in Madrid. But there has also been time for the normal
activities of this week. We had our last Bible study on campus this
week before the holidays. And we had a good little group once again. I
also visited Antonio and Gloria this week for a Bible study. It has
been a special blessing to work through some parables with these new
believers. I read the story and explain it to them, and then let them
talk about what Christ meant to teach through this story. It has been
absolutely beautiful to hear them wrestle with the meaning and express
the main teaching. On Sunday I preached about one of the events
between Palm Sunday and the passion week. I spoke about Christ's
cursing of the fig tree. The picture prophecy involved in this act is
powerful, as is the application to us as well. God is not impressed
with "leafyness"; He seeks true fruit.

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

March 24-30

This past week was quite different for me. I spent Tuesday through
Friday in Morocco at a conference on translation. The University of
Alicante sent me to the conference where I read a paper on English
Bible translations. It was a very interesting experience. The
conference kept me busy, and there were many cultural experiences as
well as some opportunities to be a testimony. I thank the Lord for His
protection and help as I traveled. Yesterday was a nasty day with a
good amount of rain, but we had a good number in the morning service.
I preached a message to summarize the series that we have been doing
on Ephesians. In the evening we took Maria Eugenia with us and went to
church in Alicante. My son David and I played a special number with
French horn and trombone, and then I preached from the book of Isaiah.
It was a blessing to be with the believers there.

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