I want to inform you that starting next week I will be writing something every Monday about the ministry here in Spain. I want to do a better job communicating with you. I find that when I announce a goal publicly it gives me an extra incentive to follow through with it. That is what this short blog post is all about. I want to thank you for reading our updates in the past and praying for us. God is at work here in Spain. I look forward to sharing news on a weekly basis. God Bless.
1. New Church Building: This past Sunday was a big day for the church in Parla. After four years meeting in a small building we voted to move the church to a building three times the size of what we have now. We will finally have room to grow! Our desire is to inaugurate the new building in June or July. We will have a special service and everyone will invite friends, family members and co-workers. Please pray that the transition would go smoothly. We want to see more lives changed by the power of the gospel!
2. New Sunday School Teacher: Last week I had the privilege of watching Carlos Temprano teach the youth Sunday School class for the first time. He did an excellent job. I am currently training him as we will need help with the youth during my short furlough. I had the privilege of leading him to Christ and baptizing him. I meet up with him every week and teach him the Bible. It’s wonderful seeing him teach others the gospel. Please pray for Carlos. God is really using him.
3. New Believer: I have been praying for God to save our young people for a long time. This month Flavius, a nineteen year-old, placed his faith in Jesus Christ. He had been faithfully attending church services and had become convicted of his need of Christ. He is being discipled, devouring his Bible and growing in the Lord. We need dedicated young people if we’re going to turn Spain and the world upside down with the gospel. I’m excited for this young man.
We had a great day at church today! We had two new visitors and the gospel was preached. We ate churros and chocolate and thanked God for the wonderful year that He has given us. I’m thankful for the opportunity to work with a group of believers that love to go to church and fellowship.
On behalf of the Velasquez Family I want to wish you a Merry Christmas! May we all meditate on the true meaning of this season. God became flesh and dwelt among us. He came to die and give his life to reconcile man with God.
We are currently studying through the gospel of John at both churches and during this month I have had the wonderful privilege of preaching in chapter three. Last Sunday I preached on the gift of God. The gift is from the Father and the gift is His only begotten Son. The Father sent the Son to die for the sins of the world and the Son gave His life willingly. The gift is for the world; “to whosoever”. The gift is received through genuine faith and depends on the finished work of Christ on the cross. The result of the gift is the new birth and eternal life.
We will have the doors of the church in Parla open this year. They insisted on gathering together to worship on this special day. They have organized a surprise. I have no idea what it is. I thank God for the people to which He has allowed me to minister. They love God and they love each other. Lord willing I will send some pictures of our Christmas service. God Bless and Merry Christmas!
Today I officially launch Operation Spain, a blog about missions in Spain. My purpose for this blog is simple: I want to show people the great need for the gospel in the least evangelized Spanish-speaking country and recruit laborers for this part of the world. My plan is to update the blog at least once a week.
I will share what God is doing through our ministry in Madrid and keep you informed of the progress of the gospel throughout the country. God is still alive and active in this place. I believe many will be saved, trained and sent out to conquer the world from Spain. It’s a big task, Spain and the world in our generation, but we serve a big God.