Prayer Update | June 2018
Watchmen on the Wall
Dear ministry partners,
Three weeks ago I left to return to Portugal for some days and then begin my Spanish sojourn. I have had journeying mercies on all my travels and my “going out’s and coming in’s”.
Highlights from my time in the states:
…. Thoroughly enjoying my accommodations, host families and neighborhoods
…. Sharing good times with friends, family and supporters
…. Speaking in one new church about the work in Portugal
…. Joining my home church Portugal prayer band
…. Shopping several bargain thrift stores with church friends
Highlights from my days in Portugal:
…. Seeing Sweet Pea well and happy and later after taking her to the vet for her annual visit, also getting the report from a blood analysis that she is in excellent health!
…. The Lord’s enablement as I moderated the debate on the Reformation at the high school where I teach Morals.. Three classes packed into the auditorium, along with four teachers. The priest, pastor and history professor had excellent opening statements. One question from the students dealt with celibacy of clergy.
…. Getting my year-end reports ready for the schools and attending my primary Morals class along with the substitute teacher and treating them to some cupcakes
…. Having opportunity to pray with one of my school associates as she was having heart pain one day that I happened to be at the school
…. Enjoying a one day bus excursion with the Fafe church
…. Joining in worship at three Christian fellowships
…. At the invitation of Izabella’s mother taking some time to talk to this 16 year old about dealing with peer pressure and just loving on her before she took off for two months in Brazil with family members, but away from her mother’s protective eye
…. And more that I cannot recall- they were full days!!
…. Working out details of where I should go on my Spanish sojourn, as the first place I was slated to go did not work out at this time
…. Packing and preparing for two days to take off to the central Iberian peninsula with car in readiness, food supplies, clothes, books and almost the kitchen sink!
Arrival at Cascadas in Alameda del Valle, Spain:
The trip took me over eight hours! The Spanish roads are very well marked, so it was no problem finding my way! Upon arrival I was delighted with seeing so many storks, red poppies everywhere, snow on the mountain peaks (and cold temperatures!) and just the quaintness of a mountain village! Oh- and Sweet Pea was the perfect traveler pet!
My lack of technological skills in thinking that I could not access voice mail (where the director of Cascadas had left me a detailed message) caused me to stay the first night in the local hotel, that had just opened the previous Friday. I had met the owner when she was out walking her dog as I was trying to find the house that had a key under the mat (where I was to stay). So what a delight it was to stay, along with Sweet Pea, in this lovely heated, re-furbished rustic hotel that also accepts pets! It has been a joy to get to know, Esther, the hotel owner. As it turned out Cascadas is right next door to the hotel, so we are neighbors! Our conversation helps her practice her English skills.
I had been to Cascadas about twenty years ago, but at that time they only had two row houses- so I didn’t know about the big house -until that next morning after the good night’s rest I felt maybe I could try to hear that voice mail…and indeed I was able to! So I got the details of the address of the house where I was to stay…so then I walked out of the hotel with Sweet Pea still there resting and walked over to my more economical accommodations! I proceeded to move into the very large three -story house, though only for one night. My story reminds me of Goldilocks… for the third night I was still in another bed!
The next day a large group was to arrive for a weekend retreat so I swept the floors and made sure the bathrooms were clean etc… The group arrived Friday, at what we would call evening, but here it is still afternoon- as it stays light until almost 10pm and about a half hour later the director arrived back, as she has been away for a week. The group leaders and the director proceeded to make many arrangements to do with the use of the house over the weekend and finally about 9:30 pm I moved into one of the row houses, where I will stay for the remainder of my time.
It has rained a little every day that I have been here, though with little periods of sunshine, however today, my 6th day here a bluer sky is in view, so tomorrow might be completely sunny. J I have been kept busy with loads of laundry- linens and towels from the past two months of visitors to Cascadas- with no dryer and one machine it takes a lot of patience to see the piles diminish, but I am making progress! Then there are lots of flower gardens to weed…this week a Romanian gentleman is here for some days staying in “my” house and so I prepare his lunch while the director and her colleague take care of his evening meal. In Spain the meals times are 2pm and 9pm! Later this week an artist groups arrive for a week of conference. There are many things to do around the property that need a man’s touch…S.O.S.!
Each day I take time to read and often a walk. Sweet Pea is having a ball walking outside in our L shaped postage stamp yard, making a dozen or more figure eights several times a day. The yard is back to back with the big house yard so she can always continue on if she chooses. We have taken a larger walk outside the gate two evenings too. J Last night we stopped at the hotel to see Esther. She has promised to come by when she has some time. I had invited her for tea later in the week, but she will be in Madrid. I trust the Lord for an opportunity to share the Water of life as we enjoy becoming friends! She has temporarily put her profession as an architect on hold while she and her husband get the hotel up and running.
My plans are not certain for the remainder of my time in Spain. I may still go to the other ministry site, or I may stay here. It depends on the situation with the pending visas of the Canadian couple that direct the teahouse on the El Caminho. I will return to Portugal around July 23rd. Then I am off to annual conference July 29th and return to Pennsylvania on August 7th.
Points for Prayer:
Pray for the Lord’s hand of blessing in the ministry at Cascadas
Pray that Izabella would make good choices during her stay in Brazil
I have often asked prayer for Fatima and Arlindo- Pray for Fatima to be daily encouraged in the Lord while taking care of her Mom and for Arlindo’s renewed appetite for the Word
An update on my financial need – I have gotten one promise of new support and also a large one time gift which almost puts me at seeing the need of $300 a month reduced to $200 a month. PTL!
Yours in His Great Love,