Dear Praying Partners,
Want to catch you up on what has been happening and what is to come.
Pastor Carlos got back from England and YES, his English is better. We are considering him doing some schooling in the UK. We have looked into New Tribes Mission School in Grimsby. Please pray about the perfect timing for this.
Tracey Lillywhite prayed with Mary a few weeks back to become a Christian. She is struggling in her commitment as she sees the price to be paid. Please pray for her to commit with ALL of her heart.
The English-Speaking church celebrated their 14th Anniversary. It was a great time of fellowship and a message on thankfulness. We see a good spirit in the congregation and ask that you pray toward the continuing growth of the congregation. WE NEED A PASTOR TO COME AND TAKE THIS WORK ON. PLEASE PRAY FOR THE RIGHT FAMILY TO LEAD.
Please pray for Sue, whom we mentioned a few months back. God is really coming to her rescue physically. Pray that she transforms this into a heart surrender to Jesus.
The Murcian Church celebrated their 20th Anniversary. We are so pleased to see them moving forward. Pastor Dimas does a great work there. Pray for more leadership for the church.
Pastor Carlos has taken on more responsibility in the preaching. Please pray as Rafael continues to mentor him in his pastoral leadership. The Spanish congregation loves him and is keen to follow him. Rafael wants to make a “Good Expositor” of him for the Glory of God.
At Hand 4 Tears received a group of 71 students from Oslo. They were able to raise awareness of the situation of human trafficking with all of the students as well as sharing more informally with their Justice Class. Also, just this month, one of our safe houses in Madrid opened a cafeteria that will be used to reinsert those rescued back into the working world. This is the first Christian business of this type opened in Spain. One more thing. Please pray for us as we interact with a couple of the Nigerians who have left prostitution and are looking for work locally. Mary and Blessing have been attending our church for some months now. We need wisdom!
Please pray for Rafael as he will be in Bolivia with our missionary, Rene. They will be traveling to a new village, a 7-hour car ride in the mud, to help establish a work, PLEASE PRAY FOR NO RAIN. The place is called Kuarirenda. This trip is to speak mainly to pastors that Rene has gathered for some meetings and to try to settle leadership for Kuarirenda.
From Bolivia, Rafael is traveling to Nicaragua on the invitation of Messiah’s Outreach Mission to speak at 3 retreats, 2 for youth and 1 for the leadership of Villa Esperanza. Nicaragua is a bit shaky politically these days. Please pray.
We count ourselves privileged to serve Our God and to have you on our team!
Rafael and Mary Restrepo