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Prayer Requests for May, 2018

Workers return from Home Assignment

Thank you for praying for Betsy Blanchard, and Tim and Marilyn Westergren who returned to Spain last month following Home Assignment in the States.  Pray for them as they begin a new term of service and readjust to life and ministry in Spain--Betsy in Malaga and the Westergrens in the Madrid area. 

Annual Field Forum, April 23-28: report

Just last week (last week of April) we held our annual gathering of all our international workers in Spain and Portugal. Including children and guests, there were 76 of us in attendance.  It was a wonderful week of worship, fellowship, sharing, prayer and strategizing.   Raymond Ebbett (former field director) and his wife, Mary, were honored as they conclude 25 years of ministry in Spain and move back to the States at the end of June.  Pray for them as they prepare for a final one-year Home Assignment and then transition toward retirement in 2019. Pray also for Tim Westergren who was elected as the new field director, and for the four additional members of the Field Leadership Team.

New Ministry for the Irvins in Madrid

Please continue to pray for Steve and Claudia Irvin as they work to mentor and raise up new leaders on a variety of levels.  They are focusing on leadership training.  Steve is also serving as the director of our Bible Institute, INFORMA, in addition to being one of our key professors.

Classes in our Bible Institute, INFORMA during May   

Steve Irvin will also be teaching an intensive course this month on the Doctrine of God and Creation.  This class will be offered in Madrid May 7-11 and then in the Canary Islands May 14-18. Please pray for Steve as well as he ministers in our church on the island of La Palma the weekend of May 19-23.

Women’s Retreat May 1-2

Please pray for international workers Claudia Irvin and Silvina Oliva as they minister at a women’s retreat for one of our local churches in Madrid.  This retreat will be held May 1-2. The topic is “How God Sees our Heart.” Please pray that God will minister deeply to the ladies in attendance.

Expanding Ministry for the Zeitlians

We thank the Lord for open doors of service for Roupen and Lena Zeitlian, Canadian international workers.  Roupen is currently teaching a leadership training course for Child Evangelism Fellowship. Pray for both Roupen and Lena as they take a camp directors training course offered by the Spanish government.  This is required in order for them to be certified as camp directors for children.  Pray as well for initial plans for three different summer camps for children this coming July.

Slots and English Camp in Granada

Please pray for Maarten and Nelleke Slot, our Dutch international workers who serve in Granada. They serve in a variety of ministries in our Alliance church in Granada. They have recently begun preparations for a large English camp which will be offered at the end of June and beginning of July this year. Pray for them as they lead and direct this camp and head up all the organizational details as well.

New Workers for Spain

Two new families have been approved for ministry in Spain, with arrival expected later this summer or fall. Two other families have applied and should also arrive later this year, Lord willing. Praise God!  Several interns are also considering serving here.  Please pray for God’s clear leading for all of these potential new workers.  Pray especially for the paperwork needed to acquire visas for all these workers.

Praise the Lord that the visa was granted for Andrew Romay, a Peruvian intern, who arrived last month and will be helping with the ministry in our English language church in Alicante, and then assisting as well in the Bethany Summer School of Discipleship and Missions in July and August.  Pray that all the paperwork for his residency card will proceed smoothly and quickly.

Bethany School of Discipleship and Missions

Please pray for plans for this summer’s fourth edition of the Bethany School of Missions and Discipleship. In the past three summers physical space has been limited.  Pray for plans to erect two prefabricated cabins in the back yard of the property.  Pray also for the Lord to send the students He wants to attend each of the Bethany courses this summer, both in English and in Spanish.

College of Prayer Conferences this Coming July

Please pray for three conferences of the College of Prayer scheduled for July in three different cities in Spain.  Pray for God to use these events mightily as our pastors and church leaders meet to pray together.

            July 10-12 in Madrid

            July 13-15 in the Canary Islands

            July 26-28 in Barcelona

Envision Site in Malaga

Please continue to pray for Larry and Krista Lain as they establish a new Envision Site (see http://www.weareenvision.com/) in the city of Malaga in southern Spain. Pray for them as they continue their Spanish studies and are also seeking to obtain their Spanish driver’s licenses. Pray the Lord will provide the additional funds they need to purchase a vehicle.

This Envision Site will be a base of operations for both training interns and receiving short-term missions teams. It will also support the Cinderella’s House project to rescue women from human trafficking.  Please pray for God’s blessing on this project. Pray for the Lains as they lead this strategic ministry.  Pray also for Hannah Watson, an intern who arrived in January and is working with the Lains.

North African Outreach

Pray for a new ministry to North African immigrants being launched in the greater Madrid area.  Several of our churches already have ministries in this regard and we desire to expand this outreach, training others and mobilizing our local churches.

Giving to the “GREAT COMMISSION FUND” and to the “GLOBAL ADVANCE FUND”

Again, thank you so much for your gifts to the Great Commission Fund (for those of you in the United States) and the Global Advance Fund (those of you in Canada). Please continue to pray for God to provide the contributions needed to fund the work of the C&MA around the world. Join with us in asking God to supply what is needed to do what He has called us to do…  Thank you so much for your prayers, missions giving and partnership in the Gospel!