|NEWSLETTER No. 56 - April 2013|
It's wonderful to be able to start this months newsletter by announcing that Christine, who has read some of her beautiful and very moving poems during several of our Sunday morning services, has now produced a book of poems which is available to buy. This beautifuly produced book contains sixty pages of poetry which will lift and inspire any believer, and would be a wonderful gift for family and friends, even those who do not yet walk with the Lord will find it very dificult not to be moved. This book should be high on our list of prioroties when we are looking for a special gift for someone dear to us. Christine is donating profits from the sales to our fund raising efforts for the orphanage in Kisumu, Kenya, and with sales already looking very promising, this could be a huge blessing for those precious and desperately needy children.|
Follow THIS LINK for details of the book and how to purchase.
On Sunday 7th April Richard Carter spoke and involved the children in his message. It was great to see the kids try to keep up with him as they drew pictures of the benefits that we receive from the Lord. Rapidly sheets of paper with love, joy and peace etc were brought out to the front of the church and pinned up to form a huge collage depicting how good our God is.
On Thursday, 11th, several of us joined Ken and Carol at their home in Los Almagros for one of their very popular “Chill-And-Grill” evenings. Ken and Carol founded “Open Door” which aims to bring together people from the different churches up and down the Costas. It was great to see folk fellowshiping together on a very warm April evening, and particularly satisfying to see some who had only recently arrived in the area being introduced to like minded Christians.
April saw another walk organised by “The Wellspring Wanderers”. Besides being a time for Wellspring regulars to fellowship over breakfast before the walk, a prime aim is to give us an opportunity to bring along family, friends and nieghbours (and their dogs) to build friendships during a gentle walk in this lolvely climate and beautiful scenery. The walk took us from the old church at Saladio to the natural hot springs near Camposol. This month saw us joined by people from other fellowships, along with non-Christian friends, many joining us for the first time, and gave us an opportunity to speak about the Lord in an easy, non-threatening environment. We thank the Lord for this beautiful place He has placed us in.
It's been a real pleasure to have our friends Howard and Sivia with us for a couple of weeks, they are Wellspring regulars whilst they are staying in their holiday home in Isla Plana, it was a blessing to have them lead and serve communion during our Sunday morning service. We look forward to their next visit.
|Wellspring Wanderers.||Howard and Sylvia.|
Unfortunately during April, Bert suffered another stroke which has hospitalised him yet again. As I write, he is awaiting surgery to place a stent in his neck to try to prevent further strokes. He has lost his speech this time, but has over the last few days started speaking a few words. Please pray for him and his wife Brenda as she cares for him and for the peace of God to surround them both at this difficult time. |
What a delight it was to see the children joining Cliff, Julia and Belinda in the worship team for our Sunday morning service. They really lifted our spirits as they opened our service with two songs, it's a blessing to see them intigrating so quickly into our fellowship.
|The children in the worship team.||Margaret reading The Word.|
On the last weekend of the month many of us again visited the home of Ken and Carol, where Dave Bilborough was in concert on Saturday night, although planned to be an outside event, the very untypical Spanish weather forced us all inside to avoid the torential rain. With the house full to capacity Dave entertained us with some great songs (many well loved worship songs which he had written himself) interspersed with him speaking about his background and his walk with the Lord. A wonderful evening of warm friendship and fellowship. On the Sunday evening Dave led the worship and Stuart Howarth spoke.|
Our monthly prayer meeting was brilliant and we had two extra people join with us. It was a special time with the Lord and through several words from different people, it was obvious that Father wanted us to go further and deeper with Him. So often we let the enemy prevent us from experiencing the fullness of what God has for us. Pat led us in a very special time that morning as we sat at Jesus’ feet.
On Monday evening 29th April, Wellspring hosted the Pastors and leaders prayer meeting [Pray for the Costas]. This prayer group has been going for about four years and welcomes leaders from different churches from the Costa Calida and the Costa Blanca. Although several of the usual attendees were away this time, we had a mighty time of prayer and ministry; it was a special evening and everyone was blessed.
V.C.I. have now sent us details of the precious little one who we, as a church, are sponsoring at the Kisumu orphanage in Kenya. It means so much to be able to relate to “OUR” child and to be able to begin to forge lasting bonds with her. We look forward to receiving the first photographs. As I said last month, there are many children in the orphanage in desperate need of sponsors, if any one reading this newsletter, whether an occasional visitor or a regular, would like to sponsor a child or receive more information, please get in touch.
Each month we submit an article to the Costa Calida Chronicle and you can read the latest article by following this link
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RECORDED SERMONS FOR APRIL