NEWSLETTER No. 59 - July 2013
As we enter the month of July Wellspring experiences the usual, annual migration of many “regulars” to cooler climes in order to escape the Spanish summer heat, and with temperatures already nudging into the forties who can blame them? This year our folk have traveled to Germany, U.K. and even as far as America. We look forward to welcoming them back in September.

With so many away it has been a real blessing to be able to welcome many visitors. On the first Sunday of the month our numbers were swelled by a large number of returning friends who regularly holiday here, and on the following Sunday we were thrilled to have Jean and Luke, our Irish friends who have formed a deep and lasting bond with the church, with us. During the service we were saddened to hear the news that Pastor Hazel had been involved in a road traffic accident whilst visiting the orphanage in Kisumu, Kenya. She had suffered severe spinal damage and was barely able to move. This was even more of a shock and Pastor Hazel had been with us only a few weeks before and was so full of vitality, and so looking forward to getting stuck into the huge amount of work that needs doing in Kisumu. We then received the news that, whilst in hospital, Pastor Hazel had contracted a virulent form of Malaria, and had been moved into intensive care. However, just a few days later, we learned that she had made a miraculous recovery from the Malaria, she had been moved out of intensive care and had taken a few steps. Thank you Lord. By the time you read this newsletter she should be back in Canada and receiving the treatment she needs to complete her recovery and regain the strength and vitality she needs to complete the Lords work. Towards the end of the service we were surprised and delighted to see Radek and his family walk in. Many of you will remember that this precious family, who live in Prague, joined us in church a few years ago when we were in Bolnuevo. In those days there were just four of them, but they have since been blessed with the birth of a beautiful little boy, David.
     
  Radek and family   Fellowship with Caleb in Cartagena  
Whilst Jean and Luke were with us in Spain, eldest son Caleb, who many of you will know, was on cruise with his dad. (Caleb is no longer able to fly, and so a cruise has become his regular summer holiday). This year the ship was due to dock in Cartagena for a few hours, and so a party of us took the opportunity to spend some time with this very special young man. It was wonderful to spend a few hours fellowshiping with him in the glorious Spanish sunshine.

On Friday 19th July, Wellspring held a Quiz Nite at the social club at La Molata; it was part of our reaching out to local communities plan for 2013.The evening was arranged by Carol and she did a great job with the questions. The evening started with a meal and was followed by two hours of quizzing by teams who were really competitive and who wanted to win. The winners were ‘Rob’s Mob’ who won the bottles of Cava and team ‘Infantiles’ won the best name prize of a large box of chocolates. A good number of folk turned up to quiz, which included non-Christians, and we have been requested to do another quiz evening in the Autumn – a good night was had by all.

On Sunday 21st July our missions service focused on Pakistan and the amazing work for the Lord being done by Pastor Peter and his wife Lubna; it is amazing what has been achieved by this precious couple and their teams in this nation and in such a short period of time. We also spent time praying for Dr Hazel who, as mentioned earlier, had suffered a bad injury to her back while in Kenya. Duncan then shared on why we celebrate communion and he and Pat led us in a precious time around the communion table. Christine read a beautiful poem she had written and others contributed to make this one of the most special times of communion we had ever had at Wellspring. A comment was made after the service ‘That has got to have been the best communion service I have experienced at church’.
     
  Duncan & Pat leading communion.   Richard, Linda & Pastor Andrew enjoying the bbq.  
Building work resumed at Wellspring on Tuesday morning July 23rd to install our wheelchair access door, which completes the structural work and enables us to make easy access into the building for disabled people. Unfortunately after only an hour of work the residents association who look after the apartment block asked for the work to stop. Apparently, even though we have planning for the access from the Council, we should have gone through the President of the residents association for their approval of the work. Pastor Andrew will be attending a residents meeting on 12th August at 10am when the work will be discussed and will be sharing why we need access for the disabled and giving an apology from the church for not including the residents association in our notifications. Please pray for a good outcome from this meeting and that a difficult situation can be turned into an opportunity to share the love of Jesus to the Spanish residents who will be in there.

On Thursday 25th July we had a BBQ at the cave house belonging to Phil and Carol. During the August heat we decided to have social events around the area and this was the first of these evenings of fellowship. A combination of people from our different homegroups attended, Pastor Andrew brought a five minute thought which provoked some lively discussions and we had a great time together. Phil cooked a grand meal on the BBQ and Carol was an excellent host for the evening which ended in us sitting in the dark... no one wanted to go home!

During the last Sunday morning service we heard three very moving testimonies, the first was about Pastor Hazels miraculous recovery (which I've already written about). The second was about Roger's recovery from a minor stroke (Rog was in the service and looking very fit). Then Nick told of how he and his wife June had been forcibly evicted from their home with terrifying threats of violence, only to be blessed by immediately finding another home in an ideal location. Nick thanked the Lord for His provision. Jean then led us in a very moving communion before being joined by son Luke to serve us.
     
  Nick giving testimony.   Jean & Luke serving communion.  
This has been another action packed and blessed month here at Wellspring, and we thank the Lord for placing us in this very special corner of His kingdom, and for the people He has placed in our lives..

God bless.

Wellspring Victory Church.

RECORDED SERMONS FOR JUNE

Sunday 28 July 2013 Recording failed
Sunday 21 July 2013 Duncan Communion
Sunday 14 July 2013 Pat Song of Songs
Sunday 7 July 2013 Pastor Andrew The cornerstone - The Word
DIARY DATES
AUGUST 2013
Thu 1Fellowship, word and a bring and share lunch 12noon at Los Muñoces
Sun 4Sunday meeting -Prayer 10.15am
Welcome & Worship 11am
Pastor Andrew speaking
Thu 8Social event Details to be advised
Sat 10Fellowship breakfast Elliots 10.30am
Sun 11Sunday meeting -Prayer 10.15am
Welcome & Worship 11am
Richard speaking
Thu 15Victory Churches together Meet 10.30 New Royal for breakfast followed by prayer and fellowship in church
Sun 18Sunday meeting Missions Sunday
Prayer 10.15am
Welcome & Worship 11am
Pastor Andrew speaking with a focus on Communion
Thu 22BBQ, fellowship and a word 7pm Pete and Blins
Sun 25Sunday meeting -Prayer 9.45 - 10.45am
Welcome & Worship 11am
Pastor Wendy speaking
Thu 29Social event Details to be advised
SEPTEMBER 2013
Sun 1Sunday meeting -Prayer 10.15am
Welcome & Worship 11am
Pastor Andrew speaking
Thu 5Fellowship, word and bring & share lunch 12 noon Los Muñoces
Sun 8Sunday meeting -Prayer 10.15am
Welcome & Worship 11am
Pastor Andrew speaking
Wed 11Bible Study ...
Sun 15Sunday meeting Missions Sunday
Prayer 10.15am
Welcome & Worship 11am
Duncan speaking with a focus on Communion