Newsletter No. 61 - September 2013

In last month's newsletter we promised to keep you updated on the builder's progress with regard to the repairs to the water damaged ceiling and the fitting of the disabled access door. As arranged, at the end of August, we stripped the main room, and removed all the electrical equipment and chairs in preparation for the work to start. But, in true Spanish fashion, the builder failed to turn up, and so for our first Sunday morning service in September, all the chairs had to be rushed back in and the more essential sound and video equipment set up. None of this detracted from our service in which we welcomed several new faces who joined us in a special time of praise and worship before Pastor Andrew brought us the word.

On the following Wednesday evening we held a BBQ at the home of Pete and Blin, where everyone brought along their own food to be cooked by “expert” chefs (thanks to Dave for his help slaving over the hot coals!), music was played, several had a swim, and a great time of fun and fellowship was had by all. It was good to see so many non-Christian husbands, wives, family and friends joining us, and we thank the Lord for this opportunity to witness to those we care about.

Continuing our program of spending time together at outdoor social events rather than more formal house groups or church meetings during the hot summer months, the following week we gathered outside the fascinating cave house of Phil and Carol (AKA Fred and Wilmer!!) in the hamlet of Aljibe to enjoy a BBQ on a lovely, balmy Spanish evening. We are so blessed to be living where we do.

The following Sunday it was a joy to be joined by visiting friends Chris, Dawn, Phil and Pauline from the Victory church in Rugeley. We also welcomed back Pat, Duncan, Cliff and Julia after their escape to cooler climes for the summer. Chris spoke briefly on how things were going back in the UK, and Phil led us in a very moving time of prayer. This was missions Sunday, and after many problems with the sound equipment caused by having to constantly move things around in case the builder turned up, Will finally came up trumps and all went well. As well as spending time talking about the Kisumu orphanage, we were also able to update the congregation on the current situation regarding Srey, a precious little girl rescued by the Safe House in Cambodia. The Safe House was the main focus of our fund raising last year. What a heartwarming story this is, and what a wonderful example of what Victory Missions is all about. A great success! To close Missions we showed the Victory video “Love Is A Miracle” which touched many hearts. After Duncan spoke and led us around the communion table, Pastor Wendy closed the service with a very moving solo as Dawn joined her in dance.

Richard & Brent leading us around the Lord's table. Phil leading us in prayer. Chris bringing a word.
What an amazing afternoon we had at our Musical Garden Party held at the home of Martin and Christine to raise funds for the orphanage in Kisumu. With a lot of people putting in a huge amount of time and effort, and Martin using his knowledge of the entertainments business, this proved to be a very special afternoon with an estimated 150 people turning up. Martin opened up the entertainment to be followed by Michelle, Cliff & Julia, Pitu with a fantastic finale by the Harlequin Rock Choir. Pitu is a very popular Spanish singer who regularly appears on TV, when he was approached by Martin to do the show, and was told the story of Kisumu, he offered to perform for free. For me, the most poignant moment of the afternoon was when Pitu gathered all the singers together to sing “We Are The Children”. There was many a moist eye in the audience. With great entertainment, great food, great weather and a great crowd, this really was an afternoon to remember. It was also an afternoon where we were able to provide a wonderful witness to the many non-Christians there (in fact the vast majority were non-Christians). I myself heard comments like “Wow, you Christians certainly know how to enjoy yourselves”. And many who would never contemplate attending a Christian event not only attended, but didn't want to leave. We thank the Lord for this God given opportunity. The final amount raised is not yet known, but we are confident that it will easily exceed 1,500 euros.
Martin opening the show. Fun in the sun! Michelle on stage.
Pitu. The worship team. New disabled access door.
Towards the end of the month, Pastor Andrew was delighted to be able to announce that the new disabled access door had been completed after a long battle with Spanish bureaucracy, and was immediately put to use when Blin's mum, Beryl arrived in her wheel chair. The ceiling has also been repaired, and now just awaits a coat of paint. Pastor Andrew also announced that we were to hold a special collection to fit a security grill so that we did not invalidate our insurance.

This has been another very full and wonderful month for us here in Spain. We thank the Lord for His many blessings, and as we leave the summer behind, (although the temperatures are still hitting the low 30's as we move into October!!) we look forward to what He has for us in the months to come.



God bless.

Wellspring Victory Church.

DIARY DATES
OCTOBER 2013
Sun 6Sunday meeting -Prayer 10.15am
Welcome & Worship 11am
Duncan speaking
Wed 9Bible Study Various locations
Sun 13Sunday meeting -Prayer 10.15am
Welcome & Worship 11am
Pat speaking
Wed 16Bible Study Various locations
Sun 20Sunday meeting -Prayer 10.15am
Welcome & Worship 11am
Andrew speaking
Wed 23Bible Study Various locations
Sun 27Sunday meeting -Prayer 9.45am
Welcome & Worship 11am
Duncan speaking
NOVEMBER 2013
Sun 3Sunday meeting -Prayer 10.15am
Welcome & Worship 11am
Pat speaking
Wed 6Bible Study Various locations
Sun 10Sunday meeting -Prayer 10.15am
Welcome & Worship 11am
Andrew speaking