|NEWSLETTER No. 63 - November 2013|
|What a blessing it was to have Mateo and Sharon with us for our first Sunday morning service in November. For those of you who do not know, we have had a very close relationship with this precious couple, who live in Almeria, since they first visited us in Bolnuevo during a visit by Pastors George and Hazel some years ago. Mateo is a gifted worship leader and both deliver a powerful message. On this occasion Mateo led us in a wonderful time of praise and worship before bringing us a word in Spanish which Sharon translated. Mateo gave us a powerful, thought provoking word, and many were deeply moved by what he said. Earlier in the service, Margaret had given a short but heartfelt testimony which touched many hearts. Many of us would like an opportunity to hear her testimony in full at some future date.|
|Margaret giving testimony.||Mateo leading worship.||Praise and worship.|
For the first time since the beginning of the Wellspring Newsletter it is my sad duty to have to report the passing of a very dear member of our church family. Roger Wheeler passed away in the early hours of Friday 8th November in St. Lucia Hospital, Cartagena. After collapsing in the shower on the previous day, he was rushed into intensive care before undergoing surgery late at night. He didn't recover consciousness. Our thoughts and prayers are with Angela and the family in the UK.|
It was a real blessing to see Angela in church for our Remembrance Sunday service so soon after Roger's death. This was, understandably, a very emotional time. Early in the service Pastor Andrew called the congregation to gather around Angela whist he prayed for her and gave thanks for Roger's life, then after a time of praise and worship we dedicated part of the service to remembering all those who suffered and sacrificed so much during times of conflict. As we approached 12 o'clock (11 o'clock UK time) Pastor Andrew played the Last Post to lead is into the 2 minutes silence. This was brought to a close by the playing of Reveille. This part of the service finished with Brenda reading a very moving poem of forgiveness. Brenda was reading on behalf of Bert who has always played a major role in our Remembrance Day services, but who, sadly, couldn't be with us. After communion Pastor Andrew brought the word... a very special and emotional morning.
|Mateo & Sharon bringing the word.||Pete leading the Remembrance service.||Pastor Andrew playing the Last Post.|
|On Friday 15th. The new Tanatorio in Mazarrón was full to capacity for the funeral of Roger Wheeler. Angela was determined that the service, led by Pastor Andrew, should be a celebration of Roger's life, and had asked those attending not to wear drab clothing, this added to the wonderful sense of warmth and love that was felt throughout the proceedings. In his opening remarks Pastor Andrew said that, although he had conducted many funeral services, this was the first for one of his own flock, and so was a particularly difficult and moving occasion. Pat read the poem “Footprints,” Pastor Wendy sang “Who Am I”, Belinda read the 23rd.Psalm, Pastor Andrew read from 1 Corinthians 13, and Cliff sang “Amazing Grace”. A beautiful and deeply moving experience for all those there, and a wonderful witness to the many non-Christian family and friends. A very touching way to say goodbye to this big, gentle and much loved man, now delivered into the loving care of the Lord.|
|Roger's funeral.||Damage from the break-in||Praise & worship after the break-in|
The following day, Saturday, a large number of us gathered at the home of Pat and Duncan in Pastrana for a home cooked, full English breakfast before setting off on a beautiful walk under clear blue skies and brilliant sunshine, although there was a strong cool breeze which comes as a bit of a shock to those of us living in this beautiful country! These events regularly attract Christian friends from other fellowships, and other non-Christian friends and neighbors. A popular and fun way to introduce people to good, Christian fellowship.
On Missions Sunday we focused on the nation of India and the wonderful work that the Victory leaders there have done during their 50 years of serving the Lord. We spoke at length about what can be achieved when we have the faith to step out and hand our lives over to God, and of how He has equipped each of us to fulfill the purpose He has for our lives. We were again blessed by having Mateo with us to lead us in worship, before Pat brought a word based on “What Does The Cross Mean To You?” During the service Jean brought us a word from the Lord and Pastor Andrew gave the interpretation.
When we arrived to open up the church for our service on 24th, we were saddened to discover that the building had been broken into, and a great deal of our audio/visual equipment had been stolen. However, we didn't allow the situation to distract us from what we were in church for and, after a quick tidy up, we were ready to praise and worship the Lord. At the beginning of the service we handed the situation over to God, and instead of being down hearted, there was a real sense of determination to overcome, which led us into a very special time of praise and worship, albeit without amplification or the words on the screen. There is much work to be done to repair, replace and reinstate the equipment. But if the devil was attempting to dampen our spirits, then he failed. There is a great sense unity as we set about returning the house of the Lord into the place we want it to be.
November has been a very eventful month, but December promises to be even more exciting as we prepare to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Saviour, and take this wonderful opportunity to bring the good news of Jesus to this oh so needy corner of His beautiful creation.
Wellspring Victory Church.
||Sunday 24 November 2013
||Micah 6:8||Sunday 17 November 2013
||The Cross||Sunday 10 November 2013
||New wells||Sunday 3 November 2013
||Mateo and Sharon
|Mon 2||Star Service||6pm New Tanatorio|
|Sun 8||Sunday meeting -Prayer 10.15am
Welcome & Worship 11am
|Wed 11||Bible Study||Various locations|
|Sat 14||Christmas Lunch||2pm La Malata|
book with Carol
|Sun 15||Sunday meeting -Prayer 10.15am
Welcome & Worship 11am
|Pastor Andrew speaking|
|Tue 17||Carols on Camposol||Sector C 6.30pm|
|Wed 18||Carols on Camposol||Sector A 6.30pm|
|Fri 20||Carols on Camposol||Sector D 6.30pm|
|Sat 21||Wellspring Wanderers||Venue to be advised|
|Sun 22||Sunday meeting -Prayer 10.15am
Welcome & Worship 11am
|Tue 24||Carols on Camposol||Sector B 6pm|
|Sun 29||Sunday meeting -Prayer 10.15am
Welcome & Worship 11am