|NEWSLETTER No. 64 December 2013|
It's hard to believe that this is the last Wellspring Newsletter of 2013. We can look back on a year of great highs, and some lows. A year when we have been blessed by wonderful visitors. What a great move of God it was to bring Brian and Jenny Stivale to us earlier in the year, and what a blessing it was to have Pastors George and Hazel and Pastors Will and Barbara Graham with us in the summer. How good also to have Mateo and Sharon spending more time with us. We have been truly blessed by their gift in delivering God's word, and deeply moved by the praise and worship led by Mateo. |
Sadly, this year we had to say good-bye to Roger, a big, gentle and much loved man, now gone to be with the Lord. We also had to deal with the damage caused by the burst pipe in the apartment above the church building, and with the robbery, but this is a good time to emphasize that these attacks by the enemy have only served to strengthen our determination to bring the good news of Jesus to this oh so needy part of Spain. If the devil thinks that he is weakening our resolve, he is mistaken. These setbacks have only served to strengthen the spirit of unity within the church, and to strengthen the bonds between God's people.
As we enter that very special time when we celebrate the Lord's birth, we have many God given opportunities to witness to many who we may not come into contact with at any other time of year. December promises to be a very busy month, and we thank the Lord for the beautiful place He has brought us to, for the people He has brought into our lives, and for the opportunities He has placed in our paths.
It has become a regular event for us to hold our traditional Christmas dinner in the village hall at La Molata, and this year was no exception. We had a wonderful afternoon of fun and fellowship as we joined the locals for a very “British” meal, and were given the opportunity to round things off by singing carols, a wonderful way to witness and remind all those present about the true meaning of Christmas.
|Sharon speaking.||Christmas at La Molata.||Carols on Camposol Sector A.|
For the second newsletter in succession I sadly have to announce the passing of a very dear and much loved member of our church. Jean passed away in St. Lucia hospital, Cartagena. Along with husband Tom, Jean had only been with us for a short time, they were spending the winter here whilst considering a permanent move. During that short time Jean had truly blessed us as she radiated her passionate love of the Lord, and lifted us with her dry “Brummy” sense of humor. With unbounded enthusiasm, Jean wanted to be where ever like minded Christians gathered. She made a big impact in a short time, and will be sadly missed.|
On Sunday 22nd December Wellspring held a memorial service for dear Jean. Several church members shared about what Jean meant to them and we celebrated together this special lady’s life. Her daughter Ruth, herself a Methodist minister in the UK then shared a personal tribute to her Mum.. it was special and we all found out some amazing things that Jean got up to during her lifetime. Following the service we said goodbye to Jean’s husband Tom, as he headed back to the UK with Ruth, to sort out Mum’s funeral service back home in Telford.
|Carols on Camposol Sector D||Wellspring Wanderers ready for the off||Jean giving testimony|
Between December 16th and Christmas Eve, the church was busy with Carol concerts on Camposol, [a large villa complex] near to the church. Once again this year we were joined over the four nights by several hundred residents who turned out to sing with us. Camposol is laid out in four sectors and we do a concert on all four in the run-up to Christmas. This year we did not hold our usual Christmas Eve service in church but we moved it to Camposol and had a great evening ministering to a packed social centre. We were joined by other local Christians and boldly declared the love of Christ and the message of salvation in our songs, readings and sketches. On top of all of this, we raised just over 660 Euros for missions; it will be shared between local food parcels for needy families and an aid gift to be sent to the Phillipines, following the recent disaster.|
On the Saturday before Christmas, Wellspring Wanderers held their Christmas walk around the La Pinilla area; we walked around the countryside, through farms and along dry river beds for around 1.5 hours Considering people were away for Christmas a good sized group walked and we had great fellowship together. This walking group has proved to be a great tool for drawing Christians and [not yet Christians together].
|The real meaning of Christmas sketch||Another sketch - The Gift||New Year celebrations|
On Friday 27th December it was ‘open house’ at Pastor Andrew and Wendy’s home. Around 25 people squeezed into their home... it was a tight fit but the sun shone and the patio coped with the overflow. Everyone had a great time of fellowship and brought contributions of food and drink; the day ending in party games which brought howls of laughter when playing charades… Christians having fun?.. absolutely.|
Our last Sunday of the year was a fabulous service as we looked forward to the new year. Pat brought a lovely word of encouragement and Mateo led us in a beautiful time of worship; he has written several beautiful new songs and used one of these during the worship time… it was precious. On New Years Eve a group of us met up for a celebration meal at the Grand Mundo Wok resturant. It was a great fun night together with good food and fellowship and we saw in the new year with a firework display in the street.
2013 was an action packed year... we are looking forward to walking in all that God has for us as we head into 2014. We send New Year greetings to you all and pray that 2014 will be precious and blessed year for you. Thank you for your support and love. God bless.
Wellspring Victory Church.