Last Sunday as we were walking home from church, we were accompanied by a lady named Paquita. Paquita came to know the Lord through an interesting series of events. When her son was in his twenties, he dated a girl whose family attended an evangelical church. She thought this was very strange as she had never heard of a protestant church before. Intrigued, she decided to visit the church in Barcelona and see what this was all about firsthand. It was an eye-opening event for her. She attended every Sunday and came to understand that she was a sinner, and needed God’s forgiveness by believing that Jesus died in her place and rose from the dead. She decided to find a church closer to her home in Vilassar de Mar where she had lived for nearly 50 years. She got connected with the local church, and her faith was tested soon after when she saw that the people of the church were not perfect. Instead of throwing in the towel on her new faith, she chose to believe that love is a commitment. And she had committed to love her church. As we walked along the quiet streets last Sunday, she asked us to keep praying for her family. She is a living testimony to her husband, son, and daughter, who aren’t Christians. We thanked her for helping us serve here in Vilassar and she responded that she is overjoyed to give what she can to partner with us. As we expressed out gratitude for the eggs and potatoes she had just given us, she paused in the street and said, “Before, I would spend 100€ on shoes. Now, I can’t do that. I would rather serve with you and enable you to serve others.”
This week has been especially challenging as we struggle to remember God’s faithfulness. Looking back, our conversation with Paquita was so timely as the theme of it was God’s faithfulness. Our team leader reminded us that, “Grace can only be learned in adverse conditions.” We have had to choose time and again this week to find our identity and peace in Christ. Not our activity, not our service, not the good things we do, but in Him alone. We’re encouraged to remember what we’re called to (to know God and make Him known), who called us (the perfect triune God) and to be faithful right where we’re at. We’d like to share a few words from a hymn that has been an encouragement to us this week.
Haste, then, on from grace to glory,
Armed by faith and winged by prayer;
Heaven’s eternal day’s before thee,
God’s own hand shall guide us there.
Soon shall close thy earthly mission,
Soon shall pass thy pilgrim days,
Hope soon change to glad fruition,Faith to sight, and prayer to praise.Excerpt from, “Jesus, I My Cross Have Taken”
We hope these words encourage you as they have encouraged us. We pray that you are being faithful where He has called you and that you would remember how sovereign and perfect our great God is. Please let us know how we can be praying for you. Thank you for your prayers and your commitment to serve with us.