Blessings From the Lord
August 9, 2017 | John David and Sara Bennett
Los Barrios, Campo de Gibraltar, Spain
August 9, 2017
House Hunting Update:
Friends, Just a few weeks ago we were feeling a bit disappointed and preoccupied about where we would move our little family to next, once our month long stay at Horizons Missionary Base ran out. We were having some trouble finding a rental home in our new destination of Los Barrios. Listings for rental homes were in other towns, or were too small or too expensive or hard to drive to. We were spending our days calling leads, calling realtors, and checking for rental postings online.
One day in late June, Sara was looking at neighborhoods of Los Barrios and was thinking about the kid-friendly green areas of one corner of town, called Mirador del Rio. Later in the afternoon we got an update on a realty website that a house was just listed for rent in that neighborhood. We called the owners immediately and in that same hour, 2 other parties had called about the house before us. All the same, we managed to see the house that evening. The house had a pretty good list of maintenance problems, but we were a little desperate and the selling point for us was the neighborhood. The previous renters moved out on the 30th, and we moved in on July 1st. June 30th was also, notably, the last day we had available to stay at the missionary base in San Roque. So you can see how the Lord answered our prayers, not a day too soon, but not a day too late. The Lord is always on time.
Seeing the Vision become a Reality:
Many of you reading this will remember how we shared with you while in the U.S. about the great opportunities for evangelism with a number of cultures, notably the North African culture, while serving here in Campo de Gibraltar. Our goal upon arrival was to see how we could make these goals on paper occur in real life, to be able to form part of the missionary DNA of our church-plant from the beginning. Well, God has surpassed our expectations this summer and we have been awed a few times now at the opportunities that we have been given, both from On High and from providential new contacts, to be able to be a witness to people from Muslim families. Without going into details we can just say: We know that you were praying for us. It shows. Thank you.
Our girls are doing well and are making friends in our new neighborhood. We covet and appreciate your prayers.
Want to Come Visit Us?
Are you interested in helping us in our work in Spain? Would you like to come pray for the lost city of Los Barrios, help with repairs and service at Los Naranjos Christian Camp, and minister on the Strait of Gibraltar? From October 1-14, Avant Ministries is organizing a short-term mission team to come help us in our first stage of ministry here in Los Barrios. The team leader needs people with experience in plumbing and construction. The team will spend the first week serving at the Christian camp in Cazalla de la Sierra (Northern Mountains of Sevilla Province, Andalucia) where JD & Sara help organizing ongoing projects. The second week will be spent in Los Barrios, the Bennetts new location of service, praying for the town, helping prepare their new church-plant ministry center (if we can rent a space by then.), and in working to help send Bibles to Africa*. For more info please contact Avant Team Coordinator Clair Longuevan. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can help us have a commercial space by October. (Yes, pray for it.) Also, Tentmakers approved a new fund for our ministry, which will be exclusively for the cost involved in opening the Los Barrios church-plant building. This new fund is called: Los Barrios Special Fund.
Any gifts to help us rent and prepare a store-front for our church-plant can be sent to:
Los Barrios Special Fund
PO Box 160
LaGrange, WY 82221 USA
All our love,
JD, Sara, Sarah Ruth and Abigail Bennett
Our new address:
Urb. Mirador del Rio 3-A, 1 Fase
Los Barrios, Cadiz