January 4, 2017 | John David and Sara Bennett
January 4th, 2017
San Quintin, Baja California, Mexico
1 Samuel 7:12
“Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen, and called its name Ebenezer, saying, “Thus far the Lord has helped us.”
Dear friends and family,
We hope that you all have had a wonderful season and have started off your New Year well.
Our family enjoyed a wonderful Christmas with our family. We have been able to be involved in Sara’s parents church, which is one of our supporting churches. JD got to give the Christmas morning message and a young man named Antonio trusted Christ as his Savior during JD’s invitation. How wonderful to see the Lord work on Christmas Day.
Roadblocks: Well, it has been a very eventful morning here in Mexico! We packed our car up last night to return today at 6:00 am to make good time back to our furlough base in Redlands, CA. At the very first traffic light we came across a roadblock across the Transpenisular Highway. It turns out that there are roadblocks all over Mexico to protest the increased prices of gasoline in Mexico, that took effect on January 1st.
This morning we made it around 3 roadblocks only to be unable to find a way through at the 4th roadblock, there was no way to get around, so we were forced to drive back to Sara’s parents’ home, having to work our way around roadblocks again to get to their home. We are all ok and Sara’s family is happy to have us back so soon! Just know we are not back in the Redlands area this week as we were saying we would be.
Our New Tentmakers Church-Plant:
On the bright side, God has been SO good to us thus far as we share the vision of our new Tentmakers church-plant in Los Barrios, in the Campo de Gibraltar region of Andalucía, Spain. We are so humbled and thankful to the churches and groups who have welcomed us to share our burden to reach the unreached of Campo de Gibraltar. One example of God’s goodness in providing for our new ministry came through a very talented missionary and his son. Missionary Alan Lee has graciously provided us the equipment that we needed to make Scripture downloads available to people in or passing through Campo de Gibraltar in all the spoken languages of the region. And Alan’s son, Marcos, has helped JD create a ministry webpage and media for inviting people to know more about the Lord, and our new church-plant.
Great-Grandma Poppe: Sara’s grandmother’s health continues to be delicate in Hospital El Buen Pastor here in San Quintin. We thank our Father in Heaven for the kind and professional care Grandma has received from the staff there. Grandma Poppe is in a semi-coma state following her devastating stroke in November, but has shown more signs of recognizing her visitors. She has suffered recently from arteriosclerosis, which is thickening and hardening of the arteries because of old age. We do greatly appreciate your prayers for her.
Prayer: Apart from these other needs, please pray for the 3 short-term missionary teams that we will be hosting, that the Lord can help us make the best use of our time this 2017. We also pray that English Action Camp ’17 comes together for the Lord’s glory.
We appreciate you all,
JD, Sara, Sarah Ruth and Abigail Mae
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If you would like help us fulfill the great commission when we return to Spain (Romans 15:24), you can send support for this new work to:
Tentmakers Bible Mission “Andalucía Project”
PO Box 160, LaGrange, WY 82221
Please write Andalucía Project on the memo line of the checks.
Online Giving to our ministry needs, called Andalucía Project.
Click on: https://tentmakers.webconnex.com/giving/europe
and select “Andalucía Project”