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After this month, we’ve experienced in the flesh why Chicago is considered the 6th major city with the worst weather in the US. It has been VERY cold and we are officially sick of the snow. Come Spring, come…

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Besides the cold we’ve actually had an enjoyable month. In particular, we were delighted to have a close friend from Spain, Dan, over for a week. It is so relaxing to speak in Spanish and, for a moment, no longer feel like aliens in a strange land. We’ve also been able to spend time with friends from Chicagoland, which becomes more significant as we realize that soon we’ll be far away from here.

Looking forward, this semester will have a high concentration of preaching. Because I want to grow in preaching God’s word faithfully, I’ve seized a number of opportunities to get better at it. I’m taking specialized preaching classes (in difficult biblical texts like poetic and prophetic books) and will be preaching in a number local churches. Two weeks ago I was also able to attend a Simeon Trust workshop that provides ongoing training for people in ministry to preach better. Finally, Dan, our friend from Spain, encouraged me to write guidelines for preparing a sermon. You can see it here.

I still have a lot to learn about preaching, but a few things have become evident. First, if the Bible is God’s word, it is essential that preachers learn how to read the text carefully to understand not only what it is saying, but also what it is claiming on the reader – what we are called to do in response. Second, the preacher is to clearly communicate that to the church, calling them also to respond to God’s word. This is a sobering thought, actually communicating God’s word to people. That’s one of the reasons I need a lot more training.

Please, keep praying with us:

  • to enjoy this last semester, especially to spend time with friends that we might never see again
  • to keep strong in studies, work and church
  • for my preaching times, that God would keep me faithful to his word and that I speak through him while I continue learning

We love you,

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We have big news. Remember that on the last letter we told you about a two-year job/training opportunity? We’re going to Kansas City next May!

The church is called Christ Community Church and it has four campuses in the Kansas City area (on the border of the states of Kansas and Missouri). It is a very healthy, gospel centered Evangelical church.

This is going to be my first real pastoral position, my job will include specifically cross-cultural aspects, such as helping design programs and supervise the church’s global and local mission partners. It will also involve more “typical” pastoral stuff like teaching, planning, visiting people in need, etc.

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I will be a part of their fellowship program. They select 2-3 people a year to work under a pastoral staff. In addition to getting the work done, a key component of my job will be processing what I am learning with the main pastors and the other fellows in the program. The aim is to provide a healthy environment where we can practice, fail, process, and try again with a serious support structure. This church has a passion for helping young pastors-to-be to develop in a strong church before they are launched out to (often) work on their own. This also means that, during this time, part of my job will be to start thinking about and plan our steps after these two years. They are intent not just to train us, but also to help us to get to the next destination where God is calling us: Spain!

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Feel free to ask us for more details about the upcoming shift in our life, we’d love to share more! Also, check out my last sermon in a church up in Racine here.

Please, pray with us

  • That God would give us the stamina to finish this year well, not forgetting the importance of day-to-day faithfulness.
  • For our involvement in our current church (Crossway), particularly in “Exploring Christianity,” where we are both serving this year.
  • For my Spanish documentation process. In May my residency expires and I need to figure out how to get it renewed before then so that I can go back later!

With love.

Dear family and friends,

I hope you all have had a great, restful summer. For some of you, its not over yet. Mine officially ended this Wednesday when I started classes for my last year here at Trinity! As we look forward to our next steps, we are also mindful of the need to get the most out of our time here before it ends.

A New Intense School Year
This will probably be the most academically intense school year so far. In addition to higher level classes, I’m taking a few more credits in order to finish by next summer, thinking of training opportunities for the next school year. Marta continues to work hard at two jobs, and I, in addition to studying, has the privilege of serving as a Teacher Assistant for a Greek class, and will keep working for Ashoka.

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Next Year Prospects
Some of you know that we made a decision a while ago to stay in the U.S. for two additional years in order to get deeper practical training and to forge partnerships with people that are interested in investing in the Church in Spain. Specifically, a large church in the Midwest has tentatively offered us a two-year position as a “Cross-cultural” pastor to both receive some practical ministry opportunities, and to help them start a training program for future missionaries and cross-cultural pastors. So far this seems to be something God is in, so we are seriously considering it. From September 21 to 23 we’ll be visiting this church, to see if we like them and they like us! If that goes well, I will get a formal offer for the position. Please pray for that.

Financial Challenges for the Last Stretch
Before having a full time job next year, this year we face a financial challenge. For our Spanish readers, University here in the US is outrageously expensive, and people end up their studies with hundreds of thousands of dollars of debt. After two years of having been able to pay all the University bills miraculously, this year it will be different. The reason is that a major Scholarship source for us has shut down for a year to reevaluate their program. This has left us with a pretty significant hole in what we need to cover. Please pray that we’ll proceed wisely in discerning how to fund that. We know God will provide, as he’s done before, but we need to be patient for that to happen.

Please pray with us

  • for strength and health for both of us to get through an intense semester
  • for our visit with the Midwest Church during our visit from Sept 21-23
  • for wisdom and patience for provision for our last Seminary bills

We love you.