Raymond and Mary Ebbett

Prayer Letter/Ministry Update

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September 11, 2018

Dear praying friends,

These past few months back in the States have been very eventful. But first, a quick update on what is happening in Spain.

An Amazingly Wet Spring

After a very dry winter the reservoirs were dangerously low. Then in March it started raining like crazy! It rained almost every day for weeks on end, which is extremely unusual. As a result, we had never seen such a green landscape in Spain in all our 25 years there. What a great encouragement this was to us. As many of you know, we have invited you to pray with us for the “spiritual greening of Spain” from the very beginning of our ministry in the country. The amazingly green Spain we saw this Spring reminded us that God is indeed in control of every detail of our lives. (Check out this story on the Alliance website which Raymond recently wrote on the subject: https://www.cmalliance.org/news/2018/08/31/the-spiritual-greening-of-spain/)

The Spiritual Greening of Spain

Another evidence of God’s “greening” of Spain was the fourth edition of the Bethany School of Discipleship and Missions held in July. Once again God moved in miraculous, life-transforming ways among the more than 40 young people present. Praise the Lord! This moving video includes a few of the testimonies and illustrates the spiritual atmosphere of Bethany. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C97YwnttUG4&t=14s) It specifically explains how the heart of each Bethany School is the emphasis on prayer. Please continue to intercede for this strategic ministry.

A Personal Note

On a more personal level these first couple of months back in the States have been a lot more stressful than we had anticipated. Beyond the challenge of concluding our work in Spain and making the transition back to the States, Mary has had some serious health issues. Only two weeks after our return, her heart condition (diagnosed a few years ago) took a turn for the worse. After a visit to the emergency room and several consultations with the cardiologist, we are thrilled to report that she is doing better and improving. We would deeply appreciate your prayers for complete healing.

Answers to Prayer

• We are so grateful for the Lord’s care for us and for Mary’s health needs over these past two months. We were able to renew our licenses, buy a car, visit doctors, dentists and optometrists, as well as receive our household shipment from Spain, which arrived in great shape. We are also blessed to be living this year in the furnished house provided by our home church in Lilburn, Georgia.

Prayer Points

• We begin ministry this weekend, and Mary will be sharing in a couple of women’s events these next two Saturdays. On most weekends this Fall we are scheduled to speak in churches and need the Lord’s enabling and anointing. For health reasons, Mary has been excused from most speaking responsibilities, but will be traveling with Raymond as she feels up to it.

• Mary is also a candidate for a pacemaker. We will see the cardiologist again on Sept 30th. Please pray for improved heart function and that her weakened heart muscles will regain strength.

• We will be concluding our formal missionary ministry on July 1 of next year. Pray with us for God’s clear direction in this next chapter of our lives. We have not made any firm decisions and are looking to the Lord for His leading.

Yours for the spiritual greening of Spain,
Raymond and Mary

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July 11, 2018

Dear praying friends,

We are now back in the States! Thanks so much for your prayers over these past few months as we finished up and said our goodbyes in Spain. We have much to be grateful for, including your faithful prayers on our behalf. We specifically thank God for:

- 25 years of service in Spain, with many wonderful friends and colleagues
- God's grace in concluding our ministry in Spain and saying our goodbyes
- a safe journey back to the States, arriving on June 29th
- a wonderful furnished house provided by our home church here in Lilburn, Georgia
- being able to renew our expired Georgia driver's licenses with no problems!
- a loaner car until we can buy one (hopefully soon)

Thank you for your continued prayers for us during this final year of Home Assignment here in the States. In the coming months we will be ministering in missions conferences and sharing reports of how God is at work in Spain.

Here are a few specific updated requests:

- the Bethany School of Missions and Discipleship started in Spain yesterday with 40 students. This will last through July 24th. Pray for God's special protection and blessing on the young people, the teachers, and all who are involved.
- God’s guidance for the “next chapter” of our lives and ministry, especially after we conclude our responsibilities with the C&MA mission in July, 2019.
- God's anointing and grace as we minister in churches in the coming months
- our participation in the Home Assignment Ministries Seminar next week in Colorado Springs, and a visit with Mary's family afterwards.
- the safe arrival of our shipment of personal effects, via ocean freight

Yours for the spiritual greening of Spain,
Raymond and Mary

Prayer Requests/Answers to Prayer

See the requests included above in the text of our update.

Ongoing request:

Pray for physical strength for Raymond. The postpolio syndrome is an ongoing challenge and we trust God daily for the grace to do what He has called us to do. We so appreciate your support in prayer. God is able!

Additional prayer points for Spain:
Each month you can also find additional updated prayer needs on our Spain field website. (see link above, at right: "visit website")

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Updated: September 11, 2018

Status
Home Assignment
Country of Service
Spain
Address
5636 Crestwood Dr
Stone Mountain, GA 30087-2917

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