Raymond and Mary Ebbett

Prayer Letter/Ministry Update

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May 25, 2017

Dear praying friends,

God is at work, whether we see immediate results or not. Last month all our Alliance international workers in Spain and Portugal gathered for an inspiring five days together. The anointed ministry of David Hearn, president of the C&MA of Canada, challenged us to walk in the power of the Holy Spirit. In the hardened soil of Western Europe these timely messages were a great encouragement. We may not always see immediate results but God is definitely at work, even in the less responsive corners of the world.

Your prayers serve as God´s divine "soil improvement" strategy, for only God can soften hard hearts. Thank you for partnering with us in prayer. During our Field Forum we received a number of very encouraging reports of how God is indeed doing a new thing in Spain. Nine new international workers arrived in the past twelve months! New doors opened to share the Gospel. New US partner churches for Spain. New opportunities to equip millennials. New students preparing for ministry in our Bible Institute. New churches are being started. Missionaries are even being sent out from Spain! A pastoral couple was sent from Madrid to London in February to start a work among Spanish-speaking immigrants.

Yes, God is at work, whether we see immediate results or not. Thank you so much for your prayers for the “spiritual greening” of Spain. The challenges are still enormous, with barely 1% of the population in Spain considered evangelical believers, and even fewer in Portugal. But as you pray with us, God advances His kingdom, often in ways we do not initially see or understand. It is all about Jesus, not us. Pray that we and all our colleagues will serve in the power of the Holy Spirit in our multiple ministries here in Spain and Portugal.

We give ourselves to Him, He takes us.
We bring an empty hand, He fills it.
We are the capacity, He is the supply.
We are the Temple, He occupies it.
We are the channel, He flows through it.
Let us receive Him into every pore and fiber of our being.
Let every chord and every member be a channel for His indwelling and in-working. (A.B. Simpson)

UPDATED PRAYER REQUESTS

Here are a few specific ways you can pray for us in the near future. Pray especially for the financial needs of the Bethany House project (which we highlighted in January). Pray for all the preparations, students and teachers who will participate in the 2017 Bethany School of Discipleship and Missions. Thanks so much!

June 4 minister in church in Granada
June 6 meeting with National Church Board
June 10 lead meetings to revise National Church Bylaws
June-July preparations for Bethany School of Discipleship and Missions

Thank you for your faithful prayers and support for the worldwide work of the Lord through the C&MA family. Please consider joining us in making a special contribution to the Great Commission Day offering for the advance of the Gospel worldwide. Pray with us, too, that giving to the Great Commission Fund will be strong in May and June, enabling us to end the year in the black.

Yours for the spiritual greening of Spain,
Raymond and Mary
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March 2, 2017

Dear praying friends,

In our last update we highlighted the Bethany House project. We are thrilled with the growing interest and support for this strategic ministry. Please keep it in your prayers!

This month we would like to highlight Raymond’s work with the local and national leaders of our Alliance churches here in Spain. Over the years he has dedicated much time and energy in this area. This involves coordinating the efforts of our expatriate international workers with the local C&MA congregations here in Spain. Raymond’s ministry also entails brokering strategic partnerships in Spain with our Alliance churches in Latin America, North America and Europe.

In 1978 the first C&MA international workers arrived in Spain and launched church-planting efforts in several cities. The results in those early years were discouragingly meager. As recently as the year 2000, and after much effort, the C&MA in Spain consisted of only 3 congregations. Today the Alliance family consists of 25 churches and groups throughout Spain. Five years ago a seminary (INFORMA) was established and a new generation of pastors and workers are being trained. The Bethany House School of Discipleship and Missions is also part of this vision to raise up a new generation of pastors, leaders and missionaries.

Ten years ago the decision was made to form a federation of local alliance churches in Spain (the FIACME). This network of congregations forms our Spain C&MA family. This past weekend, pastors and delegates from these congregations met for their annual national assembly. They were challenged by the need to reach the many unreached cities in Spain which still do not have an evangelical church. At the recent assembly we also highlighted the three pastors (two Latin Americans and one Spaniard) who have been sent from Spain to serve as missionaries in England and Germany. There is a growing missions vision in our local churches!

It is tremendously encouraging to work with this very diverse, multi-cultural group of pastors. Most receive very little financial support from their churches and many are bi-vocational. In addition to the Spanish-speaking congregations we have a Chinese Alliance Church in Madrid (which hopes to start a new Chinese work this fall in Barcelona), and a new bi-lingual church in Alicante. Several of our churches are also reaching out to Muslim immigrants from North Africa. The remaining challenge in Spain is huge, but God is definitely at work! Thank you for your prayers.

We are so grateful for the group of mature leaders who now form the national church board of directors. Raymond has participated in this board almost the entire 24 years we have been in Spain. To be honest, at times it has been very discouraging and the spiritual warfare and opposition have been real. But we presently have a healthy group of committed, mature leaders who love God and have a heart for the lost. Please pray for Raymond as he continues to work with, encourage and serve this group of national leaders.

UPDATED PRAYER REQUESTS

Here are a few specific ways you can pray for us in the near future. Thanks so much!

March 4-9 -- Take some vacation time!
March 9-11 -- Visit our international workers in Malaga (southern Spain)
March 16 -- Field Leadership Team meeting in Madrid
March 19-20 -- Trip to Barcelona with national church leaders
March 20-27 -- Receive group of pastors/leaders from U.S. Metro District
April -- Prepare for our upcoming Spain/Portugal Field Forum (April 24-29)

Thank you for your faithful prayers and support for the worldwide work of the Lord through the C&MA family. Please check out this wonderful and inspiring "thank you" video.

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: May 25, 2017

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Field Assignment
Country of Service
Spain
Address
C/ Pico de la Miel, 2
28770 Colmenar Viejo
Madrid,
SPAIN

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