Tim and Marilyn Westergren
Dear Friends the World Over,
We praise God for his favor on us during our separate tours among Alliance churches this fall. Though Marilyn returned from Minnesota tired and sick, she enjoyed the experience immensely--more than she had expected for her first time! That´s a credit both to the Holy Spirit´s empowerment and the warm reception and openness of the Alliance churches in SW Minnesota. My travels were much more varied than ever before: a month with churches in Ohio that I had visited 15 years ago and then two weeks in SW Minnesota and visits to Vietnamese and Hmong churches. There is nothing quite like itinerating among Alliance congregations that anticipate and animate (as in encourage) our ministry with them. We feel so loved and cared for!
We have enjoyed our last weeks immensely after tour, being able to visit Hannah (and our nephew Brent) at Wheaton College´s family weekend and to participate in several campus activities at Calvin: a play and the women´s national volleyball championship. It is our one year to be present for our daughters, and we are grateful for it. (Yesterday I was able to hear Christopher J. H. Wright and N. T. Wright in person at the Missional Hermeneutic Conference on campus!)
Katey is a busy senior but has had some good opportunities to explore what God has for her in Biology, missions and public health. Sarah is also enjoying her adventure in France, confirming her choice to study French and social work and her future desire to work in Europe. Pray for both of them as they face the battle of paying for their schooling. Pray for Hannah as she continues to struggle with homesickness (for Spain) and culture adjustments. It is harder to relate socially than she had expected.
I am studying the epistles to the Thessalonians. Let me share with you a passage with my prayer for you this year, using the version from the era of the pilgrims!
. . . we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth: Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle. Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work (2 Thessalonians 2:14-17)
May it be so!
Building bridges of trust that can stand the weight of truth,
Tim & Marilyn
We serve the Kingdom of God in Spain through the networked, cooperative efforts of The Alliance (of Christians and missionaries who live out the call of the Great Commission together). We are wholly and perseveringly supported by The Great Commission Fund of The Alliance. We are gratefully supported by many Christians who are allied with us as missionaries to touch this country and 60 others where we have been called to serve.
Prayer Requests/Answers to Prayer
Pray for our travels with Katey, Hannah and Brent to my mother´s home in Arkansas for Thanksgiving
Pray for me as I come alongside the elders at Crystal Springs Alliance here in GR for some encouragement during their pastoral search. This Sunday we will head to Goshen to minister in Marilyn´s home church. Pray for a growing missions vision in this wonderful Christian Reformed congregation. They have recently started supporting us through the GCF. May God bless them for their extra-denominational generosity!
Pray for our planning for English Camp next summer. We are going ahead with plans for our 10th edition in late July!
Pray for the youth pastors in Tres Cantos, Jaime and Raquel Carrasco: Their marriage strength, their newborn son Yakov’s health, a means of support outside the local church, and their leadership during our absence. They are living on next to nothing. Pray for Spaniards who will support them financially in their youth ministry, that goes beyond our local church to a network of youth and churches.
-- That God would send spiritual awakening to Spain.
-- That God would raise up Spanish pastors and lay leaders.
-- That our multi-cultural national church would know supernatural and unexplainable “but for God” unity.
-- That our pastors and churches would experience God’s supernatural provision in the midst of the economic crisis.
-- That God would mightily bless the professors and students in our new seminary INFORMA .
-- That our Muslim outreach team would see lasting fruit.
-- That Cinderella’s House would be mightily used to transform the lives of the few women that are in transition out of prostitution. The staff has been besieged with physical illness; pray for the Great Physician´s healing for all there.
Thank you once again for holding us up in prayer, we deeply appreciate it. May God bless you all.
Updated: November 25, 2013
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