Tim and Marilyn Westergren
On the road again!
Dear Friends the World Over,
Greetings from the D.C. area! First Alliance in Silver Spring, Maryland, is incredibly diverse with brothers and sisters from more than 30 nations worshipping together in English. There are two other congregations sharing the facilities--Korean and Ethiopian. I preached in the Amharic language congregation on Sunday during the Super Bowl! (they weren´t interested in false football!) I did get to see the second half and rejoiced at the Seahawks triumph. Let´s share the glory, I say.
As I said when we talked, I will be coming to FABC for a Peacemaking seminar April 10-12. . . I am writing to ask you if you would be willing to host us in your home Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights? Marilyn will not be coming for the seminar but may arrive from Church of the Foothills in California on Friday. I don´t know if you are in conditions to host us or if the dates work, but I couldn´t think of a better place to be than in your home. If not, I´m sure that I could find a place with some of the other folk at FABC. What do you think?
Marilyn and I had a personal prayer retreat this Wed-Saturday. We have been listening and interceding and fasting, seeking God´s intentions for our service when we return to Tres Cantos and Spain for the next four years. We return without our daughters and without Wendels and Pinedas, so we need to discern what kind of evangelism and ministry should take priority.
Here is the passage we have been speaking on and meditating on ourselves!
2 Cor 3:18--4:7
And we all, with unveiled faces, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.
Therefore, having this ministry by the mercy of God, we do not lose heart. 2 But we have renounced disgraceful, underhanded ways. We refuse to practice cunning or to tamper with God's word, but by the open statement of the truth we would commend ourselves to everyone's conscience in the sight of God. 3 And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. 4 In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 5 For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus' sake. 6 For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.
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
Here are 10 good reasons to intercede for us!
1. Pray for Katey during her last semester at Calvin. She has a heavy one to finish all of her degree classes. At the same time she needs to make plans for a summer job and then scope out an English-teaching job in South Korea for the following school term. Her visit to Nicaragua to visit her boyfriend Kyu and his parents was a fulfilling experience.
2. Sarah has returned from France triumphant! Pray for her attitude as she settles back into life at Calvin. She has to think about a summer internship and also decide about housing for the fall. As always, paying for college is a constant pressure as well.
3. Sarah and Katey are leading a group of international students in a flamenco dance presentation for Rangeela, the annual student international folk dance festival at Calvin.
4. Hannah is excited about her education classes. She needs a job at school and a summer job, too. Pray that the Spanish department would have more hours for her to tutor (or that she would find what God has for her if not that). She seeks summer job in Spain.
5. Recently the three girls found out that they cannot renew their Spanish residency visas now that they are adults. This has provoked some real frustration. One of the countries they love doesn´t want them!
6. This Friday the leadership team from our congregation in Tres Cantos will have a mini-retreat. Pray for their planning and unity. Continue to pray for Jaime and Raquel, the youth pastor and his wife. While they are holding steady with support this year, they have plenty of challenges: Parenting two young boys, coordinating leaders who are all older than they are, finishing his M.Div. thesis, serving God amidst the spiritual oppression of Spain.
7. Marilyn and I tour together for the first time ever. Pray for our coordinated effort on behalf of Spain, the Great Commission Fund and the Kingdom. Here is our schedule through March. Anywhere near you?
January 19-26 Roanoke, Va.
Jan. 26-Feb. 2 Silver Spring, Md.
February 3-8 Spiritual Retreat in Bristow, Va.
February 9-16 Rockville, Md.
February 16-23 Seaford and Milton, Del.
Feb. 23-Mar. 2 Erie, Pa.
March 12-16 Wheaton, Ill.
8. In order to do English Camp this summer, we need to have permission to use a local public school even though we will not be sponsored by the city this time. Pray for a green light in these next two weeks!
9. Both Marillyn and I need to return to Spain to renew our permanent residency in late March. What does God have for us when we go? There has to be meaningful reason beyond the renewal. We want to take full advantage of this obligatory expenditure.
10. Pray for Dr. Orlando Rivera at Nyack College, who has pledged to recruit heavily for Global Ventures English Camp. We are dependent on people like him each year to find the 30-35 volunteers we need each summer.
Your fellow servants for Jesus´ sake,
Tim & Marilyn
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: February 08, 2014
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