Valencia, March- April 2020

Dear Friends,

First of all, sincere apologies for not writing earlier on. We are all well and in enforced confinement by the Government decree to stay in our houses. Today (Sunday 15th March) we did not have our usual church meeting for the Lord’s day, and most likely we will remain like this until the beginning of April. Officially, it is a 15 day quarantine, but it can be extended for much longer under Parliament rule. I guess, we are all in the same boat facing the same challenge. Madrid has the 2nd highest number of people dying by being infected by the Covid19 virus in Europe; so as a church we have implemented audio/videos for teaching sessions taking care of our community. Please, pray for wisdom as we seek to serve and particularly to remain confident in our God as our protector.

Last Thursday, finally I was able to undergo a procedure to discover possible damage after chocking during a meal. This incident happened last December 2018, but the doctors had not been able to solve my ailment. I had a gastroscopy and the immediate results were positive, yet they took some biopsies for further examination. The effect of deep sedation has become an issue, please pray for total recovery.

We had organized the Editorial Peregrino Conference for 28th of March, sadly that event will not take place now. We had invited Ed Shaw to speak at the conference, on the subject of his book: “The Plausibility Problem: The Church and Same-Sex Attraction”, which has sold in good numbers here in Spain. The subject matter is demanding our response, and this initiative has given us a clear position in today’s society’s conflicting messages. Pray for patience and for the ability to reorganize the conference.

This coming week, we are expecting to finally make a decision, as determined by the Red Cross, if we would be able to distribute nearly 12 tons of food. It is scheduled for Tuesday 7th April, but right now I can see that it would be impossible. I have been contacting families to inform them, and it is then when you give them the news that you realize how important these food parcels are for their livelihood. Pray for a strategy that will remedy this inconvenience. Nevertheless, I will be working from home these next two weeks to coordinate all the details.

Today we finished our series Real on I John via Internet. Really encouraged to have studied this letter. The Church has been built up, challenged in ways perhaps unexpected by them. We give the glory to the Lord. Please remember us as a teaching pastoral team to be faithful to the Word. Our plan to begin our meeting “Grups” on Fridays has also been postponed.

Helen continues to work all these days as all leave is cancelled. She will keep her ordinary duties, but can be recalled to offer support. The whole nation is particularly grateful for the dedication of the health staff in their commitment to offer their best. Over the last two days there have been spontaneous claps throughout the country showing this gratitude. However, one has to recognize that in the Spanish culture, clapping is often use in a way that is different to the rest of the world.

As a family we are grateful for the Lord’s keeping and provision. Thank you for praying for us.

Thanks for being there.