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God’s Reign in Spain

The Missionary Journey of Rev David & Shelee Warner
LCMS Missionaries to Spain

JULY–AUGUST 2020
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On the Road Again!

First stop:  Sevilla — Open for Worship       We joined with Pastor Lehman, his family, and the San Pablo congregation as they opened for worship amidst CV-19.  Everyone is slowly adjusting to the new norms of masks, hand sanitizer, no singing and space between families.  We are thankful for recorded hymns with voices so that we can still enjoy meditating on the Biblical lyrics even though we can’t sing along. 
I was glad when they said to me,
“Let us go to the house of the Lord.”
                                                              –Psalm 122:1
     After 4 months of CV-19 isolation, it was great to reconnect with our other LCMS Missionaries on the field here in Spain.  Our friendship, regular zoom calls and time spent together strengthen us for the work God has called us to here.  Friendship and fellowship with other Christians is a gift, a blessing, and a necessity for the body of Christ. 

Saying Good-bye to Kayla Hoem, our short-term (GEO) Missionary.
She was finally able to fly home to the USA on July 1
so we celebrated with her and sent her off with a blessing and gifts,
and a meal together at the Lehman’s home.   

We hope and pray that you have been able to return to worship with your brothers and sisters in Christ as well.  If not, we join with you in praying that your building will be open soon to your Church family, where you can receive God’s rich gifts in person! 

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Like the psalmist, let us
be glad to go to the house of the Lord!  

We are thankful for each of you, & your support–
TOGETHER we are bringing the Gospel in Word and Sacraments to the congregations of the Lutheran Church in Spain

To continue the Lord’s work, you can make a secure
on-line donation by clicking the button above,
or mail a check made out to LCMS
with WARNER-SPAIN in the memo line to:

Mission Central
40718 Highway E-16
Mapleton, IA 51034
OR
Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod 
P.O. Box 66861
St. Louis, MO 63166-6861

All donations are tax-deductible
All donations marked Warner Spain directly impact the mission in Spain  

Next Stop:  Granada — Divine Service           Granada lies between Sevilla and Cartagena so it is an easy stop to make and always a joy to worship with our friends there!
Between the host family and what David brings along,
we set up an altar usually at the dining table and
gather around for the Divine Service.  We enjoyed conversation over lunch together afterwards, then headed home to Cartagena. 
Bits and Pieces….Life in Christ Continues

Mercy in Action The Mercy Fund that was set up in May continues to receive donations from members and requests for help.  The committee of 3 members and pastoral advisor meet to consider requests and gift financial assistance to members who need help in this difficult economic time.

New Contacts:  Yes, people are contacting the Lutheran Church in Spain, wanting to know more!  Thanks be to God, we can now follow up on those email conversations in person!  David travelled an hour to Murcia to meet with a gentleman just this last week.  Proclaiming the hope we have in Christ, scattering the seeds of the Gospel and praying that God brings the fruit in His perfect timing.  

Inquiring Minds Want to Know What do YOU want to know about the Mission in Spain?  About life in Spain? About being a Missionary?  Send us your questions and we’ll answer when the newsletter returns in September.

August Plans Unfortunately our annual conference for the Latin American-Carribbean Region of LCMS International Missions has been cancelled this year.  We all will miss seeing each other, worshiping, and studying together as this is an important time to connect and strengthen relationships amongst the LAC team.  We will take a few days of vacation to meet with the Lehmans and enjoy the beach.  And a trip to Madrid to reconnect with Pastors and members at Emanuel congregation is coming up soon.  

We look forward to connecting with you again,
our cherished friends and supporters, in September! 

PRAYERS 

We covet your prayers for:
     Mario as he has finally returned to Spain from the Seminary in the Dominican Republic; that he would be blessed as he reconnects with family and friends and prepares for his vicarage
     Our members in Madrid as they just now open for worship in person; may they take adequate precautions in a spirit of trust, not fear and joyfully join together to receive His gifts
New Contacts, that they would be curious to learn more
Current adult catechumens and those who have finished their studies but now await in-person worship in order to be confirmed

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