God is Faithful!
Thank you for your prayers, and for your patience! We asked you all to pray for us a couple of weeks ago, and many of you have been asking if our problems have been resolved. Today I am thankful to be able to say that God has blessed us with good resolutions to both sides of the major challenges the Spanish Lutheran Mission was facing. ¡Alleluia! Let prayers of thanksgiving ascend.
Our struggles came on two fronts. First, a wire transfer of funds necessary to pay the mission´s bills failed to show up in our Spanish account. We have received many similar transfers without issue in the past, but the one in January, fairly large, wasn´t showing up, and our Spanish bank was not being responsive to our queries. Finally, after multiple efforts by many people on both sides of the Atlantic, I found the personal work email of an individual bank employee who I met some years ago, named Lola. She investigated and was able to resolve the issue, which we were informed was caused by a changeover in their computer system, which created a glitch that hid our transfer. Within a few days, we had the full transfer deposited in our account, and could pay our bills! We will hang on to Lola´s email!
The second issue had to do with our ability to apply for residency extensions for our three missionaries and family members. A series of errors, including paperwork lost after we submitted it, changing administrative rules, and general bureaucratic opacity, left us in a situation where we couldn´t even get our applications accepted, let alone approved. We had to go through a special process to resolve the problem, which required several notarized documents from several church leaders, including one from me while on Home Service in Alabama.
Today we learned, after almost two months of struggle, that the principal problem has been resolved, and we can move forward with our applications. So again, we ask you to join us in prayer, thanking our Lord for His faithfulness, and asking for His continued protection and blessing of His Mission in Spain.
Lord God, you are all powerful, a God of order and not of chaos, and we thank you for the positive resolution of the problems that have been plaguing your Mission in Spain. We know that your desire to grow your Church is opposed by the Devil, the World and our own sinful nature, and we know that you are our only hope to overcome.
As you have delivered us from these recent problems, we pray you would keep everyone involved in the Lutheran Mission to Spain, members, leaders, pastors and missionaries, strong in faith, bold in confession and full of joy to serve our neighbors in love, always ready to give the reason for the Hope that we have.
Guide and protect your Mission throughout the World. Cause your Word to be proclaimed, and through that Word, draw all men to yourself, in the Name of our Savior Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you, Father, and the Holy Spirit, ever one God, world without end, Amen.
Thank you, friends, for your prayers for the Mission in Spain!