God’s Reign in Spain
The Missionary Journey of Rev David & Shelee Warner
May 2020
Photo credit: LCMS Photographer Johanna Heidorn

Mario Graduates from Seminary!

      For the last 2 years Mario Caballero has been studying at Concordia Seminary–The Reformer, our Spanish language seminary in the Dominican Republic (DR).  Mario is from a small town just south of Sevilla.  He became a member of the Spanish Lutheran Church and San Pablo Congregation in 2017.  He was able to attend the Seminary on a scholarship and the congregational offerings of the Church here in Spain have helped him with various costs over the past two years, including his air travel.
After taking a short break in Spain over the summer, Mario has the great opportunity to complete a 9 month vicarage at Zion Lutheran Church in  Detroit, MI under Pastor Mark Braden.
Because of CV-19, the May graduation ceremony in the DR is delayed until at least September.  To help Mario celebrate now Pastor Machado put together a great video of well wishes and congratulations from members.  We look forward to the time when Mario will be serving here in Spain!

Photos below are from his time in the Dominican Republic.
Photo credit: LCMS Photographer Johanna Heidorn

Mercy in Action

       As the CV-19 restrictions continue in Spain, the leadership team was aware that some of our church members had been out of work for many weeks and were experiencing financial hardship.  This included several newly arrived refugees from Venezuela.  The Spanish pastors, Church board members and missionary pastors gathered via zoom to discuss options and decided to create a Mercy Fund and appeal to the members to donate to a special mercy offering in addition to their regular church offerings. Gifts from the Mercy Fund would be given to other members experiencing difficulties.  A committee of members from across Spain was convened to receive and evaluate requests.
Thanks be to God, members were moved to donate immediately and the Mercy Fund has already helped two families!  We look forward to seeing how the Lord will use this Fund to show mercy to many more.  

Time for a Despedida….Saying Good-bye

Kayla Hoem,  Globally Engaged Outreach
Kayla has finished her 3 years of serving in Spain as a GEO, or short term missionary.  She has been living in Sevilla, but serving the entire Spanish Lutheran Church through her communication efforts.  She has strengthened our Face book and Instagram presence as part of our gospel outreach, and has increased our communication of weekly events to our members.  She was instrumental in starting the live stream of the Divine Service in Sevilla long before CV-19 made it a necessity, as well as recorded guest presenters at Foro and Assembly meetings.  She also experimented with an English Conversation group at the church location in Sevilla.  The Pastors have been dividing up her many responsibilities–she will be missed when she is gone! 

For the travel plans of Mario and Kayla–who both are waiting for CV-19 restrictions to be lifted so that they can go home! Mario to return to Spain and then on to the USA this fall, and Kayla home to Minnesota.

For the Annual Spain FORO which will be held June 13th via the Internet.  This is our annual Planning meeting and the leadership here in Spain has been working for several months assessing and preparing for this online meeting with partners.
That God would bring all the right partners to the meeting
That we would not have any internet issues and the meeting
would run smoothly
That there will be great conversation with good questions to guide
plans for the next 5 years of LCMS Missions with the
Spanish Lutheran Church

Muchas Gracias!  Thank you for
your support, your prayers, your gifts
that God uses to build His Church in Spain!

Attention: Educators and Parents
We’d like to get your ideas about online education! I don’t think its been a favorite of anyone, but when you go back to meeting in person in classrooms, we will continue to serve 30% of our members via online technology.  How do we build a community of faith for our youth?  How can we provide Sunday School and create a youth group for adolescents?  How do we have fun and play games, and study the Word and worship?
Tell us what worked best for you and help us brainstorm ways to engage our youth over the internet.  I’d like to compile your ideas so that we could use them in future planning sessions with Pastors and lay teachers here.
Can we talk this summer?  Reply to this email and let me know when you would have a bit of time to chat and I’ll call you using VOIP technology!  (We are 6 hours ahead of the East Coast time zone, so your morning or early afternoon would work best for me).  Thanks so much for partnering with us! 

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