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February ’14 Prayer Letter (by Scott Newton)

Dear Praying Friends,

As I write this prayer letter, I hear sounds of laughter and music from the street below our house. If I were to look out the window, I would see both children and adults dressed up in costumes, very much like Halloween. 

To the more religious here in Barcelona (the minority), it’s a time to “live it up”, because Lent is just around the corner, when they’re expected to give up things that they enjoy. On Tuesday, they symbolically bury the “King of Carnival”, for two reasons: first, to show that the fun is over, and second, that all the blame for the sin committed during Carnival is put on him, and as he dies, so does their guilt. To the less religious (majority), it’s actually pretty similar: live it up in any way your heart desires, because this life is all you get. One of the biggest gay parades in Europe is held here in Barcelona , called the “Debauchery Parade”.

Carnival is a great reminder to refocus on why we are here, why we are studying the language and culture day after day, working to help disciple believers, planning a new church launch, and seeking to live and teach the Gospel. It’s wrapped up pretty well in II Timothy 2:24-26…

“And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all [men], apt to teach, patient, In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; And [that] they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.”

Slavery is slavery, be it religious or secular: the people of this great city are their own enemy, conspiring against themselves as they run from God and His grace straight into the devil’s trap. There’s no life in sin, no real joy once the music stops, the nightclub closes, and the parade ends. But what thrills me to think is that God IS in the business of granting repentance, and recovering souls! King Carnival can’t pay for sins, but King Jesus did. 

Thank you for your prayers for our ministry as we seek to make Jesus more and more known in Spain. Here are a couple praises and prayer requests:

  • I had the privilege to teach to a group of young Christians 3 times in the past month in Spanish. Hopefully getting better!
  • FBC Lebanon sent a special offering for the church setup fund, only $200 more until chairs are paid for in advance!
  • Was able to witness to several people this month, pray for Hugo, Edgar, José, and Martí.
  • 2 new supporters! We lost 5 since getting to Spain, so pray that more replacement support will come in.

God bless, and thanks again for keeping connected with us!

Yours for His Harvest, The Newtons

 

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