We are officially on full-time deputation! We are so excited that God wants to use us to plant churches and train Christian leaders in Spain.
We have been preparing for this for 7 years, from Bible college, to working on the field, to training at Vision Baptist Church. When I look back at these years of preparation, I see a great deal of mistakes (my part), and a great deal more grace (God’s part).
It is such an amazing thing to be used by God, so many times we feel like our path is a choice, that we must find the best way to lay out our life plans by ourselves, when it is really His plan and His purpose, and He is the One who brings it to pass!
Here are some updates from the past couple weeks:
VISION: The 29th of August was my last day as the teacher of the International Bible Fellowship, which I have taught for nearly 2 years. What a tremendous opportunity this was, to be able to reach out to our community and teach the Word of God. We have seen God work through us in this class, and we have seen Him work IN us, and leaving is not easy.
This was also my last my working in the music ministry. Many times music takes a back seat in churches, and is really just considered “filler”, but I am glad to say that is not the case at Vision. Our music is Christ-exalting and Bible-saturated, and it is a very special form of worship. I am so glad that God allowed us to work in this ministry, and we can’t wait to reproduce it in Spain, seeing Spaniards lift their voices in praise to the God of Heaven!
TRAVELLING: Since our last prayer letter, we have been in 5 new churches in GA, two of which have taken us on for monthly support! God has been so good to us, and so have these churches. I can truly say that every church we have been to has blown us away with their love and heart for reaching the world with the Gospel.
PRAISES: I could fill up pages upon pages just with testimonies of what God has done for us in the past few weeks. We literally at one point were down to $9 in our bank account after quitting our jobs, and within the space of a few days several people and churches gave generous love offerings that made it possible not only to pay our bills, but to get new tires and brakes for the car. To those of you who gave so generously, I want to thank you for your love and investing in our ministry!
PRAYER REQUESTS: We truly need your prayers, because we know that God hears them and delights in them.
1. Pray that we will be able to raise our support in a timely manner. We want to get to the field as quickly as God will allow. Deputation is wonderful, but it is not what we have trained for. We want to see Spaniards turn to the Lord and see His grace at work!
2. Pray that God will raise up laborers. We are begging God for a group of people whose hearts He will touch to leave their home and join us in Spain, or serve in other mission fields. Pray that we will present our ministry and vision with clarity and passion, that people will see both the need and the tremendous opportunity.
3. Pray that God will use this time to prepare us further. We don’t look at deputation as something just to get over with, but a time that God wants to use in our lives. He wants us to learn from the people and churches we visit, and we ask that you pray that our attitudes do not hinder that. It is so easy to think you are something because people treat you like a hero when you are absolutely not. Our job is too important to get sidetracked by pride!
Thank you all again so much for your love, your prayers, and your support. It is a privilege to represent you in God’s work in Spain!
Yours for His Harvest,
Scott and Melissa Newton