The Contreras Family
Baptist Church Planting Missionaries in Gijón, SPAIN
Dear Pastors, Churches, and Prayer Partners,
Thank you very much for your commitment to Christ´s Great Commission and to us as your missionaries!
A soul saved! In our last letter, we shared about Joseph´s opportunity to preach for the anniversary of Iglesia Evangélica Bautista de Tormes (Tormes Baptist Evangelical Church) in Salamanca. Four people responded to the invitation of that evangelistic message, and we received testimony of one who was saved, as Pastor Albright wrote us: “Your message on peace [John 14:27] profoundly touched Javier. He´d been going through terrible turmoil, and after praying in the service with you found incredible peace like he´d never known.”
Frustration building up. We have been in
Spain for 12 years now, the last 7 years in our
present city of . While throughout those years we have
always been evangelistic, the people who have come along and been involved in
this church-planting work have been evangelicals, Pentecostals, Brethren, etc.
who have not been in a church, and often times are trying to recreate in us the
church of their origin. Many have
come and gone, but more and more they come creating controversy and
divisiveness. We have always wanted
to edify open-minded believers, but more often now there is a lack of respect
for our Baptist teaching and practice.
Because this is becoming increasingly hurtful to the work, and to us personally, we are placing more emphasis in our Be Strong evangelistic project, to make ourselves more involved with the lost, than with church hoppers.
Financial needs. Although the dollar has gained some strength to the euro, prices have gone up. Some annual costs are coming up for having our new facility: a tax on commercial property usage ($600), and insurance for the storefront ($750). With the loss of some giving folks in the work, the work is unable to cover the expense. And Joseph will need to take Andrew and Michael to A Coruña to renew their passports ($200). We pray to go to the
in 2013 or
2014 to report to our churches and raise more support. We have found that we are at 70% of
support compared to with what other missionaries are arriving to USA , and we
have about half of the supporting churches. Please pray the Lord will show us how to
pay for these expenses, and that He would provide. Spain
We pray God will continue to bless your ministry, and to strengthen you as you serve Him. In Christ,
The Contreras Family
Joseph, Andrew, Isaiah, Andrew, and Michael