Raymond and Mary Ebbett

Prayer Letter/Ministry Update

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May 12, 2018

Dear praying friends,

We are down to our last seven weeks in Spain! Lord willing, we fly back to the States on Friday, June 29th. We continue to covet your prayers during this time of transition, with packing, final goodbyes and lots of details to handle, as you can well imagine.

During the final week of April, we were tremendously blessed by a special farewell at our 2018 Field Forum, the annual gathering of all our international workers in Spain and Portugal. Including children and guests, we were some 76 people. It was a wonderful week in many ways and we are so grateful for the privilege of having served here in Spain these past 25 years.

The Field Forum also marked the official “passing of the torch” from Raymond to Tim Westergren, who was elected to serve as the new field director. Pray for Tim as he leads a growing field of some 38 international workers, with more on the way!

Once we arrive stateside, we will be based in the Atlanta area for at least 12 months. We are thrilled to be living in the Stone Mountain area, where once again our home congregation, the Lilburn Alliance Church, is making a furnished home available for us during our Home Assignment year. What a blessing!

Even though we are concluding our ministry in Spain next month, we are not retiring until July, 2019. During this upcoming year we will be traveling a lot and ministering in Missions conferences in churches. In short, we would very much appreciate your prayers during this coming year, as we promote missions and the work in Spain in particular.

Some updated specific prayer requests for us include:
• Grace and strength to get everything done in these next seven weeks.
• Safe trip back to Georgia on June 29th, as well as the shipment of our belongings by ocean freight.
• Get new GA driver's licenses promptly, as well as buy a car.
• Attend the Home Assignment Ministries Seminar for C&MA missionaries (in Colorado Springs), July 14-18. Visit with Mary’s family afterwards.
• God’s guidance for this “next chapter” of our lives and ministry, especially after we conclude our responsibilities with the C&MA mission in July, 2019. We have no firm plans beyond that point and are trusting the Lord to confirm for us His direction for what lies next.

Yours for the spiritual greening of Spain,
Raymond and Mary

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March 14, 2018

Dear Praying Friends,

We are entering uncharted territory. While we have made many transitions over the past 40 years of ministry together, this one looms larger. We are nearing the conclusion of our ministry here in Spain. We are scheduled to “cross the finish line” here on June 29th, at which time we move back to the States and our final year of Home Assignment. We look forward to reconnecting with many of you over the coming months. In the meantime, we value your prayers for us during these busy days.

Here are some specific updated prayer requests:
• For God's grace and strength over these next 3.5 months, that we will finish strong!
• For our upcoming Field Forum (annual gathering of all our international workers in Spain and Portugal) during April 23-28. This will mark the conclusion of Raymond’s role as field director. Pray for Tim Westergren as he assumes this ministry.
• For God's grace as we say goodbyes and prepare to leave Spain.
• For God’s provision of a key couple needed for the Canary Islands
• For a spirit of unity and reconciliation following the the National Church Annual Assembly Feb 23-24. It did not go well, and some outstanding issues need to be resolved.
• Continue to pray for the process of purchasing a strategic piece of property next to Bethany House. The signing keeps being delayed! Praise God with us for donations received and continue to pray for the funds still needed!

Yours for the spiritual greening of Spain,
Raymond and Mary

Prayer Requests/Answers to Prayer

See the requests included above in the text of our update.

Ongoing request:

Pray for physical strength for Raymond. The postpolio syndrome is an ongoing challenge and we trust God daily for the grace to do what He has called us to do. We so appreciate your support in prayer. God is able!

Additional prayer points for Spain:
Each month you can also find additional updated prayer needs on our Spain field website. (see link above, at right: "visit website")

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Updated: May 12, 2018

Status
Field Assignment
Country of Service
Spain
Address
C/ Pico de la Miel, 2
28770 Colmenar Viejo
Madrid,
SPAIN

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