Raymond and Mary Ebbett

Prayer Letter/Ministry Update

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July 11, 2018

Dear praying friends,

We are now back in the States! Thanks so much for your prayers over these past few months as we finished up and said our goodbyes in Spain. We have much to be grateful for, including your faithful prayers on our behalf. We specifically thank God for:

- 25 years of service in Spain, with many wonderful friends and colleagues
- God's grace in concluding our ministry in Spain and saying our goodbyes
- a safe journey back to the States, arriving on June 29th
- a wonderful furnished house provided by our home church here in Lilburn, Georgia
- being able to renew our expired Georgia driver's licenses with no problems!
- a loaner car until we can buy one (hopefully soon)

Thank you for your continued prayers for us during this final year of Home Assignment here in the States. In the coming months we will be ministering in missions conferences and sharing reports of how God is at work in Spain.

Here are a few specific updated requests:

- the Bethany School of Missions and Discipleship started in Spain yesterday with 40 students. This will last through July 24th. Pray for God's special protection and blessing on the young people, the teachers, and all who are involved.
- God’s guidance for the “next chapter” of our lives and ministry, especially after we conclude our responsibilities with the C&MA mission in July, 2019.
- God's anointing and grace as we minister in churches in the coming months
- our participation in the Home Assignment Ministries Seminar next week in Colorado Springs, and a visit with Mary's family afterwards.
- the safe arrival of our shipment of personal effects, via ocean freight

Yours for the spiritual greening of Spain,
Raymond and Mary

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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

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: July 11, 2018

Status
Home Assignment
Country of Service
Spain
Address
5636 Crestwood Dr
Stone Mountain, GA 30087-2917

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