Tim and Marilyn Westergren

April family & ministry update

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As with half the world's Christians, Spanish followers of Christ celebrated his Resurrection like never before! Our confinement has tested our concept of location-centered worship, giving a whole new context to the declaration of Jesus recorded in John 3:

"Believe Me, woman, an hour is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. . . The time is coming and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth. Yes, the Father wants such people to worship Him. God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth."

The word "church" has once again been divested of its most common usage today as primarily referring to the buildings where Christians worship and the original denotation of the church as the spiritual body of Christ followers has gained back its pre-eminence. We praise God that our international workers and the family of Alliance churches and evangelical churches on the whole have "passed the test." Despite the physical separation. most communities of faith have flourished spiritually during this confinement, thanks to digital technology, in prayer, teaching, worship and fellowship.

Whatever happens, we celebrate that “... he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading” (1 Peter 1:3-4, ESV).

Prayer requests

We celebrate the fact that the discipline and solidarity of 95% of Spanish society have effectively "flattened the curve" of both daily deaths and new contagions of the CoVid-19! It has not been easy. It has been a harrowing and tragic experience for those victims and families of those whose symptoms were critical and lethal. We are second only to the United States in the total number of official cases. Not the record we want to have for a nation of 40 million people! (We are paying the price of our global success as the second most-visited country in the world.) All of our field is praying for the United States of America: That the nation would pull together to stop the exponential spread and mortality of this epidemic.

As with you, there is only one degree of separation from someone who has suffered seriously from CoVid.19. We praise God that dozens of loved ones in our churches have recovered. Please pray for two sister churches, which use the same facility, that have "lost" two grandmothers to the virus. Pray now for two brothers, Richard and José Manuel, who are still intubated and critical. Richard is a key leader in Vida y Familia Church and José Manuel is a member of the Comunidad Cristiana de Tres Cantos.

As with you, there is a serious economic threat to most of our Alliance Christians in Spain, and certainly to the bivocational pastors and ministry teams that guide most of our congregations. Please pray for the mutual sharing and caring that will have to take place for us to be the Church of Jesus Christ during the coming months. The worst is yet to come economically.

Case in point: Pray for LIFE International School in Tres Cantos. Alliance Missions IW Marilyn Westergren is on the board of this charter school of Christian Schools in Spain (CSS). You can imagine that this crisis has put the solvency of this enterprise at serious risk, both for the current cash flow of this year and the recruitment of students for next year. The timing could not have been worse for the matriculation potential of a private school. On top of that it has kaboshed the arrival of three new teachers for next year. ​Pray for 8 new students in each grade. Pray for miraculous replacements for teachers for the next school year. Pray for new board members so that LIFE and CSS can replicate for growth.

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Updated: April 11, 2020

Children's Names
Kathryn
Sarah
Hannah
Status
Field Assignment
Country of Service
Spain
Address
Pueblos, 32, 1-D
28760 Tres Cantos
Madrid,
SPAIN

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