Tim & Pam Darling –
Missionaries to Spain Baptist Mid-Missions
In Habakkuk’s conversation with God, the prophet is shocked that God would use a pagan nation to discipline his people. In chapter two the Lord basically says, “I am in charge, my purpose will stand, even though you don’t see it and, ‘though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry…but the just shall live by his faith’” (Hab 2:1-4). We take heart and continue “step by step” trusting God’s purpose.
Although still a unique time because of CV19, God’s work continues, he has not ceased:
1. We still pray for the 15 contacts made during last May and June around the park’s ping pong table.
2. The main emphasis at this moment is the training of those who want to serve the Lord in their local church and the ones who want to go into the ministry.
3. Tim’s main job with the Bible Institute (SBBE) is coordinating classes that are being offered.
· It is always a joy to see a group of 5 to 7 Venezuelans connect through Zoom to the classes that are being offered.
· June – 33 students connected by Zoom to a Biblical Counseling Class
· July – Every Friday Tim co-hosts “An Overview of the Bible”, which is being taught by a fellow missionary. It began on July 3 and will go until the end of January.
· August – October: Tim taught a discipleship class consisting of four people for 13 weeks. They met Monday-Friday for 30 to 45 minutes each day. Since everyone had WhatsApp on their phone, Tim and the four connected using video to see and interact with each other. The challenge is for them to continue the process by discipling someone else.
· September – Tim coordinated a 12-hour seminar on The Doctrine of Forgiveness taught by a very good missionary friend in Lima, Peru.
· October – December – Presently we are hosting a Hermeneutics class – It meets two hours every Tuesday from 7:30 – 9:30 PM and is being taught by a fellow missionary here in Spain. There are 14 students, of which 4 connect in from Venezuela (it is so exciting to continue working in the Venezuelan’s lives).
Where do we wish we could be in the Lord’s work? There are so many opportunities right here in Spain! What is our next “STEP”?
· Psalm 32:8-9 – We surely don’t want to be like a mule.
· Nehemiah 9:19 – Oh, for a pillar of cloud or of fire!
· Jonah 1:7 – Perhaps if we had some special stones and could cast lots.
· Genesis 40:8b; 41:33 – Is there a Joseph nearby?
The importance of seeking counsel is a very important “STEP” (Philippians 4:7; Psalms 31:3; Proverbs 3:5-6). We have sought godly counsel and are confident that you have been praying for wisdom and direction for where God would have us. The ministry that we have been involved in for the past 7 years has come to be an autonomous church. The Lord has supplied a national pastor, many believers have been discipled, classes are being offered to train song leaders and musicians, and for those who want to teach and preach the Word.
The time has come to “STEP” away from this ministry and help in another area where a new church plant is beginning. The song “Where He Leads Me I will Follow” comes to mind and we want to take those “STEPS”.
Thank you so much for your faithful prayer support and financial gifts. It is our desire to be faithful to the Lord, to our sending church, and each supporting church and individual that has stood with us over the past 43 years. I trust that we will all be THANKFUL to our FAITHFUL and SOVEREIGN FATHER.