Tim & Pam Darling –
Missionaries to Spain Baptist Mid-Missions
In our last update and in the last paragraph we stated the following:
“Your investment has not gone to the wind but to the ground by planting the seed of the Gospel, by mentoring others and encouraging pastors and missionaries in their field of service whether they be in USA Ecuador, Venezuela, or Spain. What a privilege it is to serve our Lord. Thank you for giving us that joy.”
Even though we are in Spain still about 20% of our ministry time is invested in helping Venezuelans, wherever they be as in the countries mentioned above.
Here in Spain, we have the same joy of helping and mentoring those who are training for the ministry or are already serving the Lord in a local church. One of the pastors Tim works with, on a weekly basis, by means of telephone calls and text messages, lives in the Canary Islands. This pastor has experienced various setbacks in his life and ministry. Little by little he is being encouraged and desires to keep moving forward in the Lord’s work.
During the months June and July, the Seminary board, of which we were members, worked on the nationalization of the Board of Directors. A Spaniard friend from Barcelona came to mind and was contacted. Together, we prayed about him being the new Director/President of the Seminary. This ministry was started in 1987 by fellow missionaries and there was always the desire to one day have the majority of the Board being Spaniards.
That time came.
July 31, 2021 the Spaniard, Alfredo Caravaca, officially took over as Director/President of the SBBE (Baptist Bible Seminary of Spain). It was a joy to all of us involved in the process, to watch and listen to him share his desire to see this ministry of theological training be offered to as many in Spain as possible.
Tim is also helping a new church plant is Madrid while a fellow missionary is on furlough. Once a month he travels to Madrid to be with the small group and once a month he meets with them online. Presently they meet in homes but are looking for a place where they all can gather together for their services.
One of the ladies who attends the Sunday morning Bible study in Logroño, our new location of ministry, is an American widow. Pam and Sarah (our daughter) travel 20 minutes to the next town to minister to her. They have a Bible study and prayer time together to encourage her. She has suffered with illnesses and been a widow for six years and is very fearful. Please pray for this dear lady and for us as we minister to her.
The joy of mentoring continues with the 40-year-old Spaniard, we mentioned in the last update, that desires to be involved in the ministry. He has a hunger for the Word and is taking online courses with the SBBE. He recently experienced a bitter/sweet loss of employment. He will need to seek another job during this difficult time of high unemployment but has the blessing of dedicating more time to the SBBE classes.
Now it is just 8 months until we start an extended five and half month furlough and we look forward to seeing most of you during this time.
Thank you, for your faithful prayer support and, to those who are able, your financial gifts.
The Lord’s servants and your missionaries in Spain.
Tim and Pam Darling