Dear Ministry Partners,
We want to take a moment to update you on the status of our work in Barcelona, and to keep you informed about the plans that we believe God has us for in the weeks ahead.
After 11 months of work, mentoring, and training with the team at Onda Paz Radio in Barcelona, we are so pleased with the progress that has been made by the staff and volunteers. Just a few of the many things that have been accomplished include; the team has made significant improvements in the music and programming of Onda Paz, creating a station that is much more mass appeal and interesting for the Onda Paz listeners. In addition, Onda Paz has launched a prayer initiative that has generated tremendous response, building up the listening audience of the weekly praise and prayer program, and connecting the station with new listeners every week. The donor department has expanded to encompass regular communication with the listeners and supporters, and the base of listeners that support the station has grown significantly, and continues to do so. Onda Paz is very thankful for a giving increase of over 300% during the most recent Radioton! Most importantly, we praise God for Rut, Giselle, Sergio, and Montse- just to name a few of those who are now believers because they heard about the love of Christ on Onda Paz.
God has given our whole family some great opportunities to serve Him here as well… Juanita has given weekly English lessons to several people looking to improve their job prospects- one of which has now travelled to the United States to work temporarily in order to support his family, after being unemployed for quite a long time here in Spain. Another will be moving to Canada soon to do full time mission work. We also had the privilege of working with a group of young worship leaders from a local church, teaching the principles of Biblical worship, and musical excellence. Our kids have worked with a ministry in the local parks sharing the Gospel through playing soccer (futbol). Several times over the last year, God has blessed us with the chance to open our home and provide meals and a place to sleep to short term missionaries… we give Him praise for our many new, lifelong friends!
Being centrally located in Southern Europe has opened additional doors of opportunity to serve the Lord through some other radio ministries, allowing travel to Nigeria (Vision Africa Radio) and Sweden (Premier Sweden). These ministries are reaching their countries with the Gospel, and we look forward to continuing the work with each of them, via Skype and short term mission trips as they grow and develop to reach more people with the love of Jesus.
As we have prayed for God’s wisdom and leading concerning what He has in store for us next, as well as how to be the best stewards possible with our time and financial support, it is clear to us that the on-site, full time phase of this work is coming to completion. This will allow us to return to the United States in the weeks ahead, and continue to mentor and work with these stations through weekly Skype sessions and a possible occasional short length trip.
We are so thankful for the privilege that God has granted us to serve Him in Spain over the last year and we praise Him for the things that have been accomplished and the new friends we have made. In addition, we thank God every day for your faithful prayer and financial support of the ministry that God has called us to here. You are a key ingredient in this work!
After much prayer and consideration, God has shown us that it is His timing that we return to the US. It was through faith that we followed His leading to become missionaries to Spain, and now it is through faith that we follow His leading back to the US, although we will always have a heart and love for the people of this country. There are many factors that play into God’s timing, one being the success of the training and ministry that we were called here to accomplish, another being the potential political issues that could lead to an more unstable environment in the days ahead. God has confirmed this in a few different ways; several of our monthly financial partners are no longer able to give and since August our giving has dropped by 50%, to an amount not capable of covering our living expenses. For this reason, please consider making a special, immediate gift of financial support to assist with the high costs associated with our air travel, shipping, and cost of living over next month. If you are currently a monthly supporter, perhaps you would consider simply combining your remaining monthly support gifts into one gift, in order to help us with these expenses, or if you are unable to do that, perhaps you could continue your monthly support until November 30th? Or, if you give gifts from time to time, please prayerfully consider a special financial blessing now to assist us in with these important, but expensive costs. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for any gift you can give.
The Stockman Family
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