Newsletters

  • February 2021

    We hope you enjoy this short video tour of our new church building.

    Thank you so much to all our partners for prayerfully and generously supporting the work here. We are advancing together! We love and appreciate you!

  • August 2020

    We got a building! Praise God!!!

    The hotel where we had been meeting went out of business and didn’t reopen after the quarantine. We began to pray for God’s highest and best for our next step (Romans 12:2).

    At the same time, the Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Burgos left their building after 19 years. It seemed good for us to look at it, so we contacted the Pastor. Three weeks later, we had rented it! It is an exciting time for us and the people of our church. 

    Below are some photos of our initial workday. Stay tuned for ongoing progress reports!

    Thank you for your prayers and generosity. Your faithfulness is making a difference! 
    God has brought it to pass!
  • May 2020

    Greetings from Burgos, Spain. Everything is going great here. We’re so thankful to share in this work together with you.

    God is with us now as always!
  • March 2020

    We are doing great! How are you? The Lord is with us!

    This has certainly been an odd time for the world, but for those of us in the Lord Jesus, it is the greatest time ever to be alive! He warned us that we would hear about pestilences or plagues. Covid-19 is exactly that. I know things can seem intense, especially if we have a loved one with symptoms or if the social changes threaten our job. However, as plagues go, this is actually mild, thank God. And the Lord told us what to do when we see bad things happening in the last days. “And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.” – Luke 21:28 The Lord is with us now in the spirit and is coming to take us to heaven with Him! How wonderful! We rejoice and rest in Him. He has everything covered for us.

    The Cathedral of Burgos is our busiest tourist attraction. Here it is completely empty on a Saturday afternoon. Never happens!

    What is going on in Spain?

    The Spanish government has declared a state of emergency from March 16 – April 12. According to their rules, we can only leave the house one at a time for groceries or medicine (or to walk the dog if we had one).  Our church cannot meet during this time, but we provide livestreamed services and lots of calls and texts with our people. The ones that are faithful to church are doing very well.


    It has been awesome to see the many ways that the Lord helped us prepare for this over the past several months.  We moved from a 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom apartment into a 2 bedroom, 1.5 bathroom apartment which is way more functional for lockdown. We had paperwork issues with our residency that got all cleared up just 2 weeks before the state of emergency was declared. The Lord directed us to do a 5 week intensive class on healing that ended on March 11, so our church people were built up in their faith for healing when this hit. God usually leads us to travel quite a bit, but He hasn’t had us plan any trips since October. We are healthy and provided for (Thank you for being so generous!). Our God is truly faithful to us and to you. How wonderful it is to serve the Lord Jesus Christ at all times!
    We trust God to take great care of you and show you his peace, protection, and provision like never before. Covid-19 will be over soon! Many blessings to you and yours.

    Rev. Rich ministering on No Plague Shall Come Near my House on March 1.
  • January 2020

    God is moving in our Burgos church!

    Over the past several months we have seen such an increase in our meetings. More visitors are coming, even from near-by towns. Some people that had left are returning and seeking a deeper relationship with God. Two people recently got filled with the Holy Ghost. Praise the Lord! It is so good to see an increase in spiritual things and growth in the number of people. You have been faithful to pray and give, we have been faithful to teach the Bible, and now, together, we are seeing God’s faithfulness in Burgos. How wonderful! 

    We had a great Christmas service. As happened here, more new people are praying with us to accept the Lord. Awesome!
    Here is a picture of a nice meal after service with church folk and their families. In Spain, food is a great way to connect with new people. Some came from surrounding towns and even other countries.
    Last fall we had a four week class on the Holy Spirit and prayer. Later these two ladies visited our house to be filled with the Holy Ghost. After discussing the Word and praying a simple prayer of faith, both easily began to pray in the Holy Spirit. Glory to God!
    One of our new people visited to decorate Christmas cookies. After retirement, she dedicated herself to the study of Catholic theology and prayer. She always speaks of the great peace that is in our services and talks of how all the priests should do what we do!
    We gave out 20 Christmas cookie plates or bags as a little outreach. It really made an impression. Our butcher told her customers that they should do such things at Christmas.
    This year we went big on Christmas cookies, making around 600. People came over to help us decorate. Serving cookies after the Christmas service was very popular!
  • November 2019

    We appreciate you so much! You play such an important role in all that we do through your prayers and generous support. Enjoy this video which we have made to help keep you well informed on what we are doing together. 

  • September 2019

    Wow, what a summer it has been! Thank you for your prayers and support that help make everything we do possible. You are such a blessing!

    Sharing the Word before water baptisms in Burgos, Spain.

    The Lord Jesus Christ, Our First Love 

    The Lord has been speaking to me about living with Him as our first love (Revelation 2:4). That is very normal for us. It is how we are designed to live. We are born-again Christians, new creatures in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17). God already lives in us. It is the most natural thing in the world for us to partake of the supernatural life of God that is on the inside of us. If we simply keep our eyes on Christ and His Word and live out of the peace and joy in our hearts, we will experience the rich blessings that come with having the Lord Jesus Christ as our first love.

    On the other hand, the Christian that accepts the Lord and has God living in Him but continues to focus on everything that is going on in the world is like a person who lights a candle and puts it under a bucket or a bushel basket (Matthew 5:15). This person has the burning, shining, explosive, wonderful power and presence of God living in them. However, by focusing on their bills, or their physical pain, or social media, or movies, or that guy that did them wrong, they keep any of that light and life from escaping to bless themselves or others. The Ephesian church in Revelation 2 is an especially interesting case. Jesus commends them for working hard for Him and having good discernment, but He later says that He is not happy with them because they have left their first love. How can that be? Well, we should work hard for Jesus and be able to discern that which is not of Him, but apparently the Ephesians were focusing on their works and their discernment instead of focusing on Jesus while they were working hard and being discerning. This is a subtle but vitally important distinction. Let’s be sure to keep our focus on the person of Jesus and our relationship with Him even as we serve Him.

    In all we do, let us love Him and put Him first by focusing on the truth of His Word and the power and presence of His Spirt who ever indwells us. Then we will live in the fullness of all that He has for us (John 15:7).

    We are learning “How to Study the Bible.” Since April we have done 2 in-depth, four-week classes on prayer and how to study the Word.

    Testimony: God provides a good job!
    One of our ladies had been working in a temporary job. She needed her boss to offer her a permanent contract (a big deal in Spain). She prayed with Rev. Daphne, asking God for what she needed. She also happeded to give an offering to the church for the first time (another big deal in Spain). You already know what happened. When people obey God and believe Him, He always comes through. She got her permanent contract the next day!

    We did our baptisms in the lovely Arlanzon River that flows through Burgos. The night before, thunderstorms were in the forecast, but the Lord gave us sun until we were done!
    The Lord has blessed us with a young couple that is very faithfully serving along side us in the work. In this picture, he is helping me baptize her. Like Bro. Hagin said, “Thank God for anything that helps.” 
    Walking to the river for the baptism
    Christian Fellowship
    We have been looking for conferences here in Europe to give some extra training to our people. We brought one of them to some meetings in Barcelona. She was impacted by the importance of God’s Word in our lives.
    God helped us get into a new apartment in Burgos! We moved from the old city to the south side of town, and have gone from one bedroom to two! Here is a picture from our new neighborhood. Thank you for helping us make the move!

    Our work traveling to other nations with those that are interested in missions continues to grow. In the past year, Rev. Rich has traveled more than 40 days to 7 countries (outside of the USA and Spain) with Rev. Daphne and 3 other individuals. We are having tremendous times connecting with people and preparing for outreaches in each of these places. And through our training program, we are helping to prepare laborers for these works. With the growth of the ministry in Burgos and these areas, we are believing God for an increase in funding. Thanks so much for all you already do! If you or anyone you know are looking for a good place to sow some extra seed, please visit our donation page. Together we will reach those who do not know the gospel of our Lord Jesus!

  • May 2019

    When we aren’t in Bugros…

    We spend over 9 months of the year in Burgos, but sometimes the Lord deals with us to travel to other cities and countries and lay the groundwork for future outreaches. Here in Spain, it took a couple of years to get things started. With some targeted trips, we can do much of this preliminary work in several places at the same time. More and more, the Lord is providing me travel companions so that Daphne can stay and take care of the Spain work. Here is an update on two countries I visited recently. God is leading us into His fruitful harvest. We give Him glory for all that is happening and you thanks for being such an important part of this ministry!

    By the end of our third trip to Mons, Belgium we have:

    • Befriended the owner of a coffee shop that is open to having us use his facilities to teach the Bible
    • Met and shared the gospel with a Turkish apartment-hotel manager who will help arrange housing for those who travel with us
    • Connected with someone in America that is fluent in French and can teach and translate for us.
    • Visited a local French school and discussed options for anyone wanting to learn the language

    Early outreach in Mons:

    • Gave the book In Him by Kenneth E. Hagin to a kind Catholic man and encouraged him to use it to study his Bible
    •  Met a man who struggled with schizophrenia and lost his arm in a motorcycle accident – He tried to convince me that God could not love him because of all that he had been through. I assured him that God did love him and gave him a track about His love. He was thankful and, as he left, he made sure that I saw him clinging to the track.
    • Had a very good first conversation with a Muslim store clerk that knows I am a Bible teacher
    • Became Facebook friends with a local man who, after finding out that we were a long way from our destination, walked with us to his house to pick up his car and gave us a ride.

    Fascinating Fact about Mons:

    The last shot of World War I was fired in Mons, Belgium when a German sniper shot and killed a Canadian soldier just 2 minutes before the arimistice was to take effect.

    On our first, four-day trip to Utretcht, The Netherlands:

    • We spent time with Dutch friends and shared at their church (see below to learn the intriguing story of how God brought us together).
    • Pastor Greg Anderson, who traveled with me, had a great conversation with a local about what it really means to know and serve God. 
    • We met several people and learned our way around the community.
    • We visited a local Dutch language school and became aquantied with their program for anyone who wants to study Dutch. (However, most people speak English in the Netherlands, so much can be accomplished at the same time as the language is being studied.)
    Our friends Adriaan and his son, Willem, introduce us to the “famous Dutch pancakes.” YUM!
    My dear friend Pastor Greg Anderson from Impact Family Chruch joined me on this trip.

    How God brought us together with our Dutch friends

    It was the summer of 2016 and Daphne and I were out and about in Burgos in our exercise clothes. I was wearing a Family Church t-shirt. We were returning home when I heard a voice behind me calling out, “Family Church, Family Church!” As I turned to see what was happening, I was wondering who could be saying “Family Church” in English in Burgos, Spain. It was Adriann from the Netherlands. He had been searching for an English-speaking church in Burgos, Spain and had come across our information (although we do our services in Spanish). He saw on our website that we are connected to the Family Churches in the New York and Pennsylvania region. And when he saw my Family Church t-shirt, he recognized me.

    Fast-forward over a year and the Lord started to deal with me about Utrecht, the Netherlands. And over 2 years after we first met, as I was preparing to visit the city, I wondered if the man that I had met here in Burgos lived nearby. I contacted him and learned that he lived just outside of Utrecht, about 20 minutes from where we were staying. He was very welcoming. We had a wonderful time with him and his son and his church community. I am very thankful to God and to him!

    Brothers, pray for us. We are praying for you!While I was doing my devotions, this Bible verse jumped out at me. “Finally, brothers, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may speed ahead and be honored, as happened among you.” (2 Thessalonians 3:1 ESV) This is the perfect prayer to pray for us. As we work in Burgos and travel, we believe that the Word of God is speeding ahead and being honored! Thank you so much for your prayers.We pray for you, our partners, regularly. Most often we use the scripture prayers in Ephesians 1:15-23 & 3:14-21 to lift you up to the Lord. We believe, according to those prayers, that you have wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of God and are strengthened with all might to walk with God and know the fulness of His love. Praise God for his powerful working in our lives!

    How God brought us together with our Dutch friends:It was the summer of 2016 and Daphne and I were out and about in Burgos in our exercise clothes. I was wearing a Family Church t-shirt. We were returning home when I heard a voice behind me calling out, “Family Church, Family Church!” As I turned to see what was happening, I was wondering who could be saying “Family Church” in English in Burgos, Spain. It was Adriann from the Netherlands. He had been searching for an English-speaking church in Burgos, Spain and had come across our information (although we do our services in Spanish). He saw on our website that we are connected to the Family Churches in the New York and Pennsylvania region. And when he saw my Family Church t-shirt, he recognized me.

    Fast-forward over a year and the Lord started to deal with me about Utrecht, the Netherlands. And over 2 years after we first met, as I was preparing to visit the city, I wondered if the man that I had met here in Burgos lived nearby. I contacted him and learned that he lived just outside of Utrecht, about 20 minutes from where we were staying. He was very welcoming. We had a wonderful time with him and his son and his church community. I am very thankful to God and to him!
     
  • February 2019

    “…I have come for your words.”

    Look at Daniel 10:12. In this verse, Daniel is having a vision. A spiritual being, sent from God tells him that words that he had spoken (weeks earlier) had been heard in the spirit world and that he has come to him because of what Daniel said. Look at the power of words! They move things in the spiritual realm. The things we experience and don’t experience are connected to what we are saying and not saying.

    The Bible says that our tongue has the same power over our lives as a rudder has over a ship. James 3:4 (ESV) says, “Look at the ships too: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs.” Jesus is our Lord, but He has made us the pilot of our lives (like the owner of a ship that hires someone to steer it for him). We direct our lives into The Lord’s will with our words. The pilot of a ship recognizes that if his ship is not in the port of New York, it is because he did not steer the rudder of the ship towards New York.

    Here is an example closer to our experience: If I was at an airport and wanted to go to Tampa, Florida, I would get on the plane next to the word Tampa. I wouldn’t get on any planes next to the names of cities where I didn’t want to go. And I would never get on a plane to the city where I already was! Words steer us to our destination. Don’t speak about where you are unless you want to stay there. Speak of where you want to go. We are where we are today because of the words we have spoken in the past. But what joy it is to know that we can go anywhere in life as long as we begin to and keep on saying it!

    Have you had problems with your body? Join the club. Perhaps you are dealing with an addiction. Maybe your body has strong desires to do things that you know aren’t right. Are you dealing with chronic sickness? Do you get into situations where fear grips you so badly that your body freezes up and you have problems breathing? You can live completely free from all of this and more! God gives us the answer in His Word. James 3:2 (ESV) says, “… if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body.” Simply put, any problem that we have with our body can be solved with the tongue. You may not see the change immediately just as steering a ship rudder towards New York doesn’t mean it arrives immediately. But keep that rudder pointing in the right direction and it will arrive, guaranteed. Keep speaking the promises of God and you will get into all the good that He has planned for you. Speak God’s Word and live free!

    Rev. Rich ministers in Georgia in January.

    We just returned from a great trip to the USA.

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    The Missions Prep Class met again at Family Church Fredonia in January. Rev. Daphne taught. People are growing and getting a vision for what God has for them on the foreign field. Awesome!
     We ministerd in New York, Pennsylvania, and Georgia – 6 times in 22 days.
    • Thank you for the many great meetings with Pastors and partners. You were so hospitable and generous!

    These brothers sell olives and canned goods at the North Market in Burgos.

    God is doing good things in Burgos, Spain!

     We visit many family businesses in Burgos. Some, like the brothers in the above picture are extremely dear. They give us products generously, teach us about Spain, and introduce us to their friends, family and clients. We often have opportunities to share the gospel and our faith in God through these relationships.
    • Daphne recently went to the hairdresser. As the owner visited with us, I thought that I should invite her to a meeting. Before I got a chance, she said that she wanted to come and to bring a friend. Fish are jumping in our boat. Praise God!
     We are so pleased to see one of the key people in the church maturing a lot. Their faith and commitment is growing exceedingly, and they are taking an important role in the church! 

  • September 2018

    Thank you so much for your prayers, generosity, and all that you do to serve the Lord!

    “Tell them I love them.”

    When I prepare to minister, I ask the Lord what He would like me to say. Sometimes He sweetly and strongly answers, “Tell them I love them.” It always blesses me when He says that. I have stood in front of a room full of people, shared that simple truth, and seen the most seasoned and faithful saint look so relieved and even surprised. God loves you! The Lord Jesus loves you! Think about it. Talk about it. Sing about it. Let it fill your every day. A deep understanding that our Creator, the God of the Universe, the All-powerful One, loves us will radically change our lives. Praise God!

    The Cathedral of Burgos with a double rainbow.

    Good News and Updates

    Our church has been videoing services since April. One of our members is very faithful and skillful at running the camera. These videos are a great resource to have available. Finding good, Bible-based materials in Spanish is easier than in most languages, but nothing like English. We English-speakers are super blessed!

    Of course, I encourage our people in the Burgos church to read the Bible at home. One of the ladies always told me that she didn’t understand anything in the Bible. She was determined to start in the Old Testament because it is the beginning. I told her to start in the New Testament because it explains our covenant with God. Finally, she started to read the New Testament. After making that adjustment, she began to come to us excited about what God is showing her in the Word. Praise the Lord!

    We spend time out in the streets and visiting small businesses. The Lord leads us to build relationships with local people. It is neat to see how He helps us share His Word or invite people to church. As Christians, we must remember that every conversation is an opportunity to glorify God and impact a life!

    We visited the prison cell in Rome where it is believed that the Apostle Paul wrote
    2 Timothy. What an honor to build on that foundation!

    Our trip to Italy in May was great. There is a “Muslim” woman in Tuscany that has become very close to us. She drives us around and has offered to let us stay in her apartment anytime. We witness to her and have given her a book by Rev. Kenneth E. Hagin. We also got a chance to witness to and teach the Bible to some American tourists and pray for the Italian government and the Catholic Church right before they saw some major changes (as you may have seen in the news). We have never experienced more anointing and Holy Spirit leading in our ministry than when we take these trips. 

    Rev. Rich will be traveling with a dear friend and minister from the USA to France, Belgium, and the Netherlands in November. Rev. Daphne will be staying to take care of the church in Burgos. She has been doing a great job ministering!

    Concerning our European mission trips

    While working in Burgos, we have learned some important things about ministry in Europe. Unexpectedly, the Lord started to deal with me about traveling to other cities. As I began to pray and obey, I saw that the truly time-consuming part of these works is in the beginning, while we learn the culture, meet people, earn their trust, preach and teach the Word, and develop faithfulness in a core group. It has taken us years to get to this point here in Burgos. However, by traveling to other cities for as little as several days a year, we can do much of the preliminary work in several places at the same time. Then, as the Lord leads us to begin a Bible study or church, we have a foundation laid and have saved years! 

    “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!
    For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor?
    Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again?
    For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.”

    Romans 11:33-36