Archive for the ‘Spain’ Category


Friday, May 15th, 2009

Easter meant that on Christine’s birthday, John and Courtney left home at 3 a.m. to travel to Madrid, Spain, where the Salem church held their annual Easter conference. Here, John continued building relationship we began last September and trained around 90 kids leaders. This included a practical demonstration where John ran a ‘Kung Fu Panda’ Sunday, assisted by Courtney. It ended with most of the 80 kids and 40 leaders crying (because of the Holy Spirit, not John’s speaking!) and responding to the challenge to stand up for Jesus, take a risk for God and be serious about their faith.

The church leaders in Madrid are very supportive of kid’s ministries and want to see it embraced across the nation. Don’t underestimate what is happening here in Spain. They have a passion for and value kids. Seeing kids interact and respond to God overwhelms them, and so they want to learn how to effectively minister to them. Our involvement in Spain looks like it will be a 4 year project, as the leadership are really keen to see this become a reality in their nation. This will include intensive training twice a year for the kid’s leaders.

“Estos son nuevos tiempos!” – These are new times!

Wednesday, October 8th, 2008

Kids Leaders Training in Madrid, Spain

September 26 – 28

“The burden that God has given me in my heart is that kids know Him and what He is like and that they have a daily relationship and a spiritual life. For us to be a blessing and to be used by God, so that when they become teenagers, they continue to have a long spiritual life, rooted in the faith. (more…)

Update – January 2008

Thursday, March 13th, 2008

What a busy couple of months we have just experienced! Visitors from Australia included Chris’s parents (Joan and Warren), John’s niece (Enyah), Joel Krigsman, John’s sister (Marie and Dale), and John’s nephew (Nathan and Sharlie) just to name a few. We have absolutely enjoyed having them and a couple of other Aussie day trippers around. Christmas and New Year’s were celebrated with some of our extended family – which was a vast improvement on the previous year. It is still a little strange for Christmas to be in the middle of winter, along with cold weather and very short days, but at least a hot roast dinner is greatly appreciated!

Prior to Christmas, John had spoken at conferences in both Spain and Italy, and continued training Kids leaders in Ukraine. (more…)