Dear Praying Friends and Family, June 30, 2020
God is so good and we are thankful to Him for helping us through the past few months. It is not over yet but from time to time we see glimpses of the changes we have been hoping for. The biggest difference has been the change from online services on Sunday to meeting in the center. We have been preparing: cleaning and sanitizing, putting locks on areas that shouldn’t be accessed, purchasing and installing gel dispensers, etc. All of this was done so that on Sunday, June 28, we could have our first meeting since March 8. We are thankful for Zoom and will continue to use it for some Bible studies and prayer meeting, but it’s just not the same as meeting together in person. Not very many were able to attend this first Sunday, but we hope that over time the numbers will grow. Some have tested positive for COVID-19 and others who were in quarantine were not able to attend. It was Roy’s turn to preach. He had to be about 6 feet away from the rest of the group. At least he didn’t need to wear a mask while preaching. We are so thankful for our co-workers who did so much preparation so that we could meet.
The last time we wrote, we told you that Roy would be having cataract surgery. On June 10 and 17 the cataracts were removed. It is so nice to be able to see and not need glasses. The surgery was scheduled for March but with the confinement all elective surgeries were postponed. Now we are waiting to see if he can adapt to the trifocal lenses that were implanted. The surgeon thinks it’s only a matter of time. He has had trouble with vertigo in the past and is still having some days with nausea. Thankfully, this is the last surgical procedure for the foreseeable future.
Roy continues to take his turn on the preaching schedule as well as lead a Bible study on the book of 1 John every Tuesday. We still aren’t sure when we’ll be able to begin some of the other activities. July and August are usually slower months anyway because so many people are on vacation. We cancelled basketball camp, English camp, Bible club and family camp. We are hoping that maybe we can have Bible club just before school starts in September, but we will have to wait to see how much things have changed by then.
The next few weeks will be pretty hectic. A church in the US that supports this ministry sent a special offering to do some remodeling at the center. A wall that separates two meeting rooms will be removed as well as all that entails: moving electrical outlets and air conditioning units, repairing the ceiling, moving doors, etc. Another wall will be added to make a nursery. It would have been so much better if it could have been done while the building was closed but the office where permissions are granted was also closed. It will be nice to have the larger room especially now that we have to practice social distancing. There will also be two movable walls installed that can be used when needed.
As you may have noticed on the letterhead, today is June 30. It is a special day for us. This is our last day as full-time missionaries with ABWE. We chose this month because it marks the 50th anniversary of Nancy’s acceptance as a missionary with ABWE. Roy followed in 1976. It’s not going to affect us much because we plan to remain in Spain and continue the work that God has for us. In fact, since our coworkers are going on furlough for 7 months, we will have extra responsibilities. We are grateful for all who have supported this ministry over the years. Since we will continue to receive some funds to be used for housing and medical expenses, we appreciate those who will continue to help. We aren’t retiring from serving the Lord because there is still a great need for the Gospel, and we want to be used for His glory.
In His Service,
Roy & Nancy Jones