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“Somebody Watered…”

Update from Phil and Maretta, RMM workers in Spain

“I planted, Apollos watered, but God was causing the growth. So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but God who causes the growth.” 1 Corinthians 3:6-7

We’ve learned to appreciate the power and importance of watering by looking after our garden, lawn, bushes, and flowers in arid, rainless Spanish summers. Things die, or at least shrivel up without regular watering, but grow and flourish with it despite the conditions. The lawn areas, covered by centipede grass, have been especially instructive. One area just had a few isolated tufts of grass with large bare sections of brown dirt. It didn’t look very promising but, surprisingly by regularly watering the isolated tufts, they gradually, almost imperceptibly, grew and expanded sending out runners and filling in the bare sections until the whole area was covered by a thick thatch of grass.

The apostle Paul mentions in 1 Corinthians 3:6 that he planted and Apollos watered but it was God who gave the increase. His point is that it is of secondary importance who does these things. It is God who is the main actor in salvation, so it is foolish to get into a mindset of leader adulation, as the Corinthian believers were doing. It would seem that there is a significant need for watering at this moment, in this part of Spain. After the end of the Franco era and the opening up of the country to evangelical missionaries, many small, struggling churches have been planted. Like centipede grass, they have a strong instinct to send out offshoots and attempt to expand the reach and influence of the gospel and the fellowship of believers. The environment is arid and inhospitable to the gospel, but with encouragement, growth and expansion can happen.

Watering, we have found, seems to involve presence and partnering. Just attending the gathering of believers for worship, Bible study and prayer seems to be an encouragement. When you are in a minority of one percent or less, it is easy to get disheartened. Growth in friendship and mutual confidence leads to opportunity for suggestions and strategizing. There also seems to be lots of room to partner with the church’s bridging efforts. Just in our small fellowship there is an attempt to expand the reach of the Christian camp to the state school population through a farm school, an attempt to set up a family life center to reach young families with children with the gospel, an outreach-orientated children’s gospel choir, and a desire to set up an evangelical grade school as an educational mission effort.

Thanks for your support and prayers!

Our workers in Spain (Phil and Maretta, Pablo and Judi) have been so faithful in “watering” in a place that is spiritually dry and arid. Ask God to grow the seedlings they have watered and to bring a bountiful harvest. Pray too that God would shower refreshment on them so that they would not grow weary or lose heart.

– Mim Musser, RMM Prayer Coordinator