This summer has kept us busy with a variety of different ministries here in Mansfield, England. To give you a bit of an overview:
Selah Coffee House
We continue to run the coffee shop and have been able to build relationships with a lot of the regulars that come in. There have been many opportunities to sow seeds, as well as encourage a number of believers that frequent the shop. The shop closes for the month of August as many people are away on holiday and we participate in other outreaches during that time. We are set to open again the first week of September.
Nottingham Bible Study
Alex has continued to teach a Bible study in the neighboring city. Through much prayer, this particular study has come to an end as of the end of July. However, there are other opportunities we are praying about, along with the leadership of the church, to reach out to the large population in that city.
We continue to participate in setting up and tearing down all aspects of Sunday morning service since we are still meeting in the community center building. Alex is part of the rotation for teaching the youth, and Lindsay continues to lead worship for Sundays and mid-week studies.
Lindsay has been able to give private guitar lessons to 4 girls in the church and is gaining another student come September. She has been teaching a couple of the girls what it means to lead worship as well, and they were able to fill in for her while we were away for a couple weeks.
During the first week of August, there is a free Christian festival down in the south of the country called Creation Fest. Each year, Calvary Chapel Mansfield takes a team down there to serve. We were once again able to go with the church to serve as part of the Big Shed Café team. It was a wonderful week, but a very busy one!
After Creation Fest, we had the privilege of going to Lagoa, Portugal for two and a half weeks for a “working” holiday. The pastor of a church there needed someone to fill in for him while he and his family attended the Missions Conference in Austria. We were there for 2 Sunday morning services at which Lindsay led worship and Alex taught. It was a very refreshing time for us to get some rest from this past year, to be able to serve the church there, and to gain new vision for this upcoming year.
The day after getting back from Portugal, we moved house. We are now getting settled and gearing up to return to the coffee shop, to continue in the work the Lord has for us here, and to venture out into new areas of service and discipleship. We are very excited to see what the Lord is going to continue to do this next year.
· Growth of the coffee shop ministry and business
· Strength and endurance as we head into the cold, dark, and dreary winter months
· Favour as we begin the application process for Italian Citizenship (so we don’t need to worry about other work visas to stay in the UK)
· Continued opportunities to share with non-believers as well as encourage the believers
· God continues to provide for our every need and gives us many unexpected blessings along the way
· Our wonderful (and unexpected) refreshing trip to Portugal
· God providing another house for us to live in
· The fruit we see in the lives of the believers we’ve been blessed to pour into
Thank you all for your prayer and support! It means more than you know.
Alex and Lindsay Spampinato