The Wilkins in Spain

God has called our family to be church planting missionaries in the country of Spain. We are grateful for our sending church, Berean Baptist Church of Atlanta, Georgia where Dr. Danny Sweatt is Pastor. Our sending agency is Baptist World Mission located in Decatur, AL. We will be joining Andy and Mimi Bonikowsky, veteran missionaries in the Basque Region of Spain.

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11.12.2004

November Prayer Letter

Aierdi Camp & Conference Center
So much is happening at the Aierdi Camp & Conference Center located in the heart of the Basque Region. The first issue of The VOICE of Aierdi, a newsletter designed to inform God’s people of the blessings of the Aierdi ministries, was mailed this week. The VOICE will keep you up to date on the construction progress at the center and tell about how God is leading and providing. It will share happenings like Bible institutes, retreats, and upcoming projects. The VOICE is designed to challenge people to live a life of faith in Jehovah God. We hope you will enjoy reading the VOICE and catch a glimpse of the vision God has for this spiritual oasis in the Basque country of Spain.

Aierdi will host its first Missionary teen retreat, December 1-4, with special speaker Paul Whitt, youth pastor at Berean Baptist Church in Lilburn, Georgia. The retreat is designed to encourage, challenge, and instruct missionary teens in Spain and France on some of the special privileges and hardships they face living in two cultures. Please pray for the work of the Holy Spirit in the lives of the youth and the leadership as they seek to minister in the first-ever Aierdi MT Retreat.

This week another chapter of faith was written in the Aierdi story as God provided the much-needed windows to keep out the dust, wind, snow, and other elements. We were praying for $8K, but as time passed, no money had arrived to cover them. Brother Carlos and his wife, Analia, arrived with the windows insisting they be installed and could be paid for at a later date. After returning home, they called back to tell Andy, the Aierdi director, that the windows had been their offering to God. He said his business is not really his, but belongs to God! So there goes another chapter of faith in God to the glory of God through the beautiful story of Aierdi! Hallelujah!

Answered Prayer -- Visas Ready!
They are waiting for us at the Embassy in Miami. Thank you for praying through the visa process with us. Today we have the fruit - our approval! This chapter is almost over, and our departure is scheduled for December 30. We will arrive just in time for a New Year’s Day 2005 celebration with other Baptist World Mission families in Madrid. The children will begin school on January 10.

A Place to Live
One of our co-workers in Madrid is seeking an apartment for us to rent. Another brother from our home church has agreed to travel with me the first week of December to help make ready the apartment for the rest of the family. We will have to purchase and install lighting, appliances, beds, and other household items until our container arrives near late January. Please continue to pray with us as we transition to Spain. We know that God has a specific home for us near those families in whom He has been working, His desire, and ours, is that we reach them with the Gospel while continuing with our language studies.
Praising God
* For His Word that is forever settled in heaven, living, true, and worthy of our trust and devotion.
* For answered prayer in the approval of our visas.
* For every gift to our Outfitting and Passage Fund.
* For your faithfulness, support, and encouragement.


Asking God
* For our continued spiritual growth in His Word and conformity to the likeness of Christ.
* The salvation of our unsaved families.
* The sale of our house, cars, and final possessions.
* Wisdom in the shipping and packing process.
* Our progress in language study.
* Growth in the Hispanic ministry at our sending church, Berean Baptist Church in Lilburn, Georgia.

10.25.2004

September Prayer Letter

Visas
Friends, we have received word that our long-awaited NEV number, which records and recognizes me as a minister, to be exact "priest of other religions" within the country of Spain, has been received in Spain! This is a milestone for which we have been waiting! This is the two-thirds mark! Yes, our desire was to already be in Spain, but God is in control of details; in this, His timing is a demonstration of His will concerning our departure.

I will not try to explain everything about the burdensome visa process. At its mention it makes even the most interested person’s eyes glaze! I have found few subjects as boring, and I will not inflict you with it. Suffice it to say, we will document for our mission board the process we have experienced under Spain’s new laws put into effect January 1, 2004, for the benefit of those missionaries coming behind us. Our third and last phase of the visa process is about to start. When we receive the original document, we must carry it with a myriad of other documents to Spain’s Embassy office located in Miami.

We are often frustrated by the red tape and the will of others we must submit to, but can we see God’s Hand in the red tape? We should. We have come to realize it is not about our desire to be there. It is about trusting our God for every detail of our lives and allowing the most mundane and annoying things to be used by Him to mold us into a vessel unto honor, fit for His use and for His glory in everything!

Language
"¿Habla español? No Señor, no hablo español." This may be true today, but Karen and I have begun private Spanish lessons! Our instructor is a delightful lady and superb teacher. We cannot tell you our joy when we met her for the first time and she asked us, "What kind of missionary are you?" When we responded, "Baptist," she exclaimed, "Lovely! Then will you mind if we begin and end each and every lesson in prayer?" Today she said she considers our working together a gift to her from God! Karen and I had said the very same thing to one another about her. Our goal is to become conversational by the end of our ten-week course. Please pray we will absorb mucho! Gracias, mi amigos!

School
The children are doing well in school and seem to love being in the classroom again. To be sure, their schools are a mission field. They must choose to live what they believe with opposition close by. Our family devotional focus has been on "exercising thyself unto godliness" and heart attitudes. Caleb has proclaimed truth during some class discussions. The latest was, "Why someone should fear hell more than contracting cancer?" There is no denying that they are often faced with open sin. We pray for them every day and covet your prayers as well.

Ministering
Good experience is a superb teacher! Berean Baptist Church in Lilburn, Georgia, our sending church, has been our training ground for many years and is now launching a Hispanic ministry. What an excellent opportunity to use our Spanish and hear it spoken. We are grateful for a chance to serve here for the last few weeks or months we are in the country. Two individuals have already been saved and seven attended services. Please pray this ministry will reach many more with the Gospel and meet the spiritual needs of the Hispanic in our community.

Climbing
Many of you have generously given to our "Outfitting and Passage" fund. Thank you so much. We now stand at 91% of our needed goal!

ONLY $3,602 TO GO!

Praising
* For God Who is Spirit, Infinite, Eternal, Unchangeable and in control.
* For a wonderful start to school for the children and many unsaved friends and parents we have met.
* For the many birthday wishes for Randy, Hillary, Caroline, and Karen.
* For every gift to our Outfitting and Passage Fund.
* For your dear and faithful prayers, support, and encouragement.
Praying
* The arrival of our residency visas.
* The salvation of our unsaved families.
* The sale of our house, cars and final possessions.
* The Hispanic ministry and our growth through it.
* Our progress in language study.

10.24.2004

I've created this blog for my friends, the Wilkins, so they can publish an Internet diary of their experiences in the country of Spain. I am excited about seeing what the Lord has in store for their ministry. I trust these pages will chronicle some wonderful stories of God's goodness and power in a country in such great need of the Gospel.

God bless each of you -- I'll be in constant prayer for you.

Dennis Robbins