Thanksgiving

English speaking church on the Costa del Sol

At The Ark there is a strong emphasis on prayer, supplication and thanksgiving.  Prayers are shared among the congregation all through the week

As God answers our prayers thanks are given to God and are shared among us all as a sign of encouragement to all. This is in line with The Ark’s vision of ‘building one another up’.  Here are just some of the thanks that have been shared in the past 4 weeks to encourage us all:

…bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Colossians 3:13 ESV  Thank You Jesus that You help us to freely forgive as You have forgiven us AMEN  Rita

Praise you Lord for Ann and Norman. Bless them afresh as they celebrate (their 50th wedding anniversary) today (12 Aug), and remember what you’ve done over the past 50 years to bring them to this point of serving you. ✝️💟🕊  Anne T

Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him! Psalm 34:8 ESV Father God how wonderful that Norman & Ann have tasted & seen that You are good.
Thank You Jesus for being the Third Strand in their marriage & holding them together for 50 years. Hallelujah Jesus!! 👏🏼👏🏼
Congratulations Norman & Ann👏🏼👏🏼  Berni

Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest.” Matthew 9:37‭-‬38 ESV Thank You Lord that You call us to the mission that You have best equipped us for.  Roger

Update on Bambi after part of her lower lip was removed with tumours: “Right now working hard to try to train the facial muscles with everything that means. I practise letter pronunciation and words, over and over. I do my roller training every day as long as it doesn’t rain, like it did today. I’m a firm believer that fresh air is healing and healing.” Dated 2 August. Thank you Jesus for healing Bambi. They have told her she is cancer free.  Pam

Further update from Bambi dated 5 August: “4 stitches removed, 3 have rolled away, my fault 🙂 10 will be taken Monday. Life feels so nice, and doctors like Susanna and Mattias and nurses like Monica and Elisabeth are getting even nicer. Felt that I trembled a little when Susanna told me how much they removed from the bottom lip and chin, unbelievable.”  Pam

THANK YOU LORD THAT BAMBI IS NOW CANCER FREE & THAT SHE HAS SUCH A POSITIVE ATTITUDE.🙏BAMBI.  VALERIE L

Yes, all glory to You Lord……what a soldier in Christ Bambi is…..🙏🏻  Rosalind

Hallelujah thank You Jesus. 👏👏  Edith

Today (28 July) the Spanish tennis player Alejandro Davidovich is training at Lew Hoad where my children go to summer camp. Last night Alex prayed that Davidovich would sign a tennis ball for him today and he did. Thank you Lord for answering this prayer and making Alex so happy! 🎾 Jodie

Hi cariños mios!! I got good news about Andrea, after 10 hours of heart surgery (22 July), she was connected to a breathing machine since the surgery, but now she is breathing on her own, and the heart is working little by little… So God is faithful and he listens to our prayers… Continue praying, because God is a God of miracles! Thanks for your prayers! Send my love and gratefulness for their prayers to the church. 😘😘 via Farshid

Praise God! Thank You Lord for healing this little girl. ❤  Angela C

Glory to You, Lord. May Andrea grow up into a powerful woman of God. Amen.  Roger

New audio from Andrea’s mom! The girl is awake! Andrea is talking I could hear her voice saying mum and dad and calling her sisters, the mum was crying of happiness, everything is going great, now that she is on the 48 hours. Our God is an Awesome God!! Thanks for the prayers again and again! This church is a place of healing! Halleluja ❤️❤️❤️ Farshid

Wonderful thank you Jesus 🙏🏼🙏🏼  Elaine

Wonderful news. All glory to King Jesus.  Jodie

Thank You Jesus… again  Pastor Andrew

Update on George (21 July) .. to our wonderful prayer warriors. It’s now coming up to a month since George moved to the Royal National Hospital for neurodisabilities (RHN) in Putney and there is much to give thanks for. First and foremost he has settled in well and is – overall – presenting in a much calmer and peaceful way. We are so impressed with Putney and this in itself is an answer to prayer.

Notwithstanding George remaining in a minimally conscious state, he smiles quite a lot which brings joy to our hearts. Often this is random and other times in response to a favourite song or theme tune. For this we are unbelievably grateful and sense the Lord’s kindness to us as parents in this. We also are convicted that this is the outworking of Jesus in him from the inside out.

We’d love prayers for tomorrow when he has a follow up appointment with the spasticity team at the National Hospital in Queens Square which is timely as he continues to have really nasty spasms that tense and contort his whole body. As many of his joints have contracted ie locked, we’re praying the Lord might bring flexibility and new suppleness. Elisabetta and I really now have a sense to press in and pray pray pray for this.. but also for speech and for taking food and drink by mouth (he continues to be fed and hydrated by a PEG directly into his stomach).

If you can join us in these prayers of thanks and petition we’d be so grateful. The Lord reigns and, in the words of one of our most favourite worship songs (that George hears a lot!)… I submit to your plan because it’s better – so much better – than my own. Who cannot say Amen to that? With much love and with deep gratitude for continuing to walk with us on this journey. David, Elisabetta and Abigail xx  David  via Steve M

“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places…” Ephesians 6:12. Surely You ordained this verse for today, mighty King, as we come to You once more on behalf of Your son George. A miracle, or several actually, Lord, to unlock his joints and make his body pliant; another to restore his ability to receive food and drink, a third that the storms in his ravaged brain will be replaced by divine Shalom. Another for wisdom for the team at Putney. In all, we give You thanks in expectation, for You are God Almighty; nothing is too difficult for You! Alleluia! Glorify Yourself by Your mighty zeroah, Jehovah Sabaoth; we worship You.  Roger

Lord, I want to thank you for George’s life. All the good times he had before and even more for the plans You have for his future. I am still believing for that miracle Lord and thank you for it in anticipation. I believe for total healing for George and thank You for it Lord. Amen.  Ann A

Hallelujah, Amen !!  Pastor Andrew

Roy is back home (20 July), but is still weak. Thank You Lord that you have bought Roy back home to Pauline, I pray that You will continue to heal him and strengthen him.  Carole H

Praise You King of kindness! Thank you for Your mercy to our dear friends.  Roger

PTL ✝️❤️  Bonnie

“But the Lord takes pleasure in those who fear Him, in those who hope in His steadfast love” Psalm 147:11  Deep Almighty Lord, but You always help us achieve Your purposes in our lives. So thank You dear loving Lord.  Roger

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Answered Prayers and Thanksgiving

Although there have been a lot of restrictions, we still have a good 2021 report for The Ark, from Bonnie.
First 32 people were saved and 9 baptised. We have had 49 reported healings, and 25 special needs, such as travelling merices, provisions, protection and paperwork. We have had 3 Discipleships and one weekly Homegroup, one Bring and Share, and Arts and Crafts. We said Hello to 3 new babies and Good-bye to 4 loved ones. We had 253 signed-in visitors on Sundays.
Praise the Lord. It has been a blessed year.