SERVING IN: Spain , Europe
Jack and Ann Chalk are second-career missionaries being called to the mission field in 1993. After six years in the mountains of northern Mexico they were directed by God to the war-torn country of Sierra Leone in West Africa. They spent the next six years at a Bible college and establishing a counseling center for women abused during the war. In 2006 they transitioned to Aberdeen, Scotland to begin a new era of evangelistic ministry. In answering God’s call, they moved to Córdoba, Spain in 2012 to begin a church planting ministry.
At this point, the end of February, the pandemic restrictions are still in place. We cannot leave the province of Córdoba, everything closes at 6pm, and there is a 10pm curfew. Masks and social distancing are mandatory. The time is coming when proof of the vaccine will be required for travel. At our age and not being in the public health system, the vaccine is not available to us and we do not know when it will be. We do not want it, but if we have to have it to travel where God says go, so be it.
In this year of upheaval, uncertainty, and financial setbacks, you have been faithful to keep us in your prayers and to support us financially so that we have not wanted for anything. We are so grateful for each one of you and we pray that God will preserve, prosper, and bless you abundantly in 2021. May it be a year of recovery and peace for you and yours.
The COVID-19 cases continue to increase at record rates in Córdoba and all of Spain, but the government is afraid there will be rebellion in the streets if there is a total lockdown again. The people have no hope if they cannot go to work and they cannot drink and socialize as they want. They would rather risk the sickness. In Spain, the highest number of new cases is in the 19-29 age group, the rebellious, self-centered future leaders of the country. But we keep plowing, “he who plows should plow in hope” (1 Cor. 9:10).
With the COVID-19 and the heat of summer, our outside ministry has all but shut down. Ann has started her bread ministry again, but the heat (over 100 F every day) makes it difficult for her. Jack continues to work on his new book and to write posts for his blog at www.JackChalk.blog.
Like many of you, we have been holding on to the above promise and resting confident in God’s loving care. The lockdown was officially over in Spain on June 21, but with a new normal which mandates the wearing of masks in public places and maintaining social distancing. Although the number of cases of the virus has diminished, it is still around and with the opening of the country to foreign tourists, things could change rapidly.
During this COVID-19 pandemic, many Christians are tempted to ask if this is the judgment of God on the world, and some will just assume that it is. They see it as an opportunity to talk to people about God and His Gospel. I would caution that before you bring God into any conversation with unbelievers you need to be ready to answer the question, “If God is real, why doesn’t He stop this plague?” You need to have an answer ready and “I don’t know” or “His ways are higher than our ways”, will not cut it with an unbeliever.
Ann continues her ministry to the beggars on the streets. Some are actually homeless and some live in Gypsy camps outside the city. She put together special Christmas bags to give them with some bread, candy, and leaflets explaining the reason we celebrate Christmas. Jack continues working on his new book and we both have been able to go out with the Red Box ministry on Wednesday nights, after the prayer meeting in our home.
We hope to get this to you in time for you to pray for our Christmas outreach. We are having leaflets printed that explain why the displays of a baby in a manger seen all over the city are there and why that baby, being the Savior of sinners, is the founder of the church so revered here. Much is done here in the name of Christmas (Navidad), but Christ is left out. Oh, that we can be used to change that!
In the midst of all the medical issues, Ann is doing the heavy work at home, continuing her bread ministry, and hosting the Red Box prayer meetings in our home. More will come as we are able.
Ann continues her bread ministry to the homeless on the streets, and the Red Box ministry comes to our home to pray before going to a plaza to preach the gospel.
Ann continues with her bread ministry. She is finding fewer people on the streets now as summer is upon us and those that can move to cooler climates.
The Red Box group continues meeting in our home on Wednesdays for prayer before going to the plaza to preach and minister one on one. We have continued to minister to the individuals God has put in our lives, which now includes a team of cardiologist