Monday, January 01, 2007

Godspeed Andre!


Hello All,
Aside from being New Years Eve yesterday, it was also the last day for Andre to be with our congregation for a while. Yesterday afternoon, he left for Brazil, his native country, to finish his third semester of Bible College. Andre did his first two semesters in Germany under the teaching ministry of David Guzik. He is now among his family and in a new situation. We ask for your prayers for this special young man.

Pastor Carlos relayed a few stories about Andre that really make him stand out in my book. When he first got saved, he found our church through the Calvary Chapel website. He called out of the blue and asked if he could come out from where he was
living to attend services. He was able to make Wednesday night his service, as he was working at a Pizza place during that time.

Turns out that Andre made a train trip once a week for quite a long time, which eventually led to him coming to live with Pastor Carlos and receive discipleship from him. Carlos helped him through the completion of his High School credits and has been instrumental in his spiritual success.

I remember meeting Andre for the first time back in 2003 when our church came to Spain for the first time. Immediately, I was taken aback by the fire that was in Andre's heart then. He spoke of
wanting to serve the Lord with his life, even then wanting to go to Bible College. I was amazed at the joy that Andre possessed and the love for Jesus was that was so evident in his life.

Nothing has changed at all. Andre remains commited and focused. He has a natural gift and enthusiasm for evangelism and he is a fine worship leader. In fact, during these last 3 months, it has been a pleasure to sit back and enjoy worship together as a family, as Andre and Yolee have done a fantastic job of leading the congregation in praise. In a way, I credit Andre with being my daughter's first real worship leader, as she has taken to raising her hands during worship often. I am thinking that she will always think of Calvario De Jerez as a template for her future worship experiences, and Andre has been an integral part in that.

Pray for Andre over these next few months, especially that God will use him among his family, many of whom are unsaved. Pray that in the comforts of home, that he would not lose his fire or passion. Finally, pray that the Lord would allow this next semester of Bible College to be an incredible time of growth for Andre, not so much in what he will know, but in his love for Jesus Christ and His kingdom.

Thanks for everything Andre. We love you brother and will look forward to seeing you again soon.

Blessings To The Friends Of Spain,
Frank Sanchez

2 comments:

Patty said...

Hey Andre kind of looks like Richie. You guys look like bros! What a great testimony. Prayers for him and his future ministry.

Frank & Lela Sanchez said...

Patty,

I never saw that resemblance before! I guess because Andre is quite a bit taller than Rich! Hmm...But then Lela said that she noticed that before. I'm just the last one to see everything!