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when we, Missionaries Jason and Leah Harvell, along with our two boys William and Benjamin, arrived in Rota to take over as the missionary pastor of Bethel Baptist Church.  The Rota Military Community is growing and the number of sailors and their families moving to this area of Spain is increasing.  They need more than anything else a strong Bible- believing church that cares about their souls.  This is the type of church we plan to provide to the Military Community living in and around Rota.  As of January, we have hit the ground running with our “Gospel guns blazing” in search of places to find souls that need rescuing.  Our Sunday services have had visitors who have come to visit Bethel.  Ministries have now been started to minister to our junior age children, our teens, our singles, our ladies, and our men on a monthly basis in addition to our Sunday school, Sunday morning and evening worship services, and our midweek prayer meeting.  It is our desire to see Bethel grow spiritually and numerically by the grace of God.  With such a rich history, we are praying and trusting God by faith to continue our godly heritage and increase His blessings upon the church as we go forth serving Him faithfully in this day and time. On Sunday, January 3, I challenged the church during our morning service with our theme for 2016: Lord, increase our faith, found in Luke 17:5.  We want to see God do greater and mightier works in the days to come.  This will not happen by accident.  We have dedicated ourselves to the task that is set before us and we look to God for strength and wisdom for the challenges that lay ahead.  With great anticipation and faith, we also look forward to the blessings of souls being saved and the joy bells of heaven ringing time and time again.  We certainly covet your prayers for the church, our military, and our family and sincerely ask for you to pray for these requests on a regular basis.  If you would like to receive our prayer letter through email, you may sign up to do so at under the Contact Us section.  There you will find a place to put your name and email address.  If you are interested in keeping up with the events and things going on at Bethel Baptist Church, I invite you to the church website at If you are living in or visiting Rota, Spain, whether you are U.S. Military or a Spanish national, our prayer is that you would visit us during one of our worship services.  We believe Bethel Baptist Church is a great place for you to drop anchor while you are in the Rota area.  Do not just take our word for it though; come and check us out for yourself and see if Bethel might be the place for you to call your church home. EXPERIENCING THE GOD OF ALL COMFORT IN 2016 By Joyce Alverson Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God (2 Corinthians 1:3–4, emphasis added ). These verses came to mind recently as I thought of several of our military missionaries, including us, who have faced some challenging circumstances concerning health issues in this new year. In the midst of our testings, God does not always promise perfect health or healing but He does promise comfort. Is it not a wonderful truth from God’s Word on which to meditate? John 14:18 says, “I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you” ( emphasis added ). God promises to always bring His children comfort no matter what testings or trials we are going through. There are many reasons why God brings testings into our lives, but two which stand out to me the most are as follows: First, to comfort others as Christ has comforted us in our tribulation — There is nothing more comforting to me than to hear another Christian friend say, “Joyce, I have experienced what you are going through and I know that God is able. He did it for me.” Secondly, to find us faithful to God in the midst of our testings and trials — Fear none of those things which thou shalt thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life (Revelation 2:10, emphasis added ). God is good all the time; all the time God is good. He will never leave us nor forsake us. He never makes a mistake. He is, indeed, too good to do us wrong and too wise to make a mistake. Is it not great to know the God of all comfort who will enable us to face any challenges ahead in the new year of 2016? I WILL NOT LEAVE YOU COMFORTLESS IN 2016!