We haven’t experienced a Northern Spring in over 25 years! Living in Florida didn’t afford us this luxury! We are looking forward to seeing the blossoms and the flowers begin to come alive. On March 3rd, we left Philadelphia in a snow storm and arrived back in Spain to 55 degree temperatures! After a day of unpacking, we had to re-pack for a weekend retreat with Team Spain (a time of updating our Spanish friends/churches, planning, and praying over the Camp and its needs).
Now, we are on a diet (our USA friends fed us too good), and Dave will begin visiting the Spanish basketball clubs to share the opportunity to attend L’Arcada to play with and against the Americans that will be serving at L’Arcada this summer. Below are some pictures from our time in the States and the schools in Alabama and Texas that will be joining us in June-July! Thank you to each one that hosted, met, and reconnected with us…it was GREAT to see all of you!
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“ So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes
things grow. The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose…
For we are co-workers in God’s service…” I Corinthians 3:7-9
As we look at what God has done at Camp L’Arcada through the camping season, we are reminded that those supporting and praying for us back in the States and around the globe are partners in this work! But most important is to recognize that God gives the increase!!! This is His work, and we are humbled to be called to have a small part through the ministry of L’Arcada!
This fall we are contacting the Club Basketball Teams in Catalunya (we sent out 77 letters and brochures). The response so far has been encouraging and we are following up with phone calls and meetings with the coaches to invite them to come to camp next summer. Pray that God would continue to direct us in this effort and bring in the young Spanish athletes that He wants to attend LBI (L’Arcada Basketball International). Also, pray for the teams from the US that are raising their support and making plans to come to Spain in 2015!
Dave has worked hard learning the Spanish language these past months. Traveling to Barcelona everyday throughout the summer and in September was tough. Now he has a private tutor that comes to the house…no more bus!!! Cindy picks up a little Spanish here and there and works on her own through an online program.
The church we attend is in the nearby town of Girona, which is about 20 minutes away. It is a mega church in our area with about 130 members. They love the Lord and the worship is awesome!
September and October have been busy with hosting weekend retreats, planning and evaluation meetings, and breakdown of the camp. Cindy is in charge of caring for camp bedding (sleeping bags, linens, etc.) so she has spent many hours laundering and organizing. The tee pee covers had to be removed by a crane and now are safely tucked away for the winter. We are looking to upgrade the basketball courts and do much needed repairs, so we have been getting estimates for that special project. Follow up activities are being planned, a ski trip, there is always something going on at L’Arcada!
We will be heading back to the US on November 6th to recruit more staff for next summer, visit friends and family, report on the work at L’Arcada, and hopefully connect with YOU! Below is our schedule so far (a work in progress)…we have a few open dates where we could share the L’Arcada ministry along with the opportunities to serve on a short term trip with your church or small group! Hoping to see many of you while we are “home!”
Bintz Schedule (tentative)
Nov. 7-11 Vero Beach, FL (Dave’s Dad’s 90th Birthday)
Nov. 11-Dec 3 New Jersey
Nov. 16 AM Evangel Baptist Church, Queens, NY
Nov. 23 AM Emmanuel Community Church, Bayville, NJ
Nov. 30 AM Victory Bible Church, Hammonton, NJ
Dec. 3-8 Traveling South (through Virginia heading to Alabama)
Dec. 7 OPEN
Dec. 8-9 Trinity Presbyterian School, Montgomery, AL
Dec. 10-12 Traveling South through Alabama/Florida
Dec. 13-Jan. 20 Staying at D&D Missionary Homes, St. Pete, FL
Dec. 14 AM Lakeview Baptist Church, Clearwater, FL
Dec. 21 OPEN
Dec. 28 OPEN
Jan. 4 AM Gathering Point Church, Lutz, FL
Jan. 11 AM Northside Baptist Church, St. Pete, FL
Jan. 18 AM/PM Bridgepoint Church, St. Pete, FL
Jan. 19 Leave for Texas
Jan. 19-20 Trinity Christian School, Addison, TX
Jan. 21-27 Visiting Georgetown, Humble, & Tyler, TX
Jan. 25 Grace Community Church, Tyler, TX
Jan. 29-31 Leaving Florida heading North to West Virginia
Feb. 1 AM South Buckhannon Mission Church, WVA
Feb. 2-6 Traveling through Pennsylvania
Feb. 8 AM First Baptist Juniata County, Mifflintown, PA
Feb. 9-20 Back in New Jersey
Feb. 15 OPEN
Feb. 21-27 Colorado Springs, CO
Feb. 28-Mar. 2 Back to New Jersey
Mar. 1 OPEN
Mar. 3 Head back to Spain
If we are in your area and you would like us to stop in, please let us know. This schedule is somewhat flexible and can be adjusted as necessary! As God opens doors, we are more than glad to share the ministry of L’Arcada! Spain continues to be a spiritual desert, but God is working in lives. Campers, some for the first time, heard the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. Thank you for continuing to pray for this work of God in this desperate land.
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This summer, L’Arcada Camps reached out to nursery aged children during Family Camp all the way to adults, we had the 4-6 year olds in Explorers Camp, 7-9 and 10-12 year olds in Indian Camps, 10-16 year olds in English Camp, 13-18 year olds in Adventure Camp, our discipleship camps included teens ages 14-17, then we had the 20+ retreat for young adults. Campers were impacted by the Gospel this summer and fall for which we praise Him!!!
We saw young people accept Christ, there were important Lordship decisions, and many Spanish youth went home with a new knowledge of who God is! Some comments by campers were:
“L’Arcada exceeded my expectations!” “There is something special here.” “You made me believe in God.” “I understand what Jesus did for me.” “I love this time with my family, and the spiritual growth.”
This month we are contacting and visiting the Spanish Basketball Club teams to invite them to Basketball Camp 2015 (LBI – L’Arcada Basketball International). Please pray that God will direct our steps as we attempt to spark an interest among the coaches and players.
On November 6th, we will fly back to the States…here is a “general” idea of where we will be:
Nov 7-11 Vero Beach, FL
Nov 11 through the first week in Dec – New Jersey then traveling south (could head a bit west)
Dec. 10 through mid January – St. Pete, Florida
End of Jan into Feb – Texas and then traveling North back to New Jersey
Also in Feb, a trip to Colorado before heading back to Spain
We want to visit as many of our friends and supporters as possible along with those that have committed to serve at L’Arcada next summer. We can share in small group meetings, chapels, church services, or one-on-one to update or introduce you to L’Arcada and the ministry in Spain! We hope to hit lots of States in our travels so let us know as soon as possible as we finalize plans!!!
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We have been in Spain just a little over two months, but it sure seems longer than that!!! So much has happened in such a short time. We are settled in a new country, we’ve jumped right into the camping season and language study, and God continues to provide daily!
Moving day was quite the experience! All of our belongings had to be mechanically lifted to our fourth level balcony. It was accomplished in record time…however, Cindy couldn’t watch…made her too nervous! We love our little “flat” (apartment)…it is right across from all the grocery stores and on one corner is a fresh fruit stand. Catalonia is known for excellent fruit in the summertime!
Dave began intensive language study in Barcelona on June 2nd. He catches a bus right in front of our apartment each weekday morning at 7:15 and travels the two hour trip to class. He then arrives back home at about 3:30 pm. He is in a class with mostly 22 year old International students and it is VERY challenging. No English is spoken in class and this is difficult. Some days he feels as if he is gaining ground and other days he comes home all discouraged. Please pray that God opens our minds to this language!
English camp brought a large number of International volunteers to L’Arcada. This was a great encouragement to the staff here, and especially to us because one of our granddaughters got to come over with the team from Northside Baptist in St. Pete. Aliyah was with us for four weeks and got to be a camper in English Camp. God was so good to allow this and we thank many who helped make this happen! God worked in the hearts of the staff volunteers and then we also saw decisions from the campers during camp week. Since English Camp, we have had Discipleship Camps, Explorers Camp (4-6 year olds), and now we are into Indian Camp. This week, we have close to 180 involved out at the property! Cindy spends part of every day at the camp helping where needed…this week serving in the kitchen. She also has begun to work online to learn Spanish. She will soon begin to help David Frank, Camp Founder, as his assistant in the office.
We are actively working on securing staff from the United States for next year’s basketball camp. We are especially striving to get commitments from high school basketball players and coaches from the states that would enjoy a basketball missions trip! Then in the fall, we will be visiting the club basketball teams here in Spain to invite them to consider L’Arcada next summer. Please pray that God would lead us in this effort and supply the needed staff.
Again, thank you to those who are sacrificing to keep us in Spain. We are still hovering at the 90% mark for our regular support. One time gifts are making up the difference and God is so faithful in blessing us through you! Our supporters are part of the L’Arcada staff…in a sense! We are grateful for your partnership!
The youth of Spain need a Savior! In Spain there is always a cathedral in the middle of town that towers above all the other buildings. Many of them are centuries old and very empty! The theme at camp this summer is “Awaken.” The invitation is to all of us: to consider where we might be “sleepwalking” through life, going through the motions the culture tells us to…we all need to wake up! Romans 12:2
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Thought we’d send a quick shout out to you all! It has been a busy week, getting over jet lag and settling in. We had to go to the City Hall for our residency, then to the police station in Girona to do some paperwork, lots of detailed things that had to be accomplished before our container arrives. The container is delayed and is due into port on Thursday. Please pray that they don’t find it necessary to go through our belongings which could hold things up in Barcelona. We are hoping it will be delivered to Banyoles and our apartment on Tuesday at the latest! We had been staying in the Frank’s basement apartment, but are moving into our apartment tomorrow. Just a few basics…borrowed mattress on the floor, some blankets and pillows, food in the refrigerator…microwave works, we’ll be fine until the container arrives. HOWEVER, we will surely be happy when we finally have our own things in our “new” apartment!
It will not be as easy to unload, however, as it was to pack the container. Our apartment is on a busy street, so we have to go to City Hall again and get permission to park the container on the side of our building, then we have to hire a moving company to bring a crane to lift our large items up to the balcony on the third floor. Everything is smaller in Europe and many of our things will not fit in the stairways and definitely not in the elevator! It will be an experience!!! AND, we have that two hour time limit again!!!
God has provided us a car in a very miraculous way. A retired pastor and his wife from the southern part of Spain are moving to the Canary Islands and needed to sell their car. It is a Mercedes, 12 years old, but in great shape…gets unbelievable gas mileage and has been cared for well. He is giving us a great price and we feel that it is another great provision from the Lord! We will take the train to Madrid on Thursday, meeting him there and driving the car home. Madrid is about a 7-8 hour drive so we again would appreciate your prayers…we are thanking Him for our European GPS!
Then on Friday we have a big event at the Camp. A local school is coming out to the property for a full day of activities. We are so sad that the tee pees didn’t make it here in time to be set up for this, but God knows what is best and His timing is perfect. On Saturday, we are having a big open house out at the camp and we will be serving lunch, taking tours, and other activities. Busy times as we kick off the camping season!
We have been enjoying our prayer time with the staff each day as we pray for the campers who will come to L’Arcada this summer. Thank you for your interest in us and the ministry here in Spain. It is definitely a country that needs the Lord!
Banyoles (our new home) is a city of approximately 18,000 inhabitants located in the province of Girona in northeastern Spain. Although an established industrial center, many of the inhabitants commute to nearby Girona (12 km to the south). Banyoles is most famous for the Lake of Banyoles, a natural lake located in a tectonic depression. It was the venue for the rowing events in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. Each year a triathlon Premium European Cup (or even a World Cup in 2012) is held in Banyoles, the hometown of the Spanish 2011 Champion Carolina Routier.
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All our earthly goods have been loaded into the container and are shipping out of the Port of Tampa today! The estimated time of arrival of the contents is May 20th in Banyoles, Spain! It pulls into the Port of Tarragona near Barcelona after a four week oceanic voyage. Over a third of the contents of the container are supplies for Camp L’Arcada! Many thanks to our friends here in St. Petersburg that helped us pack it up and secure the load!
Now we wait for our visa to arrive, it could be any day or three weeks from now!!! It is a waiting game at this point! However, we need to be in Spain before the container arrives! Your prayers for the arrival of the visa are so appreciated! God’s timing is perfect, we must be patient!
We have chosen an apartment in Banyoles. The missionaries in Spain have been looking for us, sending us pictures, etc. So we have made that decision. Our new address will be:
AVINGUDA PAISOS CATALANS, 253 3r 3a
17820 BANYOLES (Girona) SPAIN
“He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice.” John 10:3-4
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God has been going before us and leading the way through each step of our journey! We are now in the waiting game for receiving our residency visa. All of our paperwork was turned in to the Spanish Consulate in Miami about two weeks ago. Everything gets sent to Spain for the approval process and then they said within two – three months we should receive our final visa stamp. WELL, we are asking God for a miracle as we truly need to be in Spain by the first week in May!!! Please pray with us to that end!
Currently, our container is scheduled to be here so we can load up on Saturday, April 12th at 2:00 pm. We have two hours to load everything up and send it on its way. We will be needing our friends here in St. Pete to help us that afternoon! We’ll have pizza and prayer after all the work is done…won’t you join us!!!???
The week before the container is scheduled to arrive, if we don’t have any word that our visas are close to arriving, we might have to push back the date of the container’s arrival. We have to be able to leave for Spain shortly after the container departs so that we can go to the government office in Spain and receive an NIE number (Número de Identidad Extranjero)…which is needed to get our container released from customs in port in Barcelona! It is vitally important that we can get the container to Spain and then to our new apartment before camp starts as we are not only transporting all of our earthly belongings, but also the new camp tee pees and lots of other supplies for the camp sent to us from churches around the country!
We are currently at 91% of our support needed! We are trusting God to bring in the remaining 9%! Wow, that is amazing!!! Back two years ago, we couldn’t even imagine how God would supply, and to think we only need 9% more to get us to 100% support!!!! Praising God for His faithfulness!!! “He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.” I Thess. 5:24 Are there a few of you out there that would like to see us get to 100%???
These are exciting days and we look forward to getting to Spain and starting the work God has called us to! Our gratefulness to our friends and family from around the United States and across the ocean is hard to express in words!!! Thank you for your support and prayers…don’t stop now, we’ve only just begun!
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Why Floridians travel North in January could only be because the Lord wanted them to!!! We left on January 7th from St. Petersburg and got to experience -9 below with a -28 wind chill, a foot of snow in New Jersey, snowy roads as we traveled from Pennsylvania to Ohio then to Michigan and then returned to Florida to 70 degree weather on February 2nd. It was a GREAT trip! We thank everyone for their hospitality…it was so good to see so many of you and to catch up on your lives! AND, to meet new friends! God is truly directing us…not only keeping us safe on the roads (5,700 miles), but providing new tires when we needed them and a mechanic in Michigan to defrost our frozen window washer fluid…AND moving us to 82% in our monthly support – Thank you Jesus! Thanks to the Taylor’s in North Carolina for the CD’s that we enjoyed as we traveled! Below are some pictures of our travels…hope you recognize a few faces!
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