With the retirement of several long-term missionaries who were supported by Oroville Evangelical Free Church, the Missions Committee has recently spent many meetings during the past year interviewing missionaries with the intent of adding them to the rolls of missionaries the church financially supports. The committee members have desired to expand the number of countries where we have missionaries and to also increase the number of missionaries supported by the church congregation. Our newest missionary couple, Sam and Jill Tabiendo, will increase the number of missionaries the church supports and will expand the church supported ministries into Europe, where we have not had a missionary presence in the past. Oroville Evangelical Free Church now financially supports ten missionaries or missionary families through the mission’s fund.
The Missions Committee began communicating with Sam and Jill Tabiendo in the spring of last year. The Tabiendos have been EFC ReachGlobal missionaries to Madrid, Spain for more than 20 years, serving six terms as missionaries to Spain. They have been in the States this past year on a furlough and are currently in the process of returning to Madrid. The Missions Committee interviewed Sam and Jill last October through Skype and committee members have had regular communications with them since then.
Sam and Jill Tabiendo’s home church is Sovereign Grace Bible Church of Redondo Beach, California. They have four children, ages 16 to 24. The youngest son, David, who serves on the music worship team for his church in Madrid, will be returning to Spain with them.
Sam Tabiendo serves as the EFC ReachGlobal city coordinator for Madrid. He is heavily involved with the pastors and missionaries in church planting, with a ministry focus on multiplying healthy churches. He achieves this mission by developing, empowering and releasing disciples, who will then disciple others to become Christian leaders within the church. Sam likes to focus especially on teens and young adults as they are susceptible to the things of the World. He desires to develop “young men of purity” who will stand for their Lord and Savior.
Jill has been ministering to women in the church. She has recently developed close relationships with several mature women who have needed the support and encouragement of a Christian sister. She has also been discipling younger women and assisted Sam in ministry to couples.
Relationships are very important to Sam’s ministry. In his words, “Christianity is a relationship with the Almighty God, through the Lord Jesus Christ, with His people. So, our evangelism is a horizontal relationship introducing others to a vertical relationship with our Jesus. Our churches and church plants are relational communities where Christ is central to all worship. Because of the Gospel, we are in the process of learning to relate to one another in love and truth.”
Please place these dear servants of Christ on your prayer list. In a recent prayer letter, Sam and Jill requested prayer for “continued growth in Joy, Trust, Perseverance, Character, and Hope in Christ’s Love.” They also pray for “patience as they await final word from the Spanish Consulate that they are approved to return to Madrid.”
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