We are the Lazenby family; Martin, Sarah, Isabelle (5) and Joel (2). Martin currently works as a dentist and part-time as an elder at Hope Community Church Brentwood, Sarah works part-time as a physiotherapist.
Even before we were married we each felt that God was calling us to overseas work and church planting in the future, we’ve been eagerly awaiting God to give us that opportunity ever since! On our wedding day two people both brought words saying that God was giving us a choice, to live a safe life or to go on an adventure with him. Well, that seemed like a no brainer to us! Not long after getting married we moved to Brentwood to help plant Hope Community Church and have been helping to lead it since.
We’ve enjoyed our time at Hope, there have been tough seasons and there have been joyous seasons but we wouldn’t swop any of them. God has continuously spoken to us through various people about being pioneers and a father and mother to many church plants. These seem like huge callings and something we struggle to get our heads around but we know that, just like Gideon, the call of God and our willingness to obediently follow are enough to achieve great things for Him.
We and Hope have always known that a time would come when God would call us on and in the last year we have felt God call us to Spain. When we met Maurice Nightingale to first talk about what we felt called to we were so excited to hear that he had just had a word given to him about God opening up a Spanish nation to Relational Mission. When Mike Betts also told us that Spain was the final place in a church planting prophecy that he had been given for Relational Mission and that they would like to support us in this it felt like the confirmation we needed to press onward.
God has continued to speak to us through many people, refining the vision and increasing our conviction. We are now planning to make the move to Málaga in 2017 as a family. Firstly seeking to develop language and cultural skills and find employment, and then for others to join us.