We met with the Badalona congregation for two hours on Saturday evening, and another two hours on Sunday morning (today). My father Royce and I presented lessons on both occasions.
Following Saturday evening’s meeting, we went out with about 15 of the brethren to get a bite and visit. The church is small – around 25 or so – but diverse. Besides Spaniards we met people from Ecuador, Cuba and Ghana. There may be another country represented here that I haven’t picked up on yet. The church has young people from early teens to twenty-somethings. Here are some of the people we have been with:
Judith and Dámaris are also in a 2 year-old photo at the bottom of this post. (Dámaris is at the far right of the linked picture.)
It has been very enjoyable to reconnect with these friends, and to form relationships with others we have just met.
The congregation has invited us to be with them for an hour every evening this week, through Friday night. That is a bit of a sacrifice for them since they have work, school, life, etc. They have said that they are fairly isolated from churches of Christ in other places and thus appreciate our being with them. Their situation is not one I can yet relate to, being close to so many congregations of Christians in the U.S. We hope to encourage and strengthen these brethren in a meaningful way during our time in Barcelona.
We’re glad you arrived safely in Barcelona. We miss you all and are praying that you will have a productive trip – we can’t wait to hear more about it.
Sydney says: Daddy – I miss you and I’m excited to hear more about my new phone friend, Judith. Make sure you get her address or email please.
Sheridanne says: Daddy – I miss you and I hope you have a good trip.
Linda says: Send more pictures – thanks for all the phone calls!
L, S, Sh, GJ, Ju