We finished up our last evening with the church in Dos Hermanas and got back to the hotel a little while ago. I presented a another archaeological lesson while my father taught on the question, “Why doesn’t God use people to do big things today as He did in the Bible?” (Part of the answer: 1) We may not ask big enough things of God, and 2) We may not ask big enough things of ourselves.)
I’ve been posting photos during the week of people with whom we’ve had the privilege of spending personal time. We’ve had more of these opportunities this trip than two years ago. It really is the best way to know people.
Manolo records every lesson on an MP3 player then backs it up on his computer. People who want an audio copy of a sermon go to him.
Eva is a rather… vibrant … student who enjoys practicing her English vocab on you. Her father, Enrique, was a special favorite of my (then) 1 year-old daughter two years ago. She walked over to sit with him for an entire worship period – and this before we had made any formal introductions.
Juan Garcia is gracious enough to personally provide most of our transportation to/from the meeting place, as well as the airport.
We’ve literally preached for 14 days straight. A little tired at this point, but still kicking. It’s been a blessing to be with these special people who have taken time out of their lives to arrange this meeting. From a spiritual perspective, they exist in a difficult place. There is currently no full time evangelist. Men share the responsibility to preach and teach, but it is easy to become discouraged. Our hope for this trip was to refresh and strengthen all of these Christians in their service to God and each other. Everyone was gracious and encouraging to us as well. If they gained as much from this week as I did, it was a very beneficial effort.
Thanks for posting all the pictures and updates, Luke. It is so encouraging to hear of the Spanish Christians’ zeal and eagerness to know the Word! I hope the rest of your trip is just as fruitful and that you have a safe journey back 🙂