We arrived in Tampa last night and made it to our homes. I would have posted last night, but my wife and kids (for some reason) took pretty much all of my time.
It was a very good trip by several measures. The Christians all seemed to be encouraged by our visits. The Spanish brethren described to us the difficulty of their work a number of times. Our desire was to encourage them to be strong, steadfast and hopeful in spite of the challenges around them. We were able to spend more personal time with brethren than my previous trip two years ago. It is good to connect with people in such positive ways.
I know of two web sites maintained by these brethren in Spain. Neither one has English content, but some readers of this blog may find them useful. Brethren near Sevilla have Buscad.com, and the Badalona church in Barcelona has Sembrad.com.
The London visit was a useful by-product of our itinerary, since we had to connect there to/from the U.S. Lingering for a couple of days on our return didn’t change the price of the flights, so we used the time to rest and visit the British Museum before attacking the pile of work awaiting us at home.
I do not know at this point when I may return to Spain, but hopefully it will be possible within the next couple of years. In the meantime, I have to catch up on things at home. The first part of that will be a sonogram this afternoon that should reveal whether we’re having a boy or girl this summer.
Congratulations on your new daughter. 🙂 May the Lord bless her and keep her and give all of you peace.