Spain Journal – Part 1

Well, as you may have guessed, I have been busy day and night for over a week. It’s about time for an update.


The main reason for our trip to Spain was a four-day retreat, involving 13 workers from four nations. This was a positive experience of team-building, administration, spiritual renewal and fun. In addition to the 13 field workers,there were three of us adminstrators from USA and a team of five support people from Manor Church.

The retreat was held at a classy hotel in the town of Torrevieja on the Mediterranean Sea. Here is the view from our room.

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The management of the hotel favors religious groups and gives us a very, very low rate, which is why we can afford such a place.

Here is the entire group of field workers, administrators from US, and the support team from Manor.

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The Manor team was incredible, going far beyond expectations. They worked hard, offered child care 24/7, provided haircuts and hand and feet massages, brought snacks and games, directed a talent show, and did much, much more. They were servants to all. On top of everything else, their leader, Lindsey, led two inspirational sessions on the biblical theme of hospitality.

The seaside right in front of our hotel was rugged rocks, but four blocks away was a sandy beach.

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Several of us went for a walk or jog along the beach early every morning. I saw a new shorebird – the Kentish plover – to add to my life list. Also, one of the swifts and one of the swallows were new to me.

Facing the beach was a restaurant shaped like an old sailing ship, complete with cannons!

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Our retreat schedule followed the pattern of Spaniards. We ate breakfast at 8:30 (actually, that is early for Spaniards), lunch at 1:30 or 2:00, and dinner at 9:00!

The meals were all-you-can-eat buffet. We feasted royally.

More to come in Part 2.

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