Our Churches in Spain

Anita Keagy was invited to tell her testimony, with its application of an urgent call to seek God through reading and studying the Bible regularly, at both of our Brethren in Christ churches on Sunday, May 22, 2011.

The church in Madrid, where Bruce Bundy is the pastor, meets at noon. Bruce interpreted for Anita. This was her first experience in speaking with an interpreter, and she took to it naturally. The people were deeply moved at her story, and the Q and A time went on for 35 minutes.

Then we four went to the the Bundys’ apartment for lunch, which is the main meal of the day. It was about 3:00 when we ate.

Then off to the town of Hoyo, about 25 miles from Madrid, for the 6:00 service of our church there. Antonio Gonzalez, formerly a Jesuit priest, is the pastor. This was the sixth anniversary of the church meeting in this renovated store front, so they had a two-hour program of songs, Scriptures, dances and a slide show. Then it was time for Anita’s talk, She needed to keep it a bit shorter than usual, which she did masterfully.

After that, we returned to our hotel.

Today was election day here in Spain, and I was curious about what would be happening late at night at Sol, the scene of the protests, so I slept for awhile, then got up at midnight and went to Sol. I found the crowd to be about one-fourth the size it had been previously, but the number of signs and posters had increased, and a small band was playing in one area.

I went to one of our favorite restaurants, Cafe de Levante, for a cup of coffee, and a farewell to Raoul, my favorite waiter there, who, I had learned earlier, is from Ecuador. He doesn’t speak English, so our conversation is limited by my beginner level Spanish, but we do the best we can.

And so back to our hotel and to bed.

On Monday, May 23, we arrived home without incident, grateful to God for all we had experienced in this trip. Thanks to all of you who prayed for us. The retreat for our global workers was an exceptional time of connecting, learning, worship and prayer.

Here at home I see that the grass needs mowing, but I will get to that tomorrow.

I hope to post some more photos of Spain soon.


2 Responses

  1. Great report from Spain. I read your blog on Wed. so I was too late to mow the grass! Alvin

    • Alvin, not to worry. The grass is ready to be mowed again, so come on over! John

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