Our Churches in Spain
May 25, 2011

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.

In Spain – Week One
November 14, 2010

If you can shift your mind away from Guatemala for a bit, let’s return to the trip we took to Spain. My narration of that trip was interrupted by other duties until now.

So here we are at Week One in Spain, October 11-18. This is the vision trip for pastors and lay leaders to learn about the culture and religious climate of this country, see the vision our Brethren in Christ churches here, and get a vision of how to be a more effective advocate of world missions when we return home.