Our first day of the Kids Surf Club was a huge success! Did some last minute cleaning while in wet suits before registration.
Western Europe Pics
We spent Thursday evening at Plaza del Dos de Mayo. In the evenings the plaza is full of 20 somethings eating and drinking, relaxing, and enjoying time together. While uniquely Spanish, the vibe is not so different from the party culture found on most college campuses. We met a missionary friend there.
The initial response to our drama was pretty hostile. Lots of “Bleep God” or “I bleeping hate Jesus.” And yet… the furious initial response didn’t tell the whole story. One of our groups met a young woman whose bitterness towards God and the church was clear from the start, but they kept talking. They asked why she hated God and she began to describe the hypocrisy of the church that she had experienced (see: https://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-15335899). She admitted that she made mistakes in life (sin), but insisted that she must be the one to make restitution for her failures. She had been playing the guitar prior to the conversation, and one of our Royal Servants asked her to imagine that she was given a wonderful guitar. The maker asked her to play it and enjoy it, but not to break it. Yet, she did break it, but the maker didn’t punish her. Instead, he made her a new guitar time and time again. The young woman was touched by our student’s parable of the generosity and grace of God.
While the woman did not make a commitment to God there that day her demeanor and posture toward God made a radical change, stating, “If this is what your Jesus is like, I like him.” God’s love shown bright in the face of deep darkness.
Friday was spent mostly doing laundry and showers. Our facilities are limited, so these tasks take quite a while. In the evening, we joined up with another missionary friend to prayer walk and start conversations. Some of the team also enjoyed some Indian food at a couple of great local restaurants.
Saturday, we visited Spain’s National Archeological Museum as a part of our culture and heritage time. Afterwards, we went back to Retiro park to do some street evangelism. We had lots of conversations and continue to be impressed with our students’ boldness and sensitivity towards God’s leading.
Sunday, our team took over teaching Sunday School for the children at the church where we are staying. In the afternoon, with the world cup finals being played, we stayed in and had some additional Bible study and teaching time.
We can hardly believe there is only one week of ministry left for us in Madrid!