¡Saludos desde Castelldefels, Spain! I hope you are having a great Monday and that the Lord is providing richly for all your needs. Thank you for your continued partnership, I’d love to share what I’ve been doing over this past month.
I turned 25 a little over a week ago! For my birthday, I made a surprise visit to Úbeda! We had a holiday weekend last week so I decided to make the most of the break by waking up early on Friday, catching a train, a plane, and another train to Úbeda. I arrived at 1pm and still had time to eat lunch with John and Jan (team leaders in Úbeda). Only a few adults knew I was coming, and none of the youth! When I showed up at church on Sunday, I don’t think I’ve ever seen such looks of surprise, nor have my cheeks ever been pinched so much 🙂 Sunday evening, I was the one who felt surprised. The jovenes (youth) totally had me fooled into thinking we were standing outside the church waiting for everyone to meet up so we could “dar una vuelta” (go for a walk), and as we stood outside they suggested that we wait inside…they had planned a surprise party and were all waiting inside!
This mini-trip to Úbeda was incredibly encouraging. As the minutes went by and the train got closer to Úbeda, I started pondering the faithfulness of God and felt overwhelmed. When I left Spain in June, I left thinking, “I’m not promised a return ticket.” He didn’t promise me He would bring me back here, He just asked me to trust Him. I was truly overwhelmed watching the sun come up Saturday morning in Úbeda, sitting on the terrace of my friend’s house, reading Psalm 111 and thinking about His incredible love to us. For me, returning to Úbeda was experiencing and living the faithfulness of God. As I read over this Psalm, I was reminded that my life is but a breath, and that only two things really remain and endure forever, the souls of men and the word of God.
He has sent redemption to His people; He has ordained His covenant forever; Holy and awesome is His name. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; A good understanding have all those who do His commandments; His praise endures forever.
I have two more weeks of language school and am really trying to make the most of every day. Three weeks ago, I was moved to a higher level class. Our entire focus is the subjunctive tense: present, past, and combining the other tenses with the subjunctive. Each day really does build on that last, which is a huge answer to prayer! In class, there are many opportunities to share who I am, what I’m doing here, beliefs, etc. Please simply pray, whether in class or out, more than anything else, that my friends would see the love of God in my life and the truth of His word.
During my time here, I’ve made some incredible friendships, had some really encouraging conversations, experienced some sweet times of worship, and been repeatedly led to the throne of grace to find all of my support and comfort in Christ alone. My identity is not found in how well I speak Spanish, how I appear to others, or how I look. Being a foreigner, it’s easy to focus on those things. My identity is determined by my relationship to God in being his daughter and my worth is valued at no less than the precious blood of Christ that paid for my life. It has been a blessing to live alongside my Spanish brothers and sisters that challenge me and remind me of these things. I will be a little sad to say goodbye to this community here, but am looking forward to this upcoming season of life in Úbeda.
- Please pray for prayer with others to come more naturally in Spanish.
- Please pray for diligence and responsibility in my classes (seminary and language school).
- Please pray for a good transition to Úbeda, I will be returning at the end of this month.
In Christ alone,
“What heights of love, what depths of peace, when fears are stilled, when strivings cease, my Comforter, my All in all,Here in the love of Christ I stand.”