¡Saludos desde Úbeda en Andalucía!
For the last several mornings, I’ve been waking up with the Andaluz sunshine coming in my window. I finished language school a little over a week ago, said many goodbyes, had a great last night with friends, and left at 8am on Saturday morning. I arrived in Úbeda last Saturday evening, a little over a week ago.
Hands down, my favorite thing about this week has been catching up with friends and good conversations. Another favorite thing has been the surprised look on friend’s faces when we run into each other on the street, and the warm Spanish greeting of lots of hugs and kisses (Don’t worry, it’s normal. It’s a cultural greeting to kiss once on each cheek).
At the same time, adjusting back, living out of suitcases, making plans, and staying up to date with my seminary class, has been quite a juggling act. Also, there are daily to-do’s like opening a bank account, changing my cell phone, etc. All of these things take time and are reminders that it’s about glorifying Him in the process.
This is how I know that people are praying for me: Last Tuesday, one of the elders of the church suggested that we go to talk to a realtor friend of his. On Wednesday I saw an apartment, on Thursday we signed the lease, and on Friday I began moving in! It’s perfect for one person, in a great location, easy to find, and within the price range. I talked with my landlords from last year and they let me know that they rented the other apartment since they were desperate for tenants. I’m fine with that, we’re still friends, and we’re getting together soon to catch up.
You’re not going to believe me when I tell you, but in addition to the perfect sized apartment, God has provided an oven! (Spaniards don’t really bake, except for pizza. Therefore most houses/apartments don’t come with ovens. If someone does own an oven, it’s usually used for storage.) After signing the lease, the landlords and I drove over to Carrefour (a more expensive international version of Wal-Mart) and let me pick out an oven!!! That really is incredible. For me, baking and cooking is a way of serving others and being an encouragement.
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Transition & Ministry
This evening, I’m jumping right back into activities with the youth and serving alongside the Spaniards. Next weekend, I’m going to Madrid to help with an English language camp sponsored by the mission organization of SEND. I helped teach at this same camp last year and had some great conversations about the Gospel. The last weekend in November, I’ve been invited to attend a leader’s retreat in Málaga. The focus of the retreat is the development and collaboration of youth groups in Andalucía. I feel honored to be invited and am looking forward to it.
The LORD our God, the LORD is one. Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Deuteronomy 6:4-6
In all honesty, the to-do’s, questions, plans, and pressures, in my mind have crowded out the “Abides” and the “Remain in my loves”. More than anything, please pray that I wouldn’t get caught up in what’s asked of me, what I want to do, or what plans are made, but that I would love the Lord first and commit myself to Him.
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