We were invited to Cádiz a few weekends ago for Edu to preach (twice) and teach a bible study. The church graciously invited me to come too and we enjoyed our time with our hosts Martha, Albert, and Josefa. We flew into Jerez de la Frontera Friday afternoon and flew out of Sevilla Sunday night.
Neither of us had ever been to Cádiz so amfter dropping off our little suitcases (we flew with RyanAir) Martha and Albert took us on a drive through the historic part of the city of Cádiz. Very interesting, Cádiz is actually an island, and there is one road in and one road out. There is also a certain prestige that goes with saying that you’re from “old Cádiz”, which means inside the original city walls (that are still standing). New Cádiz is everything outside of the original walls. We’re talking Roman age here, just so you get the picture.
Friday evening we were invited to a family dinner and ate amazing fried fish that the area is famous for. We were still sitting at the dinner table at half past midnight and I (was fading quickly when one of the family finally suggested we get some sleep. We were able to sleep in a little on Saturday but we were at the church by noon to have a kind of a meet and greet/ Q&A with the members of the church. Things got real honest real quick when the members were sincere enough to say that they needed a pastor and asking what our current commitments look like. We returned the favor of honesty and said that we are not looking to candidate for a church right now, instead, we are committed to two years (October 2012-September 2014) with the local church in Vilassar de Mar, working with evangelism, discipleship, and developing other ministries.
The church had prepared a potluck that day and I think everybody ate a little too much. Later, Edu had a time to teach in the church and we went for a walk around San Fernando with our hosts afterwards.
On Sunday, we were at the church by 11:00AM, Edu taught a bible study that morning and later we had lunch with Josefa and her family. In the afternoon we returned to church for the evening service and Edu taught one last time. We said our goodbyes and headed to the airport in Sevilla to catch our plane home. Both nights we stayed up pretty late talking and learning about the church. When it was time for us to go, we prayed for one another and promised to keep in touch (and we have!).
Here are a few pics from the trip…