Sports Performance - Spain
Our motto for the last full day in Barcelona was, "Last day, best day". My personal motto for the real last day, the day we had to spread back out to our different states, was more like, "this is my nightmare"...or something along those lines. Trips like this force people to become like family, especially with such a small team. There is no room for cliques. They are pretty much the only people you know that speak the same language. You share the same apartment. You really have no choice but to get close. On this trip, that was no hardship. I personally laughed more in these past 10 days than I probably have all year. I laugh a lot...so that's a big deal. I loved seeing each person's personality come out. I loved figuring out their quirks and habits. I loved seeing them in their element while teaching their subjects at the seminars. I loved being a part of a team that loves life and loves Jesus. I truly do believe that the Lord shows himself to us through the relationships He brings us, and I am so grateful for that. It makes His love all the more tangible.
It was also hard to leave Spain in general. It was an honor to be able to share a testimony and the Gospel in Madrid after our last session. I am praying that it made an impact on those that were there, and now they have Kenny to ask questions to if they want to. In Barcelona, we were not able to directly share the Gospel because of cultural things. The staff have been trying to get a foot in the door for 30 years. Abe said that in order to gain credibility with the university and the students there, you have to have something to offer that will enhance the student's lives. Obviously, as Athletes in Action, we know that God enhances everyone's lives. Sadly, not everyone thinks that way. Abe said that even though we didn't directly share the Gospel, we were a game changer in helping he and Amy get on campus to do further ministry. They now have credibility, contacts, and friendships with some of the students that they can begin to follow up with. Abe and Amy are so intentional with every opportunity they have to bring Barcelona to the Lord, and I know they will take full advantage of this newly opened door. As Abe said at our last dinner together, "People are people and we need to take care of them."
Please continue to pray for a full time staff member in Madrid. Everone there is techinally volunteer staff with full time jobs. Their lives often get in the way of what they want to do in ministry. If they had a full time staff person to organize things, their ministry could explode. So, if you want to live in Madrid for Jesus, here's your chance! Get in touch with us!
Also please continue to pray for the team, Lisa, Natalie, Sam, Rachel, and myself. Sam, Natalie and Rachel are about to be seniors, and with graduation comes huge, difficult change. They are all so wonderful and I can't wait to see where they all end up. Lisa is praying through some big changes in her own life, so be praying that the Lord will give her clarity on what He wants for her. I am finishing up with AIA in July and heading to Austin, TX, so that will be another huge transition and a lot of details that need to be worked out.
I am so thankful for this opportunity to spend time doing ministry in Spain with such an incredible team. They truly did steal my heart. I couldn't handle saying goodbye, so I went with "see you later". None of us know when the next time we will see each other will be, but if all else fails, we will party in heaven with each other forever.
Until next time,
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