Spain team

This July a team of young adults travelled to Algeciras, Spain to serve the church in Renacer and work alongside Andrew and Rosalia Elliott, who serve there with Baptist Missions. This is the fourth year the church have received a BYE team and it has been such an encouragement for them to see the team grow from what was only 2 members in 2009 to a team of 7 this year.

We bonded incredibly well as a team and were able to work together to use our individual talents and experiences to serve God. Each morning we began our day studying from the book of Acts. These team studies were challenging, encouraging and extremely applicable to our time in Spain. Learning about how God radically changed the apostle Paul, and used him, reminded us how we should never limit God's ability to save the most unlikely of people.

Geared for Mission                                                                                                    

Acts is a book geared towards mission. Jesus spoke these words to his disciples, "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses … to the ends of the earth" (Acts 1v8). With this instruction at the forefront of our minds, we spent time in the town of Alcala, a small village with no evangelical witness. On our visits we sought to preach the gospel in various engaging ways. God really blessed our time in Alcala as many inquisitive conversations were had with the locals. On our second visit we did not realise that a disco would be taking place in the plaza. Due to the loud music, we feared our trip would be in vain, but after praying and speaking to the DJ, the music was stopped to allow us to carry out our activities in front of a busier than usual crowd in the plaza. God was good!

Happy Week!                                                                                                             

Our second week revolved around the kids’ club Happy Week. Prior to Happy Week we had spent time going to different parks in Algeciras handing out invitations to children. Happy Week proved to be an extremely enjoyable (and tiring) time for both children and leaders alike. It culminated with an evangelistic Sunday service which parents and families were encouraged to attend. The church was packed and parents witnessed a shortened typical day of Happy Week.  This served as a wonderful opportunity for church members to engage with these families and tell them more about the church.

I embarked on the Spain team without being able to speak any Spanish, which proved to be a greater challenge than I had anticipated. I felt restricted and frustrated due to the language barrier but I was thankful for my other fluent team members and, through this experience, God taught me patience. Overall it was great to have the opportunity to serve alongside the Elliott family, the church and meet with other Christians in Algeciras. You can learn so much and be encouraged in such a small space of time even by people who don't speak your language!

Report by Lauren Bell (Cookstown)

Happy Week