After 24 hours spent in airports or airplanes, we have made it back to America.
The three weeks we spent in Spain were nothing short of an adventure. Our time was filled with conversation, culture, prayer, growth and mostly- trusting and experiencing God’s faithfulness.
In no way will I say that these three weeks were easy. They were filled with moments of confusion and disappointment. There were times when it seemed God’s plans were no where to be found. BUT- I will say that in these three weeks God spoke to us. He reminded us to fully surrender our plans to Him. He told us to TRUST that His plans are exponentially greater than our will ever be. And He exposed us to the heart of our purpose and what serving Him really looks like. And those are things that we could have only learned and experienced in Osuna.
During our going away party (where we wore the Sevillana dresses) we got to spend precious time with the sweet friends that we made during our time in Spain. The night was filled with laughter and joy and dancing and Tapas (of course!). After hours and hours of fellowshipping with our friends, we loaded up into the cars and headed home. On the way home our Host told us something incredible…
One of the women who came to our party brought her resume to be translated into English by Lara, the host. As she looked over her resume she saw that the woman had worked for an evangelical organization so she approached her and asked if she was a Christian- and she was! The woman said that she didn’t know there were any other Christians in Osuna. So, now instead of being three other Christians in all of Osuna- there are four! The most amazing part of this story is how we met this woman. For our first English event that we had scheduled no one showed up. We were extremely bummed because we were looking forward to do what (we thought) God called us to Spain to do. Since it was canceled our Host’s took us to the museum of Osuna where we met David, the man who gave us a tour. Well, our hosts ended up exchanging information with him and a few days later he called to ask if we could teach English at a class he was helping in. So, we went and this is where we met the woman who was a Christian! WHAT AMAZING WAYS THE LORD WORKS IN!
Also, the night before we left we cooked a meal for the host families. It was such a wonderful time to get to serve them as they had been serving us for the last three weeks. After the meal we read John 13, where Jesus washes the desciples feet. Following that, we washed their feet and prayed for them individually as a tangible symbol of our gratitude for their servanthood. Then, we read another passage and did what followers of Jesus have been doing since right before His death- we took communion with them. Although we couldn’t find grape juice and ended up using an orange colored fruit punch, it was such a beautiful thing. And it was an incredible reminder of the bond that Christ brings among all people.
We are so thankful and have been so blessed by the last three weeks we spent with the people of Osuna. We know that the Lord has some incredible plans in store for that city and for His children all around the world. Continue to keep the city of Osuna, Spain in your prayers. They have left a permanent mark on our hearts and we thank Jesus for them and this opportunity every day!