Tenerife 2017 | Update 6 | June 22

Tenerife 2017 | Update 6 | June 22

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Today started out with breakfast and a great time to talk with Brendan in the morning.  As much as we don’t want to deal with the enemy, it is a sign that God is moving in our lives and our ministry opportunity.  Breakfast starts each day with us able to watch Gabi, Marvin, and those helping to serve us.  Gabby is such a gracious, loving and joyful servant. I love to hear the laughter that comes from her to all of us.  Andre and Marvin are so attentive to all of us as well.  Watching Dave, Steve, Brendan, and Christy coordinate our routine for the day builds confidence in each of the team members.  There is no question about what we are doing.  All details have been handled and the flexibility we have operated with is so great.

Gabi and Andre took several of us to play Padel today in the morning.  Fun! Fun! Fun! Leah and Reghan definitely hit the ball HARD!  Sounded like a canon when they hit the ball.

After we had been playing for a while, 2 young boys showed up to play soccer at the field next to where we were playing.  Sam, Jake, and Joey went over and introduced themselves and began playing with them.  They are completely sold out to maximize each opportunity to reach out to everyone around them.  And each of those three do it wth such ease.  All of the team seems focused, intentional, but also very naturally able to love and care and connect with the kids and adults around us.

We can back to the church for lunch and for team time.  Jon shared his testimony.  He is such a strong and gentle man.  He is confident and courageous in all he does and seeks to know his role.  Great to know that he has been a primary recruiter for Tenerife trips at such a young age.  He is a great example of a willing vessel in the hands of the Lord.  Glad to have him as prayer partner.

We went to Puerto de La Cruz for camp.  Driving with Alcedes has been a highlight of my days so far.  He is such a joy filled loving man and very funny.  Listening to his English class on CD in the car is so awesome.

Samuel has a natural way of relating to everyone and he and Leah were having a good time in the car playing “coche amarillo”.  Big Poppi doesn’t know the difference between green and yellow.  Yoooo!

Big Poppi is an impression in his love for everyone, attention to our role at camp with each other and the kids.  His enthusiasm is awesome and infectious.  He is my brother in Christ and I can clearly see and feel is love for me and everyone around him.

Working stations with Leah has been great.  Today, though, I took over one station with the older kids.  I also called Sajid over to help translate.  It ended up being hard today because Leah and I didn’t have a translator but it worked out.  I did feel bad because Sajid stayed with me and Leah went with Aaron.  Today Alexander asked me my name as did Oscar, Raul, Iseal, and others.  Great day in connecting with all of the groups.  At the end, Christy had the kids give 5 coaches a high five and ask our names.  It was awesome to make eye contact with them and see their desire to relate to us and us to them.

The game went really well.  Great to see Christy coaching and see her alive in a new way.  Guys played well and reffing went well, too.  The other ref was great and both teams played fairly clean.  We took a big lead and kept playing hard which kept the other team paling hard.  A few kids played and that was great to see.

We went to the beach after the game and that was great.  Black sand!  We made a pyramid!  Awesome!  Leah continues to seek ways to attach her herself and love on everyone.  Great love is inside her, great enthusiasm for life and people.  Her Spanish is amazing.

Tonight the guys and I had a great time laughing and talking – about girlfriends, break-ups, pizza, and girls.  We talked about alcohol use and perspectives about that aspect offer walk and each of our lines.  The team is made up of guys and girls who love Jesus and are willing to be vulnerable to low and reach out and let people into their lives.  I have grown by being around them – even for this short time.  This had been very fertile ground for my soul.  Thank God for bringing Leah and I.  Jon asked me if I was having a hard time with leaving home at home because we had talked about that back home.  I realized that I haven’t had a hard time.  Today’s connections with everyone here have moved our team along.  I look forward to being used in a greater way. – Pat

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