SPAIN: To God Be the Glory!

This sign --Jesus Christ is the Way -- was hung at each festival. 

This sign --Jesus Christ is the Way -- was hung at each festival. 

Our final day in Tenerife began with another distribution in the neighborhood surrounding a second "daughter church" of the church in La Cuesta.  After another great lunch provided by the church, we had the afternoon to pack our suitcases, prepare for the final festival, and spend a little time shopping or walking in the area around the hotel.   

According to our team leader, Tom Hall, the festival on Thursday evening was the best one he's seen in the seven years that he has been doing these trips!  There were lots of people, lots of energy, and lots of lives changed as a result of the one-on-one gospel presentations that were made throughout the evening!  We have rejoiced all week to see how open the people of Tenerife have been to hearing the gospel message!

When the festival finally came to a close,  we went back to the church for a delicious traditional Spanish meal.  Then good-byes were said, hugs were given, and grateful hearts rejoiced to hear that over the course of the four festivals....284 PEOPLE ACCEPTED CHRIST and 733 PEOPLE HEARD A ONE-ON-ONE GOSPEL PRESENTATION!  

Most of the team left the hotel at 4:30am on Friday morning to make the long flight back to Atlanta, and those from the seminary returned to Madrid.  We are all very tired at the end of this busy week, but we are leaving with great joy and many new friends!  TO GOD BE THE GLORY!

Pastor. Miguel who has been ministering at the church in La Cuesta and the two "daughter churches" is anticipating retirement in the next year and a half.  Pictured above are Dani, Carol, and their daughter Sofia.  The La Cuesta church is Carol's home church.  Please pray for Dani and Carol as they are feeling the Lord leading them to potentially return to the church when Dani finishes seminary in America in two years.

Pastor. Miguel who has been ministering at the church in La Cuesta and the two "daughter churches" is anticipating retirement in the next year and a half.  Pictured above are Dani, Carol, and their daughter Sofia.  The La Cuesta church is Carol's home church.  Please pray for Dani and Carol as they are feeling the Lord leading them to potentially return to the church when Dani finishes seminary in America in two years.

We gave festival invitations and pamphlets to people we met on the streets and left them under doors and in mailboxes at these homes and apartments nearby.

We gave festival invitations and pamphlets to people we met on the streets and left them under doors and in mailboxes at these homes and apartments nearby.

Dani, Carol, and Alejandra were among the Spanish speakers who shared the one-on-one gospel presentations. 

Dani, Carol, and Alejandra were among the Spanish speakers who shared the one-on-one gospel presentations. 

Team members from Madrid and JFBC were available at the Salvation tent to talk with people who had questions. 

Team members from Madrid and JFBC were available at the Salvation tent to talk with people who had questions. 

Mary used this special "tool" to share Christ with many young people. 

Mary used this special "tool" to share Christ with many young people. 

Jameleth shared bracelets and other materials at the festivals. 

Jameleth shared bracelets and other materials at the festivals. 

Santiago shared the gospel with many people throughout the week and led many to Christ! 

Santiago shared the gospel with many people throughout the week and led many to Christ! 

These young people added a lot of energy and enthusiasm to our festivals, but they were also committed to sharing Christ whenever possible!

These young people added a lot of energy and enthusiasm to our festivals, but they were also committed to sharing Christ whenever possible!

Our energetic line dancers invited the audience to learn the dances they had demonstrated. 

Our energetic line dancers invited the audience to learn the dances they had demonstrated. 

Paco, Pastor Miguel, and ladies from the church prepared wonderful meals for us throughout the week, including paella!  We enjoyed arepas for dinner on our last evening on Tenerife along with three different choices of stuffings.  We also had an "Iberian wheel"  of ham and 2 different kinds of Canary cheeses, dates wrapped in bacon, olives, and ice cream for dessert.

Paco, Pastor Miguel, and ladies from the church prepared wonderful meals for us throughout the week, including paella!  We enjoyed arepas for dinner on our last evening on Tenerife along with three different choices of stuffings.  We also had an "Iberian wheel"  of ham and 2 different kinds of Canary cheeses, dates wrapped in bacon, olives, and ice cream for dessert.

Having our typical Spanish meal on our last night in Tenerife...at 9:30pm...a very common time for our evening meals!   

Having our typical Spanish meal on our last night in Tenerife...at 9:30pm...a very common time for our evening meals!   

Following the meal, Tom expressed our appreciation to Pastor Miguel and the church! 

Following the meal, Tom expressed our appreciation to Pastor Miguel and the church!