On the 16th September I arrived in Gijon, Spain and to my new home. I got to settle into my first week of getting to know the team leaders and the family, Gijon and eating a ‘welcome to your new home’ cake. I have loved eating foods like breads, cheeses and chorizo; soaking up new sights like the many Spanish people that stroll in the evenings and finding local places to relax and to exercise.
I am learning language with a Christian lady living in Madrid who I Skype with three days a week. The course is focused on building conversation fast so from the very first lesson I was able to speak simply.
Language and culture learning has been the hardest thing – at times as I want to say so much more than I am able to. Pray for patience in learning and in waiting to speak and pray that I would trust God with the pace of learning he gives to me. I’d also appreciate prayers for continued unity in relationships particularly with my team and host family. Pray that we would continue to love each other as Jesus loves us.
I fly out on the 3rd September to set up my life in a new city, Gijon, Spain! The last 2 months I have spent time with friends as well as four churches around the South Island of New Zealand who are partnering with me. I have visited home groups, youth groups, homes, Sunday schools, church services, other groups and staff meetings. This time has made me realise even more that gospel work is a partnership and that God, in his goodness, has provided many people to partner with me from New Zealand and around the world. I praise God for people like you and that we have such a good and sovereign God!
If you are in Christchurch you are very welcome to join in my commissioning during the main morning church service at St Stephens Church, Shirley. There will be time for lunch together afterwards at the Palms Mall food court.
When: Sunday 31st, 10.30am at St Stephens Church
Where:Shirley Intermediate School Hall, corner North Parade and Shirley Road, Christchurch
Alternatively, I will be at the Coffee Culture Cafe, Rotherham Street, Riccarton, 3.30- 5pm this Sunday if you want to pop in for a farewell coffee.
I have now finished my studies at St Andrews Hall (SAH) and said goodbye to my Spanish church. It was a sad time at SAH and many tissues were used as I said farewell to people that I had spent so much time with. We were encouraged from 1 Thessalonians to keep speaking and living by the truth of the gospel as we prepare to go to Asia, The Pacific, The Middle East and Europe to serve the Lord.
For we know, brothers and sisters loved by God, that he has chosen you, because our gospel came to you not simply with words but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and deep conviction.
I have had the last two weeks in Sydney spending time with my super charming God-son and also with friends. It was also really encouraging to visit my old church in Sydney – Marrickville Road Church – and share with them about my journey to Spain. I am delighted that the church has agreed to partner with me in prayer and that I can have this continued relationship with them. The next 2 months I am back in New Zealand on what is called Deputation. In this time I am looking forward to visiting churches and other friends that are partnering with me and to serve and share in these Christian communities
On Tuesday I arrived back in Christchurch and on the way to stay with my parents I had a car crash. Praise God no one was hurt and I had insurance to cover the other cars involved. It was amazing to feel calm and peace through the whole ordeal. Unfortunately my insurance does not cover the cost of my car and so I am waiting to know if it is worth repairing or not.
We are still looking for cars for Katie until early September. If you can help out please email firstname.lastname@example.org.