SPAIN 2013 Carlene 06/04/13: Week in Review
Back home with internet!!!Â Unfortunately, I was unable to send out blogs, etc. as I was planning to throughout the trip, due to spotty internet while in Spain.Â So here it is:
What started as a journey taking too long to get there, ended as a memorable trip that ended way too soon.Â Some of you know of the struggles our team had traveling to Spain; the Nashville team members with the exception of 1, had to fly out a day later after discovering that their first flight was canceled. What you may not have known is that the Florida team members along with some of the World Harvest Mission staff and their families were held up at the Lisbon airport for 6 hrs since we all missed our connecting flight to Faro, Portugal due to a delay from our flight from Philadelphia. Although, we spent the majority of that time getting re-connected to a flight to Faro (there was a bit of confusion and miscommunication between the 2 airlines), it was a blessing that we were able to bond and spend time getting to know some of the staff members before the conference, which planted seeds of friendships to follow. We ALL rose above the adversity together as conquerors (Romans 8:28).
Although the entire worship team was unable to have our scheduled day of rehearsal prior to the conference, by God's grace, the Nashville team members arrived just in time for our first worship service Saturday evening. It was so encouraging to see and hear the missionaries singing and worshiping together, since many of them do not get to regularly sing and praise in English.
As I am now home resting, catching up, and looking back at a memorable trip in Spain that went by too fast ending this past Sunday, I am reminded that this is only the beginning of many open doors to come for myself and for many of the missionaries who were there. The attendance at this World Harvest Conference (which takes place every 3 yrs.) was one of the largest that they have had for some time, with many first time attendees, like myself.Â It was truly a blessing to have met with these missionaries and their children from all over the world. I made heart connections with many there and learned so much in regards to what they do, the cultures they live in, some of the challenges faced, how World Music Mission can be a support to them with worship music needs, and much more!.. Stay tuned for more updates, photos, and videos.