Visiting Montilla

28 01 2011

This week I went to Montilla to stay with the Millers. Terry and Christine have been in Montilla 3 or 4 years. They were working with another missionary couple who returned to the UK and have been there alone with the church until this year, when a Brazilian couple have come for the short-term but it looks like they will stay on. There is also a Romanian couple who minister within the Romanian congregation. They work during the harvest of olives, but like many, have lots of trouble finding work for the rest of the year. It’s  tough place to live and the unemployment is very high. The local school gives out breakfast to the kids who want and everyone gets a meal at lunch (in most schools this is not covered by the school but costs).

The church has been going for a lunch time but has been through some tough times over the last few years. While trying to have a ‘meting’ or expression or church in each of the 4 smaller towns as well as the combine whole, they’re doing a lot of thinking about what church is and how it functions from day-to-day as a community of light and salt.

Within that community I think barely 2 people have regular employment, there are many experiencing difficulties from mental health, depression and anxiety to drug usage.People are coming to know Christ and growing, but many have fallen or left as well. It’s a complex context in which to serve and the team could really use prayer for wisdom, strength and encouragement to keep at it.

There’s lots to be done – and I’m sure I could be useful. But there’s a team of 3 couples, few Spaniards at the helm and a lot of questions in my head about how it could work out.

 

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