Life turns into ministry, Ministry turns into life

We found a park close to our house. It’s only about 5 min. walking and we have taken advantage of it in the last beautiful spring days.
Parks are always full of people here in Spain. For us, there is more than one reason why those parks are so great.

#1.- We have three growing girls are that very active (just like any other kid). The older ones go to school, so they already get some out time. But my little one is 2, and doesn’t go to school yet. So she has all that energy that she needs to use, or all she does is jumping up and down at the house.

#2.- A lot of the girls friends from school go to that same park. So the girls have so much fun when we go. Noelia of course does better with older kids since it is what she is used to anyway; so it is fun for the three of them

#3.-The parents of these kids are also there, so it has given us the opportunity of meeting a couple of those parents. With time those people may became friends.

#4.- There are also other children, with other parents, that we may not know anything at all about them, but in Spain, people are very friendly, and soon enough will start talking with each other.

#5.- As missionaries anything turns into a possibility for the ministry. With time we may be close enough to them where we’ll be able to share the full gospel with them. Right now you can drop things here and there, but we have come to realize that you get a lot more done if you wait until they ask. Then you have the chance to give it all. It is different when you just meet someone and you know, most likely, it will be the only time. Then you tell them, because you never know what is going to happen. But then there are others, to whom you minister in a different way. You are nice, you talk to them, and with time, the question will come. We pray God will use this that someone may come to know Him.


Anonymous said...

I'll pray that you make lots of friends on your trips to the park. It is a great way to meet people, develop relationships, and ultimately share the Gospel.

My kids love the park too!

Nina in Portugal said...

We've been going to the same park in the town we're praying about starting a church. Trying to meet folks and make contacts.....works great and gives the kids some time to play and make friends as well!!

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Dani Joy said...

Girl, What a fun surprise to have your imput tonight! I really love the ideas. Pray it all turns out good. ;)

Park Ministry is great! Praise the Lord for good weather so you can go now. Your beautiful, sweet, girls will be wonderful open doors to meet other families!

Jill said...

Great idea! And it doesn't just work on foreign mission fields.

LisaShaw said...

Pilar, I so enjoyed reading this and may God give you good friends and great opportunities to share Jesus with them.

My best friend moved to Madrid two years ago and has not made any Christian friends yet. I also pray for her.

Julia said...

Your girls are beautiful! Children make sharing the Gospel so much easier. What a blessing.

~Babychaser~ said...

What a great point you make... and how true it could be here in the states as well. I look forward to warmer weather and somewhat regular park visits. I only wish we had one walking distance from our home. As it is, we have to drive to get there and my husband usually has the car at work. the Lord will work something out though! :)

Thanks for sharing, and thanks for your comment over on my blog! :)

Dani Joy said...

Pilar! Look at that! Babychaser and I went to College together! and Julia lives near where I grew up. ( I never got to know her though till now) So cool how these blogs work. We can get the encouragement and fellowship we often miss till our churches are established. :) Thanks for getting me in on it. I am sorry I dragged my feet on it.