Filled to the brim

When you go on a "mission trip" many people assume you are going to help those who have less than you. However, we continuously learn that it's not about a physical need should be met, or even a spiritual need. Often times we are the ones who are filled up and feel blessed after going on such trips. Our needs of truth and peace are met by those we go to serve and love. Shouldn't our lives be a continual mission trip? When we were in Spain and France with Silas, we focused on producing loving "fruit", flexibility, and faith. Why shouldn't that be our way of life here in the States? It was such an incredible journey, and there is no explanation as to how God gave us such joy traveling with such a little one. It was truly His design that we be on the trip and experience all that we did.

As the jet lag begin to fade, I will try to give a snapshot of all that we experienced the past two weeks... For more details on our team and our trip details, check out the other blog I helped write:

Silas was such a trooper on this trip, and he really loved experiencing so many new things! Our team and the locals loved our little blond haired-blue eyed hijo.

The streets of Spain got really quiet during Siesta time. It was great to explore and learn a slower pace of life.

Silas loved taking his daily siestas too. His stroller became a home away from home.

While San Sebastian is an extremely beautiful town with lots of places to eat and indulge, you could feel the hunger for something more than fiestas and food.

It was so fun to be a family in a far away land. We are so glad we brought our little man because it opened up doors for many conversations.

Our first festival was right in front of the "city hall," and it ended up being packed out, wall-to-wall people! What a blessing to watch so many people come to know the Lord. The basic design involved drawing people in with our fun western games and activities, then telling them about a relationship with the Lord (which unlike the southern U.S., many had never heard or understood before), then after praying to receive Christ, we got to plug them into the local church that we worked along side in San Sebastian in hopes of starting more churches in their neighborhoods.

Silas learned to sleep anywhere and everywhere.

He was the most precious backpack I'd ever seen. Loved his flexibility (both physically and temperamentally)

It was a bit too cold for us to swim, but it was a gorgeous place nonetheless.

Silas took this pic.

It was fun to watch Silas get into the festival games, as well as watch his expression when Matthew and I spoke Spanish. He literally grabbed my face one time and turned it towards his as if I was some robot stuck in his Mommy's body. "What are you saying?" his face read.

Silas always wanted to hang out with the big kids, who loved seeing that you could have fun and get free gifts all in the name of God's love.

We miss you already Spain!
Thank you Lord for showing us what it means to have a joy that reaches past borders, languages, and trials. You are a big and mighty God full of grace and love!