I ducked into the long hallway and followed my hosts into the cool brick and tiled sanctuary. The other church members filtered in and settled onto the hard, wooden pews. Approximately 30 people made up the congregation at Reformed Presbyterian Church in Barcelona. I sat in Spain’s version of a mega-church.
This is not an uncommon scene in Europe. I’ve had pastors stand aghast (or in the Spanish, “queda apasmada”) hearing that Tenth’s choir membership dwarfs the number of their entire congregation. In many cases, the famous, cavernous cathedrals are little more than holy tourism sites for curious foreigners and architecture aficionados.
But God is moving in Europe. As the members of the Barcelona church launched into a surprisingly hearty rendition of “Rejoice, the Lord is King” on that September day, I reflected on the claim the Lord has on his chosen. He remains faithful and never lets go of those in his grasp. Church plants are taking root and reaching out to their communities, some eventually becoming sending churches!
This year’s Global Outreach Conference highlights how the Persistent Lover, Jesus, is pursuing Europe. Our speakers this Sunday, November 3, Giotis Kantartzis and Rev. Phil Kirkland, a former Tenth International Fellowship director, will highlight God’s work in Greece and bring God's word to us.
But Tenth supports work in many more places than just Europe. So we’ll welcome partners and experience a day in their lives—whether they’re in far-flung areas or just next door—on Saturday, November 2, during our Missionopoly game. You’ll join a team of five others and travel to the different tables, participating in fun activities, trying ethnic food, doing crafts, and evading the Secret Police from 5 to 7 PM. If your team earns the most stickers by taking part in partners’ activities, you’ll be eligible for fun prizes given out at the end. To take part in all the fun, show up and register tomorrow.
During the week of November 4 global partners will visit select small groups. Check the schedule or with your small group leader for more details.
The following Saturday we’ll wing over to Scotland for our Dressed to Kilt international dinner at 6:30 PM on November 9. Enjoy lilting music from a traditional Scottish fiddler and wonder at the quick-stepping of Highland dancers. Then comes the best part: our own Scotsman, Liam Goligher, will interview UK church planter Norman MacKay in his talk-show debut. I hear they’re wearing their kilts for the occasion. You won’t want to miss the latest news on how the Spirit is moving in a difficult section of Glasgow, bringing Scots to himself. Be a good lad or lassie and register here.
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