Friday, March 04, 2011

Granada, Spain January 2011 (What Jerrell Learned)

I have been needing to write this for a few weeks now...but hey better late than never. The last week of January 2011 I spent a week in Granada, Spain with 8 other men and our executive assistant from our office. It was a men's trip that Pastor Gregg was on...


Granada is a college town. So many young people...yet very few followers of the Lord. As any leader who knows where the world is especially in the east...if you are going to take the gospel forward you must connect with the youth of the city...we had such amazing opportunities doing this...I am so proud of the people who have are working there and have worked there before us...it truly is a labor of love in so many ways...there is only one way to build relational equity and it is time...time...time...


Here are some of the things that I took away from the week.


One piece of information I won't give you though is all that Pastor Gregg spoke into our lives. It was amazing and very much explanation of it would diminish the power of the moment. So I will leave those greater lessons and thoughts in my heart and mind to play out over the next several months...


1. Life is about the small things. I personally need to continue to do the smallest of things well. Communicating with friends and family. Responding to needs around me. Embracing the smallest things in life...


2. Courage. Everywhere I turn courage is usually shown to me in a new way. One of my life words is courage. So I ask the Lord to continue to make me more courageous. To be unmoved by popular opinion and the world's conformity.


3. Men's Trips. I am committed to taking more men on the other side of the world. So who is with me. Please inquire. As so many have said before: as men go so goes their marriage, their family, the church and the kingdom of God.


4. Pray for Missionaries. Yes reminded again to live out Phil 1:19 (Paul says that through your prayers and the work of the Holy Spirit...) I want my prayers to count.


5. Get Out of Debt. This is always a reminder when you travel and share the love of Christ. As American Christians we have to live even more Simple lives...seriously...cut back...move into a smaller place...seriously...it is time...change the world...live for yourself less and give your life away...


6. Be a man! I am continually reminded that the culture and life wants to challenge any man's manhood. Life requires us to go forward and be adventurous and take risks...


7. Write more letters. Yes isn't that novel. It is true...writing more hand written notes...try it...you will see...


8. Read the bible more with no bible study tools, pen, highlighters, or note pad...but just read it to absorb it and let it minister to you without preparing a study or writing any thoughts. Pastor Miguel in Spain reads 10 chapters a day to stay focused and to love the Word. What a great challenge.


9. Get my boys on international trips as fast as possible. Kay and I talk about this all the time...this is a priority and will happen as soon as Judah is potty trained and will quit putting things in his mouth.


If anyone is looking for a place that has amazing ministry and the love of food and relationships this is a place to serve. The prayer that is needed and the encouragement is a game changer for the country of Spain.


I could write more but I won't. Jesus thank you for the trip to Spain. It was challenging, encouraging, and I was blessed.