For this post to make sense, I suggest you read our LAST ONE first.
In short, the trip to Spain was very good. Incredible, even. But I wasn't going for leisure. I was looking for answers.
When I read the Bible and see these conversational exchanges between people and God, I struggle to relate. It's never worked like that for me. There are very few times I would point at a moment and say, "I know that was God speaking."
However, I went with one prayer -- that it become abundantly clear if Spain is where God most desires for us to serve or not. Nothing in between, just "yes" or "no."
The answer was overwhelming: yes!
Between conversations with church leaders in three very different communities, personal observations, affirmation during the leader's retreat in Madrid, and a consuming sense of inner peace, it's become clear Spain is the right direction for us.
Between my Spanish and their English, there was no problem communicating with the various leaders from the three communities I visited -- Barcelona, Vigo and Madrid. I was able to learn about the unique needs of each community and could feel my heart jump into my throat as words like "worship," "youth leadership," and "art" came up over and over again.
It was powerful to see a similar reaction as, after hearing these needs, I revealed Alisha and my giftings.
Perhaps this is how God speaks to us.