Spring Greetings from the Duryees in Spain
Happy Spring from Spain
As the weather improves and our family spends time focusing on the death and resurrection of Jesus, it becomes easier to be the hope-filled people that we can be because of Him. Although things are difficult right now, we have so much to be grateful for. In our , we gave an update on each member of our family. In this letter we'll update you on the world around us.
Family: The kids just completed a read-a-thon at school, reading every day along with their entire school to the tune of 40,000 pages! They were very proud of their accomplishments. Futbol and piano continue, along with frequent trips to the park to roller blade or kick the ball around. We try to visit the same park regularly, inviting others when possible, and pray that our presence is a blessing.
Friends and Community: Our closest Spanish friends moved to Córdoba in March, which was a big disappointment. We long for the borders to open so that we can plan a trip to visit them. But God has given us a new friendship with a family on Austin's team. We've taken some day trips and meet at the park often. Please pray for our witness to them and the other families on Austin's futbol team.
Church: Please pray for our pastor Miguel Angel and his wife Rebeca, who is expecting their third child any time now!
With limited capacity and borders closed, we are still operating under staffed with two services each week. Rose teaches the preschoolers during the first service and runs the sound during the second. Chris runs the sound during the first and then takes the kids home. This Sunday I had only one student, 2 year old Sergio. We read the story of Jesus' ascension to Heaven and then did a little object lesson about what we would and would not find in Heaven. Little Sergio knew that there would be music in Heaven, and he thought the little jar of gold glitter I brought would be there, and that we would not need tissues to wipe our tears away, we would not have sinful hearts, and we would not need surgical masks. I was so impressed, and so encouraged by Sergio's parents' efforts to teach him about Jesus.
Semana Santa is normally a 10 day vacation during which Spanish families travel to their home provinces to visit their families, participate in parades, and enjoy the break. After opening borders for the Christmas holidays and seeing a spike in cases, the Spanish government kept borders closed during Semana Santa. We are hoping they open again in May. We made the most of it by hiking and visiting the zoo with friends, participating in a futbol tournament, and visiting Parque Retiro...all without leaving Madrid!