Tychicus. Aren’t you glad you didn’t have his name growing up?! No one would ever pronounce it correctly, nor spell it right on any Starbucks cup. Tychicus (tik-i-kus) is one of those Bible characters who isn’t well known, who most people have never paid any attention to, and who doesn’t receive the accolades or the love. There aren’t any Bible studies about him, no Beth Moore or Priscilla Shirer books or videos. Tychicus is only mentioned a handful of times in the New Testament, but the ministry he provided was enormously important.
Tychicus’ ministry included:
This information has been updated. The original trip scheduled for April 2016 has been CHANGED to April 2017. Several interested people contacted us and requested a change to allow more time for planning and training. Since there were no confirmations or deposits paid for April 2016, we have agreed to run this trip in 2017. Be forewarned -- there are already SEVERAL who have verbally expressed interest in the 2017 date! If you want in, you need to contact us ASAP to reserve your spot.
We’re breaking the mold for mission trips! No building projects, no vacation bible school, no feeding programs or street evangelism. No painting. No hammers. No crafts. No sleeping under a mosquito net or corralling chickens. It’s all changing and YOU can be a part of it… You’re invited!
Come to Spain for a different mission experience. Come learn about Spain. Learn about her history and her culture. Learn about how that history impacts the current state of religion, beliefs, and the church. See and experience what is going on today through different ministries and outreaches.
“What will we do?”
Come prepared to learn. During your time in Spain, you will visit several very important historical sights. Expect to learn a lot of history and see so many historical sites that your camera card won’t hold enough images and your brain will be on overload. Visit Roman ruins, Moorish palaces, castles of kings and queens, unique historic synagogues, a famous mosque, and incredible cathedrals...all of these have a special significance in the religious history and current religious climate in Spain. We will visit Sevilla, Cordoba, and Granada, as well as many pueblos and lesser-known historical sites. We will visit local church congregations, as well.
Come prepared to listen. You will also meet local believers and pastors and have special times to interact with them. You will have an opportunity to listen to their stories of what it means to be a believer in Spain, to hear about the history of the protestant church in Southern Spain - a history that is VERY young and fresh on the minds of the people who actually MADE history here (and continue to make it each day). Come prepared to encourage local pastors and ministry workers. Come prepared to pray for Spain and the local church.
Come prepared to share. We will have a special time of discussion each day, with a focus and emphasis on sharing what you are learning about Spain, how you see God moving in Spain, and how we can help the Church in the USA to learn more about that Kingdom movement. Each person on this trip comes with special gifts and talents. Come prepared to share and be creative and to help us communicate what is “Spain” back to the North American church.
“So, what’s the mission?”
To learn, to listen, to encourage, to pray, and to share… that’s the mission while you are in Spain. But then you will go back home…then the real mission begins! The real mission is to take what you learn, take what you hear, take the stories and the history and the sights – take them back and share it with others. Share the vision of Spain. Share the struggles. Share the prayer needs and concerns of the people. Share your photos and your video and your love for Spain… because when you finish this trip, you are going to be in LOVE with Spain and have a passion to join God in His Kingdom work here!!! Help others fall in love with Spain, too. That’s your mission. To share God’s heart for His people in Spain.
When: April 2017 - arrive in Spain on Monday, April 17 and depart p.m. on Sunday the 23rd or early a.m. 24th. (at this time, dates are still flexible)
For more information or to sign up for this awesome opportunity, contact Laurie & Billy Drum: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 979-985-5238
Cost: $1000 + airfare (cost includes lodging, meals, ground transportation, and entrance fees)
Trip limited to 10 participants.
"So, what exactly do you do over there? I get that you are missionaries, but what does your work look like?" We get this question all the time when we are back home in the States.
We serve in several roles in ministry, and each of those holds a variety of ways that we work and serve others. Our roles as Care Coordinators for Europe and the Middle East / Balkans and as local Cross-Cultural Workers to Spain include coaching and counseling, teaching and mentoring, leading and equipping—and a LOT of loving others! This column will be dedicated to sharing parts of that work with you each month.
One of the ways we minister in Spain is via a ministry of hospitality. Hospitality comes from the root word ‘hospital’. But does hospital mean what you think of it in modern terms? Not really. Hospital originally meant guest house. It also meant a place of shelter or a place of care. Hospitalize meant ‘to receive, to care for, to entertain and lodge’. In many ways, that is what we try to be. We are a place of care. We receive and lodge many throughout the year… in fact, last year, we had 159 nights of overnight guests in our home (not counting my mom who stayed for 6+ weeks). That’s 159 dinners and lunches and breakfasts. But so much more than that! It’s 159 nights of caring for others, of listening and long talks, of laughing and crying with others, of hearing stories of pain and stories of success. These guests range from visitors from the USA who are here to learn about Spain and the ministry here, to leaders from our agency here to visit with us and have meetings, to people who come to serve with us for a short period, to other missionaries who come in need of a rest and a respite and to receive counseling or coaching or mentoring. All come at various stages and needs—some come just to visit and share time and encouragement, while others come in a state of brokenness or exhaustion and in need of some special love and care.
These overnight guests are over and above the local work we do… this doesn’t count the every day / every week hospitality and care. I think I made at least 50 banana breads and coffee cakes, zucchini sweet breads and bread puddings last year. Actually, I know for a fact that it is more than that… all for our weekly Café Con Jesus adult bible study group, the youth group at church, and my women’s coffee group in Campillos. That doesn’t count the breakfasts that we hosted for the bible study group that meets each Thursday, or the cookouts and barbeques we hosted on our patio for the church and for friends. Most of those groups revolve around a bible study time. But is it necessary to bake and cook and host dinners? In our opinion, yes. It is part of a ministry of hospitality. It’s part of a ministry of care and loving others well, a ministry of listening and spending time with others… time that is precious and necessary to building deep relationships and truly knowing each other’s stories. So, if loving my neighbor well means whipping up a cinnamon cake and putting on another pot of coffee, then that’s what we will do. If it means sitting around the table till the wee hours of the morning listening to the tough stuff that my friend is going through, holding a hand or wiping a few tears… that’s part of hospitality.
We are a place of care. We are a guest house. We are a place of shelter, a place where people feel received, where people are entertained and well fed. Mostly, we are a place where people are well loved, regardless of nationality or social status or religion. Be they Spaniard or Nicaraguan or Brazilian. Be they missionaries serving in Asia or the Middle East or Africa or Europe. Be they local pastors or farmers or students. They are welcome in our home. We’ll put on another pot of coffee and set the table and settle in for the evening, together.
Who am I? In my USA life, I was a teacher in Texas for 15 years. I was also a professional photographer, a Southern Living / Martha Stewart wannabe, a soccer mom, and a short term mission team coordinator / intern director for missions in Mexico... you name it, I probably tried it!
In 2006, my husband Billy and I became cross-cultural workers (CCWs) with TMS Global. For five years, we served in three rural Quechua Wanca villages in the Andes of Peru. And when I say rural, I mean RURAL - like no potty! We have three incredible children... two adult boys who live in Texas, and the Sarah (14) lives with us in whatever country we are serving. I'm still teaching, still taking photos, still leading teams and mentoring, I just do it all in full-time service now! And I'm working hard at giving Southern Living and Martha Stewart a run for their money! I spent my days in Peru learning to live a Quechua lifestyle in a rustic adobe house - cooking Peruvian foods, sewing with Quechua women, raising my chickens and goats and pigs, and planting my gardens. Now I live my life in small town Spain, serving other cross-cultural workers and immigrant peoples, writing, and trying to figure out what life looks like for a Texas girl serving Christ in Southern Europe. Life in His service is AWESOME! I'm happy to share it with you here... Enjoy!