“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” —African proverb
For the past couple of years, we have been in team collaboration with another cross-cultural worker family living in our town of Antequera. Axel and Delilah have been amazing teammates for us. They moved from Puerto Rico to Spain in the summer of 2013 (the same time we did) and we lived just a block away from each other, so it didn’t take long for us to meet and begin sharing and working together. Over the years, we have shared not only work and strategy, but we have also shared family and friends, good times and bad, laughter and tears. Honestly, without Axel and Delilah, I don’t know how we could have made it. They have been integral to our lives here. So we were so excited when they transitioned mission agencies to work fully with TMS Global!
In July, we added another family to our little team. Ryan and Kat Marcum moved their family from Texas to Antequera and are now transitioning to life in Spain. This year will be spent learning culture and language and being in mentoring relationship with the rest of the team. Little by little they will transition in to the vision and roles and goals of our team.
On any given day, you can hear our team encouraging one another by restating the vision. “The vision is not ______ (fill in the blank with whichever frustrating thing we are encountering at the moment). The vision is Kingdom in Antequera. Love your neighbor and open up the Kingdom for Antequera.” On so many occasions, when we have been discouraged and frustrated and needed to vent to our teammates, someone on the team reminds us of the vision. It has a way of always changing the mood, always grounding us and bringing us back from the edge of the proverbial cliff. We all have different and various roles and goals within that vision, and we all work in various ways. But we are all committed to that vision. The Kingdom of God in Antequera.
"Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much." --Helen Keller
Please keep our team in your prayers as we work together to love and serve our neighbors, the church, and the community in Antequera, Spain.
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!