Villafranca - La Faba
Tonight I am staying in the tiny village of La Faba. We walked about 24.5km today, mostly uphill. This is a beautiful part of Spain with mountains and little communities built along small mountain streams and rivers.
I had some really good conversations with members of our group. For a while, however, I walked with a girl from Maine . We talked about archaeology (her degree) and culture. We also had an interesting conversation about religion and Christians in general. She said that she is not religious but she knew Christians while growing up. She said that she was never interested in Christianity because when they talked with her, they continually told her that since she wasn't a believer she was going to hell. She said that they were very hateful and they shunned her. So, for that reason, she quit listening to them. We talked for a long time about how many Christians leave out the Great Commandment (Matthew 22:37-39) to love God and to love your neighbor. It was really a great talk. I think that maybe the wall she had built was chipped a little today and hopefully a different side of Christianity was revealed to her. Planting seeds. Planting seeds.
PATRICIA A GOINS
6/14/2014 09:07:46 am
"Shunned" is an interesting word. I used to think it was part of the Amish community/faith, but I've learned many Christians practice this word rather than practice being who they say they are. Interesting. Maybe she met someone today who practices being who they say they are. There is hope.
6/14/2014 10:05:27 pm
I had an interesting conversation with a Dutch volunteer at an evangelical albergue early on the Camino who,when I comments that their ministry was probably mostly about planting seeds rather than getting to see fruit harvested, replied, "well, actually, a lot of the time it's just about clearing away the stones!" It really stuck with me as a great insight.
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