From the snow-capped Sierra Nevadas, and the sands of the Costa del Sol, from the endless olive groves, and hidden mountain villages, to the stately arches and towers of the ancient cities, elegant aromas linger from the old arabic culture, aromas that echo in the secluded courtyards and fountains and tiled patios.
But the history of Andalucia is also one of war. Centuries of conflicts created constant fear, and the ruins are still visible. Crumbling walls are all that remain of old forts. Hilltop towers that once warned of approaching marauders are now the domain of wildflowers.
Many towns in Andalucia were built around forts. Daily life extended way beyond their walls, but when danger approached, everyone rushed to safety. Eventually the conflicts died away leaving the walls to the ravages of time and gravity.
These towns are, in many ways, like towns everywhere. People can be friendly. They take care of each other. Everyone knows everybody. But there is great pressure to conform, to fit in. And outsiders are not easily accepted.
Church planters have learned this the hard way. Spiritual curiosity incites public disapproval, so people stay away. Greater powers are at work.
Only God can penetrate these defenses, and the power of God is released through pray. Powerful, persistent, and patient prayer.
The old walls held firm against attacks, but eventually they crumbled. It’s the same with prayer. God works powerfully, but in His own time and through your constant prayers. The walls of tradition, suspicion and conformity can be breached. Pray for the towns with no evangelical presence and no witness of the saving grace of Jesus. Pray and don’t give up. Keep praying so that the peace and forgiveness God offers can break though the walls in the small towns of Andalucia.
Gerard and Renske are praying for Andalucia.
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