Friday, July 30, 2010

Sunset in Ibiza

Sunset in Ibiza is an event. There are sections of the beach where hundreds of people will sit out on the rocks to watch as the sun dips below the horizon. Every time I get to watch one, I'm reminded of Psalm 19:1-4 -

"The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display his craftsmanship. Day after day they continue to speak; night after night they make him known. They speak without a sound or word; their voice is never heard. Yet their message has gone throughout the earth, and their words to all the world."

I think it speaks volumes to the fact that God loves us, and is always seeking to make himself known to us. Even through his creation. We just need to listen...

Thursday, July 29, 2010

What's Poppy Doing in Ibiza?!

What is Poppy Doing in Ibiza?!

I’m sure a few of you are still a little foggy on exactly what I’m doing here in Spain. So the goal of this blog is to give you a clear picture of what my work here is all about.

A major goal of 24-7 Ibiza is to meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of everyone we come into contact with.

We do most of our work in a part of Ibiza called the West End.It’s a long street that leads down to the ocean. Both sides of the street are filled with bars and strip clubs, and a few fast food type restaurants.

During the summer season at night this street is a madhouse! It’s full of people, and always super busy. Each of the places along the West End hires a person called a PR. This person basically stands outside of the front entrance and works to try to get people to come through the door. If you were to walk down the West End at about 3:00 am every few steps you’d have someone stopping you and trying to entice you into their bar with whatever the drink specials of the night are.

24-7 Ibiza has a center that’s right smack in the middle of all the madness of the West End.

During the week Monday through Friday our center is open from 4:00 to 8:00 for workers. Most of the workers here in Ibiza are British, and they come to live and work in Ibiza for the summer. We offer them free internet, we have a Wii, and we have table tennis.It’s basically a place for them to chill. During those times in the center the goal is to fulfill a bit of their practical needs while also getting the chance to chat and get to know them.

Monday through Thursday in the evenings, we go out into the West End from 12 am until 5 am, and just wait for God to lead us. That may mean approaching someone and asking if there’s anything we can pray for them about, or it could be catching up with a worker we’ve met in our center. When we’re out during the night times we split in half. So half of us are in the prayer room praying, and the other half are out in the streets.

If we see someone whose overly intoxicated and needs help, we offer it. Most times that means a ride back to their hotel. We use the 24-7 vehicle that’s lovingly called “The Vomit Van!”

There are taxi’s here on the island, but if you’re too drunk the taxi drivers won’t take you, because they’re afraid you’re going to throw up in their car! There are so many young people that get left in really vulnerable situations. Imagine being in a foreign country, you’ve somehow lost your friends, and you’re drunk. You try to get a taxi, but they won’t take you, so you just lay down on a bench hoping to sober up soon. If you fall asleep or pass out, you more than likely will get robbed, or possibly even worse. We try to keep an eye out, and help those that we can.

So far it’s been awesome, and I’ll be sharing more about specific encounters that I’ve had even in just my couple of weeks!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Poppy in Ibiza

After many months of planning, praying, and saving...I'm FINALLY in Ibiza. It's kind of surreal to actually finally be here. I'm super excited, and I'll admit a little nervous. I'm secure in the belief that if I offer my time here to God, he's going to do amazing things through me. I left home on Thursday, and flew to London arriving on Friday morning. I ended up getting to spend all day Friday in London which was superb!

I've never been to London, so I tried to do as much as I could while I was there. I ended up going to the British Museum, and the Tate Modern museum. One cool fact about London...there are a ton of FREE things to do! Both museum's I went to were free. I got an audio guide at the British Museum for 5 pounds which was fun. I've been to a lot of museum's and I must say that the Tate Modern was the best museum I've ever been to. I also conquered the London underground, after a little help from a friendly british chap.

London was great, and I definitely need to go back for more then a day. But right now, I'm just excited to finally be in Ibiza. I've met the other girls and guys who are here for long-term this summer. Some for 2 months and others for 6 months. We had a lovely team dinner tonight, and right now I'm sitting inthe 24/7 center in the heart of San Antoio getting ready for service tonight. I still can't believe I'm finally here!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

One More Day...

Until I head for Europe. I've still got a few things to do, including finding a hotel for one night in London...I'm still working on that! I will officially be in Ibiza on Saturday night. I'm excited, and ready to go!
I was reading Philippians 2:3-11 this morning...

Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.
You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.
Though he was God,
he did not think of equality with God
as something to cling to.
Instead, he gave up his divine privileges;
he took the humble position of a slave
and was born as a human being.
When he appeared in human form,
he humbled himself in obedience to God
and died a criminal’s death on a cross.
Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor
and gave him the name above all other names,
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.

That's my goal in Spain. To pour myself out for other people, and to let God do amazing things through me!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

It's Almost Time

I've got a million things to do before I leave, so just a quick update. I spent this past weekend in California with my friends at Christian Faith Center

I got to speak and sing at their Sunday night service, and it was just awesome. I don't get to see them often enough. It's really starting to hit me now. I'm leaving in a few days. I'm still raising money for my trip, so if you want to donate, just click on the donate button found on the right hand side of the page. You can donate securely using any major credit card. A HUGE thanks to everyone who's donated so far.

Make sure you keep checking back because I will be updating the blog more frequently once I'm in Spain. I just got a handy dandy new video camera, so I'm sure there will be video as well.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

The Clock is Ticking...

It's almost that time! I'm so excited, and I can't believe I'm only 9 days away from heading back to Ibiza. Make sure you keep track of me by checking out my blog on a regular basis. I'll be sharing all about my experience in Spain.

This is my last week at work, and it feels pretty good to just step out in faith. I'm heading to California this weekend to preach and sing at an awesome church in Panorama City. Christian Faith Center will be hosting me on Sunday night July 11th.

After that I'll spend my last week hanging with my family, and wrapping things up as I get ready to head out.

I just got a cool video camera, so I promise that there will be photo and video updates!