El Encuentro 2016

Rafael Prieto| 12 Feb 2016

El Encuentro 1

Commission is an international family of churches and it's always exciting to hear news from them. The church in Madrid, Cristo Salvador, recently had their annual retreat and below is a report from Rafa, one of their members reflecting on all that God did over the weekend:

"The weekend from the 12th to the 14th of February, the church Cristo Salvador of Madrid had its annual retreat at the Mirador de Alcalá (Alcalá de Henares). It was an ideal place to be together and reflect. We had the great blessing of having brothers coming from some of our churches in Spain such as Valencia and Huércal-Overa (Almería). We also had visiting us, Mike and Jess Shore from the church in Penafiel (Portugal).

From the first moment, which began on Friday evening, we had a beautiful time of worship and we were excited by the passionate preach by Kevin, who talked of the firstborn over all creation from Colossians 1, coming down from his throne to show us his infinite redemptive love.

The Saturday was an intense ‘apostolic drenching’ with Guy Miller who made us travel through history, identifying the spark and flame that was started at Pentecost and continues until our day, days where we are challenged prophetically to spread abroad the message of our savior Jesus Christ.
We had interesting workshops which woke us up to the necessity of dependency on the Holy Spirit and the work of the apostle in the church.

In the afternoon we had an intensive time of reflection on his power, power that we could experience through prophetic words and the genuine movement of the presence of the Holy Spirit that impacts our heart. Also on Saturday we had a precious time of being together, coffee and games that helped us to connect together in an exciting and fun way, we made new friends.

El Encuentro 2The Sunday morning was a real highlight when we had a time of prophetic visions and words that different brothers shared with the church. Afterwards, Andy Wickham, director of Ravi Zacharias Trust taught about the power of the gospel To destroy the works of the devil, and how the gospel message is radically different to all the man made ideologies. In the second session, we were given an outstanding apologetic argument about the evidence of the existence of God and the resistance that man offers.

To conclude, this has been a truly extraordinary time of refreshing, equipping, and challenges to grow the church into the purposes of God, who has called us. We went from there with the sensation that with every passing year we are more blessed and with the desire to return again to our cities to live and work out everything we have learnt. There is more for us this year. In June……….Hello again, the Iberian Peninsular! Destination Penafiel."

Rafael Prieto (Madrid Feb 2016)

 

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