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Living and Serving in Spain

February 13, 2020

When we first created this blog, we had in mind that we’d share our journey of moving overseas to live and serve in Spain. But, as we were transitioning we felt so overwhelmed that blogging was the last thing we were thinking about. Now, it’s been almost 3 years, and though we still have so many things to learn, to adapt, and to change, we are now in a good place to start blogging again. We’ll give it a try and see how it goes. You’ll probably hear from me (Suzan) way more than Keith, though he is much better with words than me. He will however, contribute once in a while.

expat family living in spain

So, to kick it off, I’d like to share what we’ve been up to. As many of you know, we live in the south of Spain, in a small city called Aguilas. It is a beautiful beach town with a very slow pace of life. We spend most of our time with our family, ministry work, remote jobs, and every chance we get we go exploring the surroundings. The kids are in the public schools and doing great. They are learning Spanish everyday, while maintaining their English. We are also working on their Portuguese, though this one is much harder since it is so similar to Spanish.

What I love about living in Spain, or more specifically in Aguilas, is the freedom we have to come and go without a car. Everything we need is pretty much within walking distance. Of course, since it is a “pueblo” (small town), we can’t always find everything we want, but there is every thing we need. So when we can’t find something specific, we either drive 30 mins to the closest big city called Lorca, or one hour to Murcia, which is a bigger city.

Another thing about life here is that the kids can always see their friends. I love that! First, I have to say how thankful we are that they have so many good friends. Seeing them not only having pals to hang out with but often having spontaneous playdates is the answer to our prayers. Most of their friends live within walking distance too so, it makes it very easy for them to see each other.

expat family living in spain
Playa de las Catedrales

Spain is a beautiful country! We try as much as we can to go visit different places.There is so much to see and to explore. Each place has it’s unique charm that always captivates us. And we love exploring it with our kids.

Life in ministry is an adventure. We are full time serving the Lord while trying to be creative to find ways to help with our monthly income. In ministry, we have good days where we see the kingdom on earth and some days that we definitely need to look at the big picture to not get discouraged. On those not so good days, we focus on God’s goodness and choose to be faithful    to our calling. It is challenging, but the more we press on the more we feel His presence filling our hearts with His love towards others, giving us in return an abundant life. 

There is so much that we’ve learned in the past years. We have not only about living and serving the Lord in Spain, but also about ourselves as individuals and as a family. So much I’d like to share that I hope I’ll be able to put it into words in later posts. For now, I’d say, life can be more fulfilling when we don’t make it about us. 

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