We went to play with the kids of Montenegro again. This time
Lotte had prepared an estafette race for them. Two teams competed in a race of
running, hopping in a sack, carrying a cup of water to fill the bottle, running
10 rounds around the pole and run back as quick as possible. A game for all
ages (though some of the girls stopped after one round). After the game there
was some time of jumping ropes, a lot of hugs and lifting the children up. So
In the afternoon the kids that live in the area of Cosario
came to our place to study and play. Most of the times we craft something with
them, this time for example we made owls out of toilet rolls. But this time the
sisters had also brought the children of Montenegro to our house. Many children
and a lot of fun. At the end the three of us had a moment to talk a bit more
with the older girls, while the sisters watched over the boys and little ones.
It was good to talk with them about what we do here and to have a more quiet
and serious moment with them. They asked us questions (from ‘what do you
study?’ to ‘What is the name of your best friend’ 😊).
This evening we had the opportunity to organise a meeting
and Taizé prayer in Almeria. I was really happy to see that
friends came and also invited others. First we shared what Taizé is and talked
about our activities here. Thereafter we had the Taizé prayer around the cross.
It was a very beautiful, joyful and at the same time intime moment with God.
The spirit of Taizé here in Almeria. After the last song (or one more, and one
more 😉) there was the possibility to talk with everyone
during a small dinner and it was great to talk with friends and meet new
To celebrate her birthday we went to prison :p We had
breakfast in the prison before the Saturday mass. Everytime we look forward to
going to the prison and the mass was again beautiful. This mass we sang more
Taizé songs, and there was such a peace during the mass. But most of the man in
the choir love flamenco better and after the mass, when everyone else was gone,
the church was filled with flamenco music and dancing. We have come to love
these people and it is always such a joy to sing with them. To see the smiles
on their faces when they greet us or each other.
During this last Sunday Justyne and I gave a testimony of
our experiences here in the parish of Antonio in Vicar and Lotte went to the
parish of Manolo in Roquettas to give a testimony. We showed a short film of
different activities we have done and shared what this month has brought us.
In the afternoon we had a party with Nico (one of the youth
in Antonio’s parish and a good friend who often comes to our Taizé prayers and
with whom we after our night prayer sometimes had great fun until late in the
night). We ate together in a building next to the greenhouses of his family. He
showed us the different greenhouses where he and his family work and afterwards
we had a cake to celebrate Justyne’s birthday.
In the evening we held a party in our place for all the
people of ‘our Spanish family’, to thank them for everything. It was a
wonderful and emotional evening. We started with a prayer together in the
chapel. Afterwards we had a dinner. (It took us some efford to prepare
something like that Saturday in our little kitchen for 15 people, but it was
totally worth it.). We shared stories and learned real Burkina Faso dancing
from Jonas 😊.
And then it was time to say everyone goodbye. Play a last time with the children, visit the prison a last time, give testimonies in the parishes of Manolo and Antonio.
Yesterday Lotte and Justyna went back home and tomorrow morning I will also go.
It was an amazing experience and we feel so happy to have lived this community!
The 27th of October we are organizing a larger Taizé prayer
in Almeria, so that the youth can experience something of Taizé. And October 31
we organise a similar Taizé prayer for the youth of Vicar at our home. I’m looking forward to it and curious
how it will turn out.
Yesterday we went to Almeria to meet Juanmi and Presen that
went to Taizé last summer with Antonio and Manolo. It was nice to meet each other, they showed us around Almeria for a
bit and we talked about our experiences of Taizé.
Since we organise Taizé prayers two times a day, you might
be interested in what that looks like. Here is a prayer I prepared for this night.
Song: Veni spirito creatore
Psalm 42 in Spanish
Song Nothing can ever
Romans 8:38-39 in Spanish and English
Litany of praise (in Spanish): Jesus, gentle and humble of heart, you
visit every human being to reveal the Father’s love.
Jesus, goodness without end, you liberate captives, you pardon our sins.
Jesus, our rest and our refuge, your yoke is easy and your burden light.
Jesus, sent by the Father, you heal our blindness.
Jesus, living bread, you nourish our hearts by your words.
Jesus, you came to light a fire on the earth.
Jesus, risen from the dead, you share wit hus your joy.
Jesus, you are the Way, the Truth and the Life.
Padre Nuestro (Our Father)
Song: Jubelt und freut euch
Prayer (in Spanish):
Bless us, Christ; keep us in the spirit
of the Beatitudes: joy, spimlicity, mercy.