In the morning there was church as always on Sunday mornings. After mediodía (2-4 pm) we started work in the pouring rain. All I was praying for was, that people would let us enter so we would not have to stand outside in the rain all day long.
My prayer was answered. Not by people opening their doors, but by the rain stopping. I would have preferred the opportunities to share my message, but the desire of my heart was to not stand in the rain and I got it so I can't really complain.
After working for almost four hours, we crossed a man on the street. Both of us, Elder Marshall and I, had the impression that we should approach him, but we did not. We had already passed by him when the man himself turned around and asked in a desperate voice: "You guys are English speakers, aren't you?"
It was Martin from Austria and when I started talking to him in German, his heartfelt relief was almost tangible. In June, he had started a journey without any destination, trying to find God on his way. He had traveled all the way up to Holland and back down again to the very south of Spain. So there he was. Standing on the streets of Chiclana with worn shoes. Wearing a jacket that once provided protection from wind and rain. Soaked by the storm and with no idea where to go.
As missionaries we are not allowed to provide money nor shelter. But we led him to our apartment building. Brought down some hot chocolate. Provided a bag filled with bred, cheese, chocolate and oranges and I gave him my jacket. In the end I also gave him my German Book of Mormon which had accompanied me for the last 10 years. I also left him with the promise, that he will find God through this Book if only he starts his journey back home.
I am grateful for all the temporal blessings I have in my life and every day here in Spain I learn to appreciate them even more. But most of all, I am grateful for knowing my God. I do not need to journey through Europe, trying to follow the example of the pilgrims of the medieval ages.
I know who my God is and I know that he is always by my side.
My next entry will be from Murcia.
Cuidaos mucho mis amigos!