Here in Madrid, well not actually Madrid near a place called Guadalajara. Just chilling with the 24-7 Spain guys talking about the way forward and plans for the year. I enjoy being surrounded by Spanish speakers although most speak English and they have been very helpful with the language skills.
I know I have talked about this before, but it does make me think about people entering church for the first time and how important it is that we use inclusive and clear language.
I am also wondering if the church in the UK is very good at connecting with immigrants, I know there are some shining examples, but from my perspective if you turned up at my door and said I am a Spanish guy I am trying to learn English, you´d get a very warm welcome.
What if we started learning rumanian and polish and turned up at immigrants doors, they would love it. Imagine the the opportunities to reach out.
When it comes to immigration, my thoughts are this: "I was a stranger and you welcomed me"
There are missions fields opening up in the UK that provide wonderful opportunities for cross cultural engagement.
Just thoughts as I sit in a room filled with Spanish voices.....