Thursday, December 06, 2007
Religious fanatics plot cleansing of Ibiza!!!
I know I shouldn't be, but I was a bit shocked today to read the above headline on a great site called Beat Portal It was an article about my previous post. You'll need to read the article for the rest of my post to make sense. (Just went on line at 7.42am Friday morning,and have noticed that the article has been removed!)
Admittedly my language in the previous post was very christian, with references to chunks from the bible and a sense of calling people to something that was more than just a job.
But in all honesty it annoys me when people write stuff and make assumptions about what we do here!
For starters what we do is nothing new; we have been coming to work on this island for 8 years and as a team we have lived here for almost 3, we love this island and the people on it. We are not plotting to set up a permanent year round ministry on the island - we have already done that, we started in 2005.
We love music, we love dance, we love holiday, we love the fact people can come here and have fun. The vast majority of people who come here do all this very safely and have a brilliant time.
The guy Zack says about our work that it "means clubbers in Ibiza next summer could be faced with preachers and proselytizers attempting to recruit them in clubs" - hardly a very accurate description of what we do. You're more likely to find us dancing than preaching. In fact we don't preach, well not in the sense of standing and telling people they are wrong.
How we show and express the love of Jesus is by helping; by looking after drunks (often a messy job!), helping people home, dealing with lost people, taking people to the police or doctors to help with Spanish translation, cleaning beaches - generally adding something to the west end of San Antonio. We're not judging it, rather serving the people there, free of charge and without asking for anything back. Lots of the bar managers and workers have expressed appreciation for what we do.
As to bringing spirituality to the island - yes I am for that. There are all sorts of spiritual practices on offer and I am relatively confident in the beliefs I hold and very happy to give others the opportunity to explore them.
In fact I would love to put on a chilled out weekly service in San Antonio, DJ's, visuals, food, coffee, reflection and calm with a spiritual message.
We have found that people want to pray. We don't push it or force it, but over the last 2 years we have prayed with and taken prayer requests from over 2000 people. Most aren't church goers, yet they still want to talk to God. What's that all about then?
Zack also said "We found this photo of Brian Heasley surrounded by girls on his blog, and were surprised to find the title ‘Lovely Ladies’." Why is it a surprise? They are lovely ladies - lovely, beautiful, hard working, fun loving people. I like them.
Anyway criticism always gets under your skin, but thats okay.
I love this island with a passion and I love the west end.
I also like the beatportal site, check it out Beat Portal
Thanks to Alana for pointing this out.
at 9:07 PM