It’s National Blog Posting Month! That means one post every day for a month. Tomorrow is a special day for Seasoned With Salt, but I’d like to kick off NaBloPoMo with an incredible story of God’s sovereignty and sense of humor.
Last December, I wrote a couple of posts about an influential friend from high school, Justin Key, who passed away unexpectedly. Not only is my post about Justin the most popular post on Seasoned With Salt to date, which is a testament to his amazing influence on so many lives, but it has connected me with old and new friends.
Just last month, one such new friend emailed me after seeing my post from Justin’s memorial page on Facebook. He is teaching English in Jaen, Spain, and, thinking we were already in Spain, wanted to connect if we were in the area. He also wondered if we knew of any Christians near him he could meet, as he was a little starved for Christian fellowship.
It is so wonderful to be able to fall into natural conversation with someone based on a shared relationship with Jesus Christ, not to mention a friend in Justin Key.
I emailed our missionary friends in Spain, asking if they knew of any missionaries or Christians near Jaen. I said my friend would be willing to go as far as Córdoba, an hour and a half by bus from Jaen.
Immediately I received emails with the contact information of two couples, one in Córdoba and one closer. It turns out that our friends who serve at the church plant we’ll be joining have dear friends doing ministry with European Christian Mission in Mengíbar, a small town 5-10 miles from Jaen!
I look forward to sharing the result of this serendipitous (but not coincidental!) event. Perhaps my new friend will get involved with the ministry in Mengíbar and actually be an answer to prayers, as his own prayers for Christian fellowship are answered!