My name is Sarah, I live close to Madrid, Spain, with my husband of 20 years and our teenage sons. I currently work giving extra support to children with their English during after school classes. I came to know Christ in 2005, although my parents were both believers, I never quite believed it until later in life. I jumped in pretty quickly in 2005, sure that He was alive, and eager to participate. I was invited to help with the childrens ministry at an English speaking congregation which I did gladly for roughly 4 years, and learned so much.
Around that time, several circumstances came about that ended up with the boys and I leaving the local congregation where we had been participating. We wanted to be present in our everyday lives, and the demands of "church" life almost completely prevented that. I had never wanted to pal up much with Spaniards, and had prefered the company of English speakers, but God changed my heart. I wanted them to know Him. particularly kids. So we began to reach out to local kids, which we are still doing today. Doing "church" kids ministry and being present at home was not compatible... not for me.... I struggle to do life at that speed.
So I have been out of local congregations for about 6 years now, and my kids too. But God has been faithful to always put people in our path to encourage and love us. Sometimes it has been lonely. But being in the ic can also be lonely.
Lately I have started to attend a local cell group that I fell into through a God-incidence, and my younger son has begun going to the attached youth group. I believe this is God's leading, and am interested, albeit somewhat cautious, as to what new things we will learn, and what God might do.