The team hosting us have been really good about giving us information about the history of Ibiza, not just from the 1960’s and 1970’s, but right back as far as the time of Hannibal the Carthagian general, 200 years prior to the birth of Jesus!
Ibiza has always been a island of great significance given its position right in the middle of the Med. It has faced attack and conquest on many occasions. Today we visited one of the ancient watchtowers, located at the entrance of the bay of San Antonia, used by the Ibizan people to look out for attackers and to warn islanders of the trouble that lay ahead. Brian and Tracy shared with us about how the 24-7 team felt God had given them Isaiah 62 as a word for the season. We listened to it read through substituting the word ‘Zion’ with ‘Ibiza’:
Zion’s New Name
1 For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent,
for Jerusalem’s sake I will not remain quiet,
till her righteousness shines out like the dawn,
her salvation like a blazing torch.
2 The nations will see your righteousness,
and all kings your glory;
you will be called by a new name
that the mouth of the LORD will bestow.
3 You will be a crown of splendor in the LORD’s hand,
a royal diadem in the hand of your God.
4 No longer will they call you Deserted,
or name your land Desolate.
But you will be called Hephzibah,
and your land Beulah;
for the LORD will take delight in you,
and your land will be married.
5 As a young man marries a maiden,
so will your sons marry you;
as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride,
so will your God rejoice over you.
6 I have posted watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem;
they will never be silent day or night.
You who call on the LORD,
give yourselves no rest,
7 and give him no rest till he establishes Jerusalem
and makes her the praise of the earth.
8 The LORD has sworn by his right hand
and by his mighty arm:
“Never again will I give your grain
as food for your enemies,
and never again will foreigners drink the new wine
for which you have toiled;
9 but those who harvest it will eat it
and praise the LORD,
and those who gather the grapes will drink it
in the courts of my sanctuary.”
10 Pass through, pass through the gates!
Prepare the way for the people.
Build up, build up the highway!
Remove the stones.
Raise a banner for the nations.
11 The LORD has made proclamation
to the ends of the earth:
“Say to the Daughter of Zion,
‘See, your Savior comes!
See, his reward is with him,
and his recompense accompanies him.’ “
12 They will be called the Holy People,
the Redeemed of the LORD;
and you will be called Sought After,
the City No Longer Deserted.
Please pray, as we did, that Ibiza would have a ‘new name’ and a ‘new reputation’. We give thanks that ‘watchmen’ and ‘watchwomen’ like the 24-7 team and people from local churches have been posted already and many others from around the world have come here to serve and have been touched by what God is doing here. We continue to pray that God’s Kingdom which has come already would come all the more!
Over the weekend we got a chance to have a bit of a break. We went to Ibiza town on Friday to climb up to the Cathedral, and do a bit of a prayer walk, then we went for something to eat at a traditional Spanish restaurant before heading back to San An.
On Saturday we chilled out before taking in a beach rave followed by clubbing at Hedkandi in Es Paradis with the 24-7 team. It was great to see these places and certainly at the club there was a bit more of that ‘church’ feeling – see previous blog, 24-7 Ibiza – Part 3!
Sunday is a ‘day of rest’ for the 24-7 team. We attended the church service that has started in the centre that some of the club workers, PR’s and prostitutes have started to come to. Jud spoke on the parable of the prodigal son…. awesome…. she would make a great preacher!
The weekend finished with us at Cafe Mambo for drinks and chats!