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24-7 Ibiza – Part 3 – Is going clubbing, like going to church?

So… for all those skeptics out there, I did manage to survive and indeed throughly enjoy 2 hours in Eden, one of Ibiza’s oldest clubs, last night… absolutely awesome.

It part of the pattern of the week that the 24-7 team go to a club at least once a week. For us that meant finishing up on the streets at around 4am and heading to a club until 6am.

So why did we do it?

Well… it’s about worship, it’s about relationship, it’s about presence. We can go to the club and have a good laugh and a great time without the influence of any ‘outside’ agent.

OK… there might be a lot going on in there that isn’t so good… but God is in that place… if Jesus were physically here now… where would he go? To the clubs… I have no doubt. We are to be Jesus… his hands and his feet… so secure in our relationship with him… we go to the clubs.

I had a vision in that club last night…. I looked up, I looked around… and it felt like being in a church… there was a pulpit… where the DJs and VJs led proceedings from… there was a gallery up stairs… there were big screens projecting images… there was the music and people with there hands in the air…. they were worshipping. They might not have been worshipping the Jesus I worship… but they knew how to worship…. now we need to help them understand who to really worship…. and how will they know if no one comes alongside them, shows them the love of God… and tells them the story of a saviour.

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August 11, 2010 Posted by | Christianity, Faith, Spirituality, Student Chaplaincy | , , | 6 Comments

24-7 Ibiza – Part 2

Wow… what a first night on the streets of the West End. After some prep, worship and prayer the 14 of us split into pairs, half the team stayed in the prayer room for another hour while the other half went out on the streets. Then after the first hour we swapped over.

That is the theory anyway.. but it turned out to be a mental night with the van on the go nearly all night doing pick ups and quite a few people needing walked home or looked after for a long period. At one stage because of the demand for our services everyone was out on the streets… with the phone in the office ringing on a regular basis as PR’s from clubs rang looking the assistance of 24-7.

Such is the good standing that 24-7 Ibiza has in the eyes of the local community. Kinda reminds me of Matt 5:16 ‘In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.’ This work is not done for anything other than God’s glory… to reveal his love and grace and mercy to his children… both those who know him and those who have wandered off… the prodigals.

There is just so much need. The first person that my team partner and I bumped into turned out to be a guy who had recently split from his partner. She had had an affair with his boss, so their relationship of five years had ended. Together they have 2 kids. He decided to come on holiday with mates for the first time in ten years and had been having a ‘great’ time. But the pain of betrayal and the uncertainly about the future is still there. We had the opportunity to make sure he was ok, that he was in a fit enough state to get home and to pray with him to. He really opened up about his situation and it was such a privilege to chat to him, pray with him and he was so up for it. He asked us to pray that he would be a good dad to his kids and for his future in terms of work.

Just awesome.

Roll on night 2… when we are finished on the streets tonight we are heading to Eden, one of the biggest clubs here in San An.

August 10, 2010 Posted by | Christianity, Faith, Spirituality, Student Chaplaincy | , , | 1 Comment

24-7 Ibiza – Part 1

For the next couple of weeks a team of 8 of us representing QUB Methodist Chaplaincy are working with 24-7 Ibiza in San Antonia, Ibiza. Check out their website http://www.24-7ibiza.com

We arrived late last night and this is our first full day. We have spent time today doing some orientation, going on a prayer walk and generally getting a sense of what is happening in ‘San An’

As a team we are here to serve, to work with and for the guys who are here permanently or for the summer season. To worship by word and deed, to get alongside the club workers, PR’s, people on the streets and of course holiday makers. To help those in need, to offer prayer and assistance, to share our faith.

This is an exciting and challenging place to be… I and the whole team would appreciate any prayer, especially for tonight which is our first night on streets. We will meet at around 11.30pm and spend some time as a team worshipping in the 24-7 Ibiza centre. Then we will split with half the team staying to pray and the other half heading out to the west end. The routine is that we swap round every hour, finishing around 5 in the morning.

Ibiza is the party capital of Europe… ten of thousands head here every summer for clubs, alcohol, drugs and sex, it is in many ways such a dark place… yet already we sense God is in this place, is at work in people’s lives, is calling them to a different way of life.. a better life in Jesus.

Over the last decade much sowing has been done by local Spanish christians, by the wider 24-7 movement and by the 24-7 community lead by Brian and Tracy Heasley, and Bruce Gardner-Crehan who have been living here permanently for the last few years. We pray for more sowing and much reaping now and in the future.

Check out the blog over the next couple of weeks for more stories of what’s happening right now in Ibiza.

August 9, 2010 Posted by | Christianity, Faith, Spirituality, Student Chaplaincy | , , | 2 Comments