Charlie
Post by On 24 November 2015

Moving On

The end of summer 2015 marked our 4th season here in Ibiza and the end of our initial 3 ½ year commitment to lead the work of 24-7 Prayer in Ibiza.

Over the last few months, we have been taking some time to consider and pray into what our further commitment would be to 24-7 Ibiza, the continued development of the work and what God was saying to us as a family. Over the course of these months, as we prayed into a re-commitment, we have actually found our thoughts shifting less to a future in Ibiza and more towards a return to the UK – not what we were initially anticipating – but over this time we have had a growing sense that God has been shaping our thoughts and leading us towards this. After talking at length with close friends and mentors, and 24-7 Prayer, we have decided to relocate to the UK by the end of 2016.
 
We are so grateful to God for our time here and it has certainly been shaping, challenging and life giving; we have made mistakes and grown immensely. We have begun a family, with the arrival of Solomon, and have been able to continue to refine our sense of calling and vocation – both personally and as a family. Moving back to the UK and to a more ‘normal’ rhythm of life will enable us to invest in these areas more, in a more balanced rhythm of life and with time to reflect on the previous years and consider the ones to come. We feel as though this time in Ibiza has been an absolute gift for us – and now it is time for us to give it back.
 
We arrived as a newly married couple and so have spent almost all of our married life in Ibiza, leading the work together, exploring life here and having the privilege of spending time with some incredible people who have come on many of our mission teams during the last four seasons. We have been warmly welcomed by the local expat and the wider Ibicenco community of Ibiza, and have gained some very dear friends.
 
In our time here we have seen growth and change in San Antonio: the development of new aspects of the work, mainly prison visiting and providing support for women who work in the sex industry in San Antonio. We have also had the privilege of sharing the beginning of the journey of 24-7 Prayer in Sa Penya with the Hampsons. And we have seen the pre-existing work in the West End, providing prayer and help, grow stronger. We have also seen the foundations laid for an Ibiza-shaped expression of Christian community to grow, identifying and practicing key values which we believe God has formed in and through us as a beginning for all-year-round community life.
 
We fully believe in what God is doing in Ibiza – we continue to see incredible works of God’s power and presence here. In the words of a song we have been listening to – ‘He has been faithful to plant the seeds and He will be faithful to always send the rain’. There are greater things to come for Ibiza.

We need to find some wonderful people who are going to take this work on and continue what has been established here over the last 15 years. If you feel prompted, or have done in previous years, that being a part of the permanent team here in Ibiza is something that God may be inviting you to do, then please contact Charlie This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Roger Ellis This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
Our return to the UK is still a year away and we are very much looking forward to our final season of 2016. Teams are certainly starting to fill up but we are still looking for more long term team members to spend extended time with us helping to lead and facilitate this coming summer. Why not join with us this year? More information and application forms can be found at http://teams.24-7ibiza.com
 
If you have any questions, queries or comments about any of this, then please feel free to contact us on the email address above.

With Love
 
 
Charlie and Abby

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