On 31 January 2018 In Blog


Eat | sleep | pray | repeat.

 

This was my daily routine during my stay on the island of Ibiza last April. Well known for its nightlife, Ibiza is home to the summer outposts of major European nightclubs attracting many to savour the island’s appeal. I had travelled to the White Island where it hardly ever rains to meet up with the 24-7 Ibiza 2017 Prayer Team. We were on a mission – to pray into the new season of 24-7's work on Ibiza prior to the arrival of those who flock to the Island to imbibe on sunsets, cocktails, music and dance. We were like a pre-emptive spiritual strike force, our weapon of choice being prayer.


I joined a team of seven other pray-ers from across the UK to spend five days on the island praying.  We were hosted by the 24-7 Ibiza full time residential team who facilitated our praying with the back story of 24-7's love for Ibiza – the relationship with the clubs, the DJ’s, the bars, the workers and those who visit the island for their annual escape from all things ordinary. The trance-like music, the excesses of alcohol, the availability of drugs, all add to the clubbing scene that Ibiza is renowned for. It is all but a temporary escape and respite from responsibilities of life - this is where 24-7 flourishes.


We learnt about 24-7 Ibiza's modus operandi – the rhythm of prayer, the rhythm of the nocturnal and diurnal routines of the summer teams ministering to the clubbers. The permanent prayer room in the 24-7 centre being just a step away from San Antonio's infamous West End. So we walked and prayed, we talked and prayed, we worshiped and prayed - sometimes even in Spanish with the local Christians.

 

We spoke and wrote prophetic words over the island and over the teams of Christians from across the world preparing to travel to Ibiza to serve in short or long term teams over the summer. We called out to the Lord to bring about a harvest this year, to bring about change, to provide alternative work for those who feel stuck due to their circumstances.  We prayed for breakthrough for those who are trapped in a modern form of slavery, for justice and mercy on them. We prayed for painful circumstances to be redeemed and for those who hope and desire a new way of life. We prayed for the Ibiza Church, for unity and a spirit of collaboration between the island’s Christians.


After five days of praying the pre-emptive strike force departed the island, leaving the 24-7 team on the ground in Ibiza ready to receive reinforcements – the long and short term teams were on their way, all with prophetic words yet to be fulfilled on their 2017 tour of duty that is the 24-7 Ibiza West End season.


Through the window of the plane, my last view of Ibiza was through the rain that was falling as we took off, was this a sign I thought of blessings to come? On my flight home to London I pondered on the rhythm of my five days –  the fellowship, the fun, the meals and tapas shared as a team; the passion for Jesus, energy, sacrifice and vision of the 24-7 full time residential team. As I returned to all things normal I resolved to carry on the daily rhythm of eat, sleep, pray, repeat. 

 

Peter, 2017 Pre-season prayer team

 

If you'd like to find out more about our prayer team or apply to join in 2018 click here or visit teams.24-7ibiza.com

On 25 January 2018 In Blog

“Meeting you guys has given me something to hope in, that there is something more out there…”

- Despite feeling disappointed that I didn’t get the chance to pray with this self-professed atheist, I still came away from the conversation full of hope: hope that there is something more that we are living for, but also hope to see Jesus turn up in the most unlikely places - and people.

During the summer of 2017, we welcomed around 60 volunteers from over 10 countries to join our night ministry on the West End in San Antonio, Ibiza.

This town on the west coast of Ibiza is known for its wild parties, cheap drinks and ‘anything goes’ attitude.

We spend our nights in a rhythm of prayer and mission as we walk along the West End: chatting with people, praying for them, giving out Bibles and providing practical assistance to those in need.

Every night is different: from prayer walking around the west end, chatting to bar owners about how their night is going, walking vulnerable tourists back to their accommodation, to praying for people on the street.

But some nights are filled with incredible conversations about God where we can see hope rising up as we chat about Bible verses people have read in the ‘Jesus Loves Ibiza’ Bibles we give out.

One night, a short term team member and I found ourselves in the middle of a conversation about different religions, with a man that we just bumped into. He explained that he’d studied various worldly religions and had a fair idea about what Jesus was all about, but had never actually read the Bible, saying;

“If someone would just be able to give me a Bible, then I could see what it really said for myself…”

With great delight I unzipped the pocket of our kit bag and handed him a Bible, after writing a personalised message to him in it. This is just one of the multiple times Jesus showed up in an everyday encounter.

But kindness and love aren't reserved and demonstrated by Christians alone.

    "We love because he first loved us…” 

    - 1 John 4:19

Night after night, we returned to our prayer room with stories of incredible acts of kindness being demonstrated on the streets: where bouncers have helped us lift girls into ambulances; bar mangers who offered us free water for people who were vomiting; and bar staff speaking kind words and helping us on their way home from work to assist with the vulnerable people that we’d met.

Every human can show love and kindness - yet I believe that it comes because we are created by Christ and made in his image. We reflect parts of his character whether we are Christians or not.

We have a natural predisposition to help the vulnerable, the less fortunate, the needy, because of the compassion and love within us. The more people I meet, the more I see Christ in them.

This gives me hope to pray for our friends here on the West End of Ibiza -  that as they demonstrate Christ’s love and compassion they will recognise and receive it for themselves.

And as they help, love and show kindness the Holy Spirit would breathe through their actions onto others.

 

If you'd like to apply to join our summer teams in 2018 find out more at teams.24-7ibiza.com

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